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A Complete Guide to Cleaning up After Forest Fires

In the United States, there are around 61,000 wildfires annually, with an average of 6.8 million acres burned. Without the proper protocol and forestry equipment used, it’s clear that forest fires can quickly get out of hand. Not only does this mean more forest fire aftermath to deal with, but it also means lots of precious resources destroyed.

So when a forest fire occurs, what exactly are the proper steps to clean up and ensure it doesn’t unintentionally spread? Read on to find out.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

First of all, everyone involved in the forest fire cleanup process should wear proper PPE. Without it, they may be subject to injuries to the head, eye, ears, hands, and more.

This means that personnel should wear hardhats, as these will protect them from any falling branches. This will prevent injuries like concussions, scrapes and cuts, and even burns. They should make sure to adjust the hardhat’s suspension accordingly to get a snug fit.

In addition, crews should wear eye protection like safety goggles. Again, branches, ashes, and other debris might fly around, which can cut, scrape, and burn the eyes. If any welding needs to be done, ensure that the safety goggles have light protection, too.

Masks should be worn to prevent personnel from inhaling harmful substances, such as the ash, carbon monoxide, and other smoke and debris.

To protect against the sounds of heavy equipment, personnel should wear earplugs or earmuffs. These can also lightly protect against debris.

Crews must also wear protective clothing that covers their arms and legs. It must be appropriate for the weather, especially if it’s extremely hot or cold. In addition, they should cover their extremities with work gloves and safety shoes that are appropriate for the environment.

How Forest Fire Crews Should Work

Injury can easily happen if crew members don’t clear debris strategically. A big part of forest fire cleanup safety is how the crews work.

In general, no single person should try and lift any objects that weigh over 50 pounds. For bulky things that weigh over that limit, personnel should work in teams of 2 or more.

Should objects be immovable by hand, then teams should use machinery instead.

Use a Forestry Bucket Truck

If the cleanup crew has noticed any branches, tree limbs, or other debris that’s stuck in either standing or downed trees, they might need some help reaching those things. A forestry bucket truck is perfect for the job, as it enables workers to get high enough to reach these things and remove them safely.

Note that if there are downed power lines, workers should not handle them. This includes if they believe the wires aren’t live. Always treat them as if they were live and do not handle them.

The only exception is if the crew are qualified electricians who can properly and safely inspect these lines, move them out of the way, and/or restore power. Otherwise, give the power provider a call so they can de-energize any lines in the area.

Other Useful Trucks

As expected, many damaged buildings, equipment, and other things will be left in the wake of a forest fire.

Depending on the extent of the damage and the objects that need to be removed, some other useful trucks to use include:

Whenever crew members operate these trucks, they must be careful around power lines. When they’re done with the equipment, they should also ensure the power’s completely off and prevent the truck from moving by parking it properly.

Take Precautions Near Power Lines

On that note, you need to take extra precautions if you believe you’re working near power lines, whether they’re standing or downed. Not only could a mistake injure crews, but it could also cause damage or even cause the fire to reignite.

When using equipment like a forestry bucket truck, ladder, or anything that can conduct electricity, ensure that the best-trained and most experienced personnel are assigned to them. This is because lots of care must be taken to avoid both standing and downed power lines. Otherwise, electrocution is a very real danger.

If the crews must use generators to power a building, then take the precaution of first switching off the main power breaker or fuse. Once it’s safely off, then they can start the generator. This will reduce the chances of both damage and electrocution.

How to Deal With Water

After a forest fire, chances are, there is leftover water from the measures taken to put active fires out. While much of it may evaporate on its own, there’s a good possibility that there are pools of water still around when cleanup crews come.

Unfortunately, much of the pooled water can be around power lines, electrical circuits, or equipment.

The first thing cleanup crews must do is turn off the main power breaker or fuse. Remove the equipment and do not try to operate it. Instead, have an electrician inspect it to ensure it’s safe to turn on and use.

