Bucket trucks are an important part of many businesses, including tree trimmers, foresters, sign companies, and of course, utility companies. So it’s important to find the bucket truck that’s right for you. Many companies sell new and used bucket trucks. Here’s a short list of the most popular brands.
Hi-Ranger (which is now owned by Terex)
Which Truck Will You Buy?
When buying a bucket truck, there are many options to consider – new, used, articulating boom, telescoping boom. You will want to consider how high you will need the truck to reach to accomplish the work your company does. And there are different bucket sizes available – single man, two man, and even man-and-a half buckets. Will you be taking on projects that put you in the bucket near electrical wires? If so, you will want a bucket truck that is insulated for your safety.
How Much Will You Pay?
You could pay as little as $10,000 for a used bucket truck that reaches to 35 feet or less. On the other hand, you could pay over $150,000 for a heavy-duty unit, and even more for one that reaches to commercial heights, like 75 feet. And that’s for a used bucket truck! You get the idea … it’s important that you do your due diligence.
Don’t Try This at Home!
Wow, bucket trucks are pretty expensive. You may be saying to yourself, “Gee, it can’t be that difficult; maybe I can make one myself.” Our advice is DON’T. This guy converted what looks like a “hippie van” from the 60’s into his very own bucket truck. Again, please don’t try this at home.
How Will You Maintain Your Bucket Truck?
Bucket trucks are sophisticated vehicles that use hydraulic power to maneuver a bucket into position to accomplish the work you need done. There are hydraulic controls in the bucket as well as on the pedestal of the unit. See our blog Bucket Truck Hydraulics for a close-up look at this phenomenon. Imagine moving a joystick and making a bucket truck do work. How fun is that?
Bucket trucks, like all equipment, require regular maintenance to keep them running safely. Mechanics in hydraulic shops specialize in fixing and maintaining bucket trucks and like vehicles. You will want to make sure there is a shop available in your area. From time to time your bucket truck may need a replacement part or accessory. Utility Equipment Parts offers parts for just about any brand of bucket truck, including augers & auger tooling, buckets & liners, winch ropes and even hard to find parts.
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