At first glance, you would not notice much difference between forestry trucks and other bucket trucks. That is because these unique vehicles are actually modified versions of the bucket truck, designed specifically to satisfy the unique needs of the workers within the forestry industry. The most obvious difference in the forestry trucks is the cab guard that is required by the forestry industry. The cab guard is a priceless asset and it is extremely important to the welfare of workers inside of the cab. It provides safety for the workers inside of the truck in the event that a large limb or the entire tree were to come down on the cab.
Forestry trucks require a great lift in order for them to be positioned over the trees on which they have to work. These trucks have cabs which have the capacity to withstand the possibility of falling debris; that has made the addition of a cab guard necessary to the design of forestry trucks. Additionally, this has resulted in the design of the booms that are located to the back of the cabs to assist in keeping the truck balanced and preventing it from tipping over.
In addition, forestry truck require great mobility and lifting heights in order to carry out the jobs which are needed within the forestry industry. By industry standard, the buckets have to be a two-man design to enable the workers to transport tools to the job sites with an adequate amount of width to maneuver.
What work can forestry trucks carry out?
Forestry trucks must have the capacity to work in spots that are hard to reach and in very close proximity to the work site. This is necessary for trimming entire tree limbs and branches as well as completely removing a tree if required. With the location of the boom behind the cab, forestry trucks are able to get in closer proximity to the tree site to carry out the necessary work. The workers who are in the cab are protected from getting crushed from falling limbs by the cab guards, so they can carry out their jobs in total safety.
The importance of boom height to forestry trucks
Other uses of forestry trucks require the bucket to reach the height where the work is to be done. Forestry bucket trucks need to be equipped with a boom height which is taller than the tallest tree and this is a significant difference in comparison to the usage of general bucket trucks.