Purchasing a sewer inspection crawler is a significant investment for any municipality. It’s a time-consuming process that involves research, resources and multiple decision-makers. You know that your new crawler’s performance is vital to your organization’s success, but how do you make sure you choose the right system for your needs?
Contractors, municipalities and other operators often prioritize different features and capabilities, depending on the unique needs of the communities they work in. Our buyer’s guide, “Top Ten Considerations When Buying a Pipe Inspection Crawler,” can help you ask the right questions when it comes time to make a decision. Here are three of the top ten characteristics you should consider before purchasing a crawler.
Your crawler should have the capacity to adapt to a wide variety of inspection challenges. Choose a system that offers several chassis sizes; you can purchase the size that meets your day-to-day needs and rent other sizes as necessary. You will also want a system with a full selection of wheel, lamp and camera lift options that allows you to inspect almost any combination of pipe size, material and condition.
Find a system with steerable six-wheel drive and a compact wheelbase that can easily maneuver past obstacles, traverse inverts and climb offsets.
3. Built-In Reporting
Choose a crawler system with built-in reporting capabilities. With these advanced systems, you can record video, enter observations and measure pipe features right from the user interface. These inspections usually export directly to your reporting and asset management software, where you can perform databasing, advanced queries, mapping and PACP compliance.
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