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Custom Truck One Source Acquires the Business of A&D Maintenance and Repair, Expanding New York Footprint and Service Capabilities

Kansas City, Mo., April 17, 2024 – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Custom Truck One Source, Inc. (NYSE: CTOS) proudly announces its acquisition of the business of A&D Maintenance and Repair. Founded in 1986, A&D Maintenance is a family-owned, full-service repair facility located in Wyandanch, New York on Long Island.

This acquisition adds over 20,000 square feet of space and a highly experienced team that significantly expands Custom Truck’s presence and service capacity on Long Island and in the greater New York City metro area. Our new Wyandanch branch is poised to offer the full breadth of Custom Truck’s product offering, as well as repair services, to customers in the region.

“We are excited to join forces with the A&D Maintenance and Repair team and welcome them to Custom Truck One Source,” said Ryan McMonagle, CEO of Custom Truck. “A&D Maintenance is a family-owned and operated business and we saw an immediate cultural fit. The Fliegels have built a fantastic business over the past 30 years and we look forward to building on their legacy. A&D Maintenance has provided Custom Truck with high quality repair service in the past and we look forward to bringing their wealth of knowledge and experience to our team. I’m confident their services and customer relationships will complement our existing offerings and allow us to better serve all customers in the region.”

ABOUT CUSTOM TRUCK ONE SOURCE

Custom Truck One Source is one of the largest providers of specialty equipment, parts, tools, accessories and services to the electric utility transmission and distribution, telecommunications and rail markets in North America, with a differentiated “one-stop-shop” business model. CTOS offers its specialized equipment to a diverse customer base for the maintenance, repair, upgrade and installation of critical infrastructure assets, including electric lines, telecommunications networks and rail systems. The Company’s coast-to-coast rental fleet of more than 10,300 units includes aerial devices, boom trucks, cranes, digger derricks, pressure drills, stringing gear, hi-rail equipment, repair parts, tools and accessories. For more information, please visit customtruck.com.

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How Custom Truck One Source Is Driving the Green Movement in Commercial Vehicles

Commercial vehicles play a key role in the global economy, transporting goods around the world and assisting in the development of infrastructure. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposal in 2023 to revise the current standards that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with commercial vehicles and set new, more stringent standards. Meeting these ambitious targets requires major change. As a result, businesses of all sizes in this industry need to rethink how they operate. 

Custom Truck One Source is a leading all-in-one provider of trucks and specialty equipment, and we are committed to driving sustainable solutions for a greener future. Below, you can learn more about our environmentally friendly initiatives and how we are encouraging change across the industry. 

Custom Truck One Source’s Green Initiatives

At Custom Truck One Source, we strive to help solve emission regulation challenges with our electric and electric-hybrid chassis line. Load King Lighting PTO, an electric power take-off, is an electric alternative designed to power hydraulic systems responsible for operating utility equipment. This innovation ensures the vehicle’s engine only runs during transportation and offers hybrid compatibility, allowing charging through standard 110AC outlets. It can charge while the diesel chassis is in use. 

We’ve integrated this innovative technology into various types of equipment. The advantages of Lightning PTO include: 

  • An average of 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel savings per year 
  • A reduction of roughly 44 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year 
  • An 85% noise reduction for quieter work environments 
  • Less wear and tear caused by hydraulic oil movements 
  • A decreased need for vehicle maintenance 
  • Minimal idle regulation compliance 

While the major reductions in diesel fuel use and CO2 emissions are valuable benefits, this technology can reduce maintenance costs significantly. Investing in this technology for your fleet will translate into notable long-term cost savings.  

A high-tech telematics and reporting dashboard enables customers to collect data on fuel savings, emission reductions and even decreasing maintenance needs. The telematics dashboard makes it possible to track fleet locations efficiently and monitor battery levels to ensure they never run flat. This technology has the potential to transform the commercial vehicle industry and positively influence climate change. 

Technological Innovations

Lightning PTO is powered by the 48V 5kWh commercial battery (Fi5.0) from IFP Motion Solutions and Vanguard, allowing customers to operate the hydraulics system without having to run the engine, which translates into fuel savings. This powerful battery offers the right amount of runtime and recharge capabilities for the technology. 

The increasing need for power helped engineer a newer model that incorporates the 48V 7kWh (Fi7) battery. With this, the Lighting PTO delivers more capacity without increasing its carbon footprint. 

Beyond Lightning PTO, other new technologies are shaping fuel delivery for the better. Some portals and apps make it easy to order fuel online. At the same time, cloud-based software solutions, mobile technologies, customer relationship management software and tank monitoring systems are all innovations that can help the industry achieve better sustainability. 

Collaborations and Partnerships

Our partnership with Battle Motors, an electric vehicle and commercial equipment manufacturer, adds their full line of electric trucks to our inventory to offer customers more value. With this inspiring industry leader at our side, we also offer California Air Resources Board emissions compliance solutions for all sales and rentals, which is especially beneficial to municipal and refuse markets. 

In 2018, we partnered with Cusco, a manufacturer of quality vacuum trucks for industrial, commercial and environmental use. Cusco has over five decades of experience as an industry leader. The company’s truck-mounted vacuums remove hazardous and non-hazardous waste, contributing to pollution reduction measures. With the partnership, contractors across the United States can access quality Cusco Turbovacs, Hydrovacs and industrial vacuum trucks through our lease, rental and purchase options. 

We’ve also partnered with Hi-Vac Corporation to become an authorized dealer of Hi-Vac Corporation’s products. Hi-Vac Corporation focuses on sustainability as a core value. For over four decades, they’ve been providing quality products and services that address infrastructure, maintenance and cleanup challenges around the globe. 

Other partnerships we have include Toro, EZ Trac, Ring-O Matic, Tornado Global Hydraulic, UTV International, Terex Utilities, Posi Plus Technologies and a few others. Our strategic partnerships with these experts enable us to continue to develop green transportation solutions to mitigate the sector’s carbon footprint. 

