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I don't have any detection equipment at all right now. How much will they run me and are they hard to get used to or pretty easy? How much is that Shur mic you were telling me about? I figured they must be outragous because a couple of my freinds that own plumbing co.'s said that no one in this area has any leak detection equip. and they have to get outsiders to come in for $305hr.
Originally posted by MARCO: I don't have any detection equipment at all right now. How much will they run me and are they hard to get used to or pretty easy? How much is that Shur mic you were telling me about? I figured they must be outragous because a couple of my freinds that own plumbing co.'s said that no one in this area has any leak detection equip. and they have to get outsiders to come in for $305hr.
The Shure Company is no longer in business but when they were their mic added $300 to the cost of a Goldak 777 locator.
The HL4000-50 goes for around $3,300.You could save $400 by buying the HL4000-10 but then if you ever wanted to add the GM50 mic it would cost you $650.
The Navitrack will cost around $2,000 for the locator and the transmitter is another $1,200. Sondes will vary depending on what you need.
For around $7,000 you can buy a user friendly system with a the basics, but I would imagine there are plenty of other tools you'll need first.
I think first you have to identify your customer base and where to go from there. You started with wanting drain cleaning equipmenmt.
Drain cleaning equipment is a good start because it has a low learning threshold but still pays well. Leak locating takes a little more time and skill and may not be in that much of a demand to start.
What are the common problems plumbers find in your area. As a sewer camera and good locating equipment cost the same which will make you more money and get you more customers?
Talk to the local plumbers and find out why they hire others to do their locating. There may not be enough slab leaks to pay to own your own equipment.
You could easily spend $50,000 putting tools on your truck. Make sure you get a return on the tools you buy. If it works out you will be in business for a long time. You will always have time to buy more tools.
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Thanks for the great advice as usual Mark. I'm getting a ok severnce pack from the Army believe it or not when I get out in about 90 days. And for once I'll be able to make a little bit of an investment. But, yes, I do believe the I will just stick with drain cleaning equip for right now. I guess I was just looking at equip that not many small town plumbers have in my area. It seems like my little area is a little behind times on equip believe it or not. It seems like only roto-rooter has the good stuff and most people around here really don't like them a lot. But, I do think I will do really good with just the basics for now and wait to build the 'ol arsanel later. Thanks for the great advice and for bringing this 'ol back woods boy down to earth. Well, for a little while any way. If you have any more info though I would be greatfull. Marco