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When Should I Use a Telescopic Boom Lift?

May. 06, 2022

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.


Questions to Ask Yourself Before Renting or Buying an Aerial Lift

  • 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

Diesel Articulating Boom Lift


Used an electric-powered articulated 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

Diesel Telescopic Boom Lift    

When Should I Use a 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

Electric Scissor Lift     

When Should I Use a 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.

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