Is your bucket truck really broken.........?

Gino

Premium Subscriber
According to what's broken, some people might hafta put off repairs. Luckily for me, my neighbor knows how to work on them.
 

JBurton

Signtologist
Attention folks with a F750 and an altec unit: there is a kill switch under the hood, close to the driver side. Literally a button that gets reset, almost like a fuse. When the button is unpressed, the engine won't throttle up with the PTO engaged, nor will it go over 10mph. It will rev right up in neutral. Altec service dept. couldn't diagnose it. Ford couldn't diagnose it. Altec's sales guy called and told us where to find it.
So no, for the 3 days we tried to find the problem, the bucket truck wasn't really broken.
 

SeeEmWhyKay

Print Plug & Pigment Procurer
That sucks- can you have a lift rented from Quinn or the like in the meantime? Either way the wait is costing you. Just a thought. Best of luck to you.
 

visual800

Member
yeah, I believe it Ive owned 2 trucks and got rid of 2 trucks, I got so sick of this breaking, that leaking, that not starting and then that leaking again...I RENT and dont regret it. Heavy equipment is PITA and I even took care of my stuff
 

netsol

Member
i guess i view it differently
i have an older bucket truck and scissor lift. it is a convenience to just have it available at a minutes notice. no calling for a rental. we have gained customers because of being able to do a quick bulb change. like everything else, we do almost all our own repairs
 

Texas_Signmaker

Very Active Signmaker
I just bought a brand new lift. I thought of getting used but so many people use the excuse that their equipment is down that I didn't want to buy a problem. Its got a 2 year warranty. My plan is to have it on a 5 year replacement schedule so hopefully that will mean trouble-free usage.
 

GAC05

Active Member
I just bought a brand new lift. I thought of getting used but so many people use the excuse that their equipment is down that I didn't want to buy a problem. Its got a 2 year warranty. My plan is to have it on a 5 year replacement schedule so hopefully that will mean trouble-free usage.
Lets see some photos
 
I believe it. Last spring ALL THREE of our bucket trucks were in the shop at 1 time. We really only need 2 trucks, but I bought an extra one as a spare. That didn't work out so well.
 

Texas_Signmaker

Very Active Signmaker
Runs on batteries..


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netsol

Member
VERY NICE

electricity water and air, 41' up, impressive

and that's about as high as i would want to go.
i bought an edge le from a guy who was retiring from the business.
he wanted me to buy his flatbed with an 87' bucket
i got a nosebleed just looking at it in the down position. not for me
 

JBurton

Signtologist
Will be here next week! Its a
Haulotte 3522a
I've been eyeing this rig for getting back into the bulb changing game. Those contracts always payed out well but if you put tracks around the field or got stuck, you'd start loosing money. Would also reach 83ft for some decent high rise work. I also enjoy watching the self loading feature...


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meant to say, was eyeing this rig. I have since figured this would be a rough season to try to get back into sports type work.
 

ikarasu

Active Member
I've been eyeing this rig for getting back into the bulb changing game. Those contracts always payed out well but if you put tracks around the field or got stuck, you'd start loosing money. Would also reach 83ft for some decent high rise work. I also enjoy watching the self loading feature...


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meant to say, was eyeing this rig. I have since figured this would be a rough season to try to get back into sports type work.
Damn...we dont ever even do bucket truck work, but watching that video makes me want to get into it!
 

netsol

Member
jburton
we were projecting $100,000 in athletic sponsor banners, as they say, sometimes real life gets in the way
 

Texas_Signmaker

Very Active Signmaker
VERY NICE

electricity water and air, 41' up, impressive

and that's about as high as i would want to go.
i bought an edge le from a guy who was retiring from the business.
he wanted me to buy his flatbed with an 87' bucket
i got a nosebleed just looking at it in the down position. not for me

Yea I think this size will fit most jobs I do just well. I would of liked the bigger one not for height but rather SIDE REACH....but I'd have trouble fitting it into storage unit.

I found that fully extended in any machine makes me nervous about height. 55' fully extended on a 55' towable feels different than 55' on an 80' self propelled straight boom.
 
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