Bucket trucks and bucket lifts are both aerial work platforms. They both serve the same function: to lift a worker to areas that are not otherwise easily accessible. However, there are some crucial differences. Knowing how both work will help you choose the right equipment for the job.
The “bucket” is an aerial platform that is secured to a hydraulic lift system. This lift system in both bucket trucks and lifts are essentially the same. They are designed to lift a crew member into the air to reach places that would difficult or dangerous to reach with a ladder.
Both pieces of equipment are mobile and used for temporary access. This sets them apart from permanent lifts like elevators. They are lightweight when compared to other lifts such as cranes, typically weighing less than a ton. They are also intended to hold only one or two people.
A bucket truck is a work truck with an attached aerial lift. They are designed to safely lift people into the air to perform work that can’t be easily or safely reached even with a ladder.
Bucket trucks are commonly seen on highways, suburban side streets, and country back roads. While most people tend to think of bucket trucks as utility vehicles only used to work on electrical poles, they can also be used for various tasks from the mundane to the unusual.
Here are just a few uses for the common bucket truck, although some of these are anything but common.
Uses for Bucket Trucks
#1 Electrical and Telephone Line Maintenance
This is the most common and obvious use for a bucket truck. Special insulated bucket trucks [...]
Since bucket trucks first came into being, they have been powered by diesel-run internal combustion engines. In recent years, despite advances in technology, this has held true. The clear majority of bucket trucks still rely exclusively on a diesel engine for power to drive as well as to operate the hydraulic lift. Recently, however, as fuel costs continue to rise, engineers are re-imagining the traditional design, giving birth to the new hybrid bucket trucks.
What is a Hybrid Bucket Truck?
A hybrid bucket truck has two distinct types of engines. When you lift the hood of a hybrid bucket truck, you’ll find a diesel engine that looks exactly like the one you would find under the hood of a traditional bucket truck. This standard diesel engine powers the transmission of the truck for on-road [...]
For children, seeing a dump truck is exciting.. Watching these big behemoths of the truck world haul heavy loads down highways and around job sites, just to dump them in another location, is one of the most thrilling experiences a kid can have.
However, most people don’t buy a dump truck to achieve fame and glory. They buy a dump truck for one simple reason – to make money. In order to do that, you don’t want to waste money on features or extra performance that you don’t need. However, you also don’t want to skimp on the important details that allow you to work effectively and efficiently for your required operations.
Tips for Choosing a Dump Truck
Whether you are planning to purchase a brand new dump truck or you are [...]
When you own a small business, a vehicle purchase can be a serious and daunting investment. You want to get quality that’s affordable, but you also don’t want to get ripped off. The best way to ensure your financial , and even physical, safety in this process,is to know what to look for in a vehicle ahead of time. Below are a few areas to consider when searching for a new truck. While not comprehensive, these areas are a good springboard for further purchase research:
KNOW HOW MUCH YOU’RE WILLING TO SPEND
As with personal vehicle purchases, it’s wise to enter a dealership or even sales conversation with an idea of the range of money you’re willing to spend. Sales professionals are experts in convincing. While we pride ourselves in our sales people’s knowledge or [...]
As addictive as Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds may be, getting caught with your eyes glued to your phone may not go over so well on the job.
That said, if you run your own business, you may actually want to consider requiring smart device use at work.
Some apps provide far more than mere entertainment. Effective use of the growing number of resources available on your mobile devices can actually increase the efficiency and safety of your employees, especially for those in the fleet utility vehicle industry.
Check out a few examples of how:
Apps like TracerPlus allow employees to scan barcodes for materials via their mobile devices.Most of these apps are user friendly and will require little explanation with staff. Companies can also use these bar codes to [...]
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Pennsylvania Resources: PA Commercial Vehicle Registration Vehicle Info Request Utility Lift Guide
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