Sustainability Challenges and Opportunities in the Commercial Vehicle Industry

Striving toward sustainability is not without its challenges — but these challenges are all opportunities for growth and new, improved sustainable solutions. From meeting ambitious emissions targets to reducing pollution and improving recycling efforts, here are the primary challenges the commercial vehicle industry faces. 

Meeting Emissions Targets

The biggest challenge for the commercial vehicle industry is reducing emissions in accordance with EPA standards. As a result, many automakers are adding electric and hybrid vehicles to their fleets. Drone technology offers another solution, as these devices can reduce the number of delivery drivers on the roads. 

The technology required to comply with these regulations serves as a challenge. Mechanical ingenuity is essential for sustainable vehicles to emit fewer fumes. Between emission-controlling devices, new operating strategies, the use of fossil fuels and hybridization, automakers and manufacturers need to develop technologies that can combat these challenges. 

Beyond the challenge of developing these innovations, implementing them is another challenge. Businesses need to invest when altering operations and equipment, and not all businesses have the funding available. At Custom Truck One Source, we offer in-house financing solutions to ensure our customers can make sustainable changes that will benefit the environment.  

Improving Air Pollution

Despite major strides in electrifying vehicles, it’s unlikely that gasoline and diesel use will dissipate anytime soon, so improving air pollution remains a challenge. However, regulatory bodies are taking steps to encourage and require businesses to choose zero-emissions alternatives. 

For example, the California Air Resources Board has recently proposed Advanced Clean Fleet regulations. In the coming years, California fleets must phase out traditional combustion engine vehicles and upgrade them to zero-emissions vehicles by 2036. After that, all medium and heavy-duty truck manufacturers in the state may only produce zero-emissions vehicles. 

Industry leaders are also developing other clean air solutions to reduce pollution. Three-way conversion technology can convert three types of pollutants — hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxide — into safe gases. Advanced radiator applications can also convert harmful ground-level ozone into harmless oxygen. Ground ozone is a main component of smog, which has significant environmental impacts. These technologies are shaping a greener, cleaner future for all. 

Meeting Recycling Targets

In addition to strict emissions goals, the commercial vehicle industry must also find solutions to meet recycling targets. Many new directives and regulations around the world are encouraging the adoption of a circular economy. Automakers and manufacturers must reduce their contribution to landfills by implementing forward-thinking recycling solutions. Through the right recycling processes, plastic and metals like platinum and rhodium can be recycled and reused. 

When recycling initiatives are in full swing, automakers and manufacturers can essentially manufacture new products from old products, leaving behind less waste for landfills. However, implementing these recycling initiatives requires time and money, which poses a setback for some companies. 

Additionally, lithium-ion batteries present a challenge in sustainability, namely when it comes to mining and disposal. Mineral extraction for lithium-ion batteries can lead to erosion and pollution, and current waste disposal methods generate toxic by-products that harm human health and the environment. Additionally, there is rising concern regarding abandoned batteries. Fortunately, steps are being taken to recover materials from used batteries and recycle the batteries themselves — the battery recycling market is expected to be worth $35 billion by 2031. 

Automotive industry leaders need to work together to find recycling solutions that overcome these pressing challenges. Further, over the next decade, we will likely see breakthroughs in battery recycling technology to manage battery waste more effectively. 

Understanding Sustainability Strategies

Between business owners, their fleets and their employees, everyone must understand why sustainability matters. Investing in a new line of electric or electric-hybrid vehicles can support change, but it’s still vital that employees receive sustainability training that informs them of green practices. 

Sustainability training is a solution that will equip employees with the right skills and knowledge to implement effective steps and processes in their work. From energy conservation to waste reduction and recycling, your entire team should be on board. These training programs are an accessible way to empower employees. 

With this, there’s also an opportunity to empower individuals to drive change in their lives outside of work. With a better understanding of sustainability and how to achieve it, employees become more conscious of their impact on the environment and can enforce green practices at home, as well. 

Impact on the Industry and Beyond

As Custom Truck One Source continues to develop and release innovative sustainability solutions, the wider commercial vehicle industry can adopt these new technologies. By retailing commercial vehicles and equipment that have a reduced impact on the planet, customers and auto dealers can benefit from decreased emissions, lower fuel costs, and more. 

In construction, air pollution, water pollution, land erosion and chemical pollution are major concerns. With the right equipment, the construction industry can reduce its carbon footprint. Further, when it comes to the forestry industry, deforestation and degradation of natural forests are concerns. Restorative forestry encourages the rehabilitation of degraded lands. We offer quality equipment that plays a vital role in forest rehabilitation, from forestry trucks to logging equipment and more. 

The railway industry is another sector that benefits from our sustainable solutions. Between automation and reduced emissions, this industry has a greener outlook. Municipal services also benefit from our range of equipment geared at waste removal and environmental cleanup. 

Future Directions

While the commercial vehicle industry is making notable improvements, there’s still a long way to go. However, as more businesses and customers get on board with sustainability goals, new solutions continue to emerge and enact change. 

With the rise of artificial intelligence and automation, we can expect autonomous vehicles to impact sustainability soon. Data is becoming an integral part of the logistics industry. With smarter and newer software solutions, accurate data and valuable insights can help businesses make decisions considering the environment. 

Big data and predictive analytics will likely also influence new developments while adopting multichannel logistics offers the industry a trend that could spark more interest in sustainable changes. Beyond these predictions, hybridization in logistics strategies is already here, although we can expect these strategies to be adopted on a larger scale. 

Learn More About How Custom Truck One Source Supports the Green Movement

Custom Truck One Source emerged in 1996 as a small family business. Today, we have expanded to over 2,400 employees, and our central headquarters now occupies a 75-acre site. We continue to expand our organization to continue to support industries across North America. Currently, our 35 locations span across the United States and Canada. 

