Buying Used Bucket Trucks
The old saying, "one man's trash is another man's treasure" may come to mind when you are buying a used bucket truck. Hundreds of used bucket trucks are for sale at any given time in the United States and these can be an excellent resource for those who cannot afford to buy a new truck. Bucket trucks are used in a variety of industries. They are used by electricians, construction workers, film crews and fruit pickers, among others. While large electrical companies may be able to afford new trucks, many smaller businesses cannot. If you are in a situation where you need a bucket truck for your business, but cannot afford the cost of a new one, you may be able to find a reconditioned truck that is as good as new for a fraction of the cost.
Cost is the main reason that most people choose to buy used, but there are a number of other advantages. Vehicles are expensive to build and use up valuable resources such as steel, glass and plastic. Because of the complex machinery used in the cherry picker lift, building a bucket truck uses even more resources than building a standard truck does. Buying used can help reduce both the number of trucks that end up in the landfills and the factory emissions that end up in the air. Buying used or reconditioned can help reduce energy use and can help your company promote a green image.
Selecting a Used Bucket Truck
Before you start shopping for a used bucket truck, it is a good idea to know what you are looking for. Bucket trucks come in an array of sizes and a number of different lifting capacities. If your truck will be used to pick fruit, for example, a small truck that can drive nimbly through an orchard may be ideal. If your truck will be used to repair electrical lines, however, you will need one that is bigger and that reaches higher. If you will be carrying heavy equipment or supplies in the bucket, it is very important to make sure that your truck has the right lifting capacity.
Regulations enforced by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) state that bucket trucks must be tested annually to make sure that they comply with all safety standards. When buying a used bucket truck, you should make sure that you have records of all previous testing. This way, you will know that the truck is up to code and you can track its aging progress throughout the years.
Where to Buy a Used Bucket Truck
While bucket trucks may not be found on your standard used car lot, they can be bought from a number of places. Dealers specializing in industrial vehicles and machinery often have bucket trucks for sale. Companies that are going out of business or that are upgrading their equipment may sell all of their old trucks at large liquidations sales. In the poor current economy, an increasing number of businesses are defaulting on their truck payments and are facing repossession. Seized trucks are usually sold at auctions. Auctions are one of the best resources for used trucks as trucks seized by the bank have yet to be fully paid off and are generally quite new. Although rare, you may also be able to buy a used truck from a private owner.
The internet has opened up new doors for those looking to buy used bucket trucks. Many dealers post their current stock online, giving people around the country the opportunity to buy. There are also a number of websites dedicated to connecting hopeful buyers with all types of sellers. These sites often provide search functions that make it much easier for buyers to narrow the results and find exactly what they are looking for. No matter how you look at it, buying a used bucket truck has never been easier.
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