What does it mean to have a bucket truck that has a job-ready restoration? With Utility Bucket Trucks Job-Ready Restoration process, we take used utility equipment and restore the trucks back into a like-new state. In order to assure that our trucks are up to the job, we have a rigorous process that each truck goes through. Through this process, the truck assessed by mechanics followed by a complete overhaul.
Step One: Degrease, Power Wash, and Assessment
To begin the process, each component of the engine is disassembled and soaked in degreaser to loosen dirt and grime, then power washed to remove any remaining residue. While this step may seem insignificant, it is crucial for our ASE-certified mechanics to do this in order to assess the condition of the vehicle as a whole. The small parts in the engine can cause the biggest problems if not given proper maintenance care.
Step Two: Body/Frame Disassembly
Following the degreasing and assessment of the engine components, a similar process is started for the interior and exterior of the vehicle as well. With this step, the surface integrity is inspected and corroded or damaged metal is removed for replacement or repair at our on-site metal fabrication shop. At this step, the addition of special cabinets or any customer requests are taken care of on top of the repair and assessment of the accessories of the truck.
Step Three: Sandblasting and Paint Preparation
At this stage, wheels, bumpers, fuel tanks, wheel wells, frame, utility body, and any other areas that require surface correction are taken to the sandblast bay and prepared for further body work. The sandblasting prepares the imperfections to be hand-pounded and filled with a high quality fiberglass Evercoat filler. The fiberglass parts are reinforced with fiberglass cloth and resin when needed to ensure integrity in the repair. The parts are then hand sanded and smoothed. As a final step before primer is applied, all surface are wiped down with pre-cleaner to ensure an optimal, residue-free surface.
Step Four: Priming, Undercoating, Painting and Line-X Application
Next is the priming and painting of the trucks. It is in this step that the trucks are primed with a Sherwin Williams 2k catalyzed primer. After that, a rubberized undercoating is applied in order to protect the truck from corrosion. Following the coating, the truck is then painted with a 2k Sherwin Williams acrylic urethane paint. The final step in this process is the application of Line-X, which is a specifically formulated protective polymer material that is sprayed on each vehicle bed, walkways, and any other area with heavy impact and abrasion areas.
Step Five: Reassembly
After the completion of steps one through four, the vehicle is reassembled. Once reassembled, decals, complete body wrapped graphics, custom cabinets, strobe lights, and any other customization is performed. After it is completely reassembled, the truck’s exterior paint is buffed and finished with a hand glaze while the interior is completely detailed, top to bottom.
Step Six: Chassis Inspection, Testing, and Reconditioning
The sixth step is the testing and 100-point inspection of all the parts and assemblies, it is here that any part not up to our high quality standards are remanufactured in the machine shop or replaced to ensure that the vehicle is in optimal condition.
Step Seven: Equipment Inspection and Restoration
Testing the equipment is equally as important as testing the chassis. Any boom, auger, or other piece of equipment is inspected that utilizes a state of the art hydraulic pressure, cylinder, and dielectric testing, to ensure that they meet or exceed OSHA an ANSI standards of safety and performance. Any parts that do not pass the test are remanufactured or replaced.
Step Eight: Performance Verification
This could be one of the, if not the most, critical step in the process. It is here that the truck’s performance is road tested for a minimum of 100 miles and all of the mechanicals are retested to ensure proper operation.
Step Nine: Operational Performance Video
Since I-80 Equipment sells trucks all over North America, having operational performance videos are very important. This allows you to view the truck you are interested in purchasing without having to come to Illinois, which is not an option for many small businesses. In this video all of the parts of the truck are shown and how they work, in order to let the customers see exactly what they are purchasing.
Step Ten: TEQ Certification by the Director of Quality Control
The final step is for the director of quality control to give the final approval for the truck and designate it as TEQ certified, meaning it passes Utility Bucket Trucks’ highest standards of quality, inside and out, and top to bottom.