Sometimes people cannot decide whether to purchase used trucks from private owners or dealers. Well, there are two things that seal the deal in the favor of Dealerships.
The first is financing. Used truck suppliers can facilitate financing options for their buyers which can bring costs to manageable level. Whenever you contact a dealer, don't forget to have a word about financing. Rates between the finance terms secured between dealers could be the reason for your final decision regarding the truck.
When you buy a vehicle from a private owner, you have to a pay lump sum. If you are not planning on buying it outright with cash, then it will be your responsibility to secure financing. Buying from a organized dealer will save you time.
What is more, when you go to a Dealer you get plenty of vehicle options to choose from. A private owner won't have more than a couple of trucks, which limits your choices. When you go to supplier, typically have a large stock of trucks. Moreover, a reputed dealer will have their own reconditioning facilities. Each Dealership is different and not all used truck dealers recondition their vehicles. Depending on the model year, no chassis or cosmetic reconditioning is done at all. It's wise to look at what refurbishment a truck has gone through because this can mean saving thousands of dollars.
Dealerships selling bucket trucks and grapple trucks offer selection. And if you've got any particular requirement, you can discuss it with them and they'll happily try to locate it for you. You will get a vehicle tailored to your needs.
When you're getting a customized vehicle and financing, it makes sense to work with a Dealer. They offer grapple trucks, boom trucks, bucket trucks financing, and all sort of other trucks as well.
I-80 Equipment is offering a $2,500 discount off of the list price for an Altec AM900 2004 International 4300 4×2 Bucket Truck. As a manager’s special, customers who subscribe to I-80 Equipment’s direct mailers or email updates will receive an exclusive discount off of the list price for this large bucket truck.
I-80 Equipment, the world’s largest used bucket truck dealer, is offering a $2,500 discount off of the list price for an Altec AM900 2004 International 4300 4×2 Bucket Truck. This large bucket truck is designed to accomplish heavy-duty tasks.
The Altec AM900 2004 International 4300 4×2 Bucket Truck has a 72’ working height and a 37.2’ side reach, giving this large bucket truck a wide range of motion. This bucket truck also offers features such as lower controls to provide for ease of operation and safety. It is equipped with an insulated two-man bucket for convenient work in various weather conditions.
The Altec AM900 2004 International 4300 4×2 Bucket Truck has a DT466 Diesel Motor with 230hp and 720lbs of torque. The electro-hydraulic fuel system delivers more miles to the gallon, while superior reliability and durability mean more uptime and longer life. This engine was designed for heavy-duty work.
This bucket truck is currently being fully reconditioned. I-80 Equipment’s thorough 77-point mechanical inspection and 177-point boom inspection will ensure that this vehicle meets Altec’s manufacturer specifications. The Altec AM900 2004 International 4300 4×2 Bucket Truck will undergo a complete transformation with the 7 step reconditioning process, restoring this large bucket truck to its original glory. Companies interested in customization options can speak with a sales representative to obtain more details.
Looking to get into a new used boom truck? The boom trucks for sale from I-80 Equipment provide customers with longevity of service, high return on investment, low maintenance, and a great looking peice of equipment. I-80 Equipment offers the highest quality utility trucks at the lowest prices. They also offer an industry leading Warranty so be sure to ask a sales associate about it today. Call 888-949-3701 and speak with one of our friendly sales staff.
Details for this Elliott ECH-3-70- 2000 Freightliner FL80 6×4 Sign Truck: Make: Freightliner Model: FL80 Year: 2000 Gross Weight: 52,000 Engine:Caterpillar 3126 Fuel Type: Diesel Transmission: Allison Auto 3060P Mileage: 114,227 Make: Elliott Model: ECH-3-70 Year: 2000 Insulated?: NO Sheave Height:70' Model: 70' Price: $82,500.00 We look to build lasting relationships with our customers. Contact us today and we'll help you find the exact bucket truck, boom truck, digger derrick, forestry truck, grapple truck, or speciality truck you need for your business.
Cable Pulling – Preparing Cable For Pulling When Installing Into Ducts
By Jack Nottidge, Thorne & Derrick
Thorne & Derrick are the UK’s leading distributor of Cable Pulling Equipment.
T&D service utilities, power, construction, rail, mining, street lighting, subsea, offshore, oil, gas and petrochemical industries.
Cable Pulling Equipment enables the installation of low and high voltage power, fibre optic, telecoms, subsea cables and umbilicals into cable duct or cable trench.
In this first of 2 guest blogs about cable pulling, T&D look at the preparation for cable pulling when installing cables into ducts. In the second blog T&D will discuss the typical equipment layout for pulling cables into open trench (underground).
Preparing For Cable Pulling Into Ducts
Cables installed into underground cable ducts are typically used on projects where the cable duct is buried deep into the ground, sometimes up to 1200mm. This is to provide adequate protection for the duct and therefore the cables which are often high voltage and potentially hazardous if inadequately protected or incorrectly pulled into the duct.
Due to the nature of the cables that are often installed in these applications, there are a number of checks that must be carried out prior to beginning the cable pull:
· The duct lines must be checked for any obstructions and anything that is found must be removed. This is often done with the use of duct brushes or ‘foam pigs’ which are pulled through the cable duct.
· It is essential to ensure that the cable duct is of adequate size to accommodate the cable to be pulled. This is done by pulling through a 3 metre length of cable through the duct which is subsequently checked for damage prior to the full cable being installed.
· If, during these checks, the 3 metre length of cable has any damage greater than half the depth of the outer sheath the duct route must be repaired before the full length cable is pulled through. This protects the integrity of the final cable.
The Equipment Used For Cable Pulling Into Ducts
Various equipment must be used when installing cables into underground cable duct. Cables can vary in size and voltage however the same process and equipment is used.
When installing cables, there is typically up to 9 different pieces of cable pulling equipment used :
1 Cable Winch– The cable winch is used for physically pulling the cable through the duct, reducing the need for manpower and increasing productivity. Electrically powered, the cable winch is much safer and reliable than manually pulling cables through the duct.
2 Rope Guide Roller– The rope guide roller is exactly as the name suggests – a roller to guide the draw ropes or cabling ropes that are coming out of the jointboxes or manhole. This is to reduce the damage and strain put on the ropes therefore pro-longing the lifespan of the equipment used. The rope guide roller is made from an aluminium roller mounted onto a frame that has been plated with zinc.
3 Bellmouth – The bellmouth is used as a means of providing additional protection to the cable when it is being pulled through the duct. The rollers on the bellmouth ensure that the cable can be pulled in any required direction without any damage being caused. The bellmouth is located at the exit of the cable duct through which the cable is being pulled.
4 Cable Drum Trailer Or Cable Jacks– The cable drum trailers and cable jacks are used as a means of storing and transporting cable drums. Cable drums are large wooden wheels which are used to hold cable. Cable drum trailers make the transportation of extremely heavy cable drums easier, safer and more reliable.
Often equipped with braking and road lighting, the cable drum trailers are attached to the back of an appropriate vehicle to assist in the transportation of cables. Cable jacks (hydraulic or screw type) are used as a means of supporting, stabilising and lifting the cable drums.
Cable drums are located at the edge of the manhole cover or opening when installing cable into underground ducts for the cable to be easily rolled off.
5 Swivel Link– The swivel link is a zinc plated, solid steel link that is attached to the winch rope. This link can, as the name suggests, swivel a full 360° allowing the rope to be pulled through without any twists occurring.
6 Conduit Rod–The conduit rod is fed through the manhole cover opening and is used to install draw or winch ropes. The conduit rod is manually fed through the underground duct and is extremely easy to handle. The conduit rod comes with a range of cable pulling accessories available such as flexible guide tips, end connectors and rod repair kits.
7 Cable Socks– Cable socks can also be called cable stockings or cable grips. These are used to support the pulling of cables through a duct. Attached to the end of a cable prior to pulling, the cable stocking is an efficient method of support when pulling the cable.
8 Manhole Roller– The manhole roller is specifically designed to be placed at the entrance of the manhole to assist in the guiding of the cable. Not only does the roller make the cable installation easier, it also protects the cable from being scraped on the edge of the manhole. The manhole roller is constructed of a steel frame and aluminium rollers.
9 Cable Lubricant–Cable lubricant is applied to the outside of the cables when being pulled through the duct. The lubricant assists in the pulling process by removing friction between the cable and the cable rollers. This not only speeds up the process but also prevents snagging and therefore damage to the cable.
Thorne & Derrick UK are distributors of LV-HV Cable, Installation, Cable Jointing & Electrical Equipment – we service UK and global businesses involved in cable installations, cable jointing, earthing, substation and electrical construction at LV, 11kV, 33kV and EHV. T&D service utilities, power, construction, rail, mining, offshore, oil, gas and petrochemical industries.T&D distribute Electrical Safety Equipment protecting workers on underground cables, overhead powerlines, switchgear and substations at LV, MV and HV.
Heavy Commercial Vehicles (Class 6 and above) do not fall under the same valuation guidelines as personal motor vehicles. In other words, there is no Blue Book Value for used Commercial Trucks. Wholesale values for the purpose of Auction may be found in the Black Book, however when it comes to a Fair Market Purchase price – the purchase price is based on the vehicles age, condition and comparable retail value in the sellers market.
Finance companies view heavy commercial trucks as valuable business assets. These vehicles can help small and medium sized companies add capital equipment to their operations at a fraction of the cost of buying new equipment. The average lifespan of a regularly maintained Commercial Truck can be upwards of 30 years.
Equipment Financing is typically done by professional lending institutions who have a working partnership with Equipment dealers. This makes purchasing a used truck fairly simple because the Equipment Dealer will work with the lending institution on a customer’s behalf to secure the necessary funds required for purchase. Dealerships realize that by having lending partnerships in place they can offer the most competitive rates and loan terms to their customers. Having alternative financing in place for a customer can be an advantage for those business owners who don’t want to tie up their working capital or business lines of credit.
Banks are willing to lend money for used equipment purchases and determine their interest rates based on the stability of the borrower, credit rating and length of time in business. Used equipment purchases are typically at a slightly higher interest rate than new, but can still be very competitive depending on the length of time you plan on carrying the note. Most lenders prefer at least 5 years in business and in some cases will accept credit scores in the low 600′s and interest rates can be as low as 5.5%.
Larger Dealerships will have several finance partnerships established for bucket truck financing which makes it even more convenient for buyers. As for qualifying for financing, borrowers with good credit scores are valued and offered the best interest rates, but that doesn’t mean that borrowers with less than stellar credit scores are exempt from getting a loan. Lending institutions may require more money down, a better trade-in or a slightly higher interest rate may apply.
When it comes to buying used commercial equipment, several financing options are available. Whether you are buying used bucket trucks, Grapple Trucks, forestry trucks or digger derricks, financing doesn’t have to be an issue. I-80 Equipment is here to help you with your used truck purchase and your financing options.
