The Vital Role of a Pressure Drill
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The Vital Role of a Pressure Drill
Pressure drill plays a vital role to the work of construction and other utility professionals.
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How Hydraulic Systems Work

Hydraulic systems work by means of a simple principle, which states that pressure applied to a fluid that is confined will be transmitted throughout that fluid and will act on all parts of the vessel that enclose the fluid. This principle translates into a tremendous capacity to do work in a simple, efficient manner, without need for the intricate mechanical gearing, transmissions, and linkages you might otherwise require to accomplish the same amount of work. Force Multiplier Hydraulics work as a force multiplier. You put a certain amount of pressure in, then you get much more power out than you originally put into the system. The reason hydraulics work is due to the properties of liquid, which for practical use in hydraulic systems are usually a kind of oil. The fluid is virtually incompressible, which means that any force applied is transmitted throughout the fluid and that the transmitted energy can then be harnessed to accomplish a wide variety of tasks. The smaller pressure that
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What Linemen Like to Have In Their Bucket Trucks

When linemen are on the job, one of their most important tools is the bucket truck. It enables them to work on power lines with efficiency and productivity. Bucket trucks have become indispensable to the utility industry as a whole. They are used to convey workers to the job sites and let them do their jobs, and they also make it a lot easier for linemen to use the various tools of their trade. On any given day, linemen need to consider what kinds of equipment they want to carry in their bucket trucks. Weight LimitsThe Department of Transportation sets weight limits on bucket trucks which must be heeded by utility fleets, so electrical workers need to decide what equipment to use that won't exceed the limits. Linemen carry toolboxes filled with an assortment of items like bolts and fasteners, tools for climbing, inverters, and steel grips. The trucks themselves carry equipment such as jumpers, insulators, hoists, and rubber blankets to cover various electrical components. Sometimes ut
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Safety: Visually Inspecting a Bucket Truck Prior to a Job

Proper safety protocol includes inspecting a bucket truck prior to getting started with a job. Each day before the truck is put to work, its operator must examine its components and make sure that the truck can function properly and safely. Visual inspections must be done of the boom and the bucket, as well as the hydraulic system of the truck. The Boom and the Bucket First, an operator needs to inspect the boom and the bucket to make sure that the fiberglass components are in good shape. The fiberglass components are vital, since they work to insulate operators, helping to protect them when they are working with energized power lines and other equipment. The fiberglass on the boom and the bucket should not be cracked, nor should it exhibit crazing, a pattern of cracks that can result when the boom or the bucket impacts another object. Take time, as well, to clean the boom and the bucket with a cloth that s approved by the equipment manufacturer. Wiping surfaces clean and making sure
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Using a Winch and Jib with a Bucket Truck

When you equip a bucket truck with a winch and jib, you have a powerful combination that will help you lift and maneuver heavy loads. Bucket trucks that are equipped with winches and jibs are capable of lifting heavier loads than are regular bucket trucks, and these vehicles are frequently used for a wide range of tasks related to materials handling. Jib CraneTo lend additional work capacity, a jibcrane can be installed on the tip of a bucket truck's boom. Operators of these specially-configured bucket trucks require extra training and knowledge to be able to operate these vehicles safely, since they have to understand how various angles of the boom affect how much of a load can be lifted. With the requisite knowledge and training, a bucket truck operator using a jib crane can lift and position loads that weigh up to 2,000 pounds. Bucket trucks in electric utility fleets often make use of jib cranes in order raise heavy items like transformers up to their proper positions.Boom AngleBo
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Safety: Proper Planning While on the Job

Planning is an important part of helping to ensure safety while on the job with a bucket truck. On reaching a job site, operators need to take stock of the area and the situation, since no two jobs are ever exactly alike. Once a plan is in place, workers need to do their best to follow it while also remaining mindful of how things could change. Planning combined with alertness will help workers prevent emergency situations, and also help them to respond better to emergencies, should they occur.
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Five Uses for Bucket Trucks