In addition, if any areas in a building are flooded, do not enter unless it’s 100% confirmed that the power is off. To be safe, don’t touch equipment either.

Stop Forest Fires From Devastating Communities

After reading this article, you should now have a better idea of how to clean up after forest fires.

As you can see, not only do you need to equip cleanup crews in the right PPE, but they also need to be trained accordingly to handle the aftermath. Plus, they must have the proper equipment to safely and efficiently remove debris from the premises.

So make sure your staff is ready to handle the next forest fire. Make sure they’re well-equipped and prepared.

Are you interested in renting or purchasing forestry equipment? Then request a quote from us now. We’ll put together a plan specifically for your needs and budget.


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The Ins & Outs of Equipment Auctions

Buying or selling machinery at an auction is an excellent way to get its maximum value. Regardless of how many pieces of equipment you have sold before or how successful you’ve been with bids, there are several things that you need to keep in mind before you participate in an auction. You also need to check a few pointers and red flags that would indicate a flawed auction. While you may have a repertoire of bidding strategies under the belt, it would be prudent if you learned the ins and outs of machinery auctions. In this piece, we examine the things that make a good auction and red flags that point to a flawed process.

Selecting an Equipment Auction

#1: Choose an Auction Company

Getting maximum value will depend on how good the auction company you choose is. Before you sell or buy a used machine, the first thing you should do is to look for a reliable, experienced, and professional auctioneer. No matter how much preparation you make for a sale or how sharp your bidding skills are, the whole exercise is likely to be fruitless if you land on the wrong equipment auctioneer. The best auction company should have:


Before you utilize a given company’s services, you need to be sure that they have the right resources to facilitate the sale or purchase of the type of equipment you have in mind. Check for affiliations with attorneys, shipping companies, lending institutions, and other relevant agencies


Another aspect that you ought to consider is how well the company knows what they are doing. Are they the kind of auctioneer that conducts 2-5 auctions annually, or do they have weekly auctions that give them continuous experience?


The term professionalism may have a different meaning to different people. However, as a used machine buyer or seller, you need a company that follows the professional code of conduct, whether it is when you are approaching them or communicating during the auction. If you detect a lack of professionalism in the initial stages, this might not be the best company for you.


You also need to know the extent of the company’s reach. How vast are their marketing systems, and how big is their market? If you want to make a sale, you want a company that boasts extensive marketing and advertising capabilities. If you are making a purchase, you want to be sure that several machines are on display to make comparisons.

#2: How Do You Pay or Get Paid?

This is one part that most sellers and buyers fail to question. Before making any agreements, seek to understand the payment options provided or recommended by the auctioneer. We all know that some payment systems are more secure and reliable than others. Therefore, it is crucial to make sure that you are comfortable with the payment method recommended by the auction company.

If the company asks you to use credit cards, you should dig deep to understand whether they offer some form of protection. And if you are selling a top-dollar machine online, make sure that the auction site you are using is equipped to receive online payments without jeopardizing your personal information and your hard-earned cash.

#3: Make Sure That Everything is Prepared

Now that you understand the payment modes, it is time to make sure that everything is ready. A single mistake in the initial stages can be very costly. To make sure that everything moves smoothly:

  • Make thorough preparations. Ensure that you have highlighted every detail about the equipment you are selling, or make sure you have inspected the machine you are buying before making your first bid.
  • Seek to understand all the costs associated with the auction and know who is paying them. How much premium is the company charging? Who pays for the shipping or inspection costs? How about the taxes?
  • Timing is everything. There are no hard and fast rules regarding the best time to list or bid, but it is vitally essential to consider things such as market conditions.

#4: List Your Equipment or Make a Bid for a Machine of Your Choice

Once you determine that everything is set, you can now go ahead and list your machine or submit your bid. Make sure that you check out the auction’s sales rules and policies. Sellers should also ensure that they provide their guidelines and procedures. Honesty is one element that should manifest when you are listing your item. Make sure you don’t leave out important information or mislead buyers. For instance, if you want to list an old machine that’s not in good shape, remember to include words like “outdated, used or defective.”

