Three Questions to Consider When Buying a Bucket Truck

Used Bucket Truck AtlasFor companies that routinely use bucket trucks, buying a truck can be much more cost-effective than constantly renting. There are a number of factors to consider when buying a bucket truck. Before you head out to the dealer’s lot, ask yourself the following three questions to narrow down your bucket truck selection.

Number 1: What’s your budget?

The first question you should ask yourself when buying a bucket truck is simple: what are you willing and able to spend? Your budget will affect a number of factors, including whether to buy used or new, the number of trucks to be purchased, type of truck(s), the truck features, and the condition/mileage of the truck(s).

Number 2: Are you buying a used truck or a new truck?

The decision to buy used or new will greatly impact both the amount of money you ultimately spend, and your selection of vehicle. Typically, buying used bucket trucks is more advisable, especially in the case of small businesses looking to acquire a handful of bucket trucks, rather than an entire fleet. Buying used is beneficial for a number of reasons; most notably that it reduces total cost while ensuring maximum return on investment.

Number 3: What is the truck being used for?

When considering what type of bucket truck to buy, one of the most important questions to ask concerns the usage of the truck. Specifically: what is the bucket truck being used for? What type of work will you be doing – tree trimming, utility repairs? Will it be for a short-term or long-term project? What type of safety equipment do you require? What type of height requirement is there for your line of work? Are there any specific features you need, or don’t need, in the bucket truck? All of these questions will help you narrow down the options.

Atlas Truck Sales: Your Source for Quality Used Bucket Trucks

Buying a bucket truck can be a great investment for a company. Before you begin looking at trucks it’s important to determine the amount of money you’re willing to spend, the condition of the vehicle you want to buy, and the purpose of the truck. At Atlas Truck Sales, our trained sales team can help find the bucket truck that’s right for you and your business. Contact us today to learn more about how your business can benefit from buying a used bucket truck.

Benefits of Buying a Used Bucket Truck

Used Bucket TruckWhen it comes time for a company to purchase a bucket truck, there are a number of elements to consider. Among the most important considerations to take when buying equipment is the decision to buy new or used.

Although the prospect of buying a used vehicle can make business owners wary, particularly when their company depends on the reliability of a truck to prosper, there are a number of advantages that come with purchasing a used bucket truck. When using the proper vendor, buying a used bucket truck can result in cost savings, less risk and fewer mechanical issues.

5 Advantages of Buying a Used Bucket Truck

Cost Savings

One of the primary advantages that comes with buying a used bucket truck rather than buying a new one is the amount of cost savings accrued.  While new bucket trucks can retail at well over $100,000, used bucket trucks of the same or similar models are often sold at half the price, positively affecting a company’s bottom line.

Fewer Mechanical Issues

The idea that used bucket trucks have more mechanical issues than new trucks is a common misconception; in fact, used bucket trucks are actually less likely to run into the mechanical issues you see in new trucks. This is due to two factors: first, the “break in period,” or the amount of time a bucket truck’s engine needs in order for the bearings to set and the piston rings to seal properly around the cylinder, is negated when buying a used truck; often new trucks must travel distances of several thousand miles before they achieve this. Second, mechanical issues that often occur in new trucks are less likely to occur, or more likely to have already been resolved, in used trucks.

Wider Selection

Buying a used truck affords the customer with a wider selection to chose from. With demand in the market rising, availability of new bucket trucks is declining, and the time it takes to receive a new bucket truck is increasing. In contrast, there is an ample selection of high-quality, reconditioned bucket trucks available in the current market.

Less Risk

Buying a used bucket truck comes with less overall risk than buying a new truck. Because the cost is lower, the required loan to buy the truck will be reduced, if a loan is needed at all. Additionally, a buying a used truck will mean a lower depreciation rate; while new trucks can depreciate in value rapidly, used bucket trucks tend to hold their value over time.

Maximum ROI

Buying a used bucket truck from a trusted dealer ensures that you’ll save money while making maximum return on investment. At Atlas Truck Sales, all of our used bucket trucks go through a rigorous inspection process, ensuring that you receive the greatest value.

Buying a used bucket truck comes with a number of advantages. Shorter loan times, less risk of depreciation and mechanical issues, and an overall reduced cost makes buying used a great alternative for equipment. Atlas Truck Sales specializes in the sale of reconditioned bucket trucks, and maintains one of the cleanest inventories in the industry. Contact us today to learn more about how your business can benefit from buying a used bucket truck.