Bucket trucks enjoy wide use all over the country, and they re often spotted along roads and highways helping workers do tasks for which they need to be elevated above the ground. There are quite a few reasons bucket trucks are used, and you ll find them engaged in a great many interesting activities. Electrical Utility and Telecommunications Industries Perhaps the most common use for bucket trucks is for maintenance work on electrical and telecommunications lines. These trucks are a tremendous help for utility workers in doing their jobs much more safely than in years past, when they were required to climb poles using boot spikes. The bucket trucks that are used by electrical linemen have insulated equipment to protect them against electrical hazards. Trimming Trees Another very important use for bucket trucks is to trim trees. Following thunderstorms and bad weather, tree branches can break off and cause problems with power lines. Workers who work to trim tree branches near electric
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Biodiesel Fuels for Utility Fleet Applications

Fleet managers are hearing more and more about possibilities regarding biodiesel fuels for their utility vehicles. It is important to consider whether using these alternative fuels could provide benefit to utility fleets, whether by lowering fleet operating costs, improving the efficiency of the vehicles, or hopefully both of these improvements. What Are Biodiesel Fuels?Biodiesel fuels are produced from a number of sources, including recycled vegetable oil, animal fats, and soybean oil. Some biodiesel fuels are completely pure and do not contain any petroleum. Other biodiesel fuels are a blend of the biological source with petroleum. Since biodiesel blend fuels can be used in standard diesel engines without having to modify those engines or purchase completely new vehicles, their use has been increasing in fleets all over the country. Biodiesel blend fuels are most commonly available in blends that are comprised of five percent or twenty percent biodiesel mixed with petroleum.Performa
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Using GPS on Bucket Trucks

Fleet managers might well find it advantageous to install GPS units on their bucket trucks. GPS and navigation systems on utility vehicles can be helpful on many levels for fleet managers and utility workers alike, improving both the efficiency of the fleet as a whole and the safety of workers. Fleet Managers Fleet managers will reap benefits from having GPS and navigation systems installed on utility vehicles in that they can more carefully keep track of whether or not workers need to improve their efficiency. GPS systems show the driving habits of workers, the routes they travel to reach their work zones, how long they take to get there, and the speed at which they are traveling. Utility Workers Utility workers will benefit from having GPS installed on their bucket trucks in that they will be able to more easily find their way to job sites. Having firm routes to follow to work zones without having to worry about getting lost saves time and money. Route-planning with a GPS also enhan
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Repair and Maintenance of Fiberglass Components on Bucket Trucks

When it comes to the repair and maintenance of the bucket and the fiberglass components on the boom arm of a bucket truck, it's vital to choose a company that's experienced and knowledgeable in these matters. On electrical utility vehicles, in particular, these fiberglass components help keep linemen safe. Those who repair such important components must do their work with an eye toward making sure these components remain as safe as possible for use in aerial lifts. Considerations for RepairsIn choosing a company to make repairs on aerial lift fiberglass components, it's important that utility fleets consider which company has the expertise to make sure that these components are as safe as they need to be for use by electrical linemen. Insulation capability is a vital part of these components, and a company must know how, when making repairs, to retain the effectiveness of the insulation as well as the structural ability of the various lift components to handle stresses that are specif
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Safety: Proper Planning While on the Job

Planning is an important part of helping to ensure safety while on the job with a bucket truck. On reaching a job site, operators need to take stock of the area and the situation, since no two jobs are ever exactly alike. Once a plan is in place, workers need to do their best to follow it while also remaining mindful of how things could change. Planning combined with alertness will help workers prevent emergency situations, and also help them to respond better to emergencies, should they occur.
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Factors in Choosing the Right Hydraulic Oil

When it comes to hydraulic systems, there are many kinds of applications. Choosing the right hydraulic oil is a matter of knowing what your particular system requires and the optimal type of fluid to make it run at its best. If you choose an oil that's subpar for your particular application, it might not result in immediate failure, but it will cause chronically poor performance and deterioration of components. Type of PumpThe first consideration for your choice of hydraulic oil is the type of pump you have. Different kinds of pumps require different grades of viscosity. There are three main types of pumps: gear, piston, and vane. Gear pumps can be internal or external. Internal gear pumps give the widest range of choice when it comes to oil viscosity, while external gear pump choices have a more limited range. Piston pumps have operating pressures that are very high and require oil whose viscosity ranges up to 160 centistokes. Vane pumps have similar hydraulic oil viscosity requireme
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