Know the Types of Aerial Work Platforms You Can Rent
Aerial work platforms come in a variety of types — everything from a push-type lift that carries one person up 12 feet to a telescopic boom lift that takes people up more than 150 feet in the air. The following material discusses the advantages offered by different types of aerial work platforms to enable you to pick the best one to rent for your particular application. Your local, ARA-affiliated rental store professional also can assist you in your aerial work platform rental selection.
  • Scissor lifts. The crisscross support — resembling oversized, fully open, stacked scissors — that lifts the work platform above the equipment’s wheelbase distinguishes a scissor lift from other aerial work platforms that you can rent. These aerial work platforms work well for applications requiring access directly overhead, sometimes as high as 50 feet. While many scissor lifts can fit through standard doors, some scissor lifts offer platforms wider than 17 feet. Scissor lifts come in models designed for working inside on smooth surfaces or outside in rough terrains.
  • Articulating boom lifts. Sometimes aptly referred to as up-and-over lifts or Z-lifts, rent articulating boom lifts when you need to not only go up, but also out for scaling over immovable obstacles. Available platform heights for articulating boom lifts commonly range from 30 to 60 feet on electric models and 34 to 150 feet on gas-powered units. Outreach averages around 22 feet on electric models and 34 feet on engine-driven ones.
  • Telescopic boom lifts. Rent this type of aerial work platform — also known as a stick boom because its platform travels straight from its base — mainly for construction, maintenance and repair. The ability to raise the boom to a vertical position, as well as lower it to a below horizontal position, makes this aerial work platform unique. Some telescopic boom lifts come with articulating extensions for added outreach. Platform heights can reach above 125 feet and horizontal reach can equal 80 feet.
  • Mast lifts. A slender vertical or nearly vertical structure that supports the work platform characterizes this type of aerial work platform rental. However, a possible optional feature can allow outreach. Some of these aerial work platforms have a single mast to support one worker, while others have dual masts to support two workers. They come in manual-push or self-propelled models. You also can fold some mast-type aerial work platforms to transport them easily, even through standard doorways.
Contact your local, ARA-affiliated, rental store for information on available rental products and services to meet your aerial work platform needs. To locate the rental store nearest you, use the Rental Store Quick Locator above.

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