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- May 12, 2021
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Why should you use aluminized steel for your fuel tank?
According to NATDA.org:
“Customers frequently ask our sales team about plastic fuel containers in comparison to aluminized steel fuel tanks. Sometimes customers are inclined to go with plastic containers because they are lighter and costs less to ship.
“To help you overcome these objections, we created the attached flyer. This information is also highlighted in our new upcoming catalog.
“A question some customers ask: “What is the difference between OEM plastic tanks and aftermarket plastic fuel containers?”
“Your Answer: It’s important to make it clear that aftermarket fuel containers are not of the same quality as OEM plastic fuel tanks! Aftermarket plastic fuel containers most frequently use rotational molding to produce their fuel containers. They typically put liquid powder resin into a hollow mold and then rotate it in an oven to create a single layer high density polyethylene tank. This single layer offers no guarantee of consistent material thickness.
“Additional Information: OEMs do not use a rotational mold to make their fuel tanks. Most commonly, OEMs produce their fuel tanks using a blow molding process. When our Transfer Flow founder, Bill Gaines, researched the blow molding fuel tank processes, the OEM used 6 individual tubes of plastic, with the center being a Teflon plastic. The Teflon was there to prevent permeation of evaporative emissions. A blow molded tank is stronger and is more expensive to produce. The tooling for a blow molded tank can cost as much as a million dollars!
“Another question customers might ask: “Shouldn’t I purchase plastic because steel rusts?”
“Your Answer: competitive plastic brands are posting photos of rusted steel tanks. It’s important for you to emphasis the fact that Transfer Flow tanks are manufactured from American-made ALUMINZED steel. The Aluminized steel is a key factor in reducing the risk of rust.
“It’s true: not all steel tanks are created equal! Be sure to guide customers toward aluminized steel products.
“We appreciate you taking time to review the attached flyer. If you have any requests for additional sales tools to assist you in overcoming customer objections, please let us know! We are here to support you in your Transfer Flow sales efforts.”
Original Source – https://www.natda.org/news/aluminized-steel-vs-plastic-discover-why-aluminized-steel-fuel-tanks-are-superior/