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Three Reasons to Buy a Used Bucket Truck from a Dealer

Buying from a Bucket Truck DealerBucket trucks are necessary for use in a number of industries, including the electrical, construction, and telecommunications industries, among others. Despite being largely in-demand, bucket trucks can be extremely costly, both the buy and to maintain. As a method of reducing costs, many businesses have turn to the more cost-effective alternative of buying a used truck. The two most common ways to save money when buying a used truck are to buy from auction, or from a licensed dealer. Although auctions are a cost-effective means for buying a used bucket truck, purchasing a truck this way can actually end up costing the buyer more in unforeseen costs.

Experienced buyers understand that the most dependable method of buying a used bucket truck is through a reputable dealer within the industry. There are a number of reasons buying a used bucket truck from a dealer is more cost-effective and efficient than purchasing one at an auction, including:

Equipment Quality. When buying from an auction, it’s difficult to know the true quality of a bucket truck. Auctions are unable to provide the guarantees delivered by dealers; additionally, buyers are unable to perform comprehensive inspections of the vehicles, leaving the quality of the equipment in question. In contrast, dealers are able to provide any and all information regarding the quality and history of the bucket truck, and perform complete inspections on all equipment in the lot.

Below Book Value. At an auction, the price is determined through the bidding process. This means there is no set price on a piece of equipment, and you may pay more than a truck is worth if the bidding is driven up. Reputable dealers specializing in quality reconditioned bucket trucks are able to sell them at below book value, which has been predetermined.

Warranty Guarantee. Auctions do not offer warranty on bucket trucks, leaving you at the risk of paying high repair fees if the equipment malfunctions after purchase. In contrast, dealers offer warranties and provide service on purchased trucks.

Buying a used bucket truck from auction may seem like a cost-effective way to purchase necessary equipment for your company. However, buying a truck from an auction comes with a number of drawbacks, most notably that you aren’t able to obtain the needed information regarding the equipment quality, safety, and specifications. Additionally, buying a used bucket truck from auction could actually end up costing you more, through unforeseen costs accrued by equipment malfunctions and the bidding process.

Buying a used bucket truck from a reputable dealer is always preferable than buying a truck at auction. When going through a licensed dealer, you can be assured of the equipment history, quality, and specifications, are given a vehicle warranty, and pay a predetermined price, ensuring that you get the best truck for your business, and increasing your ROI.

Is your Company ready for Hurricane Season?

Atlantic Hurricane SeasonAtlantic hurricane season officially began this month; the six-month storm season runs through June 1 – November 30. The arrival of hurricane season, which comes on the heels of the severe weather which affected a number of states and resulted in historic flooding in Texas and Oklahoma, serves as a reminder to utilities and energy companies to ensure that their equipment is up-to-code and ready to handle severe weather.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane season will “likely be below-normal.” Despite the chance of a suppressed hurricane season, forecasters are still predicting a 70 percent likelihood of 6 to 11 named storms, 3 to 6 of which could become hurricanes (defined as storms with winds of 74 mph or higher), and up to 2 storms could be major hurricanes (defined as Category 3, 4 or 5 storms with winds of 111 mph or higher). There is also a 20 percent chance of a near-normal season and a 10 percent chance of an above-normal season.

According to NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, a below-normal season doesn’t mean coastal areas are “off the hook.”

“As we’ve seen before, below-normal seasons can still produce catastrophic impacts to communities,” she said.

As hurricane season begins, electric and utility companies and co-ops are reminded of the importance of prepping their employees and their equipment for the possibility of severe storms. According to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), which represents 900 electric co-ops which provide power to customers in 47 states, across the nation, “Electric cooperatives in coastal states from Texas to Maine routinely update their emergency plans and hold staff briefings on hurricane preparedness before each hurricane season.”

Is Your Company Ready?

Whether you’re a high-profile utilities company providing power to customers throughout the country, or a small maintenance business providing power line repair, it is essential to be prepared for hurricane season. Each year, these organizations find themselves on the front lines of the storms, repairing downed power lines, cleaning up trees and debris, and restoring power outages.

