Comparison Of Bucket Trucks

Bucket trucks are basically commercial work trucks. It is considered a "bucket" because of the open-top platform with four sides. The aerial lift attached to the end of an arm carries workers around to perform work high off the ground. It can be raised to certain levels and be moved around, as the work requires. The features of a bucket truck include the big truck, a large mechanical boom mounted on a bed with a bucket at the end of the boom. It also contains controls to move vertically and sideways.

What is compared here is the difference between the International, Freightliner, GMC and Ford trucks as bucket trucks. The first truck specs will be the International 4700. It has 210 hp with a 6-speed transmission. The motor is a diesel, DTR66E. They have a 34,000 GVW and give plenty of torque for the operators that need it. However, the weak point with this truck is the power. When compared to the competition, the 210 hp does not seem to quite measure up. However, the International is considered one of the most reliable and long lasting vehicles for utility trucks.

Ford has the bucket truck that uses the 7.3L Powerstroke Diesel. It has 275 hp. These engines are available with up to 60,000 GVW. The engine is the same as the International 4700. The difference between these and International is that Ford actually made some of its components. The strong point for Ford is the transmission is better because it lasts longer. This fact was based on actual road tests from an unbiased source.

The Freightliner FL-70 has a 430 hp engine and an automatic transmission. It gets 1,650-pound feet of torque. It has air brakes and a 75-gallon fuel tank. The six-speed transmission comes with a magnetic engine drain and a transrear axle fill. It also includes a frame-mounted transmission oil cooler. This truck is built by Mercedes-Benz.

rms20The 2002 GMC C6500 is a 190 hp, 7-speed truck with a GVW of 26,000. It has a 60' working height with 2 hydraulic outriggers. This is a forestry truck that does not require a CDL to operate.

While the specs are based on how the truck is built, they still offer a basis for comparison. Depending on what the needs are, they can be used as a direction for you in buying the truck that you need. You can also do more extensive research on more minute details to narrow down your choices.


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