We offer sustainable specialty trucks and custom equipment for forestry services, construction and infrastructure, railway, municipal services, and more. We are trusted by over 3,000 customers who rely on our products for their businesses. We assemble, sell, rent, and service trucks and other heavy vehicles and equipment as a one-stop shop for all your trucking needs. Our wide range of products, skilled experts, and network of partners are focused on delivering unmatched value to our customers.  

As an industry leader, we do what it takes to enact environmental responsibility across our equipment and services. With our green initiatives like the Lightning PTO system, we are helping reduce emissions for the wider industry. By collaborating with other experts who are focused on sustainability, we can continue developing powerful green initiatives. 

Learn more about our products and how we encourage industry change. Contact us today to request a quote or make an inquiry. 

Telecommunications in Industry 4.0: Powering the Future of Manufacturing

Telecommunications is the backbone of connectivity and a driver of Industry 4.0. Cutting-edge innovations and advanced technologies empower people and industries by enhancing user experiences, improving reliability, revolutionizing the way we communicate, and offering optimized speeds. 

Several game-changing telecommunications are shaping our world, impacting every industry, including the modern manufacturing landscape. Keep reading to learn about the evolution of telecommunications and what trends and technologies you can expect to rise in the manufacturing industry over the next several years. 

What Is Industry 4.0?

Industry 4.0 refers to the fourth Industrial Revolution. This revolution began with the creation of the Internet and like that creation, technologies in Industry 4.0 continue to transform everyday lives. 

Telecommunications has an active role in Industry 4.0. Modern technologies empower us to have almost instant interactions, boosting collaboration and enhancing efficiencies. From sharing knowledge with friends and family and working from home to online shopping and automatic payments, Industry 4.0 has revolutionized many processes, including those in the manufacturing industry. 

The integration of digital and advanced technologies into infrastructure, manufacturing, and industrial sectors defines Industry 4.0, with disruptive trends and increased connectivity leading to transformative shifts. Advanced analytics, automation, robotics improvements, and human-machine interactions are taking center stage across industries to complete tasks with more accuracy and efficiency.

The Evolution of Telecommunications in Manufacturing

Telecommunications refers to the exchange of information via electronic means and can include video, data, and voice transmission. Over the last few decades, this medium has transformed into an everyday tool. 

The Internet of Things (IoT) caused an incredible shift in telecommunications. Rather than relying on phone calls or paper documents, IoT allowed companies to connect with other players, customers, and partners more efficiently and much faster than before. This shift was drastic for manufacturers, who could consider expansion like never before. 

Manufacturing companies constantly seek new ways to gain a competitive edge with cutting-edge solutions that drive cost savings. This industry is fast-paced, making it essential for processes and resources to reflect the market’s ever-evolving needs. Although IoT was a significant catalyst, other technologies also became helpful. For example, mobile communications with network advancements from 3G to 4G to 5G provide more reliable connections at even quicker rates. 

A Look Into Telecommunications in Modern Manufacturing

Several technologies are driving Industry 4.0 and leading shifts in manufacturing. Modern telecommunication technologies include: 

IoT: IoT has made it possible to connect devices with routine activities and daily lives. In manufacturing, businesses can use IoT devices to create smart facilities with automated systems and efficient infrastructure to enhance processes. Machines have an IP address, connecting them to other enabled devices for quick data analysis, collection, and exchange. 

Cloud computing: Manufacturers rely on information regarding sales, distribution, the supply chain, engineering, and production to drive growth. Cloud computing empowers companies to store and analyze large data batches of this information efficiently and cost-effectively. 

Artificial intelligence: Machine learning and artificial intelligence can create powerful insights for manufacturers. These tools can improve visibility, enhance predictability, and automate operation processes. For example, manufacturers can use this information to determine when a machine may need preventative maintenance, predict seasonal demands and trends, and more. 

5G: 5G brings faster speeds and low latency to the game. This technology allows manufacturers to download and stream content within seconds without needing to wait long buffer times. 5G also enhances real-time communication with minimal latency. With connectivity to IoT, 5G can catalyze technology growth and aid in creating more efficient processes. 

Digital twins: Manufacturers can create virtual replicas of supply chains, production lines, factories, and processes by pulling data from devices, IoT sensors, and similar web-enabled objects. Creating these digital twins empowers companies to test changes virtually and detect ways to improve capacity or minimize downtime before bringing an idea to the facility floor. 

Benefits of Telecommunications in Industry 4.0

As with any new technology, advancements strive to aid in more efficient processes that save time and money. Telecommunications supports and drives Industry 4.0 in this way and many others. Benefits of telecommunications in Industry 4.0 include: 

Enhanced connectivity and data exchange: Tools like instant messengers and video conferencing applications make it easy for manufacturers to connect with customers, partners, and suppliers. Companies can exchange information like data analytics to quickly make informed decisions and implement predictive techniques. Manufacturers can use these tools to better understand trends and create lasting relationships within their partnerships and customer bases. 

Improved efficiency and automation: Artificial intelligence and machine learning make it much easier to complete receptive tasks with more accuracy and less time. Additionally, using automated solutions allows companies to redirect human workers to more complex problems that require critical thinking and direct action. 

Real-time tracking: Telecommunication solutions empower manufacturers to track shipments and inventory in real time. This process improves a company’s visibility and can reduce risks associated with delays and bottlenecks. Real-time monitoring also enables better quality control by allowing manufacturers to identify issues or defects quickly. 

Looking Ahead: The Future of Telecommunications

Customer demand and rapid technological changes drive the telecommunications sector. For players willing to embrace disruption, there lies a world of possibilities for new service capabilities and growth. Some predictions for the future of telecommunications include: 

  • Major players devising a customer-focused transformation 
  • Developments for virtual network services requiring specialized services 
  • Further implementation of artificial intelligence for new use cases 
  • Creation of flatter organizational structures for enhanced autonomy and power 
  • Cloud providers compete with service providers as alternatives for multiple services 

Telecommunications shapes modern manufacturing, indicating that several shifts will also impact this sector. In the upcoming years, telecommunications will continue to impact the manufacturing industry by improving productivity, increasing safety, and reducing operational costs. Additionally, manufacturers must assess their capabilities and future integrations to remain competitive against other players. 

