If your business deals with height, you need something that can get you up and down safely – like a boom lift. Chances are that you may have seen it on a few occasions without exactly knowing what it is called. You may also have come across the name before without knowing what it is or how it is used, or if you need one. The kind of job you do may require something as efficient as a boom lift to increase productivity and make your work better. Having adequate knowledge of what a boom lift is and how it can help you know if you need one or not.
A boom lift is a type of lift equipment. It is used to lift workers and tools to heights that are hard to reach. It has a compartment, or a basket, where the worker would stay while being lifted. It is mostly used in construction sites to get workers and tools to places far above ground or spots that are hard to reach with a ladder or a scaffold. It is also used by those in the maintenance industry, such as people who work on telephone lines. Boom lifts can also be used on the farm, especially during harvest time, to reach fruits that are ordinarily hard to locate.
Structurally, a boom lift resembles a crane, except that it has a bucket or basket at the end of the arm. The basket is a platform with boundaries on all four sides, wide and strong enough to accommodate one to two persons. It is also on the platform that the lift is operated. The arm of the boom lift can extend to varying heights, depending on how high it is expected to get. At the bottom of the lift is a car that moves the lift around.
There are two main types of boom lifts; telescopic boom lifts and articulating boom lifts. While they may seem similar, they operate in slightly different ways. Knowing how these two types of boom lifts function can help you decide on the type to get for your job.