Red Flags That Point to a Bad Auction

There is a crop of individuals who pretend to be making offers, yet they want to defraud you, your money, goods, or personal information. Here are things that may indicate this kind of auction:

  • People asking you to pay via payment options that are not secure and not recommended by the auctioneer. Don’t respond to buyers asking to deposit money directly or use payment systems that the auction company does not accept.
  • Beware of buyers or sellers who contact you after the auction is over. Only communicate with other people via the right channels provided by an auctioneer. When someone reaches you directly, you should think twice before you decide to deal with them.
  • Selling things that are not listed. Be aware of individuals who list a given item and then call to inform you that they have additional products that will interest you. Since you’ve already established some form of trust with them, they could take your money and fail to send you the product.
  • Auction companies where many reviewers indicate that they were defrauded. If you find an auctioneer with several negative reviews, this is a sign that they are not reliable.


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The What, When, Why & How Much on 2020’s Section 179

We are reaching the time of year where companies are working on budgets for the next fiscal year and determining what to do with their end of year dollars. During these uncertain times, living in a global pandemic, business owners know is more important than ever to spend their money wisely. That’s where Section 179 comes in.

What is Section 179?

Section 179 is a tax deduction each year, particularly attractive to business owners, from mom and pop stores to medium-sized companies. Instead of writing off equipment year after year through depreciation of the equipment, Section 179 allows business owners to write-off the entire purchase price of the qualifying equipment for the year they bought it. The deduction encourages these businesses to buy equipment and invest more into their own businesses. Win-win!

What is the Deduction for 2020?

The deduction limit for 2020 is $1,040,000, with a spending cap of $2,590,000.

What Qualifies for the Deduction?

Any business that purchases, rents (or leases) equipment during the 2020 tax year should qualify for the Section 179 deduction. You must put the equipment in service or finance it during the 2020 tax year. For more specific qualifications, visit

What are the limitations of Section 179?

There are a few limitations that come with the deduction. For example, there are caps to the total amount written off ($1,040,000 for 2020), and limits to the total amount of the equipment purchased ($2,590,000 in 2020). The deduction begins to phase out on a dollar-for-dollar basis after a given business spends $2,590,000. Thus, the entire deduction goes away once $3,630,000 in purchases is reached. This makes it a true small and medium-sized business deduction.

What about Bonus Depreciation?

Bonus depreciation is available some years, and sometimes it is not. For 2020, it is offered at 100%. Bonus depreciation typically takes effect after a business reaches the Section 179 spending cap. It’s also available for both new and used equipment.

At Custom Truck One Source, we are always letting our customers know the benefits of taking advantage of Section 179. Contact us today to get your new or used equipment in service before December 31, 2020. If you have any further questions, visit


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Insulated vs. Non-Insulated Bucket Trucks

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ data, some of the most common safety violations on construction, forestry, agriculture, utility, and other job sites in 2019 were:

  • Inadequate fall protection
  • Inadequate fall protection training
  • Unsafe ladders
  • Unsafe scaffolding
  • Electrocution

These prove just how indispensable aerial work platforms (AWPs) are for raising workmen off ground to do aerial work with maximum safety. It’s also why projections predict that 500,000 units will sell worldwide by the year 2026.

Types of Bucket Trucks

Bucket trucks are a quintessential product line in the AWP inventory of boom lifts, scissor lifts, vertical mast lifts, cherry-pickers, etc. They’re designed for the sole purpose of raising workmen up in “buckets” from which they do their jobs with the tools they take up with them.

When it comes to purchasing a bucket truck, there are several options in the market to match specific applications. Body type, platform height, side reach capabilities, telescopic booms, weight capacity, fuel type, and transmission should all be considered. One primary attribute to consider is whether the truck has an insulated or non-insulated bucket.