Request a Quote for Telecom Equipment From Custom Truck One Source

As your telecommunications company looks to the future, you want to be prepared with the right equipment and solutions to meet changing customer needs and evolve with new tech. 

Custom Truck One Source is an exclusive Posi+ cable placers provider in the United States. With our vast range of comprehensive solutions, we empower telecom contractors to complete tasks by meeting any equipment need. You can find services like customization, financing, remanufacturing, asset disposal, sales, rentals, and more.  

Pairing our vast North American network with the design of Posi-Plus, we’re setting a new standard for productivity, safety, ownership, and accessibility in the telecom industry. Browse our telecom equipment or request a quote to receive a rental or sale plan to suit your needs. 

  

Dealing With Salt and De-Icers: Protecting Your Trailer’s Undercarriage

 

As winter sets in, many roads become snowy and icy. Your fleet vehicles likely can’t avoid these conditions, so they often travel through thick snow or over slippery roads. Another challenge is the salt and de-icing chemicals applied to the road to combat these conditions.  

Unfortunately, those substances can cause corrosion on your trailers, shortening their life spans. Hydraulic gooseneck trailers are particularly susceptible to these de-icing chemicals and require specialized care. When winter precipitation and the methods used to combat it become an issue, Custom Truck One Source is here to help you maintain your trailers.  

The Damaging Effects of Salt and De-Icers on Trailers

Salt and de-icing solutions contain chemicals such as sodium chloride, calcium chloride and magnesium chloride. These chemicals dissolve in water to form an aqueous solution that reduces the water’s freezing point, preventing the buildup of ice. As a result, the water stays in its liquid phase and does not freeze.  

Unfortunately, these chemicals also weaken metallic surfaces, causing corrosion. When a trailer is hauled over a road treated with de-icer, the liquid that splashes up from the tires has the potential to cause this damage. Corrosion then speeds up the aging process and weakens the trailer’s structural integrity. The weakened surfaces pose several risks, considering the heavy loads that trailers carry.  

You may be unable to stop your trailers from contacting these chemicals, but you can reduce their effects. It’s imperative to address these corrosive outcomes sooner rather than later, as failing to maintain your trailer’s undercarriage could lead to a road accident, especially in harsh weather and dangerous conditions.  

The Specific Challenges for Hydraulic Gooseneck Trailers

Gooseneck trailers can carry large amounts of weight with ease, making them incredibly valuable to various fleets. However, gooseneck trailers face specific challenges in the face of de-icers. The hydraulic jacks they use for support are placed near the front of their frames, leaving these vital components vulnerable to splashing from the towing vehicle. These jacks must be able to support significant weight, so any corrosion they suffer compromises their ability to function and introduces considerable risk. 

Similarly, gooseneck models with hydraulic dovetail ramps have essential components attached to the undercarriage to support their raising and lowering functions. The placement of these hydraulic systems makes them vulnerable to de-icer exposure and damage. 

Salt and de-icer damage on any trailer is a concern, but it’s especially important to be aware of the risks and take steps to mitigate them on hydraulic gooseneck models you rely on to transport heavy loads. 

5 Tips for Protecting Your Trailer During Winter

Fortunately, protecting hydraulic gooseneck trailers is easy with the right products and techniques. Custom Truck One Source is here to help you maintain your trailers in winter and mitigate the harmful effects of road salts and de-icers. Here are five valuable winter trailer care tips: 

  1. Regular Cleaning and Washing

Between mud, snow, and road salts, trailers tend to get dirtier in winter. It’s essential to clean and wash your trailer regularly throughout winter to remove excess road salts and de-icing chemicals from their frames. Be sure to wash your trailer with an acidic or neutral cleaner and rinse it thoroughly. Using an alkaline cleaner will only move the salt particles around instead of removing them.  

  1. Rust Prevention 

You can prevent the formation of rust by removing road salts from your trailer immediately after using it. The longer these substances stay on the surface, the more damage they cause. Another undercarriage rust prevention method that works with cleaning is applying a protective coating or marine grease to the surface to discourage a buildup of corrosive chemicals.  

  1. Lubrication of Key Components

Many people underestimate the importance of lubricating moving components. It is especially crucial to lubricate your trailer components if they have not been used in a while or after they have come into contact with road salts and de-icers. Remember to grease all moving components, including the hinges, locks, suspension components and hitch parts.  

  1. Storage and Shelter Options

If you don’t use your trailer as often in winter, it’s wise to store it somewhere safe, such as in a secure garage or under a canopy with a concrete pad to guard the tires.  

It’s also vital to clean it up before you store it. Leaving dirt or corrosive chemicals on your trailer for a sustained period will result in rust and other damage. By keeping your trailer well-protected during winter, you ensure it will be ready for action when spring arrives.  

  1. Routine Inspections

Commercial trailers require frequent inspections to ensure they meet safety requirements. It’s essential to inspect your trailer daily to ensure it is not a hazard on the road. During these daily inspections, train your team to check these components: 

  • Tire pressure 
  • Lights 
  • Brakes  
  • Safety chains 
  • Lug nuts 
  • Warning equipment.  

Annual inspections are more detailed and will include evaluations of components such as: 

  • Chassis 
  • Brake controls  
  • Electrical systems 

Product Recommendations for Winter Trailer Care

One of the easiest ways to remove road salts from your trailer is with vinegar and warm water. Mix one part vinegar with 16 parts warm water and use a sponge or spray bottle to apply the solution. Avoid mixing other cleaning products with vinegar, as this may release harmful gases. Remove the vinegar solution from your trailer after a few minutes. 