We're showcasing one of our bucket trucks this week, an awesome 2005 Altec AT37G. If you're in the market for a 42' working height, solid bucket truck, this is the one for you. Perfect for the data, telecom, forestry, sign & light, and even some forestry work, this bucket truck is in incredible condition and priced to sell quickly. Check out the specs below:VEHICLE INFORMATION: Make: GMC Model: C5500 Year: 2005 Gross Weight: 21,500 Engine:6.6L Duramax Fuel Type: Diesel Transmission: Allison Auto Mileage: 151,593 Price: $46,500.00 Auto Loan Calculator BOOM INFORMATION: Make: Altec Model: AT37G Year: 2005 Insulated?: Yes Sheave Height:42' Model: 42' VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: 2005 GMC C5500 4×2 Bucket Truck ********************************UNDER CDL NEW ARRIVAL******************************* • 4×2 Bucket Truck • Stock#531341 • Vehicle Make: GMC • Vehicle Model: C5500 • Odometer Miles: 151,593 • 6.6L Duramax Diesel • PTO Hours: 2,728 • Allison Automatic Transmission • Boom Make: Altec • Boom Model: AT37G Altec AT37G Specifications • Boom S/N: 0605DE5755 • Category C 46KV • Plat Form Height: 37’ • Working Height: 42’ • Articulating/Telescopic • Push Button PTO • Under body Frame Stabilizers • Lower Start/Stops DC Pump • Insulated Single Man Bucket • 350Lb Capacity • Bucket Tilt/Swivel • Pistol Grip Controls • Upper Start/Stops DC Pump • Upper Hydraulic Tool Circuit • Upper Emergency Stop • Upper Emergency Lowering Valve • ******************Automatic Rear Spot Tire Chains*********************** • Utility Body • AM/FM Radio • A/C • Cruise • Power Windows • Bucket Seats • 120V Block Heater • 245/70 R19.5 Steers: 85% • 245/70 R19.5 Rears: 80% • Front Axle Rating: 8,000Lbs • Rear Axle Rating: 13,500Lbs • Total GVWR: 21,500Lbs • 11’ 6” Riding Height • 8’ Width • 156” Wheel Base • 22’ 6” Overall Length As you can tell, there are tons of options to help you work more efficiently and safely. At $46,500 this truck is a steal. If you need a like-new bucket truck at a used truck price, check out our full listing of used bucket trucks. If you like this truck specifically, check out the Altec AT37G Bucket Truck full listing. Don't forget, I-80 Equipment offers free 1 way airfare, an industry leading warranty, and the best customer service in the business. Find out what makes us the best in the bucket truck market. Call: 1-888-949-3701
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Unique Uses of Bucket Trucks
When one thinks of a bucket truck, they usually think of power outages and linemen going out to repair the downed power lines. Or others may think of ice storms and crews going out to cut down the branches and limbs that are on roofs. So, there are the two most common uses for bucket truck that people are used to seeing. But, there are several other things that these utility trucks can be used for. They may not be used as much as the others, but as time goes on, demand for these trucks and their different uses will become a lot more popular.
One unique use for bucket trucks is window washing. For tall buildings like hotels and casinos, bucket trucks can be a low cost and very effective way to get the windows washed when other options are not readily available. Some businesses use bucket trucks for hanging decorations. During the 4th of July,
many companies use these trucks to hang American flags and there are always several decorations needing hung at Christmas.
Bucket trucks have also been a rapidly increasing asset for businesses in the advertising industry. More and more, bucket trucks are being used to paint signs and repair light bulbs in places that reach excess of 75 feet in the air. With any advertisements that high, businesses are sure to catch the attention of
These are only a few examples of the not-so-ordinary uses of bucket trucks. In a rapidly growing economy, bucket trucks will soon be in high demand for several uses we never thought possible. It's only a matter of time before bucket trucks are used in everyday purposes.
By Jack Nottidge, Thorne & Derrick.
In this second guest blog by Thorne & Derrick, the UK’s largest cable laying equipment distributor,we look at the equipment and process requirements for laying a cable in an open trench.
Open trench cable laying is often used as opposed to laying cables directly into cable ducts. This method of laying low, medium and high voltage power cables into the ground tends to be used where the cables in use are of a higher voltage and therefore have a greater overall diameter.
The Preparation Of The Open Trench
Prior to the cable being laid, the cable trench must be dug and prepared properly. This means that the cable trench must be of adequate size to allow for the cables and ducting required. Different cables will require different sized trenches – the higher the voltage, the bigger the cable and therefore the bigger the trench required. The trench width and depth also depends on the where the cable trench is being dug. For instance, a cable being laid underneath a public footway will not be laid as deep as one under arable land that is to be ploughed.
When a cable trench is to be dug, it should be sufficient to allow the installer to install the cables and ducting at depth for the cable being used. It should also allow the cables to be installed within the bending radii specified. The cable should be installed within the specified cable pulling dimensions and without damaging the cable sheaths.
Equipment Required For Open Trench Cable Laying
When laying a cable into an open trench, there are 8 key components within the typical equipment layout used excluding the trench and the cable.
1. Cable Winch– The cable winch is situated at the end of the cable trench and is designed to be simple and robust. The cable winch provides smooth and controlled pulling of the cables through the trench. It is the cable pulling winch that provides the actual pulling of the cable. There is a number of different cable winches available dependant on the type of cable being pulled. Cable winches vary between telecommunications, power cables and lightweight small power cabling.
2. Winch Wire Rope– The winch wire rope is attached to the cable in order for it to be pulled through. The wire rope gives extra strength and allows for heavier cables to be pulled through. In addition, the use of the winch wire prevents any potential damage being caused to the cable sheath.
3. Swivel Link– The swivel link provides the connection between the cable and the winch wire rope. Each swivel link is designed and used to allow the wire to rotate when being pulled and avoid kinking or twisting. The extra layer of protection provided by the swivel link means damage to the cable sheath is reduced even further.
4. Cable Socks –Cable socks are available in either stainless steel or Kevlar but are traditionally constructed of high tensile, galvanised steel wire. Often called cable socks or grips, these are another level of protection between the cable and the cable winch. Fitted to the end of the cable, they are attached to the swivel link and avoid direct contact with the cable.
5. Straight Cable Rollers– The straight line cable rollers are, as the name suggests, for use in the straight part of the cable trench. Varying in size and weight, the straight cable rollers are selected by the size of the trench they are to be used in. The cable rollers enable to the cable to be pulled through without making contact with the base of the trench which would damage the cable outer sheath.
6. Corner Rollers– Angled corner rollers are to be used within the cable trench where there is a bend in the trench. Typically these incorporate a vertical and horizontal cable roller to allow for the pulling of the cable. Providing the same level or protection as the straight cable rollers they are both used alongside each other.
7. Draw Off Roller– The draw off cable roller is the first piece of equipment the cable will come into contact with when pulled from the cable drum. When the cable is pulled through the open trench, the draw off roller leads the cable straight from the drum into the open cable trench. The cable is then pulled through the trench with the draw roller acting as an initial guide for the cable.
8. Cable Drum Trailer–The cable drum trailer is used to transport the cable drum. In addition the cable trailer is also used to stabilise the cable drum whilst the cable is being pulled through the trench.
Thorne & Derrick UK are distributors of LV-HV Cable, Installation, Cable Jointing & Electrical Equipment – we service UK and global businesses involved in cable installations, cable jointing, earthing, substation and electrical construction at LV, 11kV, 33kV and EHV.
T&D service utilities, power, construction, rail, mining, offshore, oil, gas and petrochemical industries.T&D distribute CatuElectrical Safety Equipment protecting workers on underground cables, overhead powerlines, switchgear and substations at LV, MV and HV.
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Linda Snell of I-80 Equipment sends a reminder that it's not too late to take advantage of the Section 179 Small Business Tax credit for heavy equipment purchases through December 31, 2012.
Guess what business owners in Illinois and Iowa? You have one of the top dealers of used bucket trucks, digger derricks, forestry bucket trucks, grapple trucks, boom trucks, and specialty equipment in the nation, right here in the Quad Cities particularly, Colona, IL. You don't need to fly across the country or make a big trip out of finding the best utility trucks for your fleet, just give us a call and we'll take care of the rest; 309-949-3701.
We know the industries in Illinois and Iowa like no one else. We live here so we understand the challenges in weather, economy, etc. that you'll face. Whether you live in Chicago, Des Moines, Grand Rapids, Springfield, St. Louis, or the Quad Cities, we can help you find a truck that will provide the best return on investment and have the best longevity of service. We help all businesses out from forestry and tree trimming to data and telecomm to sign & light or painting. We have the bucket trucks or specialty trucks you need to succeed.
We've made it easy for you to find bucket trucks in Iowa with our specific page as well as a specific page for bucket trucks for sale in Illinois. We're trying to help streamline the buying process and help potential customers make an intelligent decision on how to buy and where to buy from. We're not going to tell you the best, we're going to show you we're the best.
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For those needing a truck that can take on a heavy load, this unit has a 500 pound side load capacity, 2,000 pound lower lifting hook, and a 6,000 pound reel lifter, w/ winder. Additional features for this Cable Placer include a complete strobe package, air brakes, joystick upper controls, upper start/stop/emergency stop, 230 horsepower with 620 pounds of torque, and many more. With a gross weight of 33,000 pounds, low miles, and an automatic transmission, our Altec AT40C-2006-International 4300 4×2 Cable Placer is an incredible bargain. Similar trucks on the market would cost much more, and additional options would increase the price tag by an ever larger amount. With this unit, there are so many options and features packed into this one truck for a single, amazing price. Financing is available for this truck, and we can get you an incredible and affordable monthly payment with approved credit.
With gas prices always on the rise, fuel efficiency is a major concern for bucket truck owners across the nation. Bucket truck companies are trying to find ways to save money at the gas pumps in an attempt to keep from raising their prices to customers. In an uncertain economy, everyone can benefit from learning some great tips to using less gas and fewer fill-ups every week. Most of these fuel saving tips can be used by the drivers themselves and should be encouraged by business owners and facility supervisors and managers. Businesses should have their bucket trucks scheduled for routine maintenance throughout the year as one way to promote better fuel efficiency. Other tips include using shorter routes, keeping track of load weights, and using heating and cooling systems less.
Regular maintenance is one of the most important factors in fuel efficiency for all vehicles. Worn spark plugs and even small vacuum leaks can make an engine run harder than it needs to and cuts down the fuel efficiency even more. It’s important to have these items checked each time a bucket truck goes in for a tune up. Tire and alignment are also very important to fuel economy. By making sure the tire pressure and alignment are correct for the truck, it can help keep the gas bill a little smaller at every trip to the convenience store. Bucket trucks that receive yearly tune ups last longer than vehicles that do not. Bucket trucks with routine maintenance also save businesses considerably more gas in the years that they are active.