Non-insulated bucket trucks offer all the safety and functionality you need to lift workmen with a telescopic, articulated, overcenter or non-overcenter boom. However, they do not keep crew members safe from electrocution.

In most jobs, that bit of precaution isn’t necessary. Many jobs don’t involve working with energized power lines or being close to any power source. For example, a forestry bucket truck working on trees in a wooded area won’t require insulation.

However, if that same job was being performed in a place where trees have fallen on electric poles or are close enough to one to pose danger, a person in a bucket cutting them away could be accidentally electrocuted.

Insulated buckets ensure that doesn’t happen.

Insulated Buckets

Two parts of an insulated bucket truck, the bucket itself and the boom, have a dielectric fiberglass coating. This prevents electricity from flowing through the boom, damaging the equipment, or potentially electrocuting the operator. Typically, a boom has 3 insulating areas: one in the lower boom, one in the upper boom, and one in the bucket liner. All have different insulation ratings.

The fiberglass component certainly raises the price of the unit, whether it be new or used. But for industries like utilities, where linemen are repairing and maintaining power lines, the safety is well worth the price.

Insulated Bucket Truck Safety

Remember, though, that even if an insulated bucket is the most safety that engineering can offer you when working close to power sources, there are certain steps you have to take to make sure the unit is working optimally.

First, always ensure that the boom is clean, as some kinds of debris sticking to it can conduct electricity. Second, the fiberglass components have to be checked out periodically to ascertain that they are still dielectric. Professionals with special expertise and testing equipment will perform these tests. Follow the instruction manual carefully because you’re dealing with electricity – and you’re dealing with lives.

To learn more about bucket trucks before you purchase one, check out our exhaustive Buying Guide by clicking HERE.

If you’re ready to rent or buy new or used bucket trucks, contact Custom Truck One Source, the first, true single-source provider of specialized truck and heavy equipment solutions in North America,  by clicking HERE.


linemen repair power lines damaged from storms
Storm Fleets: Why Renting Equipment May Be Right for You

Renting heavy equipment hasn’t traditionally helped a company’s brand image in the marketplace. Fleet managers have labored under the belief that ownership proved a business was asset-heavy and on a fast track to success.

That is no longer the case. Slowly but surely, that perception is changing. Several industries, such as waste management, recycling, construction, and logging, are strengthening their fleet of owned equipment with rented units.

Storm fleets in particular, comprised of utility and building supply trucks, are relying heavily on rentals these days, because renting aligns with the unique nature of their jobs.

By definition, storm fleets operate in the event of a storm, or a hurricane or any other disaster, that destroys property and cuts off essential supplies. This means the work is mostly seasonal and unpredictable for the rest of the year.

Benefits of Renting Storm Fleet Equipment

Here are some reasons why renting, in such circumstances, may make more sense than buying:

  • Purchasing equipment to meet emergency needs means it’s likely to be sitting idle and unused when it services aren’t required.
  • Making upfront investments in `reinforcement’ vehicles ties up funds that could be allocated more profitably elsewhere.
  • A well-managed fleet requires upkeep. In addition to regular upgrades and maintenance work, equipment parts may fail suddenly and need urgent repair or replacement for fault-free performance. When you rent, you already know the financial outlay you have to make in advance. Companies can easily include this in the budget with no unexpected surprises.
  • Long-term parking takes up valuable real estate on a company’s premises. This is especially true if they require storage to protect equipment from extreme weather. Renting instead of buying frees up this space. Also fleet managers don’t have the added burden of making storage arrangements.
  • Quick transport is of the essence when responding to emergency events. Not owning the equipment that will be deployed means the rental company bears responsibility for making transport arrangements. Then the fleet manager can strike another important job off their busy to-do list.
  • Rental expenses are generally deductible, while purchased equipment is taxed at a depreciated rate over its lifetime.
  • Rental expenses look good on the balance sheet as banks may not perceive them as a liability. This affords better borrowing power for a business looking to rent equipment.
  • No matter what the emergency, storm fleets still have to be compliant with the emission laws of the state. It is the job of the rental company to be on top of any recent changes in local emission laws. This is particularly useful when it is a mutual assistance call for a storm fleet that is out of a company’s operating state, where the laws may be different.
  • Owning equipment restricts you to that unit’s attributes and technologies. Being able to rent means being able to work with units featuring the latest innovations.
  • Another freedom gained from renting is being able to choose specs and additional functionalities. You can then tailor your equipment to the nature of the emergency at hand.