Tips for Safely Surviving a Power Outage

Tips for Surviving a Power OutageWinter weather is in full-swing, and a number of states have already been hit hard by the power outages that characterize the season. Thousands of residents across Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey lost power in November following Winter Storm Cato, and several projected storms are slated to cause similar outages in the upcoming weeks.

With severe winter weather picking up, it’s important to be prepared in the event that a power outage does occur. In order to ensure safe survival through a power outage, it’s vital to be prepared in the weeks leading up to a storm, and to take necessary precautions during the outage.

Preparing for a Power Outage

You never know when a power outage may unexpectedly occur. During the winter, power outages are often caused by strong winds, ice storms, and heavy snow. While it’s vital to prepare for a power outage when you know a storm is approaching, it’s also important to prep at the beginning of the season, to ensure that you’re prepared in case an outage occurs without warning.

Stock Up

Stocking up on certain items well in advance of a severe storm will keep you prepared in the event of a power outage. Essential items include:

-Flashlights

-Emergency Batteries

-Non-perishable or canned foods (canned meats and fish, canned soups, beans, crackers, canned vegetables, peanut butter, nuts and trail mixes, dried fruit, granola bars)

-Bottled Water

Ensure Cell Phone Power

Landlines are becoming increasingly rare in homes, and they won’t work without electricity. It’s important to have a way to ensure that your cell phone is charged at all times during a power outage, as it will be your only means of immediate communication. Buy a charger fit for the USB port or cigarette lighter in your car.

Be Prepared to Evacuate

It’s critical that you be able to leave your house in the event of an evacuation. Keep your gas tank full, or buy extra gasoline to keep in your garage, to ensure that you’re able to leave if necessary. If you don’t own a car, prepare an evacuation plan with friends or neighbors in advance.

Have a Heat Alternative

You’ll need a heat alternative to warm your food. Buy a camping stove or propane grill to heat up perishable food. Be sure to only use these alternatives outside, to minimize carbon monoxide exposure.

What to Do During a Power Outage

Follow these rules to ensure safe survival during a short-term or long-term power outage.

Eat Perishable Items First

Eat perishable food items first to ensure that non-perishable items are preserved in the event of a long-term outage, and in order to consume the food before it spoils.

Keep Fridge Opening and Closing to a Minimum

To preserve perishable items as long as possible, open the fridge as little as possible, as the exposure to hot air will rise the inside temperature. Typically, a refrigerator can keep food cold for approximately 4 hours. A full freezer can hold its temperature for about 48 hours. Food that has risen to a temperature above 40 °F for over two hours should not be consumed.

Unplug Electrical Equipment

Unplug all electrical equipment, including computers, printers, appliances, and televisions, as soon as the power goes out. When the power comes back on, power surges could damage equipment which remains plugged in.

Power outages often occur unexpectedly during winter, and are dangerous to the unprepared. To ensure that you and your family safely make it through an unexpected power outage, stock up on essentials well in advance, and follow the above guidelines during the outage.

The Eighth Annual Lift and Access Showcase

lift-and-access-showcaseThe eighth annual Lift and Access Showcase, which brings together lead engineers and product managers within the lifting equipment industry for comprehensive demonstrations and discussions regarding lifting equipment, was held in Las Vegas at the Springhill Suites by Marriott on October 29 – 31.

The interactive showcase provides a unique experience for manufacturers and vendors to demonstrate their equipment’s features, benefits, and capabilities directly to buyers through machine demonstrations and walk-around presentations. Through side-by-side comparisons and hands-on product demonstrations, industry leading manufacturers and OEMs are able to engage with buyers regarding equipment, leading to a better buyer understanding of the product and subsequently increase productivity for customers.

This year the showcase, which was hosted by leading lifting equipment publication Lift & Access Magazine, featured a “green theme,” focusing exclusively on Green Equipment. Presentations included low-level access equipment, mast boom lifts, rough- and all-terrain electric and hybrid scissor lifts. Additionally, the show featured demonstrations of other hybrid lifting equipment, including aerial lifts, cranes, and telehandlers.

The unique event, which is the only venue where new technology in lifting equipment can be both observed and operated, draws in a diverse crowd of industry leaders; according to Rental Equipment Register, in 2011 the event attracted buyers and key executives from 9 of the top 10 largest rental companies in North America. This year’s sponsors included the International Powered Access Federation and Bucher Hydraulics, as well as industry-leading OEMs.

Atlas Truck Sales: Leading the Lifting Equipment Industry

Atlas Truck Sales is a leading lifting equipment and service provider located in Channelview, Texas, providing bucket trucks and digger derrick trucks for use across various industries. 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 Lift and Access showcase, visit the Showcase Website and check out the Lift and Access Magazine for up-to-date industry news and events.