Bucket truck business owners can also encourage their employees to map out shorter routes to their job sites. Planning their trip in advance and saving a few miles on the truck each day can make a huge difference. It may not seem like a lot, but if a driver manages to save 100 miles on the bucket truck each month, that can mean large savings for the company each year. And if drivers save miles on multiple trucks, that can lead to even larger savings. Saving money in any business is a great feat to accomplish and provides satisfaction to all employees concerned.
The size of the load on a bucket truck plays an important role in fuel efficiency. Bucket truck businesses can have employees make sure they do not overload the truck. This can be done by asking drivers not to add any unneeded equipment to the truck, which can take hundreds of pounds off of the bucket truck and save gas money. Employees will also like having fewer items to load and unload as well, so it’s a win-win for everyone. By paying attention to load weight and making sure only necessary items are added to the bucket truck, this tip is easily accomplished and can lead to substantial savings each year.
Another way to conserve gas in a bucket truck is to cut down on the heat and air conditioning usage. Encouraging drivers to use the A/C and heat when it’s only necessary can also save money as well. Cutting down on frequent using of heating and A/C when it’s nice outside may seem like a small task, but it can have huge benefits. Although it may not increase fuel economy as much as smaller load size or tire pressure, it still makes a difference. And saving some money is better than saving none at all.
Boosting fuel economy in a bucket truck is a huge accomplishment for any business to master. Learning these tips and others is a great way to encourage employees saving gas in their own personal vehicles as well. Decreasing the amount of gas consumption is also doing the environment a huge favor. If all businesses and individuals started to be savvier in fuel efficiency techniques, gas bills could be smaller for everyone across the country. In an economy where gas prices are on a consistent rise and employment isn’t always guaranteed, it’s nice to know that there are some ways we can control the amount of money we have to spend on gas every day. Making bucket trucks more efficient is a great way to save money and encourage fuel efficiency for all.
#MetalTheft, be it lead, copper or aluminium, is a global curse effecting the electrical industry at generation, transmission and distribution levels. From the power station to the person in the street, black-outs or power outages caused by criminal activity is a serious global problem. In the UK, the recycling industry is fuelling metal theft while police operations such as Operation Tornado places an onus on scrap metal dealers to check antecedents of those selling metals, and check metal for markings. The SMD (Scrap Metal Dealers) Act of 2013 strengthens licensing powers and requires SMD's to record distinguishing marks, although how this is policed is open to debate.
Trace-In-Metal (TiM) provides the ability to audit the path that stolen metals take through the recycling process. This has not been available before – anywhere in the world. TiM can close an existing intelligence gap as well as providing law enforcement with the vital evidence they need to secure a conviction. TiM works with the SMD Act and wants to support the electrical industry in being able to discriminate between what’s stolen and what’s not.
TiM are able to mark some copper now, using sprays to mark the cable sheath or bare conductors, such as copper earthing tape, busbars, earth straps and cables. Clearly, further exploration as to best methods, coverage and at what point in delivery chain it is marked is required. We would welcome feedback from the industry.
Please read our Blog Post : Trace-In-Metal : Preventing The Theft Of Metals, Copper & Cables
Thorne & Derrick UK are national distributors and worldwide exporters of Low & High Voltage Cable Installation, Cable Jointing, Hazardous Area & Electrical Equipment – T&D service UK and global businesses involved in cable installations, cable jointing, substation, overhead line and electrical construction at LV, 11kV, 33kV and EHV. T&D are the UK’s largest stockist supplier of Copper Earthing systems for the electrical industry.
To safely keep a truck on the road, regular maintenance is crucial. This includes regular oil changes, hydraulic fluid changes, brake checks and replacement of any worn or broken parts. The standard metric is typically after 1,000 hours of operation for replacing oil and hydraulic fluid. Proper bucket truck performance and safety depends on regular inspections and keeping current with mechanical performance. Adhering to these simple checks can save someone's life!
Not only is regular maintenance essential, but operators also need to inspect key systems before starting work in a bucket truck. Standard daily checks include:
• Headlight, Turn signals, Emergency lights
• Hydraulic lines, Fuel Lines and Oil
• Lower Controls, Upper Controls
• Bucket Arm, Bucket
• Out riggers
Checking the hydraulic lines and bucket arm are mandatory pre-operation inspections that need to be done before any operator goes up in a bucket truck. Before the inspection, turn off the engine, bring the lift to the neutral position and release the hydraulic pressure. There can be no leaks whatsoever in the hydraulic lines. Make sure that the boom arm shows no indication of metal fatigue, cracks or missing hardware. Boom arm failures and hydraulic fluid fires are accidents that can occur when proper safety and maintenance precautions aren't performed and they are totally preventable.
Proper tire pressure is important for stable operation especially in off-road working environments. Correct out rigger and stabilizer placement is equally important for the trucks stability. Tip over's are a completely preventable accident which can occur when outriggers are not deployed properly. OSHA requires standard safety checkpoints that must be reviewed by the truck operator before using any aerial lift.
Proper bucket truck training and certification is required for safe operation.
To preserve life, limb and property, businesses that utilize bucket trucks in their operations are encouraged to set up and maintain a comprehensive aerial lift safety training and recertification program in addition to a regular maintenance schedule. Personal protection, including harnesses, hard hats, eye and ear protection are part of an operator's required safety gear. If you are unsure about how to safely operate or work around a bucket truck, immediately contact your supervisor and always refer to the manufacturer guidelines for service and operating requirements.
Bucket Truck Sales and service can be sourced through a reputable Dealer. Proper maintenance and training will minimize operating costs and keep your crew safe.
1. Trimming Trees – A very common use for bucket trucks, in this case forestry bucket trucks, is tree trimming. Many times, it's not safe for trimmers to clime the tree and the use of a lift truck helps them to reach a safe position. Bucket trucks allow trimmers to find the ideal position to cut limbs and are much safer than previous trimming methods. Arborists use bucket trucks a lot… trimming trees is one of the most common uses for bucket trucks trucks.
2. Photography – Yep, photographers use bucket trucks to get a unique vantage point to snap their photos. Check out this photo taken from a bucket truck:
3. Cinema – Along the same lines as photography, movie directors use bucket trucks to film. Again, they use them to get a different vantage point that wouldn't otherwise be possible. A movie that used a bucket truck to film was "The Terminator", one of my favorite movies.
4. Painting – If you're like me and hate painting while standing on a ladder, a bucket truck is perfect. Lot's of professional painters have bucket trucks at their disposal to help them with working at heights. A bucket truck is safer than a hydraulic lift because you can work on more uneven surfaces and is overall more stable. Imagine painting a three or four story building on a ladder or on a hydraulic lift.
5. Hunting – Ok ok, maybe only I would use a bucket truck for hunting but, it's a use. I could have put a variety of uses at #5 like sign and light repair or decorating for holidays but it's hunting season. 🙂 Imagine having the best possible hunting spot at a perfect height. You could be 50 ft in the air and get perfect shot. Probably better have a two-man bucket and a stool to sit on.
Have you used a bucket truck for something different? Let us know in the comments!
Because of the high demand for digger derricks, we keep plenty in stock all the time so our customers can have several makes and models to choose from on any day of the week. We currently have nine Terex 6060 Digger Derricks in stock, and each unit is equipped with full hydraulic boom with remote controls and a 25 foot jib. These Terex units are incredibly rare, and we are the only dealer on the market that has these trucks in stock. Capable of completing the jobs of two trucks, these particular units have a 37,360 pound lifting capacity–the highest of all digger derricks. All of these trucks are packed with several options and features such as 330 horsepower engines with 820 pounds of torque, push button PTO, pedestal controls, a three section boom, a two-speed digger head, four hydraulic outriggers, passenger side Capstan winch, walking beam suspension, dual insulated single man pin-on buckets, and more.
Here at I-80 Equipment, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with top-notch trucks and service. It’s what we’ve been doing since our inception. Part of our commitment to outstanding service is providing financing options that make it easy for you – our valued customer – to get the right truck at the right price. If you’re wondering how to go about financing your truck, this blog post has an overview.
Consider Your Trucking Business’ Expenses
Your business will incur two types of expenses, initial (non-recurring) and continuous (operating). Once your business is up and running, you will always need enough capital on hand to pay for employee salaries, fuel, rent and inventory, to name a few. Additionally, you must consider the cost of acquiring equipment outside of your actual truck. This includes things like office furniture, computers, phones and printers. As you can see, there are quite a few expenses that come with owning and operating a business that depends on a reliable commercial truck.
Truck Financing 101
One of the most common questions that trucking business owners ask themselves is, “should I buy or finance my truck?” There is no right or wrong answer to this question; it is a personal choice based on the business’ individual trucking equipment needs and financial situation. Purchasing your truck with cash requires a significant up-front payment, and this can dilute your business’ savings. Here are some of the key benefits of truck financing and truck equipment leasing:
Allows for 100% Financing
Prevents Truck “Obsolescence”
Flexibility for Truck Upgrade
Budget Saving Payment Plans
Preserve Cash flow and Credit Lines
Simple One-Page Credit Application
I-80 Equipment hopes you found this information about truck financing helpful. If you have any questions, or are interested in acquiring trucking equipment, please contact us today.
By Chris Dodds November, 2014
A Guest Blog by Nico Frame (Marketing Manager at Silver Fox). Silver Fox are the global market leading, UK based manufacturer of cable labels.
Thorne & Derrick, a main distributor for Silver Fox, are delighted to announce a major project breakthrough into the utility power industry.
Silver Fox have recently supplied Spanish engineering giant Elimco with their Fox-in-a-Box® thermal cable labeling system for the labeling of power cables in high voltage 275kV substations being constructed at New Cumnock in Ayrshire, Scotland.
The project is part of SP Energy Networks, South West Scotland Collector Scheme.
As well as the Fox-in-a-Box® system, also procured were a range of cable labels that included the Fox-Flo® Low Smoke, Zero Halogen (LS0H) UV Stable Tie-on Cable Labels and the Legend ™ LNST Non-Shrink tubing. Zero halogen cable labels are extensively specified for the labeling, marking and identification of LSOH (Low Smoke Zero Halogen) cables – this includes plastic low voltage service, mains and 11kV cables.
Pictured: Silver Fox Fox-in-a-Box Advanced & Professional. The Silver Fox system prints cable labels quickly and easily. The complete labeling starter packs include: Plug'N'Play Thermal Printer, Labacus Innovator Advanced Software, Thermal Ribbon Sample Thermal Labels and Free Technical Support Service.
Zero halogen cable labels are installed by power and utility contractors working on behalf of UK DNO's where significant LSOH cable runs inside substations and buildings require a cable label system which preserves the zero halogen integrity of the cable circuits.
Pictured: Substations – Silver Fox cable labels are installed to identify low and high voltage power cables. Also control and power cables feeding control and protection panels, systems and distribution boards.
