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Deciding On Which Aerial Lift Can Rise to Your Occasion

N_BoomVersatile and valuable, aerial lifts enable operators to reach up, go over and maneuver under places on job sites and inside industrial plants.  Aerial lifts are used in a variety of applications and environments – manufacturing plants, warehouses, and construction and utility sites.

Several critical factors determine which aerial platform will provide the best solution:

  • Working height
  • Weight capacity
  • Horizontal reach
  • Working environment

There are different types of aerial platforms that are used for specific purposes:

  • Spider lift:  The lifts use stabilizing and extendable legs and save time and offer increased safety by eliminating the need for scaffolding. They come in three height ranges and can be operated by one person.
  • Scissor lift: Hydraulic power platforms that go up and down with no horizontal reach. They can reach up to 50 feet, elevating a larger and more maneuverable workspace, and come in rough terrain models for job sites and slab scissor lifts for maneuvering inside buildings. Electric-powered and engine-powered hydraulic models are available.
  • Boom lift: The most versatile of the aerial lifts, boom lifts are operated to reach in any direction. The different types of boom lifts include:
  • Telescopic: Reach a few feet up to 180 feet, and can stretch to areas with limited access.
  • Articulating: After the boom is extended, it can move from side to side. With a bucket attachment, personnel can stay elevated and move from project to project without moving the base unit.
  • Trailer mounted: Attached to a pick-up truck, SUV or work van, the trailer mounted boom lift is maneuvered in place, supported by extended legs, and are easy to operate.
  • Personnel lift: A compact push-able or towable lift that is used for maintenance and construction purposes.

When choosing which type of lift to use, determine first where it will be operated. Aisles in manufacturing plants are typically four to eight-feet wide, and construction job sites have rough terrain and difficult to reach work areas. While it may seem that smaller lifts could work in some situations, the weight capacities and shorter reach may not be sufficient. Also, working surfaces, such as gym and some tile floors should be considered, as they will be affected by the equipment’s weight.

Lifts are powered by electricity, LP or propane gas, diesel fuel, and dual electric and propane or diesel. They also come in two-wheel and four-wheel drive, track systems, and towable models.

When planning to use an aerial lift, consult with an trained and experienced Neff Rental sales rep about the application and use, and the sales rep can advise you on which aerial platform will meet your needs. To locate the nearest Neff Rental branch, visit, or call 888-709-NEFF.