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International 4700 bucket truck

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by OhioMowerGuy, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. OhioMowerGuy

    OhioMowerGuy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    I was wondering if you need a CDL for a 2001 International 4700 55ft. bucket truck/chip truck. I work for a tree company during the day and was wondering if I should drive it or not. Im not sure of the GVW on the truck. Thanks
  2. oldrustycars

    oldrustycars LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    if the GVWR is 26001 or more, OR has air brakes, you need a CDL. in any case, getting a CDL isnt that hard. if you cant pass that test, you shouldnt be driving that truck to begin with.
  3. OhioMowerGuy

    OhioMowerGuy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    Ive drove the truck plenty of times. I just dont want to be driving it if im supposed to have a CDL.
  4. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    Most 4700 have a 25,500 GVW, not just don't tow anything with it. Because if you do, you need a CDL because then your over a total gross of 26,000 gvw. SO THAT MEANS NO CHIPPER!!!!!!!!!!! even if it has special equipment tags on it, instead of trailer tags.
  5. Fordsuvparts

    Fordsuvparts LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 517

    Most 4700's are under 26,000 but i have seen some that where over, if it has airbrakes you have to have your CDL. Itsgottobegreen is 100% right NO trailers or chippers. We have an F800 with a 55' bucket and forestry chip dump, and we are considered over CDL if we pull the chipper with that truck. So if the job is not in town or within a few miles we will pull the chipper with another truck.
  6. Rickco

    Rickco LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    I worked for some years now driving buckets and had a 4700 GRVW was 34,000. If your not sure of the wieght just look at the registration.

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,526

    air brakes is not a REQUIREMENT for a CDL it is based on the weight. there are alot of people driving straight trucks with air brakes that are 25,900# with no CDL and it is perfectly legal.
  8. OhioMowerGuy

    OhioMowerGuy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    thanks for the replies
  9. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    Not in my state.

    Airbrakes require an endorsement.

  10. climber

    climber LawnSite Member
    Messages: 247

    If the truck doesnt have air brakes and no chips or a chipper you will be under CDL. I know a guy who just bought a brand new 06 ford F750 with a 60' boom thats under CDL. But I know he over when he hauls his bandit 95!


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