Category Archives: Boom Trucks

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.

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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.