You’ve done your homework. You’re ready to buy a portable topsoil screener. Once you’re on-site, you’ll likely have a lot of questions about the screeners for sale and about the company who makes them.
“What is my investment going to be?”
That question will top your list, and it’s understandable. But there may be more you need to find out before investing in a screener you’ll depend on for years. Don’t hold back if you’re unsure about anything — experts in the industry will be happy to address anything on your mind, and solve any potential issues that may come.
These are six questions to ask your screening professional that will tell you a lot about the quality of the topsoil screener, the help you’ll get after you buy, and how much it will cost to keep running.
1. What will my topsoil screener’s return on investment be?
Reputable companies will welcome the opportunity to honestly evaluate your particular screening application and return potential.
You can get a realistic idea of what your return on investment could be with a Pitbull Screener using our revenue calculator. Simply input the predicted numbers of your project to see how much revenue you can potentially earn with a Pitbull Screener.
2. Will you support it once it’s out the door?
While the screener company may be accommodating before you buy, you want to be sure they’ll still be there for you after it leaves the warehouse. Ask about what kind of support they offer, and if they charge any additional fees for the help.
Pitbull Screeners stands behind every machine that leaves the factory, offering full support. It just takes a phone call or email to set up a consultation — and you won’t be charged for it. Pitbull Screeners will even come to you if the situation calls for it.
3. What kind of maintenance am I looking at?
Ideally, your dirt screener of choice won’t need much in the way of maintenance. A well-built screener that’s properly cared for should run smoothly with the least amount of downtime and issues as possible.
Ask whether scheduled maintenance is recommended, and what the associated costs are. Can you get replacement screens and parts, and how easy is it to get them? What if you want to upgrade?
Pitbull Screeners equipment comes with documentation that easily outlines how to keep your equipment in optimal condition. Costs vary depending on the machine, but you should budget around 2% of the purchase price for yearly maintenance.
Pitbull Screeners are purpose-built for simplicity. Replacement parts are readily available from local outlets and the manufacturer, and Pitbull Screeners keeps nearly everything you’ll need in stock. Our experienced team is also here to guide you if you look to upgrade down the road.
4. Will I be able to haul this topsoil screener?
Portability is important when it comes to topsoil screening plants. Be sure you have what it takes to haul the screener you have your eye on. Tell your expert about your truck or trailer, and they’ll make sure you can haul the weight, and that it will hitch correctly.
While Pitbull Screeners can’t advise you about specific vehicle tow capacities and laws in your area (your truck dealer and local authorities can speak to this), we’ll give you all the information you need concerning weight, hitch styles, and electrical connections involved with our equipment.
For example, the Pitbull 2300B Portable Screener requires at least a class 2 truck. The Pitbull 2300 Portable Screener calls for a vehicle capable of towing at least 14,000 pounds and tongue weight of 4,300 pounds. The Pitbull PB148 Static Grizzly screen requires a drop deck trailer to keep it at a legal height.
These details are crucial, and Pitbull Screeners is happy to guide you along.
5. Will I be able to store it?
Storage space is always at a premium, and Pitbull Screeners keeps this in mind with its versatile line of topsoil, dirt, and rock screeners.
Pitbull designs each screener for maximum efficiency, output, and reliability in the most compact form possible. Each screener’s product page on the website details space requirements, giving you a good idea of how to easily store your screener.
For the tightest budgets and space limitations, Pitbull Screeners engineered the Pitbull 2300B Portable Screener, offering the same screen area as our other soil screeners, but with a compact, space-saving design.
Snap a few photos of your storage setup and show them to us, and let us know about any challenges you’re facing. Pitbull Screeners professionals are happy to look at your setup and give you tips on how to best store your screener, as well as how to keep it operating for maximum production and optimal return on your investment.
6. Can I talk to existing clients?
Reputable companies will be more than happy to give you a list of clients willing to tell you about their experience. This is invaluable. You’ll get honest, first-hand stories from experienced users, and you’ll find out what you’re likely to experience when you buy.
The upfront cost of the screener can be a make-or-break decision, but shouldn’t be the only focus. Digging deeper and asking the professionals the questions that really affect you and your company will help ensure a wise decision.
Pitbull Screeners is proud of the strong relationships we’ve built with our clients by delivering exceptional portable topsoil, dirt, and rock screeners. We’re happy to direct you to existing clients.
The upfront cost of the topsoil screener can be a make-or-break decision, but shouldn’t be the only focus. Digging deeper and asking the professionals the questions that really affect you and your company will help ensure a wise decision.
If you don’t like the answers you’re given, or if they shy away from answering, you may want to reconsider. It’s a major investment, and you need full confidence in the professionals you select to make sure your screener will be up to your standards.
Pitbull Screeners is a phone call or email away, and is always happy to spend as much time as needed to answer any questions you have.