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.

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