The Non-Shrink tubing was vital for Elimco as it eliminated the need for heat shrink as that would require a heat-gun permit or the time-consuming method of using individual ferrules. The ability to "cold-install" cable labels without resort to "hot-working" provides serious electrical safety advantages when labeling cables offshore in potentially explosive atmospheres. Non-shrink cable labels are ideal for Zone 1 and Zone 2 hazardous area cable marking – fast, simple and safe labeling significantly driving down total man hour costs.
Also provided to the project were the Silver Fox Legend™ LXL Laser Tie-on labels specifically for the internal sections of the New Cumnock substation. These are simply produced via templates on the Labacus software and printed using a normal office laser printer.
Silver Fox have been systematically testing their products to create world leading solutions to save time for the contractor and low maintenance for the client. All Silver Fox thermal solutions can be printed using the Silver Fox Fox-in-a-Box Cable Labeling System – using the same software, same printer and same ribbon.
Silver Fox cable labels are specified for both onshore and offshore cable labeling of LV-HV power cables – the cable labels are rigorously tested to ensure high performance in harsh operating conditions. Read more: Silver Fox Cable Labels – Salt Mist Spray Testing For Offshore & Marine Cable Labeling.
Silver Fox : A leader in UK manufacturing labeling solutions using a special Plug’N’Play thermal printer or a standard office printer – ensuring fast and efficient identification of cables, wires, optical fibers, panels and equipment – Silver Fox delivers solutions for the Energy, Power, Rail and Data & Telecoms industries worldwide.
Silver Fox’s production of independently tested durable labeling is only part of the story. It also offers three levels of software, all of which are downloadable from the Silver Fox website, for free trial. Developed in conjunction with engineers over the past 15 years or so, these software solutions offer an array of unique time-saving options which, for the time-critical project, can turn time into profit.
Silver Fox tests its labels at recognized independent UKAS certified test laboratories in compliance with a number of different MIL and other standards. Silver Fox is ISO 9001:2008 registered. Silver Fox has spent over 30 years developing its products. Its commitment to global business was recognized in 2005 by the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade.
Category: Cable Labeling & Marking
Utility Trucks – Find the Right Truck At The Best Price
Utility trucks have become a valuable piece of equipment for many businesses. To be successful in today's competitive marketplace, companies need to have the right tools. If you own a business that works in the utility industry a bucket truck can make your company more efficient and result in increased profits.
The right equipment makes all the difference in today's competitive markets. Surpassing the competition requires exemplary service across multiple market segments and this is possible only if you have the right trucks. A reliable utility truck is not only useful for your business but can represent the ability to do more work which means more profit. Whether you own a small scale business or a large company, the right truck can do wonders when it comes to increasing the efficiency of your work crews. Adding a utility truck to your business can help you get and compete for jobs you otherwise wouldn't.
The first thing you need is to determine the kind of truck your business requires. Utility trucks come in a variety of makes and models which include bucket trucks, boom trucks, grapple trucks, forestry trucks and digger derricks, to name a few. Different trucks are used for different types of work. Digger derricks are specifically created to dig placement holes for Telephone poles. Bucket trucks are used to elevate workers to a height that's difficult to access by climbing or ladders. Boom Trucks are used for lifting and securing heavy objects while grapple trucks are used for moving and lifting jobsite debris.
Once you have decided on the type of utility truck you need, you should start working on your budget. Prices vary in the used equipment market and are determined by the overall quality and condition of the truck. The decision for the type of truck you need depends on the type of work. Bucket Trucks are classified as small, medium and heavy duty. This correlates to their working height and chassis size. Larger trucks will inevitably cost more, but depending on the Year, Make, Model and Boom, pricing can be competitive. Consequently, used commercial trucks don't have a Blue Book Valuation like automobiles do. Pricing is based on the overall condition of the truck, mileage, hours in service, how old it is and whether it has been reconditioned.
Purchasing a utility truck is major investment for your company and it's recommended that you know exactly what type of bucket truck you need. Companies may have different bucket trucks so they can do different types of jobs. Depending on the work, usually a medium duty bucket truck may be all you'll ever need. Medium duty bucket trucks typically have a 60 foot working height. Take care to consider the working height you need before making a purchase because a higher working height might be worth the investment of a more heavy duty truck. Know your business and know what you need!
Since heavy duty trucks are major investment, most businesses prefer to lease or finance them. If your company is on a tight budget a used truck can be an attractive solution to buying a brand new truck. The prices of used trucks are considerably less and you can get one that is in good condition and has several years of work life left. Several used truck Dealers specialize in fully reconditioning used utility vehicles which ensures that you're getting a fully inspected, used truck. Other options include auctions, although this may not be the best method for an individual or small business. Auctions typically have fees associated with them and transport of the auction vehicle can be difficult if the doesn't have access to a truck transport service.
Doing some research prior to making a huge investment is vital, so do your homework and search the Internet for a company that offers the best used trucks. Whether you require digger, forestry or grapple trucks , you should ensure that the company is offering the highest quality and the best price. While you are at it, you should go about comparing the prices offered so that you can strike the best deals.
I-80 Equipment is a leading Dealership in the used commercial truck market. We have an exclusive range of used trucks ranging from Altec bucket trucks and Digger Derricks to Versa Lift, High Ranger and Terex bucket trucks.
Basically, digger derrick trucks are designed to drill a hole and put in a hole. The cases where we see these trucks is mostly in mining and well digging areas, cable fields and electrical telecommunication areas also use them of late. They have proved to be of relevance in the world today and many have opted for them. Digger derrick trucks have auger to drill the hole and also the pole clamps so that it can hold the pole as it is being inserted.
Click here to view our full inventory of available used digger derricks.
These trucks are multipurpose and are equipped with an auger that is powerful and it can even go through solid rock depending on the specifications which the truck or machine has. They use the auger on the truck to drill holes of electric and telephone poles during placement. They also assist in moving of solid or liquid materials or substances through rotating helical flighting. The auger of the drill can use a similar mechanism to eliminate shaving from the hole which is being drilled.
Digger derrick trucks can also be found in towns and cities though they are mostly used at mining sites. People in these urban areas may not necessarily notice these trucks but they are usually on the streets mostly when construction companies are making potholes or digging up holes to fix up the conditions of the roads. The mobiles often carry the various types of digger derricks on top for example hydraulic outriggers and speed diggers to function on various kinds of work. These trucks are very key to the construction industry since they make the digging process much easier and quicker. Digger derrick trucks just like any other types of machinery, can be very dangerous if used by someone that is not experienced and lacks complete knowledge of its functioning and processes. These dangers are prevented by restricting the use of these trucks to people that have undergone professional training and have passed the training successfully. They also advise the operators of these trucks to keep re-training so that they can utilize the full strength of the trucks. This truck is said to have the same control panels of a helicopter and this means that for the operator of the machine, safety is key. The people that operate these machines don't necessarily have degrees in engineering but for these machines to perform efficiently, it's necessary for some physics principles to be applied otherwise the operator may be at risk. These people thus have to have some physics knowledge to operate these trucks successfully. They also have to understand the safety techniques as well as operational ways of the truck to avoid any form of physical danger. These trucks should be operated by careful, qualified and competent people who are also mentally and physically stable. Digger derrick trucks have this look that instils confidence of safety to the operator but they have to be aware that accidents can happen at anytime. They thus have to protect themselves from any form of injury or even death. It is advised that they don't start a job until they have proof that it is safe to start operating the machine. Feel free to browse I-80 Equipment's digger derrick trucks for sale.
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Winter Care Checklist for Bucket Trucks from I-80 Equipment
Now that the first major snow storm of the year is upon us, these checks and guidelines are imperative for smooth and safe truck operation. While not all bucket truck owners have to endure a cold, harsh winter there are still many who will have to work in frigid temperatures and snow. Weather extremes can have a major impact on diesel trucks but with proper winterization and maintenance you can be assured that your truck will run smoothly.
One of the most important fluids to check is Anti Freeze. If it wasn't changed last winter, it's recommended that it gets changed this winter. Anti Freeze can lose its effectiveness over time. The standard lifespan is 30,000 miles or two years, whichever comes first. Not only does Anti freeze lubricate water pumps but it also helps prevent engine corrosion.
The second most important check for winter maintenance is the motor Oil. Standard 10W30 weight oil is adequate for winter weather unless the bucket truck is being operated in extreme arctic conditions. If truck operation includes frigid temperatures, now is the time to switch to a thinner weight oil.
Often overlooked until they're needed, wiper blades and washer fluid are also very important. Winter environments include salty slush, sand and ice which can impact driving visibility. Good wiper blades and washer fluid with an anti freeze agent can ensure operator safety on the road. Make sure and keep the washer fluid full and do regular checks on the wiper blades.
Another winter recommendation for safe bucket truck operation is an annual battery check. Severe temperatures can shorten a batteries life and there is nothing more frustrating than to be out on the road and have a dead battery. If your battery is within one year of its life expectancy, have it tested. Low-life batteries may not have enough starting power in cold temperatures.
A pre-season tune up is also recommended. Have a mechanic check the spark plugs, distributor cap and rotor (if applicable) to make sure that all connections are good.
Belts and hoses help round out truck winterization to make sure that a commercial truck is in top working condition. Make sure that belts and hoses are not worn or cracked. Make periodic checks throughout the winter months because freezing temperatures can put an additional strain on belts and hoses.
Tires are always important, but especially during winter months. Road conditions can become very hazardous and worn tires will not provide good traction. Most commercial trucks have a rear drive train, so good rear tire tread is crucial. Operators in mountainous regions also rely on chains, so if you'll be working in hazardous terrain, make sure you have chains in the work arsenal. The rule of thumb is to always be prepared.
Finally, check the exhaust system. Make sure there are no leaks or a means for any exhaust to enter the truck cab. During the winter months with the heater running and windows closed – an exhaust leak could be fatal.
These simple preventative measures will ensure that work crews stay safe and remain productive this winter season.
We’re rapidly approaching the Holiday’s and people everywhere are fearing the worst, getting off of the couch and setting up decorations. Ok, maybe it’s just me. Some uses of bucket trucks during Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year (among others) take on a more residential feel. The first use that comes to mind are the professional decorators that use bucket trucks to hang ornaments, lights, and other do-dads from homes. Let’s look a little deeper at some Fall, Winter time uses for our favorite aerial lift trucks.
For some gutter cleaning companies, using a bucket truck to reach their job site is a huge advantage. Instead of trudging up a ladder, workers can knock out a project in half the time. I know I’d love to have a lift truck for personal use for this reason alone. Also, some businesses and homes with gutters can be pretty tall and a bucket truck is a much safer option than a 30+ ft ladder.
Yep, decorating for the Holidays is huge here in America and bucket trucks are used to help with the process. Many big-time decorators use bucket trucks to reach the higher areas of a home or tree to decorate. Professional decorators on a budget will often rent a truck for the season… I’m sure it pays off big time. Decorators can work much more efficiently and safely with a lift truck than with a ladder. I don’t blame them at all. After years of climbing a ladder and walking on a roof to hang Christmas lights, I would love to have a bucket truck for this job.
