Which Aerial Lift Is Right for My Use?

Category: Equipment and Solutions

Types of aerial equipment

Aerial lifts come in many different models, sizes and brands. While elevating a platform worker to a specific height might sound simple, there are several things a company should consider before purchasing or renting a lift. Many factors go into deciding what lift is best suited for a company, like the specific tasks they perform, required heights and job frequency.

Which Aerial Lift Should I Buy?

There are three primary types of aerial lifts — the scissor lift, the articulating boom lift and the telescopic boom lift. While some of these lifts can perform similar functions, all three have a unique niche.

Scissor Lift

These lifts are known for their stability. The platforms on a scissor lift are generally larger than other lifts, affording them the ability to hold more weight and workers. Scissor lifts are more stable and better suited for rough and uneven terrain. However, the most significant limitation of a scissor lift is that it can only move vertically.

Articulating Boom Lift

The most versatile of aerial lifts, articulating models can reach any point from virtually any possible direction. Known for their ability to access hard-to-reach places, articulating lifts can move both sideways and vertically, as their design allows each component of the lift to move independently.

Telescopic Boom Lift

These aerial lifts are ideal for jobs that require a much higher vertical reach. They function by using several sections that telescope over one another. Some companies also refer to telescopic lifts as “stick” booms because of their straight appearance.

Which Aerial Lift Should I Rent?

If you are looking to use an aerial lift regularly throughout the year, it may be advantageous to purchase one rather than renting. When a job might last several days or a few weeks, renting is the most economical option. For companies who frequently perform diverse sets of tasks, purchasing a model with versatile capabilities is often the best bet.

Other advantages of renting over buying include:

  • Having access to the most modern technology with no major upfront expense.
  • Knowing that maintenance costs or unexpected repairs are covered by the rental provider.
  • Having the option of trying out different models or brands before purchasing.
  • Not being responsible for storing or insuring the equipment.

Contact RAKA to Discuss Which Aerial Lift Is Right for You

At RAKA, we’re here to help you make all the right decisions when renting an aerial lift. Contact our team today to discuss all the ways we can serve your lift needs.


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