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Organizing nozzles and stuff

STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 6,244
edited September 2020 in THE MAIN WALL
I've always worked by/for myself so I'm always interested in how other people organize their trucks (or don't organize them).
Was at the supply house re-stocking and 2 other guys liked how I organize my nozzles. I mounted the inserts from the Delavan boxes into drawers.
I just can't believe they just leave theirs in boxes and drawers, mixed up/banging around, never knowing what they have or having tons of nozzles they'll never need.
Due to the fact I track everything, I have one correct nozzle per customer, plus at least one extra per type. I also have stuff in pack out cases to find quicker. When I go in for tune ups, I bring in the right nozzle, filter, strainer. Always shake my head at the guy who has a dozen nozzles in their tool box and either have to make another trip to the truck, or put one on that's 'close enough'.
What do you guys do?



    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 13,790
    Looks like you have found a system that works for you. That's the secret.

    most of my carear I did multiple jobs (jack of all trades master of none) so stocking a truck with everything I needed was ..........I would have needed a semi trailer. not practical. Doing multiple thing kept me employed for 46 years but did drive me nuts. I often wondered what it would have been like to only do one trade and have what I needed but I guess I will never know.

    The closest I came was in the 90s when I did mostly AC and gas heat service for 3 years or so, I had my van set up just the way I liked it and it was pretty nice.Then, they started the refrigerant recovery process so had to have a recovery machine and recovery tanks so that messed things up a bit
    HVACNUT Member Posts: 5,251
    I don't do as much oil as I used to so a have a nozzle box with a nice assortment and if it's a maintenance, the nozzle for it gets pulled in the morning from the shop. I usually swap it with the same from the nozzle box just to keep the rotation. 
  • ratio
    ratio Member Posts: 3,503
    How can you find anything like that‽ We don't do oil, but if we did I'd just have a 5 gal bucket of nozzles & grab the right one out of it. Usually on the first try.
  • retiredguy
    retiredguy Member Posts: 797
    If I did residential oil burner service I would have had a system similar to yours. My truck had to be in fairly well organized all the time so I knew just where everything was and could pluck what I needed right off the shelf. I stocked a few dozen single flow oil nozzles but most of mine were much larger and more special. The burners I serviced were mostly of the modulating type using a 300 PSI oil pump pressure and a bypass nozzle with a turn down ratio (input) of about 3 to1 and sometimes up to 5 to 1 with inputs up to about 60 GPH . These nozzles were quite expensive so I only stocked a few of each. Above about 60 GPH oil input most of the nozzles were of the compressed air or steam atomized design and were ordered as needed.

    I do have to complement you on your organization of those nozzles.
  • SuperTech
    SuperTech Member Posts: 1,940
    I have three metal nozzle boxes. One each for A, B and W nozzles. Each box is organized by going from the smallest to largest GPH nozzles ones. Some the more popular ones like .75 70A and 1.00 80A I try to have several at all times. I work on a lot EK-1 frontiers that use the .75 70A. 

    I always bring in the nozzle, filter and strainer. But my oil filters and strainers are just thrown in a messy cardboard box on the shelf. I always try to keep several Suntec A strainers as well as ones for Riello and Danfoss oil pumps. 
  • Solid_Fuel_Man
    Solid_Fuel_Man Member Posts: 2,630
    edited September 2020
    I see you have a Ford van as well. 
    Serving Northern Maine HVAC & Controls. I burn wood, it smells good!
  • gerry gill
    gerry gill Member Posts: 3,070
    I like the organization. Very nicely done indeed.
    Serving Cleveland's eastern suburbs from Cleveland Heights down to Cuyahoga Falls.

  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 6,244

    I see you have a Ford van as well. 

    1992, 54k miles. I have a pretty tight radius for my customer base.

  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 21,535
    Wish my shop were that organized. And it doesn't even move...
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • retiredguy
    retiredguy Member Posts: 797
    In the 35 years I did boiler service all over Pennsylvania I logged in 1,500,000 miles of driving. A service truck did not last many years.
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 13,790

    That's a lot of miles I used to do 30,000-35,000/year 100-120 miles one way to the job sometimes but you got me beat.

    Toward the end when I got out of the truck after a 2 hour stint i can hardly walk