In order to be properly prepared for hurricane season, it’s essential that your equipment is both efficient and up-to-code. Atlas Truck Sales specializes in quality reconditioned bucket trucks and digger derrick trucks, and offers service on all types of hydraulic boom repairs, as well as annual and di-electric testing. Don’t get caught in the storm unprepared. Contact Atlas Truck Sales today.

Atlas Truck Sales Looking for a Mechanic – Immediate Hire!

Atlas Truck Sales Job Opening Mechanics

Atlas Truck Sales, a leading supplier of reconditioned Bucket Trucks and Digger Derrick Trucks, has an immediate job opening in our mechanics department!

The ideal candidate will have hydraulic experience, but it is not required.

Atlas Truck Sales is a family-owned and operated business which has been operating out of Channelview, Texas, since 1989.  We treat our customers and our employees with the principles of family that we were founded on. We keep our business small, allowing less cost for customers and fostering a positive and productive work environment for our personnel.

To learn more about the position, please fax resumes to 281-452-0800 or call 281-452-6700.

The Annual Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference

Electric Utility Fleet Managers ConferenceThe annual Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference (EUFMC), which brings together fleet representatives from investor-owned electric utilities, electric cooperatives and electrical contractors, will be held at the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center in Williamsburg, VA, from May 31 – June 3.

The Conference, which draws together fleet executives from over 60 companies across the United States, Canada and South America, is a two-day, interactive program which features presentations by industry experts, manufactures and fleets. Held every year since 1953, the EUFMC aims to provide a unique, open atmosphere where utility fleet professionals can view the latest fleet products and technologies and engage in open, roundtable discussions which promote transparency and cooperation between manufactures, suppliers, and fleet professionals. More than 250 representatives from over 100 manufacturers and service providers attend EUFMC annually.

This year, the conference will focus on Fleet Strategies to Maximize Total Company Performance, and will feature keynote speaker Jim Piro, the president and chief executive officer of Portland General Electric (PGE). Topics to be covered at the EUFMC General Session include fleet electrification, safety, telematics, fleet standards for aerial equipment, and fleet finances, among others. The event also features a drive-through utility equipment demonstration and an equipment show with over 60 displays.

Atlas Truck Sales: A Leading Provider of Utility Fleet Equipment

Atlas Truck Sales is a leading provider of utility fleet equipment, including reconditioned digger trucks and bucket trucks, located in Channelview, Texas. We maintain one of the cleanliest inventories in the business, offer competitive pricing, and pride ourselves on keeping current with trends within the lifting equipment industry in order to continuously provide our customers with the best service possible.

To learn more about this year’s Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference, visit the Conference Website.

Severe Weather Slams Houston

Severe Weather HoustonSevere weather hit much of Houston late Sunday night, punctuating a week that saw the city subjected to extreme winds and heavy rain.

Multiple severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado warnings were issued for several counties throughout Sunday evening, and heavy rain hit the Woodlands, Spring, Tomball, Jersey Village, and other areas north of I-10. Sunday was one of several days that the Houston area was hit by extreme weather; thunderstorms late Friday night left many areas, including Sugar Land, Richmond, and Rosenberg, without power.

In addition to power outages, several areas suffered downed trees and power lines following heavy winds and, in some areas, hail.

Storms are projected to pick back up later in the week, with Wednesday, Thursday and Friday expected to see some form of thunderstorm.

Bucket trucks are critical in maintaining the city’s infrastructure during severe weather conditions like the ones Houston has been experiencing. Storms can be problematic, particularly to those in the construction and electrical industry, as they struggle to sustain the city’s telecommunications and power supply.

For these industries, the best way to be prepared for severe weather is to ensure that your company has the equipment needed for such emergency situations. For more information, check out our article explaining how to choose the bucket truck that’s right for your company, or call (281)-452-6700 to speak with one of our sales representatives.

Photo by Sarah Worthy

National Lineman Appreciation Day is April 13


The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has designated the second Monday of each April as National Lineman Appreciation Day, in a move that marked the first time the NRECA Board has formally recognized a day honoring lineman. In 2015, that means the day will fall on April 13.

This isn’t the first time that strides have been made to recognize the lineman across America’s electric cooperatives; however, it is the first attempt made at implementing a lasting date.

