It doesn't matter who you ask, when you're inquiring about the best brands of used bucket trucks, you’ll more than likely have 5 to 10 brands mentioned in that category. When it comes down to it, a person makes the decision on several factors with personal experience holding the most weight. Unlike cars, bucket trucks have fewer competitors and those that are around today are here because they build quality products. Some of the top brands of boom trucks typically are ALTEC, TEREX VERSALIFT, and TELSTA.
Here is a breakdown of 4 major brands -
ALTEC started during the Great Depression in 1929. They have established themselves as one of the world class makers of bucket trucks by producing quality equipment for the telecommunications, forestry, and construction sectors. ALTEC is easily one of the largest manufacturers and parts are much more readily available thus cost slightly less.
TEREX excels in producing digger derricks, line trucks, and forestry specific bucket trucks. Terex purchased Hi-Ranger in the early 1990’s because of its “straight-line” boom. It was a market breakthrough that made doing jobs quicker and easier. A short time later, in 1997 Terex acquired Telelect along with Simon RO. Terex owns a large portion of the new and used bucket trucks market share and leads the way the it’s XT series.
VERALIFT started in 1965 specializing in making telephone linemen more efficient and safer. They became the go to business for equipment regarding telecommunications and have flourished since. Versalift’s product line currently ranges from aerial lifts to digger derricks. They’re brand and products are affiliated with CONDOR aerial work platforms
TELSTA began production in 1954 with its focus on mounted trucks. Multiple acquisitions later, TELSTA is now owned by Mobile Tool International out of Westminster, Colorado. Currently they specialize in building safe and reliable bucket trucks for the telecommunications industry.
A lot like cars, the opinion of bucket trucks differs from person to person. Typically, the best way to find out which one you think is the best is to try renting several bucket trucks for different jobs. This makes it easier to decide which one you liked the best. Once you figure out that part, the purchasing part is made a lot easier.