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Just curious, is there a lot of hassles with owning a bucket truck, such as safety inspections, maintenance, etc..? Been thinking about purchasing a used one.
 

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Just curious, is there a lot of hassles with owning a bucket truck, such as safety inspections, maintenance, etc..? Been thinking about purchasing a used one.
Had one back in '75. Just took her straight out to the side and jumped up and down in the bucket to see if I could tip over the truck.

Probably they do more advanced testing stuff now days.
 

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There are tons of threads on this topic. It usually boils down to time being used. If you can keep that bucket in the air 75% of the time it's worth it. If it just sits most of the time don't bother. A truck with an extenda-boom is really useful. You can reach a lot more. 42' or so is a good overall truck.
 

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The 550 bucket truck is my full time truck(everybody knows I have one available),the tools are very easy to get to,the mileage isn't too hot,but I haven't fallen off an extension ladder since getting it! Versalift comes down once a year for the bucket assembly check-up and get it serviced at the local Ford dealer. It runs like a clock,so I keep it that way. It's a real asset and pays it way.
 

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If a hose breaks, the bucket comes down really fast. At least that is what my father-in-law said (he was in the bucket at the time).
 

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That may be ,but not near as fast as an extension ladder.

I doubt that it is a common problem.

He had delusions that he wanted to be in the tree trimming business. He went out and bought most worn out-out beat-to-death pile-o-crap bucket truck I have ever seen. :laughing:

Between his new found fear of heights and the sticker shock for the liability insurance, he called it quits after a couple of weeks.
 

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If a hose breaks, the bucket comes down really fast. At least that is what my father-in-law said (he was in the bucket at the time).
That's not a issue anymore , they have load checks on the hyd cylinders , you have to apply pressure in one direction to make the cylinder go the other , broken hose will have no effect providing the system hasn't been molested
 

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we have (2) 60' double knuckle bucket trucks. as one of the other members stated, unless you have it up in the air 75% of the time, don't bother. with diesel at 4.30+/gal, repairs, maintenance, inspections etc it may not be worth the headache.
 
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