This truck’s extendable bucket can also be used by utility workers to do repairs on tall power or telephone lines. In addition, the boom winch typically mounted in the bed of the truck can be used for transporting heavy items to high places or from jobsite to jobsite. Sometimes the boom will be stored on a separate trailer that is pulled behind the truck. Larger booms will need an outrigger that extends to the sides in order to help stabilize the boom and prevent toppling.
A boom truck – bucket truck can come in various sizes, ranging all the way up to a Class 8. This is equivalent to a tractor trailer rig. Instead of a bucket for workers to stand in, some trucks come equipped with a flat platform that can be raised and lowered. In either case, a hydraulic lifting system housed in the truck’s bed powers the moving. Control panels for moving the boom can have a few different locations. Sometimes they’re positioned inside the cab of the truck. They could also be found on the side of the truck or inside the boom.