The next generation of power restoration equipment is rolling into AEP Ohio’s service territories.
The Columbus Southeast and Findlay garages are now home to the Altec TDA58 — better known as the backyard bucket — a vehicle that is smaller and taller than similar models.
What makes the backyard bucket unique is its extended reach and ability to navigate tough terrain and tight, confined spaces inaccessible by bucket truck. This is especially useful in urban neighborhoods where accessing lines often requires line workers to physically climb poles or rent expensive equipment.
The backyard bucket is also able to more easily drive through soft, muddy ground. The large footprint of the vehicle’s tracks spreads out its weight and allows it to gain additional traction in damp conditions, causing less property damage than a bucket truck might.
The higher reach of the Altec TDA58 is another valuable asset: its boom reaches 60 feet into the air — considerably higher than the 37 feet of smaller backyard bucket equipment.
The backyard bucket allows us to improve response times, minimize extra equipment and continue to improve the reliability of your service.
Columbus Southeast was AEP Ohio’s first garage with the latest backyard bucket; in fact, it was the first across AEP’s entire footprint. Other locations are considering orders but for now the use of this highly specialized vehicle won’t be commonplace — they’re expensive and will be deployed only when necessary.
This innovative new tool is just one of many ways we’re working to improve your electric service. Read more about the work we’re doing to keep your power on.
15 responses to “Meet the New ‘Backyard Bucket’”
Can I borrow one, I want to get an early start on my Christmas lights this year.
Sweet… That will increase speed of repair. And like Cliff S. I want one too. Haha
Fantastic piece of equipment. I could use that to wash windows on the second floor ?
It would be nice to a video of its mobility and operation. When Barbara is done with her windows, I have a few trees I’d like to get after.
Seriously, I appreciate the fact AEP is keeping up with technology to meet its customers needs. My brother in law worked for an electric company in southern Alabama his entire adult life and I’m sure he would have been thankful for such a piece of equipment.
WHAT’S THE CHANCE IN BORROWING IT???
This is good news. I live on a cul-de-sac where the only access to the transformer in the area is across my yard. The last time a bucket truck was needed to clear out fallen tree limbs it left deep ruts in the yard. Thanks for the innovation.
GOOD LUCK ON A WINDY DAY!!
I love this machine. I can see where it would help especially in cramped urban areas.
Bring it on. I’ve got trees to trim. V
A very innovative piece of equipment. There are a number of good videos available showing the lift in action. This one is is 1:25 long:
There is another one that is over eleven minutes showing how it an be leveled up to operate on uneven ground. Looks like it’s extremely versatile. I tried to find out how much one would cost just out of curiosity but you’d need to “call for a quote”.
I would like to purchase one. How much would that cost can you send quote?
Hi Annie. Unfortunately, I don’t have that information. You would need to reach out to the manufacturer, Altec.
i like to get info on your barkyard bucket
Hi Don. Glad you’re interested. Here’s a good site for more info: http://www.jarraff.com