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Bucket trucks contain a customized aerial device that is important to essential infrastructure industries. Because so much of the power grid is connected through overhead means, and it must be managed and maintained, aerial lifts are essential to both the Power Distribution and Power Transmission Industries. Nearly every home and business in the United States is connected to the power grid, and so bucket trucks can be found throughout big cities and small towns, in suburban communities and in business districts. Across Europe, these aerial devices are known as MEWPs, Mobile Elevated Work Platforms.
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Bucket trucks are crucial to electric utilities and they are equally important to the telecommunications industry. A majority of non-mobile telecom data is transferred via overhead cabling. As a result, aerial lifts play a crucial role in the maintenance and servicing of the telecommunications network.
5G Aerial Lift Whitepaper and information on how our bucket trucks are being used to change telecommunication infrastructure.
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Bucket trucks support the important work of Municipalities, Public Works and State Departments of Transportation in the service and maintenance of highway lighting, traffic signals and signage. Additionally, tree care companies, public parks departments and forest services need bucket trucks to care for and maintain trees on public and private lands.
Aerial lifts have been the focus of Versalift® in its effort to continue to innovate its engineering and manufacturing processes, and the company has continued to deliver the safest, most reliable and highest quality bucket trucks to its customers, in a variety of industries, for more than 50 years. If you are responsible for a fleet that maintains electrical power distribution or transmission lines, telecommunication lines, lighting, signage and traffic signals, or forests and parks, Versalift’s high-quality, safe and reliable catalog of bucket trucks is essential to your future success.
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The SlopeMax bucket truck safety system reduces the risk of an aerial lift overturn scenario. Aerial lift operators face danger in hilly and mountainous areas or on jobsites with slopes exceeding 5 degrees. In those conditions, booms can bounce dangerously, rotation bearings and gears can be damaged or worse: the equipment can overturn.
SlopeMax uses multiple omnidirectional sensors to compare base slope and lower boom angles relative to horizontal before the boom is deployed. For slopes under 5 degrees, booms operate normally, however when your Versalift® senses slopes between 5 and 10 degrees, the SlopeMax safety system reduces horizontal reach by limiting lower boom function, and establishing a safe working envelope. SlopeMax is available on SST and VST series. Bring your lineman home safely.
Bucket truck safety is central to Truguard™, an improved version of the original, which was released in 2012 as Versalift’s best-in-class proprietary upper control isolating system. TruGuard™, which provides another level of protection to linemen working in aerial lifts from phase-to-phase and phase-to-ground electrical contact, comes standard on every insulated aerial lift that is manufactured by Versalift®.
TruGuard™ includes a redesigned proprietary isolation mechanism designed to create an increased isolation gap between the boom and the bucket. This safety improvement allows for durable alloy controls that stand the test of time to be used instead of using plastic controls.
Aerial lifts, Digger Derricks & Cable Placers - FIND LIFT TYPE
Bucket trucks, cable placers, digger derricks and other utility trucks are the sole focus of Versalift®. Because of the variety of industries served by Versalift®, there are hundreds of unique lift configurations. Geography and population density are major factors in determining the best bucket trucks for a fleet. In densely populated areas, like cities, bucket trucks need to be small and maneuverable, but still have the ability to reach as high in the air.
Elevated work platforms provide flexibility to any number of construction and maintenance projects. Our popular SST line can be equipped with articulated telescopic aerial lifts, and meet that challenge. VSTs are heavier-duty and are more powerful, and so can reach higher. Built for stability and versatility, VSTs are engineered to work in any environment. The VO line is tough, and, with its overcenter aerial lift, it has the ruggedness, side reach and power to serve the forestry and tree maintenance industry.
Aerial devices that reach well over 100 feet are a specialty in which Versalift® takes some pride. Versalift’s CTA, PHX, and SKY series bucket trucks are stable, powerful and able to reach as high as 217 feet. They predominantly serve the Electric Power Transmission Industry. The Transmission Aerial line of Versalift® products is the industry standard for those bucket trucks that handle the biggest jobs.
Aerial lifts that put people high into the air can be dangerous. The risk associated with working at height and around electricity can be mitigated by caution, training, and the highest level of equipment. At Versalift®, we believe in only the highest standards of quality in manufacturing, and we go above and beyond the norm to design, build, and deliver the safest and most reliable aerial lifts available in the industry. By continuously innovating and creating new technologies to improve work effectiveness and enhance safety, Versalift® has earned its reputation for quality.
Bucket truck operation requires the use of a great deal of fuel. Electric Drive from Versalift® saves fuel by allowing the vehicle to be switched off while an aerial lift is in operation. Electric Drive operates during aerial run time and includes features like full flow for hydraulic tool circuit operation, battery recharge of existing truck alternator, and full power-to-tool circuit operation. The self-contained electro-hydraulic package allows linemen to operate their aerial lifts with maximum efficiency. Electric Drive is designed to save fuel costs and improve efficiency on the jobsite.
Other benefits of Electric Drive include…
- 100% Elimination of Exhaust Fumes (retrofit available)
- Operation of Bucket, Tools & Outriggers at Normal Speeds
- Engine Turns ON/OFF Automatically to Charge Batteries
- 90% less expensive than a hybrid chassis with immediate ROI
Ruthmann, a Time Manufacturing Company is a manufacturer of high-quality truck-mounted aerial work platforms. Headquartered in Germany, Ruthmann equipment is used across Europe and North America. The tallest Ruthmann aerials feature a unique, multi-beveled boom profile that results in smooth operation, reach nearly 300 feet in the air, and are utilized for utility transmission and wind turbine blade maintenance. Ruthmann aerial lifts are available for purchase in North America through Ruthmann Reachmaster Ruthmann goes to market in North America with Steiger and Ecoline brands of Truck-mounted Aerial Lifts, and is the North America distributor for Bluelift, Bibi, and Jibbi Compact Aerials.
