Mechanic trucks can be utilized for many different industries, from heavy construction, to repair work for municipalities, to working in railroads, mining, agriculture, and more. Therefore, mechanic truck beds and bodies vary greatly in shape, size and capabilities. This article provides an overview to help you get started in planning, purchasing and/or customizing your new mechanic tuck.
Mechanic Truck Beds for your Business
There are several key variations of mechanic truck beds and bodies that you can choose from. First, you can choose between steel and aluminum for your mechanic truck body. Aluminum is the latest evolution in mechanic truck bodies and is therefore typically more expensive. Aluminum bodies are less heavy-duty, but can weigh hundreds of pounds less than steel bodies and significantly lighten your load.
Many mechanics trucks feature a crane for heavy lifting. If you need a crane, you’ll have to determine which type of crane you’ll need: heavy duty or light duty. Heavy duty cranes generally range from 7,000 to 12,000 lbs in lifting capacity and 21 to 30 ft in reach. Light duty cranes often range from 3,200 to 6,000 lbs in lifting capacity and 15 to 21 ft in reach. There are also electric cranes, tall mast telescopic cranes, hydraulic extensions, and other specialty cranes to choose from. Hydraulic cranes generally allow for more control, hold more weight and operate faster than electric cranes.
Service Truck Customization
These ideas for mechanic truck customization and accessories can maximize the versatility and efficiency of your business and prepare you for a wide range of tough jobs:
- Storage: Most mechanic truck bodies come with weather-tight and secure storage solutions for all your tools and equipment. You can choose to add additional storage compartments, such under-bed drawers, or customized drawer/shelving systems to house specific tools or equipment, no matter the shape or size.
- Comfort: There are many more options for customization to explore. For example, in order to work comfortably in your truck year-round in various climates, you can add air conditioning units, heaters, or awnings for shade.
- Accessories: Additions such as fuel trailers, mobile and permanent lube skids, utility construction trailers, and/or air compressors can outfit your mechanic truck for a range of other service tasks.
- Finishing Touches: To finish off your new truck, consider a custom paint job or vehicle graphics to represent and promote your business while you’re on the road.
The average purchasing price of a light-duty 4×4 service truck was $52,796 in 2013, though prices have increased year-by-year since then. The cost of a mechanics tuck will vary greatly and can reach up to $150,000 or more depending on several key factors:
- Whether the truck is new or used will of course affect the price.
- Aluminum bodies will generally cost more than steel bodies.
- Heavier-duty cranes will cost more than light-duty cranes.
- Hydraulic cranes will cost more than electric cranes.
- Accessories and customization will increase the overall price.
For a more accurate and detailed price estimate, contact us at Pacific Truck Colors to request your free quote today.
Recapping Mechanic Truck Beds
At Pacific Truck Colors, we offer many more options to customize and upfit your mechanic truck. Our Custom Truck Equipment Sales and Installation Department is one of the largest in the Pacific Northwest, offering only the highest quality truck parts, accessories and equipment at competitive prices. We look forward to helping you tailor your truck or fleet of trucks to meet all the specific needs of your business – contact us today to get started!