You can also remove de-icers with specialized detergents that dissolve the road salts and leave a protective coating to prevent future buildups. Regularly applying marine grease to your trailer will help prevent rust and protect the paint job.  

The Role of Maintenance Professionals

You will experience the best results when you entrust your trailer maintenance to a professional. Maintenance experts patiently inspect each component and assembly to identify problem areas and provide solutions.  

If you notice severe corrosion on your trailer, be sure to call an expert and have the damage repaired before taking it back out on the road.  

Contact Custom Truck One Source for Trusted Trailer Maintenance

At Custom Truck One Source, we have a team of experts ready to help you combat salt and de-icer damage to trailers. We can conduct repairs on any type of hauler, and we can provide valuable guidance on how to protect your hydraulic gooseneck or other specialized trailer.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment. 

Restorative Forestry: Rehabilitating Degraded Lands for Ecosystem Health

Land degradation is an urgent environmental challenge facing our planet. It impacts ecosystems, climate, and human populations globally. In response, restorative forestry emerges as a beacon of hope, offering a pathway to heal damaged landscapes and promote ecosystem health. This blog delves into this vital endeavor, highlighting innovative practices and the role of essential equipment, such as those offered by Custom Truck One Source, in facilitating these efforts. 

Understanding Land Degradation

Land degradation results from various factors like deforestation, unsustainable agricultural practices, and climate change. It leads to soil erosion, loss of biodiversity, and diminished agricultural productivity, creating a ripple effect that extends far beyond the immediate environment. It’s a global issue that requires immediate and sustained action. 

The Principles of Restorative Forestry

Restorative forestry aims to reverse the effects of land degradation. It focuses on practices that enhance biodiversity, regenerate soil, and restore the natural water cycle. The core principle is to work with nature, rather than against it, to heal damaged ecosystems. 

Techniques and Practices in Restorative Forestry

Essential techniques in restorative forestry include afforestation, controlled burns, and selective logging. For instance, in afforestation, previously non-forested lands are planted with trees. This not only combats soil erosion but also aids in carbon sequestration. Controlled burns help maintain healthy forest ecosystems by reducing underbrush and preventing larger wildfires. Selective logging, meanwhile, ensures that forests are harvested sustainably, without overexploiting them. 

Implementing these techniques effectively often requires specialized equipment. Our inventory includes various forestry trucks and logging equipment, which are vital for safely and efficiently conducting restorative forestry practices.

Challenges and Limitations

Despite the clear benefits, restorative forestry faces several challenges, including limited funding and the overarching impacts of climate change. Addressing these issues requires a concerted effort from governments, private entities, and communities. 

The Future of Restorative Forestry

The future of restorative forestry is bright, with emerging trends like urban forestry and the use of biochar gaining traction. These innovative approaches, combined with traditional practices, hold great promise for rehabilitating degraded lands. 

Conclusion

Restorative forestry stands as a crucial response to land degradation. With the right techniques, technology, and equipment, such as those provided by Custom Truck One Source, it’s possible to restore the health of our ecosystems. It’s a collective responsibility, demanding action from all sectors of society. 

To learn more about the equipment crucial for these efforts, view our inventory here, and join the movement towards a healthier, greener future. 

 

Winter Storms and Having the Right Equipment to Deal With the Season

As winter approaches, it’s wise to start preparing for potential storms. Strong wind and heavy precipitation can interrupt your business operations for many days and may even cause severe damage to your property or equipment. Luckily, it’s possible to prepare your business for a storm long in advance. Winter storm preparedness can help you protect your assets and, more importantly, ensure your people are safe.  

Knowing how to respond to a storm is only half the battle. The other half is having the right equipment to handle the situation seamlessly. That’s why Custom Truck One Source offers specialized trucks and other equipment built to help you through harsh weather conditions.  

Predicting Winter Storms

We can know when to expect a winter storm thanks to advanced technology and expert meteorologists. There are various tools and methods to help us predict upcoming winter storms, such as: 

  • Satellite data 
  • Radiosondes 
  • Automated surface-observing tools 
  • Supercomputers 
  • Advanced weather information processing systems (AWIPS) 
  • Doppler radar 

Businesses need to heed early weather warnings and make the necessary preparations to protect their property and employees. Keep track of your local weather reports, especially during winter when storms are more likely to occur. By monitoring weather predictions, you can prepare your business for possible closure, plan to clear snow off your premises before it can accumulate or take measures to prevent property damage.  

Winter Storm Preparedness for Businesses

As a business owner, you are no doubt concerned about the impacts of severe storms on your operations and the safety of your customers and employees. Winter storms can leave your facility nonoperational due to disruptions like the following: 

  • Power outages 
  • Damage to infrastructure and road closures 
  • Falling and slipping hazards 
  • Vehicle accidents 
  • Electrical fires 
  • Property damage 
  • Potentially fatal injuries and illnesses 

Failure to heed weather warnings may leave you, your employees, and your customers trapped inside your building due to heavy snow, flooding, or road closures. You can avoid these unpleasant and potentially dangerous consequences with a proactive approach. When you know a storm is approaching, you can halt your business operations, sending customers and employees home. If you own a fleet, you can ensure all your drivers and vehicles reach a safe destination for the duration of the storm.  

Trucks for Winter Storm Response

At Custom Truck One Source, we have a large inventory of trucks and track equipment for snow removal and other storm responses. Some of our winter storm response trucks include: 

Bucket Trucks  

Bucket trucks are among the most useful vehicles to have on hand during a storm. These heavy-duty trucks can help your business before, during, and after the storm. For instance, when you know a storm is on the way, you can use the aerial platform to secure structures vulnerable to strong winds and heavy rainfall.  