Renting With Custom Truck

At Custom Truck One Source, we are proud to stand by our storm fleet customers with the widest range of rental equipment to choose from.

As the first true single-source provider of specialized truck and heavy equipment solutions in North America, we are not restricted by a limited inventory or your geographical location, and we offer financial solutions in-house as well.

Get in touch with us for all of your rental needs by clicking HERE. Our customer service staff is standing by for your call!

Load King Stinger 80-160 which will feature the new Greer MG6 computer
Load King and Greer Team Up Again

American Cranes and Transport recently featured information on the new Greer MG6 Computer that Load King is incorporating into their crane line. Read below for more information and background on Load King’s history of partnership with Greer.

The first Terex 4792 RCL system was installed by Custom Truck in 1999 under the supervision of Greer. Load King is continuing a long history of collaboration with Greer on their newest crane, the Stinger 80-160. Greer has introduced a new computer – the MG6 – which will be incorporated into the entire Load King line.

The most significant benefit of moving to the MG6 computer from the MG5 is the serviceability of the unit in the field. The MG5 had pressure transducers, relays and a power controller inside a sealed enclosure. Failure of any part in the enclosure meant replacing the entire assembly. The MG6 now utilizes external components that can be remote mounted and individually replaced. Remote mounting also simplifies hydraulic routings and removes points of failure. Power distribution has been moved to an upgraded wiring harness and a separate CAN-based controller. This increases serviceability, reliability and improves the diagnostic capability of the system.

Migrating to the MG6 also allows Load King to introduce the TS7 touch screen display on the new Stinger 80-160 boom truck. This display features a 7-inch glass-front, glove-friendly touchscreen, enhanced clarity and full color graphics in an IP67 enclosure. Load King boom trucks under 40 tons will continue to use the Insight display together with the new MG6 computer. Load King will be bringing more CAN-based controllers to the entire line. Moving to the CAN-based MG6 is a first step, the company said. Future enhancements will include things like CAN keypads for outrigger controls and upgraded remote controls.

“Load King values our long-standing partnership with Greer, which has allowed us to provide our customers with innovative and quality products,” said John Lukow, senior vice president, cranes, Load King. “The RCL enables our customers to work at a high-level of efficiency, furthering their business goals. We’re proud of the technology we’re able to offer within our product lines thanks to this collaboration.



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Four Common Misconceptions of Manufacturing

Fred Ross, CEO of Custom Truck One Source

Fred Ross, CEO of Custom Truck One Source, recently had the following article published in the Kansas City Business Journal. The full article is included below. You can also read it directly on the KCBJ Website (login required).

As technologically innovative as manufacturing is, the truth is that many people hold on to outdated beliefs about the industry.

study from Deloitte revealed that less than 5 in 10 Americans believe manufacturing jobs are rewarding, stable, safe or secure. Only 3 in 10 would encourage their children to pursue a career in manufacturing.

The truth is that the manufacturing industry is making significant technological advances and steadily becoming more sophisticated as new jobs are created. Plus, the field is diversifying in terms of workforce and opportunity. There are several misconceptions causing the disconnect for parents.

