5 Choices to Consider When Buying or Hiring a Truck Mounted Attenuator
If you are buying or hiring a truck mounted attenuator, there are a few different customisations that you may get to choose. The exact options vary based on the seller or hire company, but to help you prepare, here are some of the choices you may need to consider:
1. Type of Truck
The first decisions you get to make are about what type of truck you are connecting the attenuator to. You can choose from a range of sizes, and you can choose between diesel and petrol engines. If you are buying the setup, you may want a truck that is versatile enough to use for other functions.
2. Type of Chassis
You can get a range of options including flatbed, box or speciality. Typically, you want to pick the option that can lend the most versatility to your project. For example, if you want to store safety cones in the bed of the truck, you may want a boxed in chassis, but if you want to be able to easily lay big pieces of timber on the truck, you may want a flatbed.
3. Message Boards
Generally, for safety, you want to select a truck mounted attenuator system that comes with a message board. You can opt for a board that just has a lit up arrow. That's useful for directing traffic around your work site. Alternatively, you can opt for a board that features variable messaging. That lets you customise the message based on your needs. For example, the sign could remind drivers to slow down, or it could say "work zone ahead".
The message board isn't the only thing you want lit up on your truck mounted attenuator. You may want additional flood lights attached to help illuminate a night crew of workers. In other cases, you may just want reflectors fitted to the attenuator so that it's visible, but you don't have to worry about lights draining the battery of the truck or providing an auxiliary battery.
5. Paint Colours
The attenuator itself can come in a range of colours. Depending on where it's located, you may want to choose yellow and black stripes. That makes the attenuator more easily visible to traffic. In other cases, you may want different colour patterns.
Finally, you need to choose the position of the attenuator itself. Some people prefer having the attenuator attached to a trailer behind the truck. Others prefer it mounted to the flatbed of the truck. Ultimately, it's up to you.
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