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Is It Safe to Use the RB4000 Around Delicate Landscape Features?

It’s not uncommon for people to ask whether the Equipter RB4000 is safe to drive around septic systems, sprinklers systems, or other delicate landscape features.

The short answer: Yes. 

The long answer: The Equipter RB4000 is designed to conquer the hardships of debris management in tight, hard-to-reach areas. Its lightweight design makes it ideal for driving across various terrains without leaving ruts in the yard. In order to determine the most effective way to navigate the Equipter RB4000 around any property, talk with the homeowner before committing to the job and examine the property for these features and particularly soft spots. 

What should you do after landing a new roofing job with the Equipter?


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Re-Examine the property.

Once you land the job, be sure to do a walkthrough with the homeowner or property manager. Ask them to identify sprinkler systems or other delicate landscape features you should be aware of. 

Mark hard-to-see landscape features.

During your walkthrough, use stake flags to mark sprinkler heads and other easily overlooked landscape features. It’s important to set up safeguards to avoid damaging any of these features. Using stake flags helps the driver of the RB4000 to better navigate the unit through the yard without driving overtop and crushing features like sprinkler heads.

What makes the RB4000 safe to drive around yards?

Over the years, we at Equipter have worked hard to create the most efficient, practical, and safe debris control solution. That’s why we’re confident in the damage-free performance of the RB4000 on residential properties.

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The following are several specs and unique features that make this self-propelled dump container safe to operate around sprinkler systems, septic systems, and other delicate landscape features.

Low GVWR and Tare Weight

The Equipter RB4000’s tare weight of 4,020 lbs and GVWR of 7,500 lbs, just over that of the standard pickup truck, makes it safe to operate in close proximity to underground systems less risk of damage.

One of the main concerns with using any piece of equipment around underground systems is the negative effect the weight may have on the system. If driven closely to or directly over a septic system, the impact of equipment like large dump trucks or boom lifts can break pipes, lead to the ground caving in, or worse.

Although we do not recommend driving directly over septic systems, the Equipter RB4000 is designed to work around them and avoid damaging your customers’ lawns and landscapes. This also helps prevent out-of-pocket repair expenses for your business (or your customer) and preserve your professional reputation.

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Underground sprinkler systems are safe to drive around with the RB4000. The greater obstacle to watch for is the above-ground sprinkler head. Therefore, we strongly advise locating and clearly marking sprinkler heads before operating the RB4000 on any property that features a sprinkler system around them to ensure they don’t get driven over and crushed.

Lightweight, Rust-Resistant Aluminum Container

Like the rest of Equipter’s innovative debris management equipment, the RB4000’s 4.1-cubic-yard aluminum container plays a large part in keeping the equipment lightweight, easy on lawns, and safe around landscape features. 

Wide Tires

Not only is the RB4000 lightweight, but its wide tires allow the weight it does have to be evenly distributed. This helps prevent ruts in your customers’ landscape and lawn. It also ensures greater safety when using the RB4000 around delicate landscape features and underground systems.

Ready to see if the Equipter RB4000 is the right fit for your roofing company?

With the power of at least two crew members and ability to drastically reduce cleanup time, the Equipter RB4000 serves as the perfect employee. With over 150 third-party rental locations across the US and Canada, it's easy to test the RB4000. Click below to find the closest rental location to you and let your crew try it on your next job.

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NOTE: We strongly advise using your best judgment when operating the Equipter. Driving over sunken ground or particularly soft areas could lead to further landscape damage and potential damage to your equipment. With proper safety precautions in place, you can operate your Equipter RB4000 with the confidence that it’ll keep your customers’ property and landscape in excellent condition.