If you have taken on a job which requires your employees to work at height, you may be considering your options. Boom lifts are ideal for lifting your workforce to a height and providing them with a steady platform from which they can carry out their work. However, if you are considering investing in a boom lift, you may be confused by the different types which are available to you. Below is a guide to 4 of the most popular types of boom lift which can be used in an industrial setting.
Telescope Boom Lifts
Telescope boom lifts are designed for work at extreme hight. This type of boom is designed to use a telescope action to lift the basket vertically upwards. They are perfect if you need to work on an industrial site which features large items such as ships and power turbines.
Electrically Powered Boom Lifts
The major benefit of an electrically powered lift is that, unlike boom lifts which are powered by a diesel motor, they do not generate any exhaust fumes. This makes it ideal for use in a confined space, where the air quality is vital to maintaining safe working conditions for the crew. Electric boom lifts are either fitted with a battery, which can be charged before the machine is put into action, or feature a cable which can be connected to a power generator which is situated in a well-ventilated space.
Articulated Boom Lifts
Articulated boom lifts feature a Z-shaped boom, which can be extended vertically as well as horizontally. This makes it the ideal piece of kit if you need to reach an area at height which is blocked by items on the ground. However, when working with an articulated boom lift, it is important that the base of the unit is properly supported to prevent the boom from tipping over as the basket extends upwards and outwards.
Tow Boom Lifts
As the name suggests, a tow boom lift is fitted with a tow bar which means it can be easily attached to the back of a vehicle and moved from one position to another. This makes it the ideal choice if you need to carry out work at height in several different locations on the same site or if you wish to transport a boom lift from one site to another. Boom lifts which do not have a tow bar will need to be loaded onto a transporter to be moved between sites.
If you would like to find out more, you should contact a boom lift operator today.