In 2013, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating April 18 as National Lineman Appreciation Day, to recognize “the profession of Linemen, and the contributions of these brave men and women to protect public safety.” In 2014, only a House resolution to mark the day was introduced, and there was no congressional action taken to designate the day, leaving a number of electric cooperatives to unofficially designate the day for their lineman.

Following the lack of congressional action in 2014, the NRECA passed their own resolution in December of 2014, which the NRECA Board adopted unanimously.

“It gives us a rallying point for our linemen,” said Kerry Kelton, NRECA Texas Director, who presented the resolution to the board December 11 on behalf of the Government Relations Committee.

The resolution states that lineman deserve recognition as they “leave their families and put their lives on the line every day to keep the power on; work 365 days a year under dangerous conditions to build, maintain and repair the electric infrastructure; are the first responders of the electric cooperative family, getting power back on and making things safe for all after storms and accidents; and there would be no electric cooperatives without the brave men and women who comprise our corps of linemen.”

“Therefore be it resolved that NRECA recognize the Second Monday of April of each year as National Lineman Appreciation Day and make available to electric cooperatives, materials, and support to recognize the contributions of these valuable men and women to America’s Electric Cooperatives.”

On April 13, use #ThankALineman on Facebook and Twitter to show your appreciation for the men and women who come together, often in the most difficult weather and hazardous conditions, to provide the power that fuels our lives.

Note: Representative Tom Price (R-GA) introduced a House resolution in March of this year to once again recognize April 18, which falls on a Sunday this year, as National Lineman Appreciation Day; as of April 06, the resolution has been referred to the Subcommittee on Energy and Power, and has not been passed.

Choosing the Bucket Truck That’s Right for Your Company

Choosing a bucket truckA bucket truck is a versatile, cost-effective piece of equipment that is used to perform a variety of tasks across a number of industries. Adding a bucket truck to your fleet is a cost-effective way to take on more jobs and increase productivity at the job site. Deciding which boom truck is right for your company can be an overwhelming process, particularly for companies new to the industry. The numerous amount of options and configurations can make choosing a boom truck a difficult and stressful process. Below, we’ve compiled a list of four things to consider before choosing a truck, to help the process be smooth and worry-free.

Determine the Vehicle’s Use

The first step in determining what type of bucket truck is right for your business is determining what the vehicle will be used for. Will the truck be used for tree trimming? Power line repair? Electrical utility? Construction? Boring into the ground? Deciding what types of duties the equipment will need to perform will play a large role in determining the type of truck you need. For example, if you’re trimming trees around power lines, a bucket truck may suffice; if your project involves excavating land, you’ll need a digger derrick.

Lift Capacity and Working Height Requirements

Before you buy a boom truck, look at the at the lift requirements for the projects you complete most often; this will give you a good idea of the lift capacity range you’re looking for. Additionally, look at the height needed for the types of jobs you most frequently perform – determine the minimum working height you’ll need for the majority of your projects, and go from there.

Additional Truck Features

In addition to lift capacity and working height requirements, there are other questions you’ll want to ask yourself regarding your normal projects, to determine the type of truck features required. Look at the types of projects you routinely perform. Where are they located? Are they typically in residential areas or remote ones? Are you typically working on projects that require a large lifting capacity? Do you routinely work on commercial projects? These questions will help you decide if you need a single axel truck or a tandem axel one, if a fiberglass or aluminum body is better for you, if four-wheel drive is required, and if you need extra accessories, like a 2-man basket.

Buy or Rent?

Once you’ve determined what type of boom truck is right for your company, you’ll have to decide if you’d rather buy a truck, or rent one. Typically, companies that use boom trucks in their day-to-day operations will see a better return on investment when buying, despite the higher cost upfront. Companies which only use these trucks sporadically are better off paying the fee to rent.

Atlas Truck Sales: Your Source for Quality Boom Trucks

Atlas Truck Sales specializes in the sale and rental of quality, reconditioned bucket trucks, and digger derrick trucks. Our experienced team can help you decide what truck is right for your business.

Boom Trucks: Renting vs. Buying

Digger Derrick Bucket Trucks Buy RentBucket and Digger Derrick trucks are versatile, valuable pieces of industrial equipment used across many industries. For many companies, incorporating a boom truck in to their fleet is a great way to expand the business.

