What is a Boom Lift?
Level up your construction site with a boom lift! This aerial work platform will prove beneficial for a wide range of projects—from construction to landscaping. With its hydraulic arm, boom lifts can move both horizontally and vertically, providing optimal versatility in three dimensions.
What Kinds of Jobs Can Boom Lifts be Used For?
There are many different types of boom lifts that can be used for different applications. Some types, like articulating boom lifts, are useful for elevating workers to hard-to-reach areas. Others, like cherry pickers, are great for reaching fruit in orchards as their name suggests, but they're equally great for installing warehouse lights and shelving. If you need equipment with a very long reach, a telescoping boom lift may be the right call. If you need to rent a boom lift, your local rental lot can help you select the right kind for your needs.
In general, boom lifts are great for:
- Tree trimming
- Building exterior repairs and cleaning
- Maintenance work
- Utility work
- Outdoor decorating
What is the Difference Between a Scissor Lift & a Boom Lift?
While these pieces of equipment are both types of aerial lifts, they are not the same. Boom lifts feature a long hydraulic arm with a bucket on the end to transport workers in any direction - horizontally and vertically. Scissor lifts, on the other hand, are mobile scaffolds that only move straight up and down. Typically, scissor lifts are for indoor applications while boom lifts are for outdoor use. Both pieces of equipment require special operator certification.
How to Rent a Boom Lift
In order to rent a boom lift, you'll need to find a local equipment rental company. The team at the rental lot can help you select the right boom lift for your particular project and go over their policies for rental terms, rental length, and pricing. If available, you may also be able to arrange delivery and pickup services for the boom lift so you don't have to worry about transporting it to or from your worksite yourself.
When renting a boom lift, consider these factors:
- Size. The size of your boom lift matters. Make sure you know how high you need your platform to reach and what your horizontal extension requirements are before making your rental decision. Note that stowed height should be taken into account for storage purposes and that you measure the width of your work area to ensure this equipment will effectively maneuver within your space. Measure your ground bearing pressure before placing your boom lift at your worksite to ensure you can safely operate the machine on your planned surface.
- Fuel Type. Diesel or electric? The type of fuel you choose to use goes beyond your sustainability concerns. If you are working indoors or in a confined area, you will be better off renting an electric boom lift to avoid exhaust build-up in your space. If you are working outdoors or need a boom lift with a longer operating lifespan (before recharging is needed), diesel fuel will prove the best fit for your project needs.
- Safety Precautions. Once you have decided on the right boom lift for you, make sure that you know how to safely operate the machine before getting behind the wheel. Do not overload your lift. Make sure you are wearing a harness when on the platform, and do not lean on the guard rails. Always inspect your surroundings and communicate with your co-workers during operation.