Boom lifts are machines which are used to carry materials and people to high hard to reach places, the two most popular types of boom lifts are articulating boom lifts and telescopic boom lifts. When considering which boom lift to opt for its always best to consider how high you need the platform to go and where you want to move around obstacles
Telescopic boom lift
A telescopic boom lift is also called a stick boom or straight boom that can reach great heights. This type of boom lift is called telescopic boom lift because the boom hoist attached to the chassis shoots out like that of telescopes. The most common reach of the telescopic boom lift is about 150 feet, although there are certain models of telescopic boom lifts that can reach up to 185 feet.
These lifts are mostly used when workers or crews need to reach or access great heights and take up materials to those heights. These lifts are suitable for a wide range of works including industrial maintenance, electrical works, bridge work, inspection and any other works that require access to top floors of multistorey buildings.
Articulating boom lift
An articulating boom lift is also called a knuckle boom because the lift arm is separated at many sections by knuckles or joints. These knuckled arms can move the work platform or hoist over and around obstacles. They are most specifically used when workers or crew need to reach difficult to access high places that need a lot of manoeuvring to do. The tallest articulating boom lift today has a height of 150 feet with a 75-foot vertical reach. This boom, unlike telescopic boom lifts, provides more horizontal and vertical flexibility.