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Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa FL (813) 655-8777 wrote:

 

Gilly wrote:

I was looking at the same thing, I changed my mind to a Articulating boom because I can take the boom around the the perimeter of the property. With a bucket truck you may be limited to have it parked in the front only, and may not reach the rear of some larger ranch homes.




It is much faster to simply put up a ladder, get on the roof, and clean it, assuming the roof is safe to walk on, and one is not chicken chit about heights biggrin
I advise that if you need a lift, rent one, unless you need it everyday ?
The roof cleaning chemical wreaks havoc with these lifts, it rusts the boom!
Only buy one, if you must.
The articulation ones are way better then a straight bucket truck.
The boom on these goes up and over the roof, and many of these lifts are powered 4 wheel drive with turf tires you can trailer to the job, and drive around the house, sometimes.

 

 



I agree.  You can buy LOTS of ladders for that kind of coin.  They are certainly faster, especially when the following happens....(see pics) emote.img?ID=8424

 



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Here's a few updated pics of my rig.  It's finally coming together.  I haven't been able to do much washing because of the cold weather and snow, so I decided to get back to work on this truck.  I got the hot water skid installed, along with several reels, and another tool box.  I've got it complete for now, but will probably be adding another hot water skid sometime in 2010.  Now I'm ready for warm weather, so I can get back to cleaning roofs!!!

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Chesapeake wrote:

Here's a few updated pics of my rig.  It's finally coming together.  I haven't been able to do much washing because of the cold weather and snow, so I decided to get back to work on this truck.  I got the hot water skid installed, along with several reels, and another tool box.  I've got it complete for now, but will probably be adding another hot water skid sometime in 2010.  Now I'm ready for warm weather, so I can get back to cleaning roofs!!!




ONE thing you forgot is an RCIA Certified Decal on that Pretty SOB biggrin
Keep Posting Chris, you are getting closer to 100 posts.
Then you "gotta get by me" biggrin
I wouldn't worry too awful much about that Chris.
Anyone dedicated enough to the cleaning arts to build a beautiful rig like this surely must know how to use it.
As soon as you get to 100 posts Chris, simply call me.
Set aside a few hours for the test.
Then, you can display the RCIA Certified Decal on your rig!
I can't wait to see it on there, it even matches your colors!

Very Nice !!!


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Chesapeake wrote:

Here's a few updated pics of my rig.  It's finally coming together.  I haven't been able to do much washing because of the cold weather and snow, so I decided to get back to work on this truck.  I got the hot water skid installed, along with several reels, and another tool box.  I've got it complete for now, but will probably be adding another hot water skid sometime in 2010.  Now I'm ready for warm weather, so I can get back to cleaning roofs!!!


That is awesome Chris.  Beautiful rig.  I like it a lot.

 



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Oh my GOD!!!  That rig is down-right SICK!  It looks like everything is brand NEW!

Chic-ching! 

"Though shall not covet thy neighbors goods".

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Thanks for the compliments guys.  The idea had been in my head for awhile.  I'm just glad its finally a reality.  

Chris,  I will deffinately give you a call once I reach the 100 post mark.  I'm just not a big talker, and that's why its taking a while to get there.  Lol.  Once I get my certification, I will gladly place the RCIA decal on my rig.   

As far as everthing being new....I wish.  Lol.  Well some of it is, but most of it came off my trailer.  I would have loved to keep my trailer set up as it was, but my pockets deffinately were'nt deep enough for that.  While I had everything apart, I repainted some of the reels, and the frame of the skid, and gave everything a good cleaning.  I'm sure after a couple weeks into the season, everything will be back to looking used again.

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Chris, what is that thing like for fuel mileage? I always liked my pickup and trailer and i could unhook it and have the truck

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Chesapeake wrote:

Thanks for the compliments guys.  The idea had been in my head for awhile.  I'm just glad its finally a reality.  

Chris,  I will deffinately give you a call once I reach the 100 post mark.  I'm just not a big talker, and that's why its taking a while to get there.  Lol.  Once I get my certification, I will gladly place the RCIA decal on my rig.   

