Through recent times, while the use of ladders has become increasingly looked down upon, the popularity of elevating work platforms is continuing to grow substantially. Aerial Working Platforms are used in constructions, various industry and electricity powerline maintenance,
One of the most preferred lifts, scissor lifts are a type of platform that can typically only move vertically. The upward motion is achieved by the application of pressure to the outside of the lowest set of supports, elongating the crossing pattern, and propelling the work platform vertically. The platform may also have an extending “bridge” to allow closer access to the work area, because of the inherent limits of vertical-only movement.
Scissor lifts are much more limited in use compared to the other types of aerial lifts including articulated and telescopic boom lifts because they have to be situated directly underneath itself. They also cannot reach maximum heights. Therefore, they are best for indoor use like basic maintenance work and painting since the larger-sized bucket can accommodate multiple workers and equipment. There are rough terrain scissor lifts available to handle slightly uneven terrain when outdoor work is required.
The articulated boom lift, has a work platform on an extended arm that can reach up and over obstacles, resembling your finger when you bend it. Articulated boom lifts have a turntable at the base which allows the lift to swivel in a full circle. This type of machine is used mainly for maintenance work and other tasks that are difficult to access. Unlike a scissor lift which can only extend directly above itself, articulated boom lifts are types of aerial lifts that can be used for repair jobs on the exterior of buildings, including piping. They provide convenience for hard-to-reach areas and can be used on uneven terrain.
Telescopic boom lifts are used for tasks that require maximum reach capabilities. A work platform is mounted on a straight, long arm that sits on a movable turntable. Telescopic boom lifts are not like articulated boom lifts that can bend and curve over obstacles; telescopic lifts are types of aerial lifts that can only access areas that are straight above or at a direct angle. Construction work, electrical repair, and other maintenance jobs are the most common that employ the assistance of a telescopic boom lift.