Many businesses keep bucket trucks on standby during storms to restore telecommunication equipment or other aerial infrastructure. Bucket trucks can also assist with damage control once the storm passes, allowing you to conduct repairs safely. A bucket truck can benefit various industries, including: 

  • Electrical and telecommunications  
  • Tree felling and forestry 
  • Farming 
  • Construction 

Service and Mechanics Trucks  

Utility service and mechanics trucks allow you to take your business on the road. Having your equipment and tools with you is essential when traveling to different locations during storms. Service trucks protect your gear from harsh weather elements as you respond to emergency callouts. After all, you want to take care of your tools and equipment during storms so you can assist customers in need. 

Track Equipment  

Track equipment is designed to endure rugged environments that other vehicles can not. These specialized units have exceptional traction and can operate in areas that have just experienced a blizzard or flood. Track equipment can remove high volumes of snow and debris despite icy or muddy conditions after a storm, so it’s excellent for clearing lots and mitigating safety risks.  

How Winter Storm Equipment Keeps Your Company Moving

In addition to your service trucks and track equipment, you can add other resources that make it easier to deal with the aftermath of a storm. Snowplows are incredibly valuable to keep your business property clear so employees and customers can access your building. You might also benefit from a salt spreader to stop ice from forming on your walkways. Along with ensuring you can keep your doors open, these resources help prevent snow and ice buildup that could cause slippery conditions and invite liability issues.  

Generators can keep your business operational despite power outages due to a severe winter storm. Suppose you have any perishable inventory or data storage equipment in your facility. In that case, a backup power source is vital to prevent equipment damage and losses that can represent a significant financial impact on your bottom line. 

These are just a few examples of how the right equipment will help your business cope during a storm and enable you to respond to your customers’ emergency needs.  

Business Readiness for Winter Storms

Now that you know what equipment your company needs, here are a few additional tips to develop your winter storm preparedness plan: 

  • Store essential supplies: While you want to avoid being trapped in your facility during poor weather, you can’t always help it. Keep basic food, water, and medical supplies in your company building for emergencies.  
  • Stock your inventory: Road closures may delay crucial deliveries, leaving your business without stock for days. Ensure you have enough inventory to continue to serve your customers. 
  • Maintain your fleet: You don’t want your vehicles to be out of action during a storm. Keep up with your regular maintenance schedule to ensure your vehicles are operational when needed.  

Contact Us Today for Winter Storm Equipment

With the right tools, practices and equipment, you can stay prepared for winter and support your customers through almost any weather event. Custom Truck One Source offers a wide range of winter storm response equipment to suit any industry. Contact us today to find the right solutions for your business. 

Diggers and Winter Power Restoration Projects

Winter storms often bring strong winds and heavy precipitation, with occasional blizzards. Many areas experience power outages and network downtime in the wake of these storms. Electrical and telecommunication companies work overtime in trying conditions to restore these services, so they need heavy-duty equipment to help them achieve prompt results. That’s where digger derricks come in. These sturdy diggers are an essential component in restoring power lines damaged by severe storms.  

Here at Custom Truck One Source, we offer a range of durable digger derricks to improve the safety and efficiency of your power restoration projects. Explore the benefits of having a digger derrick in your fleet when the next storm strikes.  

The Role of Digger Derricks in Winter Power Line Restoration

The utility and telecommunications industry needs equipment capable of creating deep holes to secure long, heavy poles. Utility companies use digger derricks to make straight, narrow holes in the ground so they can install utility poles and power lines. These holes can be as deep as 10 feet and measure up to 30 inches in width. Digger derricks also have a sturdy boom to lift technicians, allowing them to conduct repairs on tall power lines.  The most convenient way to transport these poles is to use a pole trailer. 

Although utility poles are secure under normal circumstances, severe weather can change that. Galeforce winds from a winter storm may cause these poles to fall over. Strong winds also uproot tall trees that fall onto power lines, pulling utility poles from the ground. Digger derricks come in handy during these emergencies, as they equip utility companies to drill new holes for replacement poles and quickly restore damaged power lines.  

Safety Measures in Winter Power Line Work

Electricians and telecommunications technicians brave harsh working conditions in winter. They are exposed to frigid temperatures, dangerous winds, flooding, and slippery surfaces — sometimes all at once. Workers may experience the following safety risks: 

  • Frostbite 
  • Cold stress 
  • Injuries due to falling 
  • Hypothermia 

Thankfully, digger derricks come with a range of safety features to protect technicians in these dangerous conditions. Some of the most prominent safety features include: 

  • Hydraulic overload protection (HOP): If the boom takes on too much weight, the HOP system will stop it from continuing to lift the load. 
  • Pole guide interlock: This feature helps technicians guide the utility pole into the ground, which is vital in weather with poor visibility.  
  • Rotation load protection: Technicians can prevent excessive rotational loading with this safety feature.  
  • Separate boom and outrigger operations: This feature prevents technicians from simultaneously operating the boom and outrigger controls.  
  • Durable parking brake: The parking brake must be engaged for technicians to actuate the boom.  

Efficient Pole Installations With Digger Derricks

After the technicians create a new hole with the required dimensions, they must install a new power pole. Thanks to its powerful hydraulic boom, the digger derrick can hoist heavy utility poles and position them in the ground, allowing workers to install them safely and efficiently.  

The digger derrick’s versatility saves your team time when installing new utility poles, especially during storms — instead of needing multiple machines for digging, hoisting, and installing, you have one that does everything. Only needing one piece of equipment also helps preserve your bottom line since the derrick handles the functions of several other material handling units. 

Reliability in Adverse Weather

During winter, technicians have to work in challenging conditions. Heavy rainfall, thick snow, and icy surfaces reduce a truck’s traction, leading to serious accidents. Fortunately, digger derricks were built to withstand these trying conditions. These machines come in wheeled or tracked configurations so they can tackle rugged terrains in adverse weather.  