As far as everthing being new....I wish.  Lol.  Well some of it is, but most of it came off my trailer.  I would have loved to keep my trailer set up as it was, but my pockets deffinately were'nt deep enough for that.  While I had everything apart, I repainted some of the reels, and the frame of the skid, and gave everything a good cleaning.  I'm sure after a couple weeks into the season, everything will be back to looking used again.




That thing is da Chit !
Combines the billboard of box truck, with workability of a Flatbed.
Very Impressive Chris
WE all can't wait to see it with an RCIA Certified Decal on it!

 



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white fox wrote:

Chris, what is that thing like for fuel mileage? I always liked my pickup and trailer and i could unhook it and have the truck




 I've been getting 10-12mpg with the truck.  I believe I may get close to 14mpg on a long trip.  I got a job scheduled in PA this week if the weather holds out, so I'll get a better idea of the mileage then.  I can't complain cause my truck only gets 10mpg with the trailer behind it. 



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Chris,

I do like your NEW rig. It is awesome and will definitely catch an eye or two while going down the road. We also just rigged out our new truck (Chevy 1 ton flatbed) and it gets about the same mileage as yours. Just read gas is suppose to go over $3 per gallon by summer, let's hope not!

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plinscott wrote:
We Roofers  call  this a Chicken ladder ,  and i have the one in your photo, it  will come in handy

KID


Doug,
I agree with Brian. If I feel comfortable walking it I do. I can better control overspray when I am up there close to the work. If you do get on the roof make sure your ladder is secured to the gutter with a bungee strap or ladder hold outs. Sometimes  dragging your hose across it will cause it to move or maybe even fall leaving you trapped on the roof.

When I stay on the ladder to spray I try to cover an area about 10 or 12 feet to either side of me then get down and move the ladder to the next section. This also helps control overspray.

If a roof is too steep but you think you just have to get up there try to find some hooks for the top of your ladder (usualy one section of an extension ladder) that go over the top of the ridge. We Firefighters call it a "Roof Ladder".
Be safe,
Patrick

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I don't care if that thing gets 8 feet a gallon! I'd find a way to make it pay for itself.  And when I'm not using it, I'd park it up the street at my local market or grocery store just to make other contractors drool and catch potential customers eyes! 

Just saw those other pics.  Looks awesome Chris! Keep it up!!

Now, if I could just get my hands on one of Tucker's used trucks? confuse

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Hello Everyone:  I know its been awhile, however when researching the topic of bucket trucks, i felt the need to reply.  We are in our 3rd (successful) season; have one trailer rig, eliminated another trilaer system and are looking at cab over flatbeds.  During the search for a truck we considered a bucket truck.  I'm glad for the RCIA, because after reading the aforementioned posts it made perfect sense to NOT get one.  I really found myself trying to justify the purchase, but i'm glad i did not.  We were looking at an old 1985 chevy HD utility bed style with a 35ft bucket for $5k or a completley refurbished flatbed truck with a bucket from a company called buckettrucksusa.com for about $15k.  The second one was where we were leaning because the guy simply replaces everything on these trucks, paints them and them offers a lifetime warraty.(really cool guy, you can tell he cares about presenting the best value)
     Anyway, I have decided on a flatbed (like chris') with no bucket.
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You may reconsider when you start doing some real big homes and some commercial work.  We went with a flatbed truck and now wish I would of went with the bucket truck.  Thanks

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a bucket truck is useless on most jobs. Most customers would rather you didn't go driving through their yard with a stupid frickin' heavy ole' bucket truck or lift,.... They rent these every day and that is the only way to go,....heck with purchasing. I think I've used a lift on one roof job. It's actually on my site. It was A Church,...but I didn't rent it for the roof,...it was rented for the steeple. Used it on one side of the roof. Ladders are soooo much better.


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Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa FL (813) 655-8777 wrote:

An Articulating boom, 4wd, with turf tires is the best man lift.
Look at the Genie brand, we rent them when we need them.
Maybe one roof in 300 here in Florida requires one, so why buy one ?




 Couple years ago I rented a 60 ft articulated 4wd. It was 1,000 a day



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Fantastic looking outfit.Kudos.........Bob

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