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What Is The Difference Between a Boom and Scissor Lift?

Apr. 16, 2022

A type of aerial lift, boom lifts allow for both horizontal and vertical reach. They are a helpful piece of equipment for outdoor jobs, industrial tasks, and construction projects. Boom lifts allow for a higher reach than scissor lifts but typically have a smaller work platform.

What Does A Boom Lift Do?

Boom lifts make reaching difficult places and heights easier than ever. Providing a more secure workspace at high heights than with a standard ladder or man lift, it provides a safe way to get work done at any elevation.

The Boom Lift: The Basics

The basic components of a boom lift are a platform or bucket with a long arm that is attached to a grounded base. The arm is controlled by a hydraulic lift system that allows it to extend out and up to carry people or materials to new heights. 

There are two main types of boom lifts: articulating boom lifts and telescopic boom lifts. Articulating boom lifts have arms that bend while telescopic boom lifts have straight arms. Telescopic boom lifts have higher weight capacities while the bending ability of an articulating boom lift makes it easier to move the bucket around objects.

 Diesel Telescopic Boom Lift

Diesel Telescopic Boom Lift

What Are the Two Types of Boom Lifts?

A boom refers to the arm-like piece that connects from the platform to the grounded base. It is an extensible crane-like arm that uses hydraulics to extend and contract to achieve the desired height. There are two distinct types of boom that a boom lift can have: A telescopic boom or articulating boom.

Telescopic Boom Lift

Also called a straight or stick boom lift, a telescopic boom lift features a single hinged extendable arm that can stretch out across the distance. A telescopic boom lift is best used for work in open spaces or on rectangular structures.

Articulating Boom

Also called a knuckle boom lift, an articulating boom lift features a variety of “arms” which can move the platform into tight spaces or around obstacles. An articulating boom lift is best used for complex structures or in tight and crowded spaces.

Electric Articulating Boom Lift

Electric Articulating Boom Lift      

What Is The Difference Between a Boom and Scissor Lift?

Another type of lift is the scissor lift. The difference between the two is that a scissor lift moves strictly up and down while a boom allows for a forward reach, and – depending on the arm type – can provide more flexible movement at a height. 

Common Uses of the Boom Lift

Whenever a project calls for work at elevated heights, contractors choose a boom lift. Increased stability, easy mobility, and higher capability offer increased safety for workers working at heights and can help make a project both safer and more efficient. 

Boom lifts can be a helpful tool when doing projects in the air. These projects include but are not limited to:

Erecting scaffolding

Fruit picking on farms

Painting walls and ceilings

Lighting work

Hanging signs

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Choosing The Best Lift For Your Job

Boom lifts are best used when something higher than a forklift is needed. They can be fitted with tires, treads, or track and have two-wheel or four-wheel drive. They can also be used outside or inside and fueled by either diesel, gas, electricity, or a mix of hybrid power.

Boom lifts also come in a variety of sizes, platform heights, and boom capabilities. There are straight and articulating boom lifts in a wide range of platform heights. Many lifts have self-leveling capabilities so that operators can set them up and start using them in a short amount of time.

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