With over 100 years of reliability and usefulness in the utility industry, is the light-duty bucket truck still on an upward swing? Utilimarc wanted to find out if the aerial lift vehicle performance was constantly improving, holding still — or worse — falling flat.
Analyzing data from 50 benchmarking clients, and over 5,200 light-duty bucket trucks under 26,000 GWVR, we were able to determine a very real, evidence-based pattern of behavior within the utility industry.
Read the trends of the light-duty bucket truck:
In 2008, the average purchase price was $92,571. In 2016, it hit $148,974 — an increase of $56,403, or 61%. On average, the purchase price equaled $124,144 over the 9-year period.
In its first year, the bucket truck operating cost was $0.31 per mile. By year 10, it was $1.19 — an increase of $0.88 per mile over the 10-year period. That made the average operating cost over a 10-year period right at $0.75 per mile. Definitely big enough to affect many bottom lines.
In 2014, the light-duty bucket truck saw its lowest annual mileage at 16,858 miles per year. By 2015, that number jumped to its highest ever at 17,674 miles per year. Over a 5-year period, the light-duty bucket truck saw an annual average of 17,224 miles.
In 2012, the light-duty bucket truck was in the shop every 22.9 days. By 2016, it managed to stay out and productive for 31.3 days — an increase of 8.4 days, or 36.7%. Historically, the bucket truck averages 25.7 days between an unscheduled/demand repair.
In 2012, the average number of days between a preventative/scheduled repair event was 55.4. In 2016, it hit 57.1 days. On average, the light-duty bucket truck can expect to go 58.1 days before its next preventative/scheduled repair.
One questioned remains, however. Does the light-duty bucket truck age as well as its operator?
When it came to average age of a light-duty bucket truck, our data showed no significant changes over the years. In fact, they remained fairly consisted over the 5-year period, coming in at 5.42 years on average. The operator wins this age battle!
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