CTE Expands Rental Fleet by Adding Digger Derricks and Aerial Lift Trucks


Custom Truck & Equipment Co. (CTE), Kansas City, Mo., is adding a new dimension to its equipment-rental operations by adding digger derricks and aerial lift trucks to the extensive fleet of equipment it offers for sale or rent nationwide. The new units will be available for rent or purchase starting in March.

CTE’s new digger derricks include Terex 6060 units, Altec 4060 units with 60-foot booms, and insulated truck-mounted aerial lifts with heights to 100 feet.

They will broaden the range of equipment in CTE’s already extensive fleet of lifting equipment. The company now has rough-terrain forklifts, telehandlers, and aerial lifts, as well as high-capacity boom trucks with tip and platform heights of more than 200 feet. It also includes rough-terrain and crawler cranes.

Other equipment in CTE’s 800-unit fleet ranges from skid-steer loaders to bulldozers, plus all types of vocational trucks.

CTE President Fred Ross says that the company currently has equipment working in 31 states on a variety of projects for customers involved in utility construction; oil, gas, and pipeline applications; road construction; infrastructure work; and general construction.

“I believe we have one of the country’s largest rental fleets of big boom trucks,” said Ross. “We’re particularly strong in units with capacities in the 33- to 55-ton range, tip heights to more than 210 feet, and boom-mounted work platforms equipped with remote controls.” Ross added, “Our work platform can pivot so the boom or jib point is underneath, giving a little extra height and making it easier to reach the worksite.”

Ross says that the addition of digger derricks and aerial lift trucks will enable CTE to offer customers a broader range of equipment solutions than ever before in the company’s 25-year history.