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Taking the Reconditioned Utility Truck Business to New Heights


Bucket Truck

I-80 Equipment is one of the top names when it comes to buying utility trucks on the secondary market. They’ve been in business since 1992. While they do well in the traditional areas of business, they excel at one thing in particular, reconditioning.

Some of the reconditioned, sign trucks, boom trucks, and specialty trucks from I-80 Equipment have been featured in utility magazines, websites, and publications. They’ve focused heavily on refining their reconditioning process over the years. The result of their hard work and dedication is evident in the end product, the price, and the longevity of service.

a reconditioned bucket truck from I-80 Equipment

Reconditioning used bucket trucks and other utility trucks isn’t anything new but for the most part, it was limited to a new paint job and replacing cosmetic details. I-80 Equipment really revolutionized the reconditioning industry when it started refurbishing engines, transmission, booms, buckets, hydraulic components, removing rust, and other more expensive mechanical fixes. The need for a quality unit in like-new condition was there but the selection and quality of the inventory was limited.

I-80’s reconditioning process is as follows:

Each Bucket Truck, Digger Derrick, Boom Truck or Crane is completely inspected once it arrives at our facility. Based on our inspection, the body bay crews remove any extra cabinets and corroded metal for replacement and repair. In preparation for painting and refinishing, all lights, grills and accessories are removed.

Each Bucket Truck, Digger Derrick, Boom Truck or Crane is completely soaked in degreaser. After the degreaser has been allowed to set and loosen the dirt and grime the vehicle is then completely power washed. Our cleaning process is a crucial step in our total reconditioning process.

After a vehicle has been power washed and degreased, it enters the Sandblasting Bay. All trucks that enter our facility will have the following items sandblasted: Wheels, front bumper, rear tail shaft, fuel tanks, wheel wells, frames, inside of the utility body and any other exposed metal that needs to be primed before entering the body bay.

Each Bucket Truck, Digger Derrick, Boom truck or Crane is completely sanded down to the factory primer. All dents are pulled and any problem metal will be replaced. The entire truck is sanded down with a 320 grit sandpaper and primed with a gray 2K urethane coating prior to going to the paint bay. The undercoating I-80 Equipment uses provides excellent corrosion resistance and durability. It is part of a two-step industrial coating process that assures a pristine finish. For added protection, each vehicle is LINE-X sprayed on the bed and walkways. LINE-X greatly extends equipment and vehicle life expectancy. It has a high “shoreD” hardness rating, offering excellent impact resistance and superior tensile strengths (up to 6,600 psi) resulting in outstanding abrasion resistance. Because the material is sprayed there is a complete seal, making the coating “water tight.” It is part of a two-step industrial coating process that assures a quality finish. Applied with a 120 gallon Linex machine 100 mils thick, I-80 Equipment will back each bed liner with a warranty.

Each Bucket Truck, Digger Derrick, Boom Truck, or Crane will be reassembled in this bay. All broken parts will be replaced. All over spray and dirt will be tken off the windows and cleaned. The inside of the cab is cleaned and detailed. The finished paint exterior is buffed out and waxed with hand glaze. Any client requested customization will be completed at this stage including additional strobe lights, cabinets, hitches, etc.

This is the final step in our reconditioning process. Each Bucket Truck, Digger Derrick, Boom Truck or Crane is inspected utilizing a 77-point mechanical inspection and a 177-point boom inspection. I-80 Equipment utilizes a 4-point alignment machine, cylinder machine and dielectric testing to ensure that our vehicles meet all Federal and DOT inspections. Engine Power Train Steering Suspensions Brakes Electrical System Cab & Body Tires, Wheels and Rims


As you can see, the process is highly focused and detailed. There is really nothing like it in the industry. Reconditioning equipment is nothing new and is certainly not confined to utility trucks. There are amazing commercial truck re-conditioners.

Sam is a professional blogger and author. He specializes in helping business owners find the best used bucket trucks for sale online. He is a frequent contributor to I-80 Equipment’s blog.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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