How to Rent an Aerial / Boom / Scissor Lift
Renting an aerial lift, scissor lift or boom lift is a perfect solution for your special projects. It isn’t everyday that you need a aerial lift, knowing that you can rely on a quality company that maintains a fleet of scissor lifts and boom lifts is vital to your organization. We’ve put together a guide designed to help you in determining the proper scissor lift or boom lift for your application, and answer frequently asked questions that will help you in selecting the proper aerial equipment for the job.
Type of Aerial Lift
To choose the proper piece of aerial lift for your job, you need to identify what the job requires.
- If you need a large work platform and need to lift a lot of weight or several people, a scissor lift is perfect for the job.
- If you need to lift one person, extreme lifting heights, or need to reach out over or around objects, a boom lift is a great choice.
- If you need to move material to extreme heights over extreme terrain, a telescopic boom lift will get the job done.
Keep all of the conditions in mind for your job, and choosing the proper aerial lift will save you money, time, and much aggravation.
Lifting Height & Capacity
Make sure you take the measurement carefully. Lifting heights are typically measured in feet, and range from 12 to 80 feet high. The height also determines what type of aerial equipment you will need and the limitations of that equipment.
You also need to determine the amount of weight you will need to lift. Several people, supplies and tools add up quickly. You want to be sure not to overload the aerial equipment. Aerial equipment can typically lift from 300 to 1500 pounds.
Aerial Equipment Dimensions
Aerial equipment comes in a variety of sizes. Generally, the greater the lifting height and capacity, the larger the equipment. Make sure the equipment can fit through your doors (width and height), fit down your aisles, make turns, and can be supported by the floor.
Also, determine the platform dimensions that you will require. Large platforms limit the lifting height and increase the size and weight of the machine, but allow more people and gear to work at once. Some models of aerial equipment have platforms that will extend or slide back and forth. Boom lifts have the ability to telescope out and/or around objects, but generally are limited in platform size and capacity. If you have any special circumstances for your job, let your aerial equipment specialist know and they will advise you accordingly.
Determine the type of terrain the aerial equipment needs to travel over. Concrete, blacktop, gravel, grass, or even dirt. Are there ramps or tight turns involved? Terrain that the scissor lift, boom lift or any aerial lift wasn’t designed for can stop it right in it’s tracks! Rough terrain models are generally larger (bigger tires are required) and therefore less maneuverable. Equipment is available with four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, and adjustable suspensions for uneven ground. Identify terrain problems such as hills, ramps, mud, obstacles as these will help determine the right aerial lift for the application.
Is the drop off point equipped with a loading dock or ground drop?
Choose from an electric aerial lift, LP aerial lift, gas aerial lift, or diesel powered aerial lift. Generally, larger equipment uses internal combustion engines. On smaller equipment, you may have your choice of several types of power. Choose one that is appropriate for your job. Don’t put a gas powered unit in a confined space!
Fill out the Aerial Lift Rental Reservation form, and get your equipment ASAP!