Different aerial lifts serve diverse purposes, from accessing hard-to-reach places to increasing warehouse inventory management efficiency; your project will determine which lift will best serve your purposes. Read on to decide which aerial lift will be perfect for your next job.
Is your project indoors or outdoors?
Will you need a heavy-duty lift for rough terrain or a compact platform for tight warehouse spaces?
What vertical and horizontal distances will you require of your machine?
What is the total weight your lift will need to hold – including both materials and personnel?
The answers to these questions will inform your equipment-buying process. With these questions answered and your equipment requirements defined, follow our comprehensive buying guide to decide which type of aerial lift is right for your project.
Diesel Articulating Boom Lift
On projects that involve hard-to-reach areas and congested workspace
In a warehouse with tight corners, confined spaces and there are requirements for little sound disruption
When work height requirements range from 30-45 feet
When inside and don’t want poisonous emissions accumulating
Used an engine-powered articulated boom lift:
On outdoor projects where overhead obstructions prevent direct access to your work position
When engine emissions accumulation is not an issue at your worksite
When you have to reach work heights from 40 to over 100 feet of elevation
When traveling over rough terrain on a construction worksite or when you require a boom with 4 wheel drive
Diesel Telescopic Boom Lift
A telescopic boom lift is simpler than an articulating boom in that its boom has no “knuckle” and merely protrudes out from the base in a straight line. Operators must be able to access the working position directly using the lift and telescopic functions. These powerful lifts offer working positions from 40 to well over 100 feet with a maximum lift height to date of 185 feet on the largest models.
Contractors searching for extensive reach and not limited to a tight space will find telescopic booms useful in replacing scaffolding. While not as versatile as the articulating boom lift, these lifts have very high performance in large-scale, outdoor construction projects.
On outdoor job sites requiring larger vertical and horizontal reach distances
When traveling over rough terrain to a construction worksite, or when you require a boom with 4-wheel drive
When you’re working from a distance
When you’re looking to increase power and speed on your Jobsite
As a lower-cost option to the articulated boom lift of equal lift height
Electric Scissor Lift
Scissor lifts are named for the crisscrossing metal supports that elongate to lift the platform vertically. These sturdy lifts can tackle your warehouse inventory project or your outdoor project on uneven terrain, depending on the power source and model you choose.
Like vertical mast lifts, electric, low-clearance scissor lifts work well in warehouses with even flooring and where low emissions are required; engine-powered scissor lifts can travel across rough, outdoor terrain with 4-wheel drive technology.
Scissor lifts are best suited for:
In jobs that are mostly vertical; some models come equipped with small extension decks
Electric: In low-clearance indoor workspaces that require limited emissions
Engine-powered: In outdoor jobs that require all-terrain transport of equipment and require only vertically raised platforms
With this equipment breakdown and thorough analysis of your project, you can determine the best aerial lift for you. From an electric scissor lift for your low-emissions warehouse project or a 4-wheel drive telescopic boom lift for an expansive construction job, we’ll assist with all your aerial lift needs.