Boom Manlift | Skyjack, Man and Spider Lifts

A variety of diverse businesses could benefit from the use of an aerial lift, also known as a man lift. Aerial lifts are essentially mechanical instruments that allow people to reach high elevations safely, using either a basket or platform to carry the worker with the assistance of hydraulic arms or other elevation technology. Different kinds of aerials lifts are available for a variety of different jobs and environments. Businesses from warehouses and construction sites to grocery stores and retailers could all benefit from having an aerial lift at one point or another.

If you’re in the market for an aerial lift or manlift, you first need to know what tasks you’ll need it for and how often you’ll be using it. Some businesses will need to use an aerial lift intensively every day on the job, while others will only be using it twice a year. If your business falls in the latter camp, you may benefit more from renting one out for a few days. Buying an aerial lift for your business’ permanent use could be a big expenditure, so you need to make sure the cost is worth it.

Here are several other considerations you’ll need to keep in mind:

  • What the right size lift for your company? If your company works in a tight space, spider lifts can be made to fit into a very small space for storage for access through narrow gates or doors.
  • Does it have the features you need?
  • What distributor will give you the best price for what you need?
  • What kind of aerial lift will you need for the job?
  • What price range can you expect?
  • Is the lift insulated to work around high voltage?
  • What safety measures come included? Will you need to train your workforce? Be sure it is insulated and fulfills OSHA requirements.
  • How high will the lift need to go? This will likely require you to measure the height of areas that the lift will access.
  • What is the maximum weight capacity you will need? Most lifts have a range between 200 and 500 pounds. Lifts in heavier weight capacities will likely take up more space.
  • Is the lift made in the U.S. or overseas? This can be a huge factor, as you’ll need parts and technical support available in the U.S.; otherwise, if your foreign-made machine needs repairs, you’ll have to pay to fly in a technician from Europe or elsewhere.
  • How will your lift be powered? Battery-powered options are available, as well as diesel- and gasoline-powered skyjack lifts.

Such logistical planning is important before you pursue buying an aerial lift. Making such a big expenditure only to find that it can’t reach the heights you want it to or won’t even fit in your workplace can cause more frustration than necessary.

You will, of course, need to get familiar with different types of aerial lifts in order to figure out which one will most benefit your business. Here’s a brief run-down:

  • Boom lifts are often used on construction sites, but can be versatile. Also known as a cherry picker, boom lifts have a long extended arm that is either telescoping and/or articulating and has a basket on one end for the worker to get into high places. Boom lifts typically can reach the highest of any other lift.
  • Scissor lifts are often used in warehouses and stores and take workers vertically to a greater height. Scissor lifts also generally have a greater carrying capacity useful for loading heavy materials from high shelves.
  • Vertical personnel lifts are essentially smaller lifts that serve as a safer version of a ladder, bringing one worker to a greater height. Small enough to work indoors in just about any space, these usually reach heights between 12 and 40 feet.

Keeping these tips in mind will lead to a wise business decision regarding aerial lifts.


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