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Bucket Truck without air brakes?

Discussion in 'Business Management' started by Ryan@OTT, Jun 24, 2017.

  1. Ryan@OTT

    Ryan@OTT ArboristSite Lurker

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    Hi all,
    Just wondering if there are bucket trucks out there with a 55'+ boom, with or without chipper box, that doesn't have air brakes...?
    Thanks
    Ryan
     
  2. Jhenderson

    Jhenderson ArboristSite Operative

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    Why? Just don't like air?
     
  3. Ryan@OTT

    Ryan@OTT ArboristSite Lurker

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    My local utility has contacted me about doing spot trimming. I told them I didn't have a bucket truck, and they said "just rent one and bill us for it". My chipper truck is a 5500, doesn't have air brakes, so I didn't get my DZ. Just wondering if bucket trucks actually exist with hydraulic brakes or if they're all air brake and I'm SOL.
     
  4. mijdirtyjeep

    mijdirtyjeep ArboristSite Operative

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    In Michigan it was only a little book test for the air brake endorsement. It also only cost like $10 when I took it about 10yrs ago.

    Might be easier to just add it to your cdl.
     
  5. Jhenderson

    Jhenderson ArboristSite Operative

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    If the air brake equipped truck is less than 26,001lbs an air brake endorsement isn't required in the US. So many med duty trucks come with air brakes now that the Feds dropped the requirement for non CDL wts.
     
  6. crotchclimber

    crotchclimber ArboristSite Operative

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    They are out there. Our 1997 F800 bucket has hydraulic brakes. And it is CDL weight at 30,000lbs.
     

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