Aerial lifts have become essential pieces of heavy equipment in certain job sites where workers need to access above-ground, hard-to-reach places, easily and safely, without the hassle of erecting a scaffold.
In our last blog, we explained some key advantages of renting instead of buying for small companies that are operating on a limited budget.
In this blog, we will delve deeper into the subject, and present 6 things you have to consider before renting an aerial lift, so the job gets done most efficiently without spending any more money than is necessary:
# 1: HEIGHT
Don’t get confused between `platform height’ and `working height’. `Platform height’ literally means the vertical distance from the ground to the platform on which your worker will be standing. Some rental companies, however, use `working height’ as measure, which is typically an additional 5 ft, calculated with the assumption that a 5-ft person will be working on that aerial lift.
So for a 45-ft working height, for example, you don’t need the platform height to be 45 ft as well. A 40-ft lift will be sufficient with a 5-ft worker in the basket adding the extra height necessary to reach the jobsite. In real terms, that means you can rent a smaller unit and save a significant amount of money by just doing the calculation right.
# 2: TYPE
All aerial lifts perform the function of lifting, but which type do you actually need?
Bucket trucks have turrets that allow for rotating to different degrees. A couple types of bucket trucks include telescopic and articulated. Telescopic booms have one extendable straight arm, while articulated booms are bendable, and therefore very useful for jobs located in hard-to-reach places. Fork lifts are a great solution to move heavy loads of material or equipment around, and a telehandler can be attached as well to extend their functionality.
# 3: TERRAIN
Study the terrain carefully because it is important that the equipment is always standing on a safe, firm foundation. If the ground is muddy or rocky, rent an aerial lift with four-wheel drive or a crawler carrier. If there’s significant amount of debris on the site, you need a lift, which has a high ground clearance. On grounds with dips and slopes, a lift with more gradeability will tackle the challenge well. And so on.
# 4: TIRES
There are a variety of tires for aerial lifts – such as foam-filled, non-marking and high-flotation. A good rule of thumb: choose fixed-axle or 2WD units with non-marking tires for indoor jobs and oscillating axles and 4WD units with rough terrain tires for outdoor jobs.
# 5: OPERATOR TRAINING
Each piece of equipment comes with its own best practice guidelines, and any operator you employ to operate your aerial lifts should have experience in handling those particular types of equipment. This keeps the job site safe and reduces chances of serious accidents that a wrong handling of these machines can cause.
# 6: INSURANCE
Renting aerial equipment from a reputable company means they will assist you with the paperwork as much as possible, but it is still up to you to read the fine print on insurance forms and be clear on what the rental company’s responsibilities are and what’s yours.
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