Another use for bucket trucks during the Holiday season is to get a great view of decorations and the area. Last year, I was lucky enough to go up in a bucket during Christmas time and get an incredible view of the city and the Christmas decorations. The lights and everything from that vantage point was amazing. If you have the opportunity to get a view from a bucket truck during the Holidays, I highly recommend it.
Have any more uses for a bucket truck during this time of year? Jot it down in the comments, we’d love to hear them!
Here at I-80 Equipment, we know that having quality machinery and equipment is just as crucial as having a solid crew of employees. For that reason, we offer a special finance program designed to help anyone obtain quality reconditioned equipment. I-80 Equipment works with all types of credit and offers custom financing options at very competitive interest rates.
Did you know that your purchase may qualify for a Section 179 depreciation deduction? The Section 179 tax credit is not just for new trucks or equipment. Used commercial trucks qualify for this program as long as the equipment is placed into service by the end of this year. Under Section 179, businesses may write off expenses on new and used equipment, up to $500,000. Think of it as a program that allows you to deduct the full purchase price of any equipment that you purchase throughout the year. Not just a portion of the price, the full purchase price. This serves as a huge benefit for small businesses looking to increase profitability.
How can you take advantage of the tax credit?
To find out what you qualify for, contact our sales team at 888-949-3701. They’ll walk through a few quick, and simple steps to help you take advantage of this tax incentive while it lasts. Or, for more detailed information on how the Section 179 program works you can visit the official site.
One of the best ways to increase your semi-truck sales in general is by going online. You need to do a lot more than just post a basic ad on the Internet though. To appeal to prospective buyers, you should put in a little extra effort. If you'd like to sell trucks online quickly and easily, the following five tips are sure to help.
Use High-Quality Photos – Studies have shown that people are more likely to seriously consider an ad when it includes clear, high-quality photos. One of the worst mistakes that you can make is to use blurry, low-resolution images. Furthermore, make sure that your images are large enough. If people need magnifying glasses to tell what's going on, your photos are definitely not working in your favor.
Include Well-Written, Highly Detailed Descriptions – If the descriptions that you use for your bucket trucks and semis are riddled with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, you're not going to be taken very seriously. It also helps if the description is interesting to read. It should be written in a way that actually compels people to take action too. While you're at it, make sure to include plenty of keywords. Think of the kinds of terms that people would use when searching for semi-trucks and bucket trucks online. Sprinkle them liberally throughout your descriptions. Doing that will make it easier for people to find your ads.
Use Video Too – It's quick and easy to create and upload a video for your semi-truck advertisement. Take prospective buyers on a tour of the truck. Many people respond more favorably to videos than they do to photos alone. Another reason it's smart to use videos is because they give you more places to appear in the search engine results. YouTube is the most popular video site, so make sure to post your video there as well.
Include Pricing – Nothing scares away prospective semi-truck buyers more than listings that don't include pricing. People just don't like to have to call to find out how much a semi-truck costs. It's one more step, and most people don't want to do it. Figure out a price right from the start. Post it prominently on your listing. If you're open to negotiation, make sure to mention that as well.
Reply Quickly – When you get a nibble, react swiftly. Don't leave people hanging. If someone calls or sends an email, pick up the phone or send a response right away. When someone is in the market for a bucket truck or semi, you can be certain that he's looking at several options. Shoot to the top of the list by being responsive.
That's all there is to it. These simple steps will make your semi-truck ad stand out online in a really big way. Many people fail to do a single one of these things. By doing all of them, you're sure to increase your sales in no time.
Trucker To Trucker is an online marketplace for trucks, trailers, parts, and equipment.
December 16, 2014
The U.S. Senate passed a $42 billion package of tax incentives, reviving dozens of lapsed breaks for 2014 and setting them to expire December 31, 2014. After the 76-16 vote, the bill heads to President Barack Obama. The House passed the measure Dec. 3 on a 378-46 vote.
Top provisions affecting heavy equipment buyers include an extension of Section 179 for 2014 only to $500,000.
For more on our reconditioning process, check out our step by step guide through reconditioning a bucket truck.
Not one aspect of cleaning up after the ravages of Superstorm Sandy was an easy task to do. Thousands of people were without power, internet, and many even without homes to go to. A lot of manpower and equipment had to be brought in to get power restored to the residents of New Jersey and New York. The bucket trucks after Superstorm Sandy played a major role in the restoration of utilities to the devastated areas torn apart from this powerful storm.
While millions of Americans watched the newest updates on the aftermath of this super storm, hundreds of workers were working around the clock to help the citizens who had lost power and their homes. The entire area of New Jersey and much of New York suffered severe consequences after Sandy touched down upon them. Homes and businesses alike were torn apart effortlessly by this storm.
Without a doubt this storm is one of the worst and most unique touch down on American soil. Though the extent of the damage done contains a long list of horrific damages, the people of New Jersey and New York were brought hope in an otherwise bleak situation. Workers such as electric linemen, phone and internet technicians, and tree workers all pitched in to get the utilities restored as quickly as possible. Those who lost power during Sandy’s temper tantrum sighed with relief as the bucket trucks began to arrive loaded with workers.
Out of all the equipment brought in to clean up damages and restore power, the bucket truck was by far one of the most useful. Having these trucks to lift them to the damaged trees and power lines, workers were able to utilize bucket trucks in even the most damaged areas to restore civilization to these areas. Without power people are forced to live in unsanitary conditions.
Having no power forces the victims of storms to go without water, cooking, bathing, and many other things so many of us take for granted on a daily basis. Without a doubt the spirits of those devastated by the super storm were lifted when workers and bucket trucks started rolling in to their aid. The arrival of bucket trucks after Super Storm Sandy truly were vital to clean up and a blessing to all who were without power and other utilities.
Many parts of of the United States and Canada experience extreme winter weather. They consistently receive large amounts of snow and ice during the winter season. Many parts of this region get hit with late-season snow and ice storms. Parts of the area may experience power outages which are much more dangerous in the cold and harsh weather than in more southern regions.
During Winter, a huge challenge is working safely when outdoors. Utility bucket truck workers face some of the greatest challenges while working outdoors near power lines, ice covered trees, and other dangerous areas all while working in cold, icy weather. Since the effect of large snowstorms and freezing rain often includes broken power lines, damaged utility poles, and fallen tree limbs or even trees themselves, there is a very good chance that workers will need to respond to these problems during and after these storms.
An insulated bucket is a safe-guard against live electric lines coming in contact with the boom. If it somehow comes in contact with live lines, the insulated bucket provides extra protection from energizing the truck and creating a possibly deadly situation for anyone working in or around the utility truck.
Working with live power lines means extra precautions and only experienced and knowledgeable workers should perform these tasks. All utility workers should be familiar with and follow OSHA regulations. It is helpful to have a ground person at the work site to aid with the lift operation and help the vehicle operators avoid blind spots. Always follow safe bucket truck operation procedure.
When ice – snow accumulation becomes heavy on tree branches, limbs often break because of the extra weight. There is a very high probability of tree limbs breaking loose and causing harm to people, homes, vehicles, and other things. To prevent these things from happening, professionals are hired to cut down the threatening tree limbs.
Maintenance of utility trucks is critical to safe operation. A seasonal check of the truck and it’s components is mandated by OSHA and other federal regulatory commissions. It is also advisable that owners/ operators make necessary adjustments on the electric choke and to make sure there is a spare spark plug for future use. It’s also very important to have a daily check list. A typical daily checklist could look something like this:
- Make sure the fuel tank is full before going to any work-site. Also, it is important to verify that propane tanks are full and the starter is able to power up the electric generator.
- The bucket of the vehicle should be clean and consider replacing the cover with a new one.
- Double check the -emergency stop- is functioning properly as well as the emergency lowering device. Know how to lower the bucket safely should there be any power failure.
Quick response to winter storm emergencies with caution and using safe practices, will greatly decrease the number of injuries and deaths. It is just as important to deploy bucket trucks with operators that are well-trained and well-equipped, especially when responding to tasks that require working near or on live electric lines. It is of the utmost importance, to both the public and workers, that these vehicles are operated with the top priority being safety. Then bucket trucks can truly provide a speedy recovery from the dangerous results of snow or ice storms.
Using Bucket Trucks to Spread Some Holiday Cheer
The holidays are right around the corner, and in addition to preparing the dinner for your family and friends, you may be focusing on assembling a nice holiday display to brighten (or wow) the community. For larger projects or those afraid of heights, bucket trucks commonly do the trick in professional decoration settings, i.e. stores or office buildings, or to decorate the big tree in the Town Square. These are commonly used by professionals or those in an industrial setting.
With a bucket truck, the moving cab provides a little more stability and versatility, as opposed to a traditional stepladder. A ladder propped against a large tree or building is probably not the most feasible option, especially in windy outdoor conditions. A bucket truck also gets the
job done quicker, cutting the decoration time in half. In addition, the mobility of the bucket allows you to hang lights and ornaments faster.
Below are a few examples of bucket trucks in holiday decorating action:
The New York State Office of General Services stringing lights on the Christmas tree
on the east side of the capitol. – www.thetimesunion.com
Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative lineman getting in the season with
the help of their Altec bucket truck. – http://www.ect.coop
It is also possible to use a bucket truck in residential settings, especially on taller homes. It is also a little safer than walking across a slanted roof, where one wrong step could lead to a fall, and possibly a trip to the ER. The truck’s cab also maneuvers easier than a ladder, which means you will not have to keep moving the ladder every couple of feet, also helping you get the job done quicker. When it is time to take everything down in January (or April for the late ones), the bucket also helps you take down your decorations quicker and easier.
Whether you are trying to win the local neighborhood decorating contest, or need a simple, efficient option, contact I-80 Equipment today. We can help you get started and find the right machinery to take care of your holiday and everyday needs. Check out the convenience offered by an I-80 bucket truck today!
The trucking industry is facing many challenges these days, and none are being faced with more difficulty than the professional truck driver.
As a result, drivers are gathering on October 27th and 28th for the 2nd Annual Truck Driver Social Media Convention in Kansas City at Harrah’s Hotel. Also uniting with them are those who honor and support them.
CSA, regulations, and the “qualified truck driver” shortage has affected all, and many are seeking answers for these challenges. Many have questions regarding the new rules implemented by the FMCSA, are wondering about proposed rules, and are even apprehensive about possible future rules. No one is exempt from the inevitable realities within trucking.
This will be the second year for drivers and those within the industry to unite and discuss these serious issues. United, many will gather to hear and share with the voices of professional drivers.
Sponsors, organizations, and corporate leaders will be attending and supporting the efforts of those who are gathering. Well known transportation industry professionals will present to the audience, the most pressing issues facing the trucking industry today.