Here are four common misconceptions about the field of manufacturing:

#1: Manufacturing is not innovative

Manufacturing leaders are continuously looking to innovate, including making jobs more efficient and adopting new technology to streamline internal operations (without eliminating positions). Advanced manufacturing is making tasks easier for our people to do, which significantly aids job retention.

Many people still picture worn down factories when they think of manufacturing; that’s simply not the reality. Manufacturing is now on the cutting edge of industry with a vast range of job opportunities and a multitude of work spaces available.

#2: There are no jobs in manufacturing

It’s true that the industry did see a decline in jobs in the last decade, but that too is changing. My company has added more than 1,250 jobs across the country in the past five years, and we’re not alone. Manufacturing jobs are coming back to the U.S., and many different kinds of jobs are available. Companies today are actively recruiting for the workforce. And from what I’ve seen, they are willing to pay a premium for qualified talent. It’s not your father’s manufacturing, but the jobs are coming back.

Some manufacturing companies today are partnering with specialized schools to help cultivate talent for their available roles. Even with hiring freezes amid COVID-19, I’ve noted that many plants have kept their skilled labor positions open for hire because the roles are so essential.

#3: Manufacturing is unsafe

Thanks to essential advancements in technology, widely accepted best practices and required industry standards, I believe manufacturing is cleaner and safer than ever before. Companies prioritize safe and healthy working conditions and the protection of employees above all else. Manufacturing companies are intensely focused on retaining talent as a way to stay ahead of the competition. Manufacturing is often held to a much higher standard than many production facilities in other industries, including OSHA regulations and federal and state laws.

#4: Automation is replacing workers

Automated equipment changes the nature of some positions and creates a need for different skill sets and expertise. So, while automation is changing the way manufacturing works, it doesn’t mean replacing workers — far from it.

While we use robotics and automation in the modern sense of the term innovation, those are simply tools that help us execute on our ideas and meet mass demand. Real change is the idea itself — a new method or feature that emerges from an idea or observation and evolves the industry. Not only does it benefit the people within it, but it is created by people — and people alone.


Fassis F145AZ Grapple truck for bulky waste handling
Grapple Trucks: A One-Size-Fits-All Solution For Bulky Waste Removal

Before we jump into the topic of grapple trucks, and why they’ve become an indispensable piece of equipment for bulky waste management in the United States, let’s first define what bulky waste is.

Any discarded item too large or unwieldy to be disposed of like regular trash is “bulky waste.” And it’s everywhere. In cities and towns, bulky waste could be things like old mattresses, refrigerators, sofas, tables, TVs, bathtubs, dishwashers, and car tires. It’s things that you often see lying on the sides of roads. In a rural environment it could be brush, limbs and trunks of trees, or even roadkill.

Such items, typically unpredictable in weight and dimensions, are difficult to collect safely and efficiently. And this is where grapple trucks come in.

They have a knuckle boom crane that (unlike a stiff boom) can fold or articulate for better flexibility and reach. A variety of mechanical `claws’ are available to attach to the end of the boom to grab hold of bulk waste and lift material into the receptacle of the truck.

Configurations of Grapple Trucks

  • Loader and body system: a grapple truck fitted with a dump body.
  • Roll-off system: a grapple loads into roll-off containers that workers can fill and replace.
  • Rear steer system: an operator’s cab mounted behind the chassis cab to control the grapple loader, and also drive in reverse.
  • Rear loader and truck system: the loader of the grapple truck drops waste material into separate haul trucks. These then ply back and forth between the loading unit and landfill.
  • Rear loader and trailer system: the loader mounted on the short-frame chassis of a grapple truck that hauls a trailer behind to collect bulk waste.

