Whether you’re starting a new business from the ground up, have bought out a business owner, or are looking to upgrade, selecting trucks for your utility fleet can be a daunting task. Just because you need a truck fleet for your business doesn’t mean that you’ll need the same kind of trucks as the business next door. Consider if one of these options might be right for you.
4×4 Service Truck
A 4×4 truck is one that has four-wheel drive and can handle hauling heavier loads. Oftentimes 4x4s can be adapted for utility work by adding on a ute tray. Ute trays come in a variety of options allowing for different types of equipment storage and security. A 4×4 with an added on utility area works well for contractors and other construction workers who need to transport their tools and equipment from job to job. If this is the right option for your business, you can likely find affordable ute trays for sale in your area.
A bucket truck is also known as a boom truck. A bucket truck is similar to a cherry picker. It allows for workers and supplies to be lifted up to where they are needed. A bucket truck is most likely necessary for businesses that handle telecommunications, billboards and signs, or electrical utility work.
Light Duty Utility Trucks
A light duty utility truck is similar to a 4×4 service truck with an added utility tray. The difference here comes in the type of storage and often the general size of the truck. A light duty utility truck has side storage options along the bed, as well as storage in the bed of the truck itself. This type of truck is also well suited for professionals that make frequent house calls, like plumbers and electricians.
Hybrid Utility Trucks
Several car makers have hybrid utility truck options available for commercial buyers. While these aren’t currently a very popular option, the number of hybrid fleets on the road are expected to grow in coming years. Currently Coca-Cola Enterprises has more hybrid fleet trucks than any other company in America. A hybrid fleet could be a good option for your business if you have a little more money to spend and are looking for a solid return on your investment in terms of diesel expenses.
Your utility truck needs will depend on what your business does, but your budget may also be a consideration. Talk to a local financer if you need help determining what will be most affordable for your business.