working on garbage trucks does it smell bad.

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February 2nd, 2009 8:55pm
I have never worked on garbage trucks how bad is it.
February 2nd, 2009 9:08pm
working on garbage trucks dose smell bad, but you do get used to it after time, but there are still times that the smell is realy bad, and that is a down side to working on them
February 2nd, 2009 9:12pm
Haha, great topic I've often wondered that while reading the classifieds!
February 2nd, 2009 10:37pm
it is alot of fun working on them, because they have many problems that arise from normal abuse and yeah sometimes working on road calls at dumps is tones of fun too......not
February 3rd, 2009 2:38pm
A big thing to look at when considering a job with Garbage trucks is do they pick up Garbage or Recycling?

From what I hear the Recycling trucks are not near as bad. If you do like working with Hydraulics then waste trucks can be a very rewarding career.
February 3rd, 2009 2:46pm
Most of the companies around here are getting a lot better at cleaning their vehicles as well. I know WM is especially good at it. But the Roadside is where you get the worst ones
February 3rd, 2009 7:53pm
they might be getting better back east, but hear in bc and the lower mainland where I am, they are getting worst, atleast for the companey that I work for anyway, and from what I hear as well wm in the coast is not that much better
February 4th, 2009 12:31am
February 4th, 2009 3:33am
yeah it realy can, not too mention some of the problems on the packer trucks, is where the wast is stored, and let me tell you all, the divers don't allways clean out the wast where the hydrallic cylinders and hosed are in the hopper, so heavy thick gloves are a wise idea to use, because I don't know whats in the wast, and yeah there are times where I will not work on a hydrallic problem in the hopper because its so bad.
February 4th, 2009 6:18pm
Sometimes its not the smell thats bad its the "crap" dripping on you that sucks.
February 4th, 2009 8:18pm
February 4th, 2009 8:42pm
From my experience I started out as an apprentice working on class 7 waste trucks.. My trick.. I grabbed one of those nose & mouth mask and spray a lil glade
February 5th, 2009 3:20am
The best is when you open up the side door on the packer trucks and rats jump out at ya, didn't happen to me yet, but I have seen it happen to people that I work with, its funny as hell to see, but not cool, its also fun doing the rear door seals on one of the packer trucks, all the rivots are rusty and hard as hell to remove, and the metal is rusty and flacking off as you work, plus the smell makes ya dizzy after the fist 1hr of the job........The best is when doing a truck that huls chicken wast (guts and stuff) and the truck needs a brake job right now as per Dot, talk about getting that job done fast......they should pay me more for that one
February 5th, 2009 8:46pm
Sure the smell may suck but one thing that's great about working on waste trucks is that there will ALWAYS be work. As our economy slowly gets worse a lot of companies are forced to lay-off and shut down due to lack of business; well, garbage will be a business as long as there are people to create it!

Besides, a few companies will allow some cleaning of the trucks in shop, prior to you getting in there to fix any problems.
February 6th, 2009 3:53am
My favorite is Cab-over volvo garbage trucks with tranny mounted engines that have shitty diapers melted to the exhaust and mystery fluids dripping from everywhere.
February 6th, 2009 4:01am
hey thats my work week for, its allways good when you have a truck in the shop for something like a headlight and your done 5min's latter and all the dumpster juice is in a puddle the samewidth of a midsize

the best job to do on one of the wast truck is a diper, what that is when the rear "some how opend" and the wast falls to the street, and the driver can't close the door all the way, then a poor mechanic like me will have to go there with a 20 -40 yard tarp and roap or bungies and tie the tarp to the truck along the bottom and side of the rear door, and then tell the stuiped driver to head to the dump and dump out so the rear door will shut times man fun :D
February 23rd, 2009 7:52pm
there will always be garage...:woohoo:
June 9th, 2017 7:22pm
Haha i thought i was the only one!
We have a fleet of over 80 roll off trucks front load or Packer style trucks our, we are very diligent in washing everything that comes in the door! (spoiled mechanics) for the most part its just mud, but there is always that one time where a hose blows at the land fill and the maggots infiltrate your tool bag and your coveralls, see needles poking out of the ground, diapers and kitchen waste all around, but other then that most of our stuff comes in for a wash 4hrs or more before its allowed in my shop. i usually gotta beg a guy to go to landfill for a service call haha

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