A boom lift is a type of aerial lift designed to lift workers to elevated work areas in various settings, such as construction sites, farms, and utility lines. It consists of a platform or bucket attached to a hydraulic arm and a grounded, movable base. There are two main types of boom lifts: telescopic boom lifts and articulating boom lifts.
Telescopic Boom Lifts
Have one or more boom sections that extend outward in a straight line.
Offer greater horizontal outreach than other types of aerial lifts, allowing users to work around obstacles and on taller structures.
Suitable for work in areas with limited access.
Can only extend horizontally.
Articulating Boom Lifts
Offer both horizontal and vertical lifting capability, allowing operators to position themselves above obstacles.
Provide more versatility in reaching difficult workspaces.
Boom lifts are different from scissor lifts, which feature accordion-type legs that expand to lift a platform straight up and down. Scissor lifts have a larger platform and higher lift capacity but move in one direction and can't reach the heights accessible by boom lifts.
When choosing a boom lift for a project, consider factors such as the required lift height, weight capacity, and the type of terrain the lift will be used on.