We are going to buy a rear mount bucket truck soon. I wanted to get a nice used one, but I have not been able to find much. So we are looking at getting a new one. The Altec 65' is the most expensive, and has the shortest side reach. The cost on the Terex is very close to the Altec, just a little bit less, and it has a few more feet of side reach. The Versalift units we are seeing are about $4-5k less than the Altec, and have 50' side reach, which is a few feet more than the Terex. I don't know much about the difference between the performance of the units. I have ran different buckets years ago while working for other people, but they were all older units, and I don't recall specifically the differences in performance. I know that I liked the pistol grip a lot better than the levers. Both our chip trucks and the pickup that hauls the stump grinder and the mini are diesel. And the motor on the mini is diesel. And our bigger chipper is diesel. In the past I would not ever even consider a gas powered bucket truck. But now that all the horror stories are going around about the new trucks and the emission difficulties it seems like it might actually be an option. Before we got our used Brush Bandit 200 I was talking with Morbark about a new machine and they actually recommend a gas model, due to the problems with the new diesels. The last thing we need is to spend close to $150 k on a bucket and sales tax and then have the truck in the shop for extended periods getting warranty work, like I hear is happening a lot. Advantage of the V-10 gas Ford are: Cost. $10k cheaper than the 6.7 diesel Ford. Even more savings when compared to International or Freightliner. Weight. The V-10 is the lightest 65' unit. This makes it easier to maneuver into place, which is the whole reason for getting a rear mount. None of the emission complications that come with the new diesels. I am told that the diesel will kick into regen mode while trimming, and that this will hurt performance and cause more problems to arise, meaning more money spent on maintenance and repairs. Disadvantage of the gas compared to diesel. Only one chassis to choose from. I am only seeing Fords that come in gas. Longevity. Obviously diesels last longer. Fuel consumption. The big one. Fuel consumption is something I could really use some advice on. I know that the gas will use more fuel. But I don't really know how much, especially when operating the bucket all day. I have what I think is good guess on the mpg, like about 5-7 mpg for the gas and 10-12 mpg for the diesel. Can some of you give me your best estimate on how many gallons you think the V-10 gas will use vs the 6.7 diesel in 8 hours of operation, and the performance, longevity, and cost and frequency of maintenance between Altec ,Versalift , and Terex? I greatly appreciate your time and help.