Deciding whether to buy or rent a boom truck can be a confusing process; however, making the right decision for your company is vital to ensuring your receive the maximum return on investment. There are several factors to consider when making this decision, including what the company’s long-term goals are, and what the business’s financial situation is.

Long-Term Goals

The first factor to consider in the decision to buy or rent a boom truck is what the long-term goals are for the truck, specifically regarding frequency of use. Companies that are planning to use the truck sporadically, or throughout the lifespan of a singular project, are typically better of renting. However, companies that use boom trucks in their day-to-day operations, such as power companies, and will be using the truck on long-term or multiple projects, are better off buying. For these companies, the initial cost of buying the truck will eventually give way to the additional profit generated by the new projects that come in as a result of owning the truck.

Financial Situation

Another important factor to consider when deciding to rent or buy a boom truck is the company’s financial situation. When buying a truck, companies must shoulder more expenses at the beginning than those renting. While owning a truck eventually leads to fewer expenses in the long-term, buying one upfront is still a long-term, financial commitment. Additionally, buying a truck means that all maintenance and repair costs are the company’s responsibility. Before deciding to buy, a company should consider whether they’re in the financial position to shoulder the responsibility of purchasing the equipment, as well as funding the equipment’s upkeep.

 Atlas Truck Sales: Your Source for Quality Boom Trucks

Atlas Truck Sales specializes in the sale and rental of quality, reconditioned bucket trucks, and digger derrick trucks. Let our experienced team help your company make the right decision when it comes to buying or renting a boom truck.

Three Benefits of a Digger Derrick Truck


Digger Derrick trucks are used for a number of different applications across a variety of industries, including construction, power line, electrical, utility and telecommunications. Essentially a crane truck (boom truck) fitted with an auger for drilling; Digger Derrick trucks are versatile, cost-effective trucks that can increase productivity at your job site.

Benefits of owning a Digger Derrick truck include:


Digger Derrick trucks are extremely versatile pieces of equipment. Crane trucks mounted with augers for drilling into the ground, Digger Derrick trucks can perform any job a standard boom truck can perform, including replacing utility poles, trimming trees and working on power lines. Additionally, the mounted auger means these trucks can perform tasks which traditional boom trucks cannot, including boring into the ground and digging holes for concrete foundations.


The versatility of a Digger Derrick truck also makes it one of the most productive pieces of equipment available on the market. Because a Digger Derrick truck can double as a standard boom truck, it reduces the amount of equipment needed on a site, both increasing cost savings and eliminating the time it takes to substitute equipment during tasks. Digger Derrick trucks also reduce the need for manual labor when breaking ground, and can drill through hard rock quickly and efficiently, upping the productivity at the job site.


Digger Derrick trucks are relatively easy pieces of machinery to operate once proper safety courses and certifications have been completed. Additionally, the trucks eliminate the risks associated with other means of penetrating ground, such as the use of explosives.

Atlas Truck Sales: Your Source for Reconditioned Digger Derrick Trucks

Digger Derrick trucks are versatile, efficient pieces of equipment which can be used for a number of different applications. Additionally, they increase the productivity of a job site and reduce costs, equipment needs, and health/safety hazards.

Buying a used Digger Derrick truck is a cost-effective way to benefit your company.  Atlas Truck Sales specializes in the sale of high-quality reconditioned Bucket Trucks and Digger Derrick Trucks. Visit us today to find the truck that’s best for your business.

February Featured Truck: Bucket Truck #7371

Atlas Bucket Truck Ford Terex This February our featured truck is Bucket Truck #7371! A 2005 Ford F550 truck fitted with a Terex  HR37M boom, Bucket Truck #7371 is a high-quality, versatile bucket truck capable of performing light- and medium-duty applications.

This powerful Ford model features a fiberglass body, beacons, spotlights, and A/C, and is mounted with a boom with a working height of 42’. With 116,000 miles and a selling price of $37,900, Bucket Truck #7371 is one of the best models on the market. Check it out at our Channelview location today before it’s gone!

Atlas Truck Sales specializes in the sale of high-quality reconditioned Bucket Trucks and Digger Derrick Trucks. Visit us today to find the truck that’s best for your business.