Advantages of Grapple Trucks

  • Versatility: Grapple trucks can grab and pick up materials of all shapes and sizes. There are attachments (bunching grapples, log grapples, contractor grapples, demolition grapples, all-purpose grapples etc.) that suit different applications. This makes it possible to put a grapple truck to a variety of uses.
  • Cost savings: Waste management companies use less manpower by employing grapple trucks, and therefore save money they would have otherwise spent on wages and other overhead.
  • Safety: Waste management workers undertake risks (cuts, injuries, chronic back pain, etc.) when physically hauling bulky waste. They mitigate these risks when using an automated grapple truck. This reduces the insurance payment load for companies as well.
  • Sustainability: Precision picking, using grapple claws, creates a lower chance of damaging surrounding landscape and vegetation in green waste applications.

Who Uses Grapple Trucks

# 1: Forestry

Felling trees is necessary for a variety of reasons. Workers must cut down infected trees to keep disease from spreading to healthy ones in the vicinity. They are cleared to maintain the right of way for utility companies. Overgrown trees have to be removed from private property as a safety measure to protect homes and lives. Grabbing and lifting hefty limbs, foliage, trunks, and branches is a major clean-up job, which is why forestry departments and tree-cutting companies are one of the major buyers of grapple trucks.

# 2: Waste Management

Municipal trash collection is another industry that is heavily dependent on grapple trucks for bulk waste hauling. Specially designed grapples, such as collection grapples and multipurpose grapples, are attached to articulated truck booms. These help with any job-specific needs during bulk waste pick-up runs.

# 3: Scrap Industry

Scrap yards collect, sort, and sell scrap metal in bulk to refiners who make new metal out of the material. When workers lift and move irregular pieces of broken or shredded metal manually, it’s not just hard work. It’s also risky. Grapple trucks offer the perfect durable and hands-free solution for scrap yard applications.

Grapples with four or five “tines” (fingers) load trucks and rail cars. Some are magnetized as well to sift and separate metals more efficiently.

# 4: Railways

Railway operations use grapples to lift and load old ties from rail tracks when they need to be replaced with new ones. Since grapple booms are mounted on trucks, they can easily travel long distances to service sections that need repair work. Tie bundle grapples and loose tie grapples are the most common.

# 5: Construction

Construction and demolition sites are full of bulky waste. This includes sections of broken concrete, piles of bricks, drywall, logs, lengths of pipes, and steel that need to be collected and carried offsite. Grapple trucks are dexterous enough to negotiate through crowded spaces in busy job sites to haul away all kinds of construction debris.

# 6: Storm Recovery

After a natural disaster, like a flood or a hurricane, clean-up efforts can be a complicated and lengthy process. Teams not only have to haul fallen vegetation, but other windblown items as well. This could include patio furniture, mattresses, broken roofs, or anything else the high winds have carried away. Hurricane clean-up contracts are priced by yardage, so the versatile nature of what a grapple truck can pick up with the right attachments makes the job both quick and cost-effective.

Looking to buy a grapple truck that is right for your business?

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Custom Truck One Source Named 11th Largest Privately Held Company in Kansas City

Custom Truck One Source was honored among the Top 150 Privately Owned Companies by the Kansas City Business Journal for 2020. Ranked by 2019 revenue, Custom Truck enters the list at number 11.

The list ranges from businesses earning between $15.9 billion (Dairy Farmers of America) to 28.11 million (MarksNelson LLC).

According to the Kansas City Business Journal, “the companies populating the Top 150 generated a combined 72.7 billion in revenue in 2019, with an average 10.6% increase for the 147 companies also on last year’s list, in addition to employing nearly 50,000 people locally and 95,000 overall.”

“We are thrilled to be recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal among these amazing producers in the metro,” said Fred Ross, chief executive officer. “This award feels like a validation of the progress that our company has made over the past decade and since our inception in 1996. We are proud of the growth of our company and our part in the community.”

Currently, Custom Truck employs 650 people locally. The company also plans to add 100 employees company-wide in 2020, with new hires spanning administration, rental fleet, factory installers, and mechanics.

