Do I Need an Articulating or Telescoping Lift?

The main difference between the two is that a telescoping boom lift can only rise in a straight line to its destination while an articulating boom can stretch and bend. The telescoping boom lifts are appropriate when working in a clear area while articulating boom lifts can be used when your work area has tall obstacles like trees and structures.

The articulated boom lift is also referred to as the knuckle lift. It has a working platform that is easily bent to reach around obstacles. The lift’s base is mounted on wheels and has a turntable that turns the lift in a complete circle. The articulated man lift can be used during maintenance work on landscaped or already completed projects. This is because they will not require easy access to areas below the worksite. They can repair exterior piping or electrical work or access spots that are difficult to clean. The boom is usually extended and the worker works from the platform. They are available in different versions, but the fuel-powered inflated tire one is more stable even on rough terrains while the electric solid-tire version is used for interior use.

The telescopic boom lift is usually mounted on a work bucket that is on an extendable straight arm sitting on a rotating turntable. They are used for jobs requiring maximum height since they extend to greater heights compared to other types of boom lifts. This lift is appropriate for specific tasks like electrical repairs and the performance of exterior repairs on medium height buildings. The boom’s bucket can only hold one person at a time.

Before you go out on a limb to rent one, it is important to know what boom lift will be suitable for your project by factoring in physical requirements, the size of your application, the terrain of your work area, the size of loads you are handling, precision to work, and the reach capacity needed.

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