Speakers and Topics include:
Richard Wilson of Trans Products- Regulations, CDL training, The Truck Driver Shortage
Elaine Papp of the FMCSA – Sleep Apnea, Health waivers, and the National Registry of Medical Examiners
Paul Taylor of Truckers Justice Center -Trucking Employment Law
Rick Ash of the Trucking Solutions Group- Truck driver health
Kylla Leeburg of Truckers Against Trafficking – How Social Media empowered and united an entire industry against the atrocities of human trafficking
Chris Voss– of Strategix One Consulting- Ranked among the top 50 in Forbes magazine.
The Benefits of social media -How to incorporate social media toward your personal and business goals
The 2nd Annual Truck Driver Social Media convention attracts and reaches 2 major audiences; Professional drivers and those within the industry who desire to support and honor them. Both groups understand the crucial need for unity, openness, honesty, and transparency as well as the need to address trucking’s most important challenges together.
As the trucking industry continues to battle many difficulties, those who believe in positive solutions are uniting together with professional drivers.
Without Professional drivers….America stops. The time is approaching to take serious regard of the issues, addressing them together, as well as honoring and supporting our nations drivers.
What you need to do to join this uniting effort
- Support by either attending and/or sponsoring this great event, paying tribute to the professional driver.
Display our unity as we all network together on October 27th & 28th in Kansas City,Registration for this event
Sponsorship Pledge Form
Hotel Info and discounted rates
Allen Smith is the host of Truth About Trucking “Live” on Blog Talk Radio and an active participant regarding relevant research for truck driver and trucking industry topics and challenges. He and his wife Donna are hosting the 2012 Truck Driver Social Media Convention in Kansas City, Mo.
I-80 Equipment has been promoting Section 179 through the 4th Quarter of 2016. We feel that this is a great opportunity for small businesses to invest in capital equipment while at the same time realizing huge tax savings. Ironically, not every business owner is familiar with this accelerated depreciation which is why I-80 Equipment wants to make sure that no one misses out on this valuable opportunity.
The best part about Section 179 is that the equipment purchased does not have to be new, just as long as it’s new to you. Used Commercial Trucks qualify for this program and as long as the equipment is placed into service by December 31, 2016, it qualifies for this depreciation.
It’s important to take advantage of this limited savings now if you are considering a capital equipment purchase for the current fiscal year. It must be noted that since the inception of the small business tax credit, each subsequent year’s allowable write off amount has decreased. This is why it’s even more important to take advantage of Section 179 now as it could eventually be phased out or significantly reduced in the years to come.
I-80 Equipment has worked with several small business owners over the years to help them realize this tax benefit. In addition, there doesn’t have to be any out of pocket expense for your small business. We will work with you and provided you qualify, we can get you 100% financing on your bucket truck or digger derrick purchase. I-80 Equipment has several finance partners that we work with so you can be assured that you are getting the best interest rate and payment for your vehicle. Additional options available include leasing your equipment which also qualifies for the Section 179 write off.
Why are American Truck Protection™ warranties the best value? Very simply, they provide great coverage at a great price; no gimmicks, no hidden charges, no fine print. No other competitive warranty program comes close to this value. American Truck Protection™ warranties provide you with the coverage you need at a price you can afford.
Digger derricks are trucks with several uses and functions. Basically, they help install and maintain large vertical structures such as lamp posts, oil rigs, and electrical or telephone poles. Industries involved in oil, electricity, telecommunications and construction are only some of the businesses that make good use of these massive trucks.
Before digger derricks were made available on the market, a large group of people was needed to dig the holes and prop up the posts. Over time, more posts needed to be erected over a long distance, making manual labor costly, inefficient, and no longer practical. Manually digging, propping up and maintaining the posts also took longer. The invention of the derrick made it easier and quicker to perform such tasks and more.
The truck’s main purpose is to set up a pole. Aptly named the digger derrick, one of the truck’s functions is to dig a hole deep in the ground. To perform this function, a long and wide earth auger is attached at the end of a boom-like device. The tool is powered by a hydraulic mechanism. This tool can dig a hole 18 inches wide and around 10 feet deep. It can even bore through solid rock. The boom on a digger derrick can also be used to lift a pole and keep it straight before it is plumbed. When in use, digger derricks are parked and stabilized using. This will keep the truck steady while boring a hole in the ground or propping up the beam or post. A bucket can also be attached at the end of the boom which can help lift workers and equipment to a desired height.
Different industries have varying uses for digger derricks. For instance, the telecommunications and electrical industry use the derrick to fix telephone lines and electrical wires. The same device can also be used to trim impeding branches. Government agencies involved with fixing public structures also use the derrick to bring personnel down underneath streets to dig holes or fix potholes.
Although the invention of digger derricks has made the performance of certain tasks quicker and easier, it is still a massive device which can cause a lot of damage when used incorrectly. Controllers need to be well-versed in how the derrick functions and works. Other personnel should also remember to wear safety gear at all times. This reduces the risk of being hit with debris while working.
Winter Bucket Truck Safety Tips – Part 1: Staying Safe on the Road
Winter is about a month away, but some states have already experienced wintry conditions, our home state of Illinois being one of them. With temperatures – and precipitation – falling over the next several weeks, drivers should exercise a little extra caution on the roads, especially as the sun sets a little earlier. As a truck driver, you should keep in mind that you are operating a vehicle much heavier than that of your average family sedan, or even an SUV. When it comes to inclement weather, you might have to go back to “driver’s ed” class. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Do Not Speed
This should go without saying, but it is a rule many fail to heed. With a large truck like a bucket truck, chances are that you, as the operator, represent a company or corporation. Like a delivery driver or postal worker, you should drive accordingly and remember your obligation to driver safety.
If you leave the house or office late, you may feel you need to make up for lost time, and step on the gas a little (bad idea). The phrase “better late than never” comes in handy here, so maintain a safe speed, preferably below the speed limit. Your boss should understand that you might be a little late due to traffic or any accidents on the road (preferably not involving you).
Also, do not set your cruise control, as you never know when you could hit a patch of ice or puddle. You want to be in total control of the vehicle to avoid potential disaster.
Remember Braking Methods
When you have to brake, do not slam on your brakes. Instead, lightly tap them to avoid losing traction and/or skidding. In your truck, your braking distance increases because of the heavier weight and equipment in or on your vehicle.
Maintain Proper Distances
Generally, you want to follow a two-to-four second rule when following the car in front of you. In snowy or icy conditions, bump that up to a minimum of eight seconds, maybe even more in a heavy truck. Precipitous conditions usually result in constant stop-and-go traffic, and spontaneous braking. Give yourself time to brake; you do not want to tailgate others when it is clear out, let alone when it is raining or snowing.
Keep a “Safety Kit”
You should have a safety kit on hand, and prepare for any scenario. This kit normally includes items like flares and reflective triangles. These items alert others during an accident and when visibility is reduced.
Those are just a few of the main rules to remember for staying safe ON the road. In the next part of this two-part series, we will discuss actual on the job safety.
* photo credit – Evergreen Electric
Applies to Equipment Purchased by December 31, 2012
COLONA, IL – September 1, 2012
I-80 Equipment, a leading provider of quality used bucket trucks and used digger derricks has launched a national awareness campaign to encourage businesses to take advantage of the IRS Section 179 Small Business Tax –a provision of the Tax Code designed to encourage business investment in depreciable commercial equipment.
The plan focuses on bringing awareness to businesses by reminding them that the Section 179 Tax Code can help them offset the investment they make for heavy equipment this year. The campaign features a banner on the I-80 Equipment Website and a paragraph covering Section 179 information in all of their current email campaigns through the end of the year.
To encourage small businesses to take advantage of the Section 179 bonus depreciation, I-80 Equipment is offering free Nationwide Delivery and free airfare to our facility one-way.* Additionally,
Both the ‘Tax Relief Act of 2010′ as well as the ‘Jobs Act of 2010′ that passed in late 2010 affected Section 179 in a positive way for the 2012 tax year. Following are the highlights for the 2012 tax year:
2012 Deduction Limit = $139,000
Section 179 Deduction limit after adjustment for inflation has increased to $139,000 (maximum allowance would have been only $25,000 prior to the new legislation).
2012 Limit on Capital Purchases = $560,000
Section 179 Threshold for total of equipment that can be purchased has increased to $560,000 (threshold would have been only $200,000 prior to the new legislation)
2012 Bonus Depreciation = 50%
The new law allows 50% “Bonus Depreciation” on qualified assets placed in service during 2012
The Section 179 Deduction is available for most new and used capital equipment. Bonus Depreciation can be taken on new equipment only.
Section 179 is generally taken first, followed by Bonus Depreciation – unless the business has no taxable profit in 2012.
Also, many businesses are finding the Section 179 Qualified Tax write off to be a great option in 2012.
- 2012 Deduction Limit = $139,000
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If you are in the market for a new or used bucket truck, you might notice that there is a large selection and competitive pricing available from retailers on the Internet. If you are planning to buy bucket trucks online, you will probably find those trucks to be an affordable investment. There are a few precautions you should take, however. Buying anything online comes with a specific set of challenges and rewards, and bucket trucks are no different. Make sure you shop around before you decide to buy anywhere. Determine what type of truck you want and then talk to local dealers before looking online. Before you buy, compare prices as well as what you are getting for your money.
There are benefits to an online purchase. Because the competition for sales is so fierce, you will likely find lower pricing. There is also likely to be a larger selection online. You will not be limited to what you see in a dealer’s lot, for example. You can search for the exact make or model that you want, and many websites online will also allow you to filter your search to a specific search area. For example, if you know you want to buy your truck online but only from a retailer in Texas, you can search dealers in Texas only.
It is important to be aware of the risks. You will not have the opportunity to test drive the truck if you buy it online. You will also be making your purchase without conducting your own inspection. The pictures and the description online will probably be very detailed, but without taking a look inside or having your own mechanic inspect the engine and the tires, you are taking a chance on the bucket truck you buy online. Make sure there is at least a limited warranty or a 30-day return policy that protects you.
When you decide to buy bucket trucks online, you will probably find that you get more truck for your money. You can also select exactly the type of bucket truck that will work for your business. Just remember that like any online purchase, you are agreeing to buy something without being able to touch it, inspect it or try it out. Make sure you have the ability to change your mind if you take possession of the truck and find it is not exactly what you were looking for.
You might take a look at some of these other articles on our blog:
Bucket Truck Financing
Buying Used Bucket Trucks from Dealers or Private Owners
Check out this month's featured bucket truck:
Altec TA45M- 2005 Freightliner M2 4×2 Bucket Truck
This is an almost pristine TA-45M bucket truck with 50' ft sheave height. It has a diesel CAT C7 engine and Allison transmission. This is a dependable, tough truck that is ready for pretty much any job.
This truck is for sale from I-80 Equipment for only $66,500. Call 888-949-3701 or contact us at Info@I80Equipment.com.
