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Find the Right Utility Truck at the Best Price

Posted by diggerderrickworld on November 26, 2012 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (4)

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 derricks, 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. They have an exclusive range of used trucks ranging from Altec bucket trucks (http://i80equipment.com/) and Digger Derricks to Versa Lift, High Ranger and Terex bucket trucks. Visit them online or call them toll free at 888-949-3701.



OSHA Renews Alliance with Altec Industries

Posted by diggerderrickworld on June 19, 2012 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

OSHA Renews Alliance with Altec Industries

The Birmingham, Ala.-based company provides equipment and services, including safety training, for electric utilities, telecommunications, contractors, and tree care companies.


Jun 16, 2012

OSHA has renewed its long-standing alliance with Altec Industries Inc., a leading provider of equipment and services for electric utilities, telecommunications, contractors, and tree care companies, for two more years. The company's units provide safety training and financing, with its reach extending to more than 100 countries, according to Altec.


For instance, its Altec Sentry program is a division that trains operators of Altec equipment including bucket trucks, forest trucks, and telescopic cranes; its Global Rental Company Inc. rents all types of equipment of those industries; and its Altec Service Group provides shop and mobile service from 18 service centers nationwide.


Dated June 14, the OSHA announcement said the alliance aims to prevent worker injuries and deaths in the industries Altec serves, specifically from hazards including falls, electrocutions, tipovers, and others related to operating cranes, chippers, digger derricks, and insulated and non-insulated aerial devices.


"We value Altec's collaborative efforts to reach out to vulnerable workers with information and training that will help keep them safe on the job and exercise their rights," OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels said.


Altec Sentry has trained some 20,000 workers to use equipment properly and according to the latest industry standards. "Safety has always been our top priority at Altec," Chairman/CEO Lee Styslinger III has said. "Altec Sentry is a vital component to the way we do business by supporting and caring for our customers."



Digger Derrick Safety

Posted by diggerderrickworld on February 10, 2010 at 11:11 AM Comments comments (0)



Use the intermediate boom extension and rotation controls to position the digger directly over the hole location.


A moderate steady down force on the digger using the boom control will produce the most efficient digging.


Be careful not to use excessive down force as this may cause the auger to corkscrew into the ground.  If this occurs stop digging and use the clean function to release the auger.


Use the boom controls to follow the auger into the ground.  This is expecially true if the auger is positioned at a side angle to the boom.


Maintain alignment of the hole and the auger shaft.  Failure to do so can bend the auger or auger extension shaft.  If the auger or auger shaft bends, stop digging immediately.  A bent auger or shaft must be straightened or replaced immediately.




Warning:  All personnel must be clear of the area before stowing or unstowing the auger.  A free swinging auger can cause death or serious injury.


Return the auger extension shaft to its original position if it has been lengthened.


Fully retract the intermediate boom.


Make sure the digger speed switch is in the low position.


Rotate the boom to a position that will allow the boom and auger to clear all obstacles when the digger is stowed.


Attach the auger windup rope/cable to the auger following the manufacturer's instruction.


Meter the dig control to the correct position, following your manufacturer's operating instructions until the auger slowly winds up into the stowed position.  Refer to your manufacturer's manual for proper operation of the auger latch.


Warning:  Failure to meter the auger control could result in rapid windup of the digger and shock loading when it enters the auger stow bracket.  Component failure due to shock loading could cause a free swinging auger, which may cause death or serious injury.

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