McClain and Company Bucket Truck

In addition to bridge inspections and maintenance, both highway and railroad bridges, there are several common work projects that involve high reach.

For a long term project, of course, one might prefer to make use of scaffolding to access an elevated and hard to reach area. But if your job is only going to take a day to two, scaffolding can be far too time-consuming to set up and take down, not to mention limiting you to a fixed and stationary work platform.

In those instances, a quality bucket truck rental can be the best and most cost-effective solution.

Some Common Work Projects for Using a Bucket Truck Rental

Bucket trucks. We’ve all seen them and a few of us have actually worked with them.

Technically speaking, a bucket truck is more properly referred to as an aerial work platform, but is also known as an aerial device, an elevating work platform, a cherry picker, or a mobile elevating work platform.

One specialized type of bucket truck designed for under bridge inspection work is commonly referred to as a “Snooper” truck. However, SNOOPER™ is a registered trademark name. These are a series of inspection vehicles designed and manufactured by Paxton-Mitchell. In fact, the world’s first under bridge inspection bucket truck was produced by them in 1964 and was appropriately named the Paxton-Mitchell Snooper Truck.

Bucket trucks are typically equipped with a hydraulic, extendable boom or booms which support a work platform, or bucket, attached at the far end of the boom. This platform, usually designed for one or two workers, allows for work to be performed safely in areas high above the ground.

These trucks allow for otherwise dangerous and challenging tasks to be accomplished safely and easily compared to other access methods.

There are a few common projects that require a bucket truck and we’ve highlighted some of them here.

Electrical and Telephone Line Repair or Maintenance

For most of us, this type of work is what we most often associate with the use of a bucket truck. However, these specialized, insulated bucket trucks are often used by contractors and others to protect workers when positioning them to work on potentially dangerous high-voltage equipment that must be repaired or replaced.

Utility Maintenance Projects

Utility companies and others often use bucket trucks to carry out routine maintenance and repairs. However, contractors and property owners can use bucket truck rentals to work on a variety of tasks such as replacing lights or maintaining signs. For low clearance highway bridges, a bucket truck rental can often be used to access signage and utility structures, as well.

Storm Damage Repair Work

As we enter the winter season, we also go into the storm season for many parts of the country. While not every storm is a tornado or hurricane, high winds can still wreak havoc on tall buildings and other elevated structures. Using a bucket truck rental for storm damage repair can allow for quick and easy access to roofs, broken branches in tall trees, and other emergency work.

Cleaning Tasks in Elevated Areas

While cleaning chores are somewhat mundane, cleaning areas on tall buildings and other structures requires additional tools such as bucket trucks. Whether it’s power washing outer walls, windows, church steeples, or tall store fronts, making use of a bucket truck rental allows for quick and easy access.

Trimming Trees for Utility Maintenance

Arborists regularly use bucket trucks, for example, to access tree limbs that are out of reach of ladders, or inaccessible for tree climbers. Others often use bucket trucks to trim or clear away branches from utility poles, roofs, and highway signs. Special insulated bucket truck rentals can be used to keep workers safe when trimming near potentially dangerous high-voltage wires.

Other types of bucket truck rentals include those specially designed for under bridge inspection and maintenance work, as well as Hi-Rail units used on and under railroad bridges. In addition, there are some aerial work platforms that are specifically built for use as “sign trucks.” Any and all of these various types of “bucket truck rental” vehicles can be found at McClain & Co., Inc.

McClain and Company for Your Bucket Truck and Aerial Access Equipment Rentals

At McClain, customer service is our number one priority, and we believe in that. For us, great customer service also means offering our customers the absolute best in bucket trucks and other aerial access equipment rentals.

Another thing that the team at McClain and Company also believe is that your success is our success. And we make it our goal to do everything we can to help you select the bucket truck and aerial access vehicles for your project rentals.

Do you already know which unit you want to rent?

Request a quote from us today and you can quickly schedule your rental with us. In addition to bucket trucks, we also rent high-quality under bridge, Hi-Rail, and other aerial work platforms and access equipment.

And we do more than equipment rentals! McClain and Company also provides Traffic Control Service and Device rentals, as well as construction services in several states.

Let McClain & Co., Inc. Help Make Your Projects Easier

If you have questions about our top-of-the-line aerial access equipment rental services, or want to learn more about under bridge platforms and under bridge inspection unit rentals, you can contact McClain & Co., Inc., by calling us at 1.888.889.1284 or emailing us at