Taking Bucket Trucks To New Heights
An informative piece about using bucket trucks for modern jobs. Find out why bucket trucks are evolving with technology.
Utility trucks have seem to have been keeping pace with technology, which grows at an exponential rate. It's truly amazing how bucket trucks have followed suit. It wasn't very long ago that lift trucks were called cherry pickers and the booms were simply wooden ladders in a truck bed. Today, aerial lift trucks are adaptive to their industry and the difference between a forestry bucket truck and an electric line truck is pretty drastic.
Talk to someone even a decade ago and they'd have a hard time believe the technology that modern hybrid bucket trucks have. The idea of applying regenerative braking systems to utility trucks was unpractical because bucket trucks usually stay in one place and don't drive in traffic frequently.
Technology breathing longer life into equipment
When it comes to business, increased longevity and service life directly contributes to higher profits and a more successful business. Every addition to a company's fleet has an estimated service life. If a truck lasts longer than the service life, it is considered a good investment and can either be sold (usually at an auction or to a secondary market buyer like I-80 Equipment's bucket trucks for sale).. Longer service life means increased return on investment and lower inventory turnover, which is good in this case.
Keys to longevity of service are regular inspections, safe operation, frequent and proper maintenance, and responsible storage. Bucket trucks are a company's asset and the more they are worth, the higher the company is valued. A company with excellent condition bucket trucks will be worth more than an identical company with poor condition bucket trucks.
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Safety concerns with bucket trucks
Safety is quite possibly the biggest change between bucket trucks of old and today's modern equipment. Safeguards have been implemented to keep trucks from grounding when in contact with a live electric line, tip-overs have been reduced drastically, and operating procedure has been refined to a T. Safety is always the first thought of any respectable lift truck operator and always will be. Working at heights, near energized lines, or any of the hazardous job sites bucket trucks go to, safety is the biggest concern. Technology has helped to reduce a lot of accidents and is continuing to do so with new innovations and precautions.
Working at heights is dangerous in itself, that's why safety on bucket trucks is the owner and operators top concern. If there is any way to increase the safety of bucket truck workers and those near utility trucks, it will be used. Safety technology is evolving fast and will continually be applied to bucket trucks.
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