Custom Truck’s average annual revenue growth between 2016-2018 was 34.26%, ranked 47th on KCBJ’s 50 Fastest-Growing Companies List. In 2018, its revenue grew to $858.87 million, making it the area’s 13th-largest private company, according to the Kansas City Business Journal, at the time.

“Custom Truck has become a “one-stop-shop,” which is catapulting growth,” said Ross. “From the c-suite down, everyone here has a problem-solver mentality, which equates to ease of use, ease of service, and reliability for clients. We work collaboratively to ensure they’re on the road providing the essential services they do.”

Custom Truck shows is beginning the renovation of the fifth building on the former Armco site to aid manufacturing capability for its crane and boom trucks in addition to adding international shipping to its repertoire in 2020.


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Used Equipment: 6 Benefits to Know Before Buying

By 2026, the global market for construction equipment is expected to reach approximately $ 133 billion. Given that North America is the second largest market in this sector, it’s conceivable that boom trucks, cranes, diggers, dump trucks, drywall loaders, and other construction machinery will be doing high volume business in the coming years.

Projected growth in building projects all over the country is further reason why construction companies, both large and small, are thinking of adding new machinery to scale up their operations.

But the question is this: if you’re a small or medium-sized enterprise, should you be purchasing new or used equipment at this time?

There is no question that shiny new machinery has great appeal. Especially for up-and-coming businesses, for whom such acquisitions are proud milestones representing hard work and success.

But there’s a strong case to be made for purchasing used units as well. Below, we’ll walk you through the most significant advantages of pre-owned machinery and why they may be a better investment for you in the long run.

#1: Cash Flow

Lower price for used equipment means less impact on your cash flow. Add to this the lower sales tax required for a well-maintained, second-hand unit that will give you years of service. With these savings, you may even have leftover funds to invest in other equipment that will help you grow your business.

#2: Depreciation

Like brand new automobiles, heavy equipment also starts depreciating in value from the minute you purchase it. The worst period is the first 12 months, when depreciation can be around 20%-40%. Are you ready to weather this massive dip in value in the first year when there are used units that can give you a comparable level of service?

Something else to remember is that used equipment can largely hold its value if you perform regular maintenance and upkeep. Logging every repair or maintenance job on it will give prospective buyers greater confidence in the worth of the unit in case you’re going to sell it in the future.

#3: Wait Time

Custom Truck One Source is a rare, nationwide dealership that always has a large inventory of brand new construction equipment on the ground and ready to go. Most dealerships don’t. This means you have to calculate wait time between when you place the order and when you receive it. With second-hand equipment that is not a concern.

#4: Upgraded Features

Unlike, for example, cellphones, advanced features on heavy equipment don’t get rolled out very often. So, if it’s not too old, you can still get most of the features you desire in a used unit.

#5: Temporary Ownership

Job contracts come in various shapes and forms. If a particular one is lucrative, even in the short term, but contingent on owning a specialized piece of equipment, a used unit would see you through the duration of the contract. Afterwards, you always have the option to sell. You can recoup a significant portion of your purchase cost, and add on the profits from the contract to come out on the right side with extra cash in your pocket.

#6: Lower Insurance Costs

Insurance companies typically consider cost of replacement, not current market value, of a piece of equipment. So, a new unit, which will obviously cost more to replace, will carry higher insurance premiums than a used one.

Custom Truck One Source: Top Choice for Used Construction Equipment Buyers in the U.S.

As the first true single-source provider of heavy equipment in the country, Custom Truck One Source is a trusted name in the used machinery market.

We Have Multiple Locations: You don’t have to come to us. We come to you!

Our Inventory Is Unbeatable: No wait time on our used units. They’re always on the ground and we are well-stocked throughout the year.

We Look After The Details: We offer in-house financing, which takes that concern off the table for you.

We Offer Best-In-Class Customer Service: Ask any Custom Truck client, and you’ll know our top-notch service team offers the same level of care to both new and used equipment buyers.

Contact us about your used construction equipment needs today! We’ll have the right solution for you.