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Explaining Telescopic Boom Lifts

Published : September 7, 2022

Big construction projects require large equipment. If you need an outdoor manlift with exceptional horizontal and vertical reach, a telescopic boom lift could be your go-to machine. These large, wheeled manlifts are perfect for job sites cluttered with building material and structures or out-of-reach areas.

Discount Lift Rentals is your go-to concierge service to find the equipment you need. We’ll source and manage the details of your rental so you can focus on getting the job done.

What Is a Telescopic Boom Lift? 

A telescopic boom lift or straight boom lift is used to place workers up and over obstacles horizontally and vertically in a basket at the end of a booming arm. The main difference between an articulating boom lift and a telescopic boom lift is that the telescopic models do not have the bend in the elbow which allows a different kind of maneuverability. However, what telescopic boom lifts lack in articulation, they make up for in outward reach!

Since most are gasoline or diesel powered and come equipped with four-wheel drive, telescopic boom lifts are perfect for outdoor worksites. This particular type of lift is great for hard-to-reach areas because it can extend operators directly to the work area. The operators can adjust their location both horizontally and vertically to get as close as possible to where they need to work.

Telescopic boom lift rentals come in a variety of sizes and weights, so it’s important to choose the right one for your project.

Choosing a Telescopic Boom Lift

There are several factors to consider when you choose the best telescopic boom lift rental. The first factor is your work surface. Will you operate the manlift on terrain like dirt, grass, or gravel? Most ground surfaces other than concrete or asphalt require four-wheel drive. Since most telescopic boom lifts are equipped with that drivetrain, they are ideal for unpaved outdoor sites. Additionally, these lifts have a high ground clearance. This allows the lift to remain stable when driving over holes, rocks, or other obstacles that might be peppered throughout your jobsite.

Another important factor is the size of boom lift your job requires. The smallest size is a 40’ straight boom, and they increase in reach length all the way up to 185’. You also have a choice of platform weight capacity; however, the capacity of the basket the workers stand in is generally the same size for all of the boom lifts. Two laborers can generally work simultaneously in the lift basket as long as the platform capacity is at least 500 pounds, and as long as they’re not bringing heavy equipment in the basket with them. Keep in mind that pricing can increase and availability often decreases the bigger the lift gets. Discount Lift Rentals will find a lift to fit your budget—just leave the sourcing to us.

Finally, after Discount Lift Rentals has delivered your lift, think about how you’ll store it when it’s not in use. A telescopic boom lift is a massive piece of equipment, so it could become an obstacle itself when it’s not being used. If you don’t have enough room at the construction site to store equipment, you will be responsible for finding a safe and secure location to store the lift.

Once Discount Lift Rentals has helped you choose the best telescopic boom lift for your project, you can move on to learning how to use the manlift safely.

Using a Telescopic Boom Lift Safely

You already implement and manage many safety initiatives throughout your construction site. The telescopic boom lift that you rent also requires safety measures to prevent accidents. Each manlift operator should be trained and certified. After all, these are massive pieces of equipment that not just anyone should handle!

One of the most important safety features for every type of boom lift is a safety harness. Anyone operating or working in the lift basket must wear a tight fitting harness at all times. These safety features will keep the worker in the basket just in case they slip or the lift drives over an unexpected bump or obstacle.

Once the operator has clasped on the safety harness, the next step is to clip the harness to the basket. Don’t forget to inspect the basket itself. Make sure that the safety gate locks securely and that the basket is structurally sound. You should also inspect the control panel to ensure that each button and switch is functioning as it should. It is best to test each control when the basket is at its stowed height so the basket and its operator are as close to the ground as possible.

It’s crucial to abide by the manlift’s weight limit. Telescopic boom lifts are often used to propel both workers and some light equipment or materials to their work area. You’ll need to consider the weight of the workers, their tools, and other objects like building materials before operating the lift. If the actual weight you’ll use on the lift is even an ounce over the machine’s weight limit, you’ll need to reduce the equipment. It is important to note that if too much weight is in the basket while the arm is extended, the lift could tip over.

Available Telescopic Boom Lifts

There are different telescopic boom lifts for every construction project. These options are all available through Discount Lift Rentals (the listed boom size refers to the platform height):

  • 40’ boom lift with up to 34’ horizontal outreach and 500-1,000 pound platform capacity
  • 46’ boom lift with 39’ horizontal outreach and 600 pound platform capacity
  • 60’ boom lift with up to 50’10” horizontal outreach and 500 pound platform capacity
  • 66’ boom lift with up to 57’1” horizontal outreach and up to 500-750 pound platform capacity
  • 80’ boom lift with 71’ horizontal outreach and up to 500 pound platform capacity
  • 86’ boom lift with 75’ horizontal outreach and up to 500-750 pound platform capacity
  • 120’ boom lift with up to 77’ horizontal outreach and up to 500-1,000 pound platform capacity
  • 135’ boom lift with up to 90’ horizontal outreach and up to 500-1,000 pound platform capacity
  • 150’ boom lift with 80’ horizontal outreach and up to 500-1,000 pound platform capacity
  • 185’ boom lift with 80’ horizontal outreach and up to 500-1,000 pound platform capacity

Discount Lift Rentals can provide telescopic boom lifts from the major brands nationally. If you’re looking for a lift manufactured by Genie, JLG, or Skyjack, just let us know!

Nationwide Telescopic Boom Lift Rental

You need a trustworthy partner to help you find the right equipment for your upcoming construction project. Discount Lift Rentals is a family owned concierge service here to help you find the best manlift for your individual project for the best price available. Once we’ve set you up with the equipment, we’ll manage the rental process to ensure that you don’t incur any additional fees. After all, that’s the whole point of our 100% upfront pricing!

Our expertise lies in a variety of construction equipment, including telescopic boom lift rentals. Just give us the most vital information on your project and we will find the best equipment at the best price, anywhere in the United States. Contact us today to learn how we can help you succeed!

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