Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Considerations When Renting a Bucket Truck

A bucket truck is not a vehicle you will typically see roaming the streets. This vehicle has an aerial lift that can carry a person or two to a certain height. If you own a business that involves fixing or installing objects at high altitudes, consider having a bucket truck. However, weigh between buying and renting one based on the scale of work needed.

Buying can be impractical if you will only use the truck several times a year, for instance, when replacing old posters, billboards, and decorations. Even if you need lifting more often, hiring one is more cost-effective, considering the maintenance expenses that come with owning one. When renting a bucket truck, however, several important factors have to be considered.

Unlike driving the average vehicle, driving a bucket truck requires a commercial driver license (CDL), that is, if the vehicle is over 26,000 lbs. Bucket trucks weighing above this limit normally have double bucket that can hold up to 750 lbs of weight. Lighter vehicles require the ordinary driving license though.

Like any other rentals, a bucket truck rental will require reservation that entails filling out of forms and specifying the date and time the truck will be utilized. Most truck rentals are priced per hour of use, and so the renter should be certain about the duration of the work. Besides, even if extensions are possible, the rental company may not allow it if the truck has been reserved by other clients on the time requested.

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