Hiring a Boom Lift? 4 Things You Should Consider

Boom lifts, also known as cherry pickers, are essential when workers need to operate from a certain height on the job. A boom lift hire is more prudent than an outright purchase for many, but you need to know how to pick the right one for your scope of work. Here are a few things to consider when looking to rent a boom lift.

1. Will the Job Be Indoors or Outdoors?

Where you are going to use the boom lift will determine the type of lift you require. If you plan on using it indoors, you should focus on one that has a fixed axle with a power source. It can be electric or propane, depending on what works best for your use case. You should also remember that indoor work means you don't want to leave any wheel marks. A 2WD boom lift with non-marking wheels will work best in such a scenario. When working outdoors, a 4WD boom will provide the best power and mobility. Use rough terrain (RT) wheels for excellent traction on the outside ground. An outdoor boom should have oscillating axles and be either gas or diesel powered.

2. What Will the Job Entail?

Identifying the nitty gritty of the job your boom lift is intended for will help you narrow down to the most appropriate one. If your scope of work calls for 360-degree swings, you can't hire a boom lift that can only swing in wide arcs, for example.

3. What Is the Weight Capacity?

The kind of weight you require to lift should determine the type of boom lift you hire. If you need to carry 450 kilograms, for example, the boom lift you employ ought to be slightly over capacity to compensate for any underestimation. Therefore, in such a scenario you should hire one with a capacity of 540 to 650 kilograms to carry any extra, unexpected weight on site.

4. What Are Your Mobility Needs?

Will you need a self-driving boom lift or one you operate while on the ground? Self-driving boom lifts tend to be larger, with room for a driver, equipment and some staff. Stand-alone boom lifts are run from a fixed position and operated from the basket.  


Working above the ground can be daunting, especially if you do not have the right equipment. Boom lifts can make such work easier. Examine your job requirements thoroughly to know the best boom lift to hire.