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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

Boom Lifts

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!

Hand Truck
The hand truck is one of the most common and versatile material handling aids. They are commonly used to move refrigerators, stoves and other large furniture when moving and in warehouses for a variety of tasks. The mechanical advantage afforded by the lever action of the platform and wheeled fulcrum make them a powerful assistant on any job where heavy things need to be persuaded into motion. Because of this, hand truck owners are always the first to be asked by family members, coworkers and friends to help them move. And if they somehow manage to escape the heavy lifting, the owner usually offers the truck on loan to absolve their laziness.

This is all in jest. Hand truck owners are good, charitable people willing to lend a hand at any time. And before they lend their muscle and equipment to a job, they do research on the type of hand truck they need. Let’s take a look at some different types of hand trucks and how they can help you as you spend your weekend moving your coworker’s 30 year old washing machine out of his basement. Besides giving you the ability to lift things without causing strain or injury, hand trucks are also a great way to make new friends.

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Material Handling Equipment

Quality material handling equipment is vital to creating a safe and efficient working space in a warehouse, loading dock or retail store setting. Material handling equipment allows for the safe and efficient transportation, movement storage and protection of products during the manufacturing and distribution process.

Material handling equipment consists of four major types. Transport equipment is used to move goods and products from loading to storage or from storage to loading. Positioning equipment is used to move and position goods and products in a specific area of storage or production. Unit load equipment is used to organize and arrange products so that they can be easily moved by transport equipment. And storage equipment is employed to safely and efficiently store product while maximizing the use of storage space.

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Forklift

Choosing the proper forklift for your business can make the difference between an inefficient and cumbersome work environment and a smooth running operation. The right forklift for the job will ensure that your business moves the goods and products that make up your revenue safely and efficiently.

There are many things to consider when shopping for a fork lift. The type of environment it will work in, the power requirements and lift capacities are just some of the elements to keep in mind. Below is a list of things to consider when choosing the best fork lift for your business.

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Forklift Maintenance

A forklift is the workhorse of any business whose operations involve heavy lifting and material handling. Forklifts are needed to lift, move, maneuver and place large heavy loads safely for extended periods of time. Like any piece of equipment, forklifts are subject to wear and tear. The wear on most equipment is usually not a big deal and doesn’t require immediate attention. But on forklifts, there are forklift maintenance procedures that need to be enacted in order to keep employees safe and product from damage.

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industrial shelving reno

The efficiency of a warehouse, distribution center or other business that needs to store stuff, including restaurants and retailers, is only as good as the industrial shelving systems that are used. Industrial shelving is the heavy duty, glamour free shelving you see at warehouse stores. Used right, industrial shelving can save you thousands of dollars in storage costs.

With industrial shelving, you can turn a modest sized warehouse or storage environment into an efficient and effective storage system. It can even mean the difference between having to expand to another building for storage or not. With that kind of money on the line, it is important to get the right kind of shelving for the job. Below is a brief intro to industrial shelving and how it can be used to increase the overall storage capacity of your business.

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Conveyor System Reno

A conveyor system is an essential component of any efficient materials handling system. Conveyor systems allow for the rapid movement of large items and products that would otherwise have to be moved around by human labor, forklift or truck.

The versatility of conveyor systems allow a warehouse, manufacturing plant or distribution center the ability to move objects with minimal effort while reducing the potential for injury or damage to the product.

While working with a well designed and installed conveyor system, workers are less likely to hurt themselves moving heavy materials and are kept at a distance from any hazardous material. A conveyor system also provides a cost effect material handling solution, requiring fewer workers to be involved in the shipment of materials.

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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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Barrel Weighing

Industrial operations require a good degree of accuracy and precision when it comes to moving large, bulky or heavy items. The safety of employees, the desire to limit potential damage to moved product and warehouse and operational efficiency are constant concerns. When it comes to safety, moving heavy objects presents a small margin of error. One wrong calculation could lead to the failure of equipment and cause severe damage or injury. In order to reduce these risks, industrial scales are used to weigh objects and material. The weight of the object dictates how it can be moved, where it can be placed and what equipment can handle the job.

Industrial scales are also used to get an accurate weight measurement of items and product for the purposes of inventory and sale value. Some industrial scales are small and offer the precision needed when weighing small objects. Other industrial scales, like those mentioned above, are larger and are used to get an accurate measure of heavy objects. To help you get a better grasp of what type of scale best suits you needs, below is brief introduction to the types and limits of industrial scales.

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