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VMAC releases research on truck air compressor lifespan

Almost one-fifth of respondents expected their truck-mounted air compressor to last only 1 to 5 years, which suggests a quick equipment turnover.

June 23, 2021  by CM Staff

NANAIMO — A recent VMAC survey of 1,464 visitors on their website revealed that most survey respondents expected a truck mounted air compressor to last 6 to 10 years, with 40.5% of respondents having selected this option.

Next, 19.2% of respondents selected 1 to 5 years, followed by 17.8% selecting 11 to 15 years. This poll shows that most respondents, at 77.5%, expect their truck-mounted air compressor to last 1 to 15 years.

“We understand that fleet managers and owners typically install truck-mounted air compressors on brand new service trucks, and they expect those air compressors to last the life of the truck,” says Jim Raymond, VMAC’s Sales Manager. “This research, which reveals that most industry professionals expect an air compressor lifespan of up to 15 years, aligns with our data from VMAC’s 2020 State Of The Mobile Compressed Air Industry Survey, which reported that the average age of service trucks is 11.5 to 16.5 years.”

While the results were reportedly aligned with VMAC’s expectations, there were still high numbers on either end of the spectrum. Almost one-fifth of respondents expected their truck-mounted air compressor to last only 1 to 5 years, which suggests a quick equipment turnover. The one-question poll did not allow for additional context, though the company says it is probable that survey respondents selecting the 1 to 5 year option are familiar with shorter-term solutions.

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“We’re pleased to continue to conduct original research and release our findings to our industry peers,” says Mike Pettigrew, VMAC’s Marketing Manager. “This poll of over 1,400 industry professionals gives VMAC and our dealers, customers, and partners data-driven insight into the mobile compressed air industry that was previously anecdotal. We will continue to collect and release data from industry surveys and we look forward to VMAC’s 2021 State Of The Mobile Compressed Air Industry Report, coming Summer 2021.”