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Work platforms and aerial lifts are used in many different industries and work environments. From window washing to high power line maintenance, work platforms make help workers get where they need to be. The design of the platform or aerial lift depends on a number of factors, including the lift elevation required, the terrain on which it must be balanced and how difficult the work area is to access. Let’s take a look at the main types of aerial work platforms used today.

Scissor Lifts

If it is stability you are looking for in an aerial work platform, scissor lifts are your best bet. Named for the

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Scissor Lifts are great for stability.

characteristic crisscross scissor like design of its lift supports, the scissor lift is great for jobs that require access directly overhead. The work platform is lifted directly above the base of the lift, providing superior stability and weight balance. They are great for painters, electricians and for use in warehouses.

Articulating Boom Lifts

Articulating boom lifts feature a series of hinged booms that unfold and can be maneuvered depending on the contours of the building or work area design. The articulated design offers a balance between vertical height, horizontal reach and the ability to position the platform in hard to reach work areas. The articulating booms attached to the work platform also allow for the platform to be positioned in hard to reach places, including above, over and behind building obstacles and trees. They are a great all around lift designed for both flexibility and safety.

Telescopic Boom Lifts

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Boom lifts are a type of aerial work platform.

As the most common and frequently seen aerial work platform, the telescopic boom lift s designed for maximum vertical and horizontal reach. The boom extends out in straight line from the base of the lift. This design allow for the lift to be positioned away from the area that needs to be reached, avoiding obstacles and difficult terrain. While telescoping lifts are great for jobs that need a long reach and great height, the straight boom design can be cumbersome when the work area is in confined area. Straight telescopic boom work platforms are great for jobs in open spaces and when maximum height and reach are required.

Work Platforms at Reno Forklift

As northern Nevada’s premier provider of forklifts, scales and other types of materials handling equipment, Reno Forklift also offers a variety of work platforms for your warehouse and operational needs. The trusted and experienced staff at Reno forklift will help you determine which type of work platform is best suited to your unique situation.

Reno Forklift is a licensed contractor in Nevada and California and our company prides itself on its personal relationship with its clients and customers. We have been in business in the Truckee Meadows for nearly 50 years—all under the same ownership. We understand the region we operate in and we are eager and well-equipped to help the community accomplish its goals. Come check out our online catalog and contact us today. We look forward to helping you improve the efficiency and safety of your business with quality materials handling equipment.

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As building techniques have progressed, structures of all varieties have grown taller and taller. The modern world now has endless miles of towering high power lines and ever taller buildings, creating particular difficulties for those men and women who are tasked with maintaining them. In the past, maintenance on high structures could only be accomplished with the aid of rickety and expensive scaffolding, which itself required considerable time and energy to erect and design. Today, boom lifts and other hydraulically powered aerial work platforms are used to get workers safely and efficiently to the high and hard to reach places of buildings, power and utility lines, large aircraft and other tall structures.

Boom lifts, also known as cherry pickers, are a type of aerial work platform that lifts workers to the desired height by means of series of hydraulically powered arms. The boom lift can be mounted to the back of a truck or van, such as those used by utility companies, or they can be fitted to a mobile platform. There are two main boom lift designs: telescopic and articulated. Each one has advantages and limitations depending on the work environment and height requirements.

Telescopic Boom Lifts

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Boom lifts can also be used to lift material and pallets into place.

A telescoping boom lift features a single straight boom which extends (telescopes) in a straight line out from the base of the lift. This design affords the user a great deal of horizontal reach. This horizontal reach can be advantageous if the lift cannot be maneuvered up to the side of the building or structure. While telescoping lifts are great for jobs that need a long reach and great height, the straight boom design can be cumbersome when the work area is in a tight and confined area. Straight telescopic boom lifts are ideal for jobs in open spaces where maximum reach and height are needed.

Articulating Boom Lifts

Articulating boom lifts feature a series of hinged booms that unfold and can be manipulated depending on the contours of the building design. The articulated design offers a balance between vertical height, horizontal reach and the ability to position the platform in hard to reach places. In addition to vertical and horizontal reach the folding booms can be adjusted so that the platform can be lifted above over and behind a structure or maneuvered with precision to the side of a utility line without blocking traffic. The articulating boom incorporates the space saving advantages of a scissor lift, where the platform is situated over the base, and the dexterity of telescopic reach.

Boom Lifts at Reno Forklift

Serving the Northern Nevada area for more than 50 years, Reno Forklift is the premier provider of boom lifts, forklifts, industrial scales, conveyor systems and other material handling equipment. The professional and knowledgeable staff at Reno Forklift will make sure that you get the right boom lift for the right job. Come check out our online catalog and contact us online today! We look forward to hearing from you!

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Scissor Lifts

Scissor lifts are hydraulic powered lifting platforms that can raise and lower heavy loads or workers. They get their name from the telltale scissor design of the lift supports, which unfold as the lift is raised and fold back up when lowered. This telescopic yet stable design allows the lift platform to be raised directly above the base. Positioning the weight above the base in this way provides platform stability that is unmatched in other aerial working platforms.

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