How Much Does a Bucket Truck Rental Cost?
The bucket truck is a mobile working platform commonly used in the installation and maintenance of traffic lights and/or signs, electric, telephone, and cable lines, trimming of tall trees along the highways and other jobs that require aerial lifts. It is often called a crane truck, lift truck, cherry picker or boom truck and is specifically designed for work in high areas.
Bucket trucks are expensive, and yet some businesses and service institutions invest in it because of its necessity to the job, especially if the nature of business is in the construction, cleaning service, and other jobs mentioned earlier. After all, it is a convenient way to lift workers and tools up to a certain height. Other companies or individuals, however, prefer to just rent a bucket truck whenever they need it.
How much does it cost?
- On average, plan on budgeting at least $350 to $850 per day to rent a bucket truck. The higher a bucket truck can reach, the more you are going to pay.
- For instance, a 40′ lift could be around $350 to $450 per day while a 60′ truck could be around $600 to $800 per day. As a rule of thumb, multiply the height by 10 and this is probably what you will have to spend at a minimum for the day.
- According to Rentalforce.com, a bucket truck rental costs around $400 to $500 per day.
- The rental cost of a bucket truck at NYBucketTruck.com is $100 per hour for a minimum of four hours.
What is going to be included?
- Most companies will able to deliver the truck to your project site within half a day. The truck can either be picked up or dropped off when the work is finished.
- A vehicle operator/truck supervisor may be included.
- Operating costs such as fuel, tolls, and other related expenses may be factored into the daily rate.
What are the extra costs?
- Some price quotations do not include the operator. If you must pay someone by the hour to operate the lift, it can be around $50 per hour or more.
- Delivery charges can be around $200 to $300 if it is not included in the original price. This is also true for pick up.
- If the rental price does not include repair and service, you will be obliged to shell out additional money should the truck or any part of it needed repair during the rental period.
- Some companies may charge by the hour. If you go over the allotted rate, an additional fee can be charged for every hour you go over.
- If you are going to work in a spacious open area, such as parking lots you might need to use a generator instead of an extension cord. Unless you have one, you will need to purchase or rent one of these as well.
- You might need to purchase truck insurance depending on the company policy. You may also need to insure the driver.
Factors that influence the price:
- Rental costs vary depending on the model in which you are interested to rent.
- Some companies offer a rent-to-own arrangement, so prices may also vary if this is the case.
- The rental cost may also be influenced by the working height of the truck.
- Many companies will offer a discount per hour if you rent it for over a certain number of hours.
- The company which offers the rental will be able to determine the prices. This may be influenced by the reputation of the company, the location, and the number of trucks they own.
Tips to know:
- Bigger trucks tend to be difficult to maneuver, especially in tight and taper spaces.
- To operate a bucket truck that is over 26,000 pounds, the driver must have a CDL in order to operate it. If it is less than 26,000, a standard class C is sufficient.
- As a safety measure, be sure to inspect the vehicle first before using. This is important so that if something should break during rental, you will not be blamed or responsible for it. Be keen about hazards, leaks, and damage. Specifically, you must check for important elements, to name a few:
- Damaged, broken, loose or missing parts
- Signs of oil and hydraulic seepage(s)
- Integrity of welds, if there is any
How can I save money?
- It is beneficial to rent a bucket truck from high quality suppliers because they provide some added amenities and offer cost-effective prices.
- Before renting a bucket truck, be sure to verify with the rental company if the cost includes service and repair. You must also know whether they would replace the vehicle at your project site should it encounters problems.
- It is important to know the reputation of the rental company from where you intend to rent a bucket truck. Some companies are not keen enough about appropriate business practices, exposing you and your workers to risks.
- Before purchasing the insurance through the rental company, check with your own company to see if your current insurance already covers something like this.