You may have to conduct power line repairs in rainy weather, exposing you to electrical current and water. Digger derricks come with insulation capabilities, keeping you safe during power line restorations. These durable features contribute to faster and more effective restoration projects.  

The Right Equipment for the Job

There are many types of digger derricks designed for specific applications, so it’s essential to assess your industry needs to determine the right model for the job. Consider these tips on choosing the right equipment for power line restoration projects: 

  • Weight capabilities: Determine the weight of the objects you intend to lift and ensure the boom can lift that weight at 10 feet from the truck’s centerline.  
  • Height limits: Choose a digger with a sheave height of at least two-thirds of the utility pole’s height.  
  • Ground conditions: A tracked unit may be more suitable for thick snow or muddy grounds.  
  • Auger size: Consider the depth and radius of the holes you intend to dig and select a digger derrick that can lift an auger with that volume of material. 

Choose the Right Partner for Reliable Equipment and Support

Choosing a digger derrick is not the only decision you have to make to keep your operations moving forward. You also have to partner with a reputable supplier for long-term success. At Custom Truck One Source, we take pride in offering high-quality equipment and excellent customer service. In many cases, our call center team can provide a solution over the phone, saving you time during restoration projects.  

We have a large fleet of new, used, and rentable digger derricks ready to meet your unique needs. With 35+ locations across the United States and Canada, our team can help you choose the right equipment for your application, ensuring you get value for your money.  

The Impact of Cold Temperatures on Roll-Off Truck Hydraulics

As the chilly winds of winter approach, there’s much to consider for those operating heavy machinery, especially in the waste management industry. Roll-off trucks, crucial to transporting large waste containers, rely heavily on their hydraulic systems for efficient operation. But cold temperatures can prove challenging for these systems, demanding special attention and care.

Understanding Hydraulic Systems in Roll-Off Trucks

At its core, a hydraulic system uses a fluid to transmit power from one point to another. Roll-off trucks utilize this system to lift, position, and drop containers. The hydraulic fluid, typically oil, is compressed at one point and transmitted through the system, generating the necessary power to operate the truck’s mechanisms. 

How Cold Temperatures Affect the Hydraulics

Fluid Viscosity: The most immediate effect of cold temperatures is on the hydraulic fluid’s viscosity. As temperatures drop, fluids tend to thicken, making them less effective at transmitting power. This not only reduces the efficiency of the truck’s operation but can also increase wear and tear as the system’s components struggle against the denser fluid. 

Seal Contraction: Hydraulic systems rely on seals to prevent fluid leaks. Cold temperatures can cause these seals to contract, leading to potential leaks or system failures. Additionally, contracted seals can crack or break, further compromising the hydraulic system’s integrity. 

Battery Drain: While not a direct impact on the hydraulic system itself, the battery’s performance can be hampered in cold weather. A drained or weak battery can affect the electrical components that control the hydraulic system, leading to reduced performance or even system failure. 

Preventing Cold-Weather Issues in Hydraulic Systems

Utilize Cold-Weather Hydraulic Fluids: There are specific hydraulic fluids designed to perform optimally in colder temperatures. These fluids have a lower viscosity index and are less prone to thickening, ensuring smooth operation. 

Regularly Check and Replace Seals: Before the onset of winter, it’s crucial to inspect all the seals in the hydraulic system. Replacing worn or aged seals can prevent unexpected leaks or failures. Using seals designed for cold weather can also prove beneficial. 

Warm Up the Truck Before Use: Just as you would let your car engine warm up on a cold morning, the same principle applies to roll-off trucks. Engaging the PTO and allowing the engine and hydraulic system to warm up for several minutes before operation can help the fluid reach a more optimal operating temperature. 

Battery Maintenance: Ensure that the truck’s battery is in good condition. Regular checks, especially before winter, can prevent unexpected failures. If the battery is old, consider replacing it before the cold season starts. Also, using battery warmers or insulators can help maintain battery performance in freezing temperatures. 

Regular System Check-ups: A proactive approach is always best. Regularly inspecting the hydraulic system for any signs of wear, damage, or potential issues can prevent more significant problems down the road. This includes checking hoses, connections, and other components for potential vulnerabilities. 

Storage Solutions: If possible, store roll-off trucks indoors or in a sheltered area during extreme cold. This can help protect the hydraulic system and other components from the harshest of winter conditions. 

Contact Us Today

While the cold temperatures of winter present challenges to the hydraulic systems of roll-off trucks, with a proactive approach and a bit of preparation, these issues can be mitigated. Regular maintenance, combined with cold-specific solutions, ensures that these essential vehicles remain operational throughout the winter, making waste management efficient and uninterrupted.  

To view our current Waste & Refuse inventory, click here. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our team at 844-822-5581. 

Custom Truck One Source Partners with Scope to Elevate Stringing Line Inspection and Safety

KANSAS CITY, Mo., [Date] – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Custom Truck One Source, Inc. (NYSE: CTOS), a leading provider of specialty equipment to the electric utility, infrastructure-related, telecom and rail end markets, has formed a strategic alliance with Scope Computer Vision Technologies to introduce Scope Control. This innovative solution is set to revolutionize the stringing line equipment inspection process, significantly improving safety and operational efficiency.

Historically, conventional visual inspection methods for stringing lines have been labor-intensive and error-prone, with human visual inspections exhibiting error rates as high as 35%. In stark contrast, Scope Control boasts an extraordinary accuracy rate of over 99% in detecting line irregularities and predicting residual break strength within a remarkable 5%± margin of the actual breaking point.

Key Features of Scope Control:

– Precise prediction of residual break strength, ensuring unparalleled safety.

– Exceptional accuracy in identifying cut strands, splices, and debris, exceeding 99%.

– Continuous monitoring of line length and condition.

– Streamlined access to inspection data and image insights for swift repair planning.

– Effortless assessment of line scans and defect identification for fleet managers.

– Automated report generation and alerts based on comprehensive scan data.

