Liftech Handling

What Type Of Boom Lift Should I Rent? Straight Boom Or Knuckle Boom?

For those who have never used these machines before, you might be surprised to learn that there is more than one type of boom lift available. Some of the most popular include knuckle, telescopic, straight and articulating. Determining which type of lift will best meet your needs requires some careful consideration. The following list contains those things that you should be considering:

Platform Height & Horizontal Reach

The first thing you need to consider is where you can realistically position the machine on your worksite. This will help you to determine which type will give you the best combination of height and horizontal outreach. In construction applications with rough terrain, for example, you will often find that a telescoping boom is your best choice.

Indoor or Outdoor Work

These days, there are various power sources available for boom lifts, including: LPG, diesel and battery electric. When you need to use the machine indoors, battery electric ones will be the safest choice (as they don’t emit any harmful fumes). They’re also ideal for outdoor work where noise may be a concern, such as residential areas.

Operating Surface

You need to consider the type of surface that the machine will be required to drive across and be parked on. Are you fortunate enough to have a concrete slab or do you have to make do with soft earth? Is the site level or does it have a slope? Most importantly, is the ground going to be firm enough to support the weight of the lift?

Operating Location

You also need to consider the location of the worksite. Is it a pretty congested area that requires a tight turning radius or where less tail swing is important? Are there any overhead obstructions that you need to manoeuvre around? If the answer is yes, an articulating lift that can reach up and over obstacles might be the better choice.

Work Requirement

Keep in mind that each job is different, so understanding the particular requirements of each can ensure that you’re making the right choice. How many people need to use the lift at any given time? How much material is needed? This will dictate the size of the platform and the capacity you require. Are there any features that could improve your work?

Special Features

There are many special features available on the boom lifts of today that make them ideal for unique conditions. Some have self-levelling capabilities, which allow operators to setup and begin using the machine in as little as 30 seconds. Others have self-contained generators that you can use to power electrical equipment in the air.

Operator Experience

The first step in ensuring that you have made the right selection is making sure that your operators are properly trained. If your team is only experienced with one type of lift, perhaps you should look into also hiring operators or in extending your workers’ training. These machines can be incredibly dangerous if not used correctly.

By looking into each of these considerations, you should be able to determine which boom lift you should rent for the application at hand. In some cases, you will find that more than one type is actually suitable – in these situations, simply choose the lift that you feel is best (such as the one your operators have the most experience with or the one that is cheapest).