In 2022 Time Manufacturing Company acquired The FE Group, which includes the France Elévateur and Movex brands, as well as a network of distribution groups in Europe. France Elévateur was founded in 1984 in France, and serves the important European markets of Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Ireland, Eastern France and Spain.
BrandFX, a Time Manufacturing Company creates truck bodies with a lower true cost of ownership for many Versalift® customers. Available as an option on most Aerial Lifts and Bucket Trucks with single and tandem axles, BrandFX truck bodies can weigh up to 50% less than comparably sized conventional steel bodies. There are many benefits to using lighter equipment. Lightweight equipment reduces stress of vehicle systems like brakes, tires and suspensions, while dramatically improving fuel economy and decreasing required stopping distances.
BrandFX bodies have the additional benefit of being incredibly durable and do not suffer from oxidation, rust, or denting like their steel, or aluminum alternatives.
BrandFX bodies come standard on the following Ready-to-Go Versalift® Bucket Trucks:
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Bucket trucks are essential to the power grid and its connected circuits. The power grid is a complex network of electrical power lines comprised of transmission and distribution lines. The backbone of the grid is made up of nearly 300,000 miles of transmission power lines. Additionally, there are millions of miles of distribution lines, and they must be maintained.
Aerial Lifts for Power Transmission – Because the majority of American electrical power is moved within the high-voltage transmission network through towers that carry it far overhead, the aerial lifts that are used to service it must be extremely stable and able to reach hundreds of feet into the air.
Bucket Trucks for Power Distribution – Power is transferred through substations to individual communities through lower-voltage distribution lines. Outages can cost electrical utilities tens of thousands of dollars a minute, and a fleet of high-quality, safe and reliable aerial lifts allows an organization to efficiently manage them.
Bucket trucks, cable spicer units, cable placers and digger derricks are used in the construction and ongoing maintenance of overhead telecommunications infrastructure. This infrastructure includes fixed cabling and wireless equipment for data and voice communication.
Offering a complete fleet solution, Versalift® manufactures and services the equipment that telecommunications fleets use to keep service up and running. *Aerial platforms for telecommunications fleets include the new 5G cable splicer unit, TEL-29 units, cable placer units, VANTELs, digger derricks and selected SST models.
SIGN, LIGHT and TRAFFIC
Bucket trucks to service and maintain street and highway lighting, traffic signals and signage are needed by Municipalities, public works organizations and State Department of Transportations (DOTs). Often, city transportation departments are required to maintain a diverse set of communication instruments. To address the specific challenges of managing this equipment, Versalift® presents a broad line of bucket trucks that includes light telescopic, telescopic, side-by-side telescopic and telescopic articulating lifts across our (T) (TEL) (VANTEL) (SST) and (VST) Series
High-reach aerial work platforms for Wind generation and Blade Maintenance are part of a new industry, emerging around the world. The growing need for taller and more stable aerial lifts has recently accelerated. Several factors contribute to this trend:
- Major infrastructure projects, particularly the task of updating and upgrading transmission power lines, which are getting taller to accommodate the expanding need for consistent electricity across the country.
- The advent of new electricity generating technologies, such as solar energy and wind energy, has made it possible to move transmission lines further away from communities.
TREE CARE and VEGETATION MANAGEMENT
Bucket trucks specifically built for vegetation management are part of the normal course of business, for utility companies that must address a set of challenges associated with tree care. Preventing trees from interfering with power delivery infrastructure is an essential task. Additionally, public parks departments and forest services rely upon bucket trucks to care for, and maintain, trees on public lands.
Bucket trucks like the Versalift® Overcenter (VO) units are extremely durable and can reach over 75 feet in height. VO bucket trucks have optional elevators, which can put technicians more than 100 feet into the air, as well as optional material handling. The Versalift® SST Series of bucket trucks can also provide material handling and more than 450 pounds of platform capacity for when the job requires it.
Bucket truck service is an essential component of ownership. Versalift® equipment offers a lower true cost of ownership, and customer service has helped us grow to become a global leader in bucket truck safety, reliability and quality. Excellence in customer service continues to be both an area of distinction and point of pride.
Aerial lifts are no exception to the general truism that great service begins with excellence in manufacturing. Versalift’s American-made aerial lifts go through a rigorous quality assurance process that begins with the delivery of raw materials, and ends only when customers have taken delivery of their new aerial lift after assembly, operation, and safety check.
Bucket trucks from Versalift® come with a world class warranty standard that is included with every purchase. This warranty can be extended to a total of three years. Many Versalift® bucket trucks are still in service after 30 years, and can be refurbished, remounted or repaired at any service location.
The Versalift® Global Partner Program (VGPP)
The Versalift® Global Partner Program (VGPP) empowers customers to manage everything they need to support and maintain their bucket truck from any web connection, at any time.
- Order parts
- Charge purchases to a fleet account via PO or credit card
- Review operational or maintenance safety procedures
- Connect instantly to an inside support representative
- Schedule an on-site service call
- Order replacement manuals
CONTACT SERVICE DEPT – 866-543-8887
Whether you manage one truck or a fleet of hundreds, Versalift® is your partner.
The Versalift® Global Partner Program is a members-only website, created for customers who are responsible for managing or maintaining a fleet of bucket trucks, digger derricks and other utility vehicles. The secure system tracks technical specifications for every aerial lift and associated chassis. Today, access to the Versalift® Global Partner Program is included in every purchased or leased lift.