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Gross Weight: 25,950
Fuel Type: Diesel
Transmission: Allison Auto
*****************50’ Articulating/Telescopic 1,000Lb Material Handler*******************
• 4×2 Bucket Truck (New Arrival Stock Photos)
• Vehicle Make: Freightliner
• Vehicle Model: M2
• Odometer Miles: 195,662
• Caterpillar C7
Caterpillar C7 Diesel Motor Specifications
• 250 Horsepower @ 2,400 RPMS
• 800Lbs Of Torque @ 1,440 RPMS
• Allison Automatic Transmission
• Push PTO
• Boom Make: Altec
• Boom Model: TA45M
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We look forward to providing your business with a truck that will provide amazing return on investment and longevity of service.
To qualify for the Section 179 deduction for the 2013 tax year, the equipment must be purchased or leased and placed into service between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. I-80 Equipment has over 180 job-ready bucket trucks in stock. Many have been fully reconditioned and are available for immediate delivery allowing you to put them into service before December 31st.
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If you're looking for the technical details on bucket trucks, digger derricks, booms, outriggers, grapple trucks, and other features of utility trucks, I-80 Equipment will soon become your best friend. We will be focusing on creating a resource for owners and operators of utility trucks that is unparalleled to anything else online.
We at I-80 Equipment are working hard to provide an online experience that transcends the buying process. Our commitment to customers already extends well beyond the initial sale and we are working hard to further it. Some of the data we're working to provide includes bucket truck statistics, bucket truck models, details on booms, operation safety tips, digger derrick safety, and much more. If you have some data you'd like to see on our site, don't hesitate to contact us or leave a comment with it.
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We are now offering a rare 1999 Bombardier GT2000 HYNT All Terrain Truck Digger at a deeply discounted rate off of the original sale price. The all terrain vehicle is normally listed between $470,000 and $500,000 is currently being sold for $161,000. This 1999 Bombardier is fully reconditioned to a like-new state. All drive pumps will be checked and in fully operational order.
This new addition, the 1999 Bombardier is equipped with full wireless remote controls. This incredible safety feature allows operators to remotely operate all booms from off of the truck. In addition to the wireless remote controls, the Bombardier is equipped with a pin-on bucket allowing this digger truck to do the work of two trucks. The upper single man bucket allows users to service poles after the poles have been installed.
This truck is equipped with an additional 15’ personal jib for lifting lighter materials. The jib can support up to 4,000lb. The Altec boom that this truck is outfitted with has a 24,000lb lifting capacity.
The 1999 Bombardier GT2000 HYNT is an all terrain vehicle that moves effortlessly through heavy snow and marshes. In off road locations where regular trucks would easily get stuck, the Bombardier travels easily.
These Bombardiers are solely manufactured in Canada and are shipped to the United States where they are outfitted with booms and outriggers. This particular model is a rare find at 35 percent of the original cost. Customers can view a full video and photo gallery or contact I-80 Equipment to speak with a sales representative about this rare 1999 Bombardier GT2000 HYNT All Terrain Truck Digger.
California drivers have a lot of unique considerations that must be made, before taking their vehicles out on the road. Many popular California cities and routes see higher than average amounts of daily traffic, making it necessary for motorists to own reliable and trustworthy vehicles that are able to make it the distance. More importantly, in order to legally operate motor vehicles of any type, drivers and their trucks must be in compliance with a number of stern requirements. When shopping for used bucket trucks for sale in California, there are several things that buyers should be leery of and several features that they should make certain to find.
Know Your Industry Standards
The first thing that must be done before screening and purchasing commercial vehicles is to learn and understand the legal expectations for operating a vehicle in your industry. This will ultimately help you to define the necessary features for any truck that you purchase and could help you to avoid having to make costly upgrades or modifications in order to be in compliance with all industry-specific regulations. You can then use an online truck locator to find the exact make and model that you are in need of.
Getting Reconditioned Bucket Trucks
When purchasing used bucket trucks, it is important to work with a supplier that has an optimal reconditioning process. This allows buyers to secure bucket trucks at the lowest possible prices, even while gaining vehicles that look and operate as though they were new. This significantly reduces the risk of purchasing a truck that does not perform according to your expectations. The reconditioning process typically entails stripping away and replacing all corroded metal and cabinets, power washing and vehicle degreasing among other things. These efforts help used trucks to retain much more of their value and will dramatically offset any of the wear and tear that is placed upon a vehicle by a prior owner.
Searching Online For Used Bucket Trucks For Sale In California
One of the major benefits that online consumers will enjoy when shopping for their used bucket trucks through a reputable online supplier like I-80 Equipment, is the ability to easily register their commercial vehicles for use. Passing the California SMOG test is a major consideration for commercial truck drivers and all others who share the California road. This is also one aspect of a used vehicle purchase that is highly important to consider before closing a deal. Purchasing used bucket trucks for sale in California, in almost any other fashion, increases the likelihood of purchasing a vehicle that looks good, but which will not meet the California standard for legal commercial operation without first undergoing major upgrades and repairs.
Access To A Broad Selection
When shopping for used bucket trucks for sale in California through suppliers like I-80 Euipment, commercial drivers and the companies that they work for can find a very broad range of options to choose from. These include budget trucks, forestry trucks and boom trucks among many, many others.
California commercial drivers and commercial trucking companies within this great state, can find what they need by simply shopping through an honest an reputable supplier. Opting to purchase used bucket trucks for sale in California is perhaps one of the most economical and environmentally friendly methods of stocking a commercial fleet. Finding the right bucket truck at the right price is amazingly simple and easy to do, given the proliferation of resources that are made available by suppliers like I-80 Equipment, the nations leading supplier in used bucket trucks.
Winter Bucket Truck Safety Tips – Part 2: Staying Safe on the Job
Proper Safety to Maintain While on the Job Site
In our last post, we talked about maintaining safe driving habits in inclement or cold weather. This time around, we talk about more safety tips, now related to on the job safety, primarily for those who use machinery like bucket trucks. Read some of the tips below and feel free to contribute any of your own
Do a Daily Check
Before you embark on your mission, check out the truck and make sure everything is safe. Look for broken, damaged or missing parts, as well as anything that may look out of the ordinary, i.e. a bulge in the tires. Make sure there are no leaks or cracks that could jeopardize the truck’s performance, and if you notice anything wrong, note it to your supervisor. If possible, avoid actually using the truck until someone can make the proper repairs.
To prevent the truck from rolling or tipping over, try to park on a level, flat surface. If you have to park on a slope or hill, be sure to set the parking brake. However, a flat surface is most ideal.
Pay Attention to Special Regulations
Your machine likely has a weight or height limit that you should follow very closely. Heed the advised limits, and do not try to test them. Also, do not add extra items to increase your height, i.e. ladders or step stools.
Watch for Overhead Hazards
Power lines and trees may appear higher than they really are, but there is no need to take any chances. Make sure you are working in a clear, open space where you are not in any danger. Always keep an eye open for potential hazards nearby. Your machine should also include a signal to alert you when you are too close to power lines or tree branches.
Watch for Grounded Hazards
Just like being in the air, you should also lookout for any potential hazards on the ground. Like with a car, it is easy to miss a blind spot, so be sure to look around before making your next move. Do not just assume that it is safe to move around.
Stay Inside the Bucket or Cab
Do not sit on the edge of the bucket or try to climb outside. If something is out of reach and you cannot move your bucket any further, reposition the truck itself, but after you lower the bucket into its proper place. It may take a little longer, but always better to be safe than sorry.
Also, make sure you are protected in the event of a fall. Have the proper gear on hand, such as a harness.
This should go without saying, but yes, safety should always come first on the site, and part – if not all – of that involves knowing that business comes first. There should be no joking around or horseplay on the site, in the bucket or around heavy machinery. One wrong move could turn deadly.
Those are just a few of the things to keep in mind. If you have any questions or additional suggestions, feel free to call I-80 Equipment!
Working in a bucket truck can be a thrilling experience. These specialized vehicles allow public service workers to reach high places with minimal effort. A high quality bucket truck or boom truck can be a huge time saver, and if the truck is operated correctly and used safely, the risk of falling or other injuries is very small. There are a few simple safety tasks that bucket truck operators can complete to eliminate fall hazards and other common threats.
Daily Equipment Checks
The easiest way to eliminate fall risks and other safety hazards is to perform a daily equipment and maintenance check on the bucket truck or boom truck. By checking equipment daily, potential problems can be identified and eliminated. Boom truck operators should perform a “walk around check” each morning before the truck is taken to the worksite. Check for loose or damaged vehicle parts, leaks in hydraulic equipment, rusted or worn out welded areas, bulges or leaks in the vehicles’ tires, and issues with lighting, safety lights, or warning decals. Identifying any issues with the maintenance of the vehicle will greatly reduce the occurrence of accidents.
Inspect the Worksite
After the vehicle has been effectively checked for damage or disrepair, the next important safety task is to inspect the worksite. Rushing to and beginning a job without an awareness of worksite hazards is a huge risk that cannot be afforded. Bucket truck and boom truck operators should patiently and thoroughly examine the area surrounding the worksite for potential hazards. Things to look out for include uneven ground that can tip the truck, surface hazards such as potholes, crumbled rock or pavement, and debris, heavy gusts of wind or other inclement weather, and blind spots that may affect driver visibility. Being aware of these hazards will allow workers in the truck bucket to remain safe during the job.
Bucket Truck and Boom Truck Hazards
Another important way to eliminate fall hazards while operating a bucket or boom truck is to follow safe operation guidelines. Fall hazards can be caused by exceeding the weight limit of the bucket, placing ladders or other reaching devices in the bucket, climbing on the edge of the bucket, or tripping over debris in the bucket. Electrocution hazards, collision hazards, and tipping hazards are other potential problems that can affect the safety of bucket truck operation.
By checking the vehicle for maintenance issues, establishing a clear and safe workspace that is free of debris and damage to the pavement or ground, and following the precise safety guidelines associated with bucket truck operation, the risk of falling or otherwise injuring oneself can be greatly reduced and even eliminated.
Don’t forget to check out our Bucket Truck Safety Guide for more safety information.
These days people prefer to buy used trucks rather than new. In tough economic times businesses find that it's better to invest in a fully reconditioned used truck as it allows them the ability to save additional capital they could use elsewhere in their business. In addition to the cost savings of purchasing used over new, there are other factors involved too.
Used forestry trucks have less of a chance of developing mechanical or electrical issues in comparison to new trucks. Initial production problems can crop up that won't surface until the truck is put into rigorous use. With used trucks, such issues seldom show up as any outstanding issues or recalls have already addressed.
Another important factor is the break-in period that applies to all brand new forestry trucks. Break-in is the time an engine requires to allow the bearings to set properly and the piston rings to seal around the cylinder. A brand new truck has to cover an average distance of 3,000 miles followed by an oil change to bring the machine to its optimum performance. When buying a used truck, the break in factor is negated.
