The sealcoating industry has long understood the need for reliable and robust equipment that can handle the harsh demands of daily use. Diaphragm pumps are one proven solution for sealcoaters (the other solution being piston pumps). Once you’ve decided diaphragm pumps are the system you want, it’s important to select the right pump, made of the right materials, and it’s essential you have in place proper preventive maintenance procedures. Otherwise your company will experience increased downtime, resulting in additional labor costs and even requiring pump replacement. These costs erode bottom line profits quickly and in markets that are seasonally short that can be catastrophic. While some contractors make their pump purchase selection based on initial price only, the initial purchase price of a diaphragm pump can be as little as 5% of the overall cost of ownership. This means several additional factors should be considered up front to ensure that you will maximize efficiency while protecting the company’s equipment investment costs. So what does overall cost of ownership involve and how is it determined? When reviewing the true cost of owning any equipment, a company obviously ...