Smiley Rich, President of the Rental Division at Custom Truck, remarked “Custom Truck is dedicated to assisting our customers in upholding the highest safety standards in the industry. Historically, achieving and maintaining specific safety benchmarks for stringing lines has been challenging, often relying on manual inspections and indirect indicators of line strength. Scope Control now empowers our customers to set an industry precedent by accurately assessing line health and categorizing it as new, used, or bad based on safety standards and residual break strength.”

Justin McCoy, Founder and CEO of Scope, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “We’re excited to offer our product through Custom Truck. The Scope online interface empowers fleet managers to analyze automated defect detection outcomes, facilitating rapid decision-making and intervention when anomalies are detected. Moreover, the system provides a digital ledger of inspected lines, offering a credible line history that underscores Custom Truck One Source’s commitment to operational safety.”

Custom Truck One Source takes immense pride in its partnership with Scope, further reinforcing its commitment to delivering the highest level of service and safety to its esteemed clientele.

ABOUT CUSTOM TRUCK ONE SOURCE

Custom Truck One Source is one of the largest providers of specialty equipment, parts, tools, accessories and services to the electric utility transmission and distribution, telecommunications and rail markets in North America, with a differentiated “one-stop-shop” business model. CTOS offers its specialized equipment to a diverse customer base for the maintenance, repair, upgrade and installation of critical infrastructure assets, including electric lines, telecommunications networks and rail systems. The Company’s coast-to-coast rental fleet of more than 10,200 units includes aerial devices, boom trucks, cranes, digger derricks, pressure drills, stringing gear, hi-rail equipment, repair parts, tools and accessories. For more information, please visit customtruck.com.

ABOUT SCOPE

Established in 2019, Scope is at the forefront of pioneering technology aimed at transforming how operators evaluate the safety and integrity of critical rope systems. With the release of their flagship product Scope Control in January of 2023, Scope has quickly established itself as an innovator and leader in rope inspection technology. In just its first 9 months, Scope Control was utilized to meticulously inspect over 8.5 million feet of rope, identifying more than 30,000 potential line hazards that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. By harnessing the power of advanced Computer Vision and Deep Learning technologies, Scope equips businesses with the tools to ensure and uphold optimal line health. Scope Control fills a crucial gap, empowering visionary partners like CTOS to set and maintain safety standards that were not possible before. For more information, please visit visionbyscope.com

Winterizing the Grid: Ensuring Infrastructure Resilience During Winter Months 

When winter strikes, with its ice, snow, and freezing temperatures, the energy grid faces its toughest challenge. For utilities, winter months are not just about managing high demand due to increased heating needs; they also must contend with the potential damage to the infrastructure. But how do utilities prepare for these chilly challenges to ensure we remain powered up during the coldest times of the year?

Inspecting and Maintaining Infrastructure

Prior to winter, utilities perform extensive inspections of their infrastructure. This includes power lines, substations, transformers, and other critical components. These inspections help identify any vulnerabilities or wear-and-tear that could be exacerbated by winter conditions. Maintenance activities, such as replacing worn-out equipment or trimming trees near power lines, are then carried out to minimize the chances of outages. 

Enhancing Grid Monitoring Systems

Real-time monitoring systems play a pivotal role in the winter. Enhanced monitoring helps utilities detect and respond to issues faster. For instance, if a section of the grid experiences abnormal voltage drops because of ice accumulation, the utility can act swiftly before it leads to a larger failure. 

Deploying Grid De-icing Technologies

One of the significant challenges during winter is the accumulation of ice on power lines, which can cause them to sag or even break. To combat this, utilities deploy de-icing technologies. These can range from special coatings on the wires to reduce ice adhesion, to controlled short circuits that produce heat to melt away the ice. 

Diversifying Energy Sources

Reliance on a single energy source can be problematic, especially during extreme conditions. By diversifying energy sources – incorporating a mix of fossil fuels, renewables like wind and solar, and storage solutions – utilities can ensure a more stable supply. If one source faces disruption, others can take up the slack. 

Stockpiling Essential Supplies

Utilities prepare for winter by stockpiling essential supplies, including replacement parts for infrastructure, additional fuel for power generation, and even temporary mobile generators. These stockpiles ensure that they can respond rapidly to any disruptions. 

Enhancing Communication Systems

Effective communication is crucial during winter emergencies. Utilities invest in strengthening their communication channels, both internally and with the public. This ensures that teams can coordinate effectively during a crisis and that the public remains informed about any issues and expected resolution times. 

Conducting Emergency Drills

Well before winter sets in, utilities conduct emergency response drills. These drills simulate various winter scenarios, such as major snowstorms or prolonged freezing conditions, allowing teams to practice their response. By doing this, utilities can identify any gaps in their procedures and refine their strategies. 

Collaborating with Local and State Agencies

Utilities don’t work in isolation. Collaborating with local and state agencies ensures a coordinated response during winter emergencies. This can include sharing resources, manpower, or even intelligence about unfolding weather conditions. 

Investing in Infrastructure Upgrades

Beyond immediate winter preparations, utilities also invest in long-term infrastructure upgrades. This can include replacing older equipment with newer, more resilient versions or even burying power lines underground in areas prone to heavy snowfall or ice storms. 

Educating the Public

Lastly, utilities also play a role in public education. By informing customers about winter preparedness, such as keeping emergency kits or reporting downed power lines, utilities can ensure a safer environment for everyone. 

Winterizing the grid is a comprehensive effort that requires foresight, planning, and collaboration. By taking these steps, utilities can ensure that even when winter is at its harshest, the lights stay on, homes remain warm, and businesses continue running. It’s a testament to the behind-the-scenes work that ensures our modern world remains powered up, no matter the weather. 

Your customers depend on you to help maintain and repair the infrastructure that keeps the lights on and the heaters running this winter. You depend on your equipment to make that happen. We can help. Contact Custom Truck today to secure your utility equipment!