Used Forestry Trucks Make Great Alternatives and Offer Great Savings
Purchasing a used truck also helps businesses save on their operating budgets. The price tag of a used truck is partially based on the mileage and hours of usage. The higher the number, the lower the price range. If the price is unreasonably low, it could mean that the machinery has a limited working life left.
Purchasing used forestry trucks can help save money, enabling you to put the money saved to a better use. Every penny saved money that can be re-invested elsewhere in the business. Companies that utilize forestry trucks may also have need for a boom truck or used bucket truck sales . Just make sure that the truck is in good working order and has had all its inspections before expediting any deal.
I-80 Equipment has just received new in stock, 2 Hi-Line trucks that are rare in the used bucket truck market. The TECO V7A-75IP-4TFE2-2001 Freightliner FL80 6×4 Bucket Truck and TECO V7A-75IP-4TFE2-2001 International 4800 4×4 Bucket Truck come fully reconditioned and serviced by I-80 Equipment’s excellent service team.
I-80 Equipment, a leader in the used bucket truck industry specializing in fully reconditioning used utility trucks, has just received in stock a TECO V7A-75IP-4TFE2-2001 Freightliner FL80 6X4 Bucket Truck and a TECO V7A-75IP-4TFE2-2001International 4800 4X4 Bucket Truck, which are hard to find on the current market.
The TECO V7A-75IP-4TFE2-2001 Freightliner FL80 6X4 Bucket Truck and the TECO V7A-75IP-4TFE2-2001 International 4800 4X4 Bucket Truck each have a 80’ working height and these material handlers can hold up to 1,000lbs. The TECO V7A-75IP-4TFE2-2001 Freightliner FL80 Bucket Truck is a 6×4 and the TECO V7A-75IP-4TFE2-2001 International 4800 Bucket Truck is a 4×4, giving interested customers an option when looking for the right fit for the job.
Both utility trucks are have single-axle chassis, making them lighter weight and shorter than comparable trucks. These hi-line bucket trucks can easily get into a job site because of their convenient size. The lighter weight body will also be safer for the worksites, causing less damage to properties such as yards and parking lots. As bucket trucks with single-axle chassis the TECO V7A-75IP-4TFE2-2001 Freightliner FL80 6X4 Bucket Truck and TECO V7A-75IP-4TFE2-2001 International 4800 4X4 Bucket Truck will also cost less to plate.
I-80 Equipment is the only dealer on the market currently carrying the TECO V7A-75IP-4TFE2-2001 Freightliner FL80 6X4 Bucket Truck and the TECO V7A-75IP-4TFE2-2001 International 4800 4X4 Bucket Truck. These utility trucks are perfect for use at power plants; they are built to work on secondary source lines and new lines.
There are a lot more reasons to buy a bucket truck from I-80 Equipment than five but we wanted to give you a good place to star. We also know that if you were to ever shop around and compare our trucks apples to apples, you wouldn’t need any other reasons to buy from us. Because not everyone can compare our trucks to the competition in person, we’ll help make your decision easier by providing our top 5 reasons to buy a reconditioned or used bucket truck from I-80 Equipment in Colona, IL.
5. Selection – Our inventory is amont the deepest in the industry. You can compare and contrast models from some of the top brands in the industry. Want to check out an Altec truck and compare it to a Terex, Versalift, or other bucket truck? No problem.
4. Warranty – We at I-80 Equipment offer one of the best and most comprehensive warranty plans in the business. Our extended warranties are available on practically every unit and will add to the peace of mind you’ll get when buying your utility trucks from us. Ask one of our sales reps for full details on our warranty by calling 888-941-3701.
3. Customize – Want a custom bucket truck? Look no further than I-80. We’ll add the aftermarket accessories and custom graphics you need to drive off the lot and directly to the job site. Did we mention you can save money by having us do it too? Yes, you can save hundreds or thousands of dollars by having it all done in one place rather than taking to another company to have graphics, and another for other accessories. Check out more about our custom bucket trucks and utility trucks.
2. Quality – Every smart business owner knows it’s always better to invest in quality equipment that will provide return on investment and a long service life. It happens all the time, business owners sacrifice quality for a cheaper price and end up regretting it not long after. Eliminate buyer’s remorse and buy the I-80 Equipment standard for quality used bucket trucks. It’s easy to make the mistake of purchasing the lower priced equipment… you don’t have to worry about making that mistake at I-80 Equipment.
1. Customer Service – Yes, our customer service is the top reason to buy from us. It’s critical that we build relationships with our customers. Where other companies just make sales, we build relationships. Our excellent level of customer service reflects on how much we take pride in our equipment and our business. No one else will go as far for their customers as us. We promise to provide you with the best of the best in customer service, after the sale service, quality of equipment and more. Ask any of our happy and successful customers.
While traveling on public roads or streets be sure all local and state/provincial laws and regulations are followed.
Refer to your manufacturer's manual for instructions on preparing the unit for transport. Secure the boom and platform in the transport position. Make sure that outriggers are up and secured in the transport position. Make sure that all accessory equipment is properly stored and secure.
When driving at night, use appropriate lights. Make sure you know your machine travel height and the height of all underpasses. Always use hazard warning lights when parked at a jobsite. Never park in traffic areas.
KNOW THE WORKING AREA
Warning: Failure to properly evaluate the work area can lead to serious injury or death. Learn beforehand as much about your working area as possible.
Exact location of any overhead electrical, telephone, TV cable or other utility lines.
Location of slopes. Follow manufacturer's maximum slope that lift can operate on.
- Broken Curbs
- Open Trenches
- Drop-offs or Overhangs
- Soil Conditions (soft or hard)
- Standing Water and Marshy areas
- Rocks, stumps and tall grass
- Overhead or side Obstructions
- Conditions of Roads
- Mud, Snow or Ice
- Heavy Traffic
- Underground structures
- Thick dust, smoke or fog.
SAFETY BEFORE OPERATION
Danger: Never approach any power line with any part of your machine unless all local,
State/Provincial, company work rules and Federal (OSHA) required safety precautions have been taken. Use extreme caution; serious injury or death will result with contact from any power line.
Danger: DO NOT maneuver machine or personnel inside PROHIBITED ZONE (front area of vehicle within boom extension) Allow for sway, drift and platform movement in calculating safe distances.
Assume all electrical parts and wiring are Energized unless known otherwise
Always follow State/Provincial, company work rules and Federal (OSHA) Standards.
Before starting, walk around the equipment. Make sure no one is under, on or close to the unit. Let other workers or bystanders know you are starting up. Don't start until everyone is clear of the unit.
When operating an aerial device inside a building, know what clearances you will encounter – overhead, doorway, aisles, etc; also the weight limitations of floors and ramps. Make sure there is sufficient ventilation for inside operation.
POSITION UNIT FOR OPERATION
Position vehicle on the most level ground, but the equipment must not be operating on an incline greater than as permitted in the manufacturer's operator's manual. If on an incline, position the vehicle so that the platform would be operated on the upgrade side in a stable position.
- Set the brakes
- Use wheel chocks (both sides)
- Engage power source.
- Set the outriggers (is so equipped). Use outrigger pads if ground is soft. Level the vehicle as much as possible but observe manufacturer's maximum ground slope.
- Spot your vehicle as close to the work as possible to minimize reach, but be sure there are no obstructions to prevent safe and proper lift and rotation.
- Make sure the vehicle is stable.
REMEMBER THESE RULES WHEN OPERATING THE BOOM(S)
· Keep your fall protection device fastened and comfortably snug.
· Securely fasten any safety chain (if equipped)
· Use your personal protective equipment
· Be in control of your aerial device at all times
· Look and listen for malfunctions
· Stop if a malfunction or erratic operation is detected
· Correct or report trouble immediately
· Keep both feet on the floor of the platform
· Know your clearances.
GLEN BURNIE, Md. — A forest of bucket trucks bearing license plates from Missouri, Florida and Georgia have converged on a vast unused parking lot near the airport here in preparation for emergency power repairs in the mid-Atlantic region.
Hundreds of workers from other states are massing on the site, where Baltimore Gas and Electric has put up a mess tent, brought in office trailers and Porta Potties and stationed staff members in fluorescent green clothing to dispatch crews.
But so far this is only an army in waiting. Only a few customers were without power as the first torrents of rain hit the Washington-Baltimore area, and the bucket trucks are expected to be useless until the winds from Hurricane Sandy have passed, which might mean waiting until Wednesday.
“We don’t fly the buckets if it’s 25 miles per hour or over,’’ said Bill Bush, a BGE crew guide.
But no matter where they are from or where they are ultimately headed, all of the workers know the drill.
Once the winds have subsided, Mr. Bush said, his team is likely to be assigned to a feeder line radiating from a substation that could serve anywhere from 500 to 2,500 customers and work along it for 16 hours a day, moving trees, restringing wires and replacing poles as needed until it is entirely back in service.
But on Monday morning, there was not much to do except hunker down in the mess tent, where caterers provided eggs, hash browns, sausage, orange juice and Mountain Dew.
The power companies rely on an online mutual aid system where they can offer or ask for assistance and on frequent conference calls and one-on-one telephone transactions. With ample warning of Sandra, some of the crews departed for the Baltimore area on Saturday morning and were updated on their precise destination while en route.
Ryan Swanson, 22, who lives in Preston, Mo., said he traveled a little over 1,000 miles with several other trucks from Kiowa Line Builders of Tipton, Mo. He was “voluntold” to go, he said.
Most of the workers interviewed here said they were happy to volunteer or to be assigned. Arrangements differ by company, but they typically are paid time and a half for every moment of travel, sleep and work, and some get double-time for their working hours. The base pay varies, but $40 an hour is typical.
The host utilities pay more than that to the linemen’s employers and provide meals and laundry service. The trip may last a week, two or three: some might be redispatched from here to hard-hit spots before returning for home.
The “foreign” crews, as the host utility calls them, are well traveled. Joe Kinslow, 36, of Preston, also dispatched by Kiowa, was in Louisiana and Texas to clean up after hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008. And he was in Virginia earlier this year “for whatever that was,’’ as he put it, referring to the derecho, the odd straight-line windstorm that struck the Washington area hard.
Mr. Kinslow, of Halfway, Mo., said he expected to spend the next week or two doing familiar work in unfamiliar places. “You see a lot of weird place names wherever you go,’’ he said.
The mess tent was a blur of sweatshirts, boots, hunting caps with various faded logos, and weathered complexions from years climbing utility poles.
One BGE supervisor who asked not to be named joked that the gathering resembled a pirates convention.
The staging area, one of four created by BGE, parallels other rapidly organized hubs around the Northeast. The host utilities of today are tomorrow’s donors: BGE has sent help to Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Texas and Florida, said Rachael Lighty, a spokeswoman for the utility.
For this storm, BGE requested 3,000 linemen and tree trimmers, and more than half that number were in place by Monday morning, she said. Even when it is too windy to work, as it is now, she said, utilities in the region are locating and evaluating damage.
Original Article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/29/in-a-mess-tent-line-workers-at-the-ready/