Imagine that you’re working with your bucket truck, cutting tree limbs with your chain saw. You’re in the bucket, 60 feet high. It’s quitting time, and just before you slide the saw back into its holder, the blades take a chunk out of the bucket. By the looks of your bucket, this may have happened before because the lips of the bucket and bucket liner have several chunks carved out of them. You know what? You may need a new bucket.
When is it time for a replacement bucket and liner, which are made of fiberglass and polyethylene respectively? If you use a liner, also called a bucket insert, for electrical insulation, chances are the chunks taken out with the saw have caused the liner to lose its protective insulation that you count on. If the chunks are deep and your bucket and liner are beginning to look like Swiss cheese, you would do well to replace both the bucket and liner. See the UEP-Guys-Cheatsheet-Liner-replacement-measurement.
Below are examples of some of the fiberglass buckets we offer – single-man, two-man, and all sizes in between. We will manufacture the bucket just like the one you have now, with a step (or two), and a mounting for the controls.
Cutting your bucket and liner with a chain saw, as we described above, would be an extreme condition. In reality, even minor damage to your bucket liner can cause it to lose its dielectric integrity. OSHA and ANSI require regular annual inspections that include a dielectric test to verify the electrical insulating strength in the truck’s booms and bucket liner. If you work around electrical lines, a dielectric liner is cheap insurance for your safety.
Below is a liner made of polyethylene. It is manufactured to fit snugly inside the fiberglass bucket. With proper care your liner can last a very long time.
To protect your new bucket and liner, you might want to get a cover to keep the weather out. It would be pretty annoying (and potentially dangerous) when you’re ready to use your bucket truck only to find a puddle of water in your liner. UEP offers many other accessories for your bucket, like saw scabbards, tool buckets, aerial aprons, etc.
Most common buckets and liners are in stock and ship same day or next day. Due to their size, we mount them on a pallet and ship via common carrier. But the liner fits inside the bucket, making shipping easier. And while you’re at it, a bucket cover will also ship inside the liner … like a stowaway.
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