Aerial lifts are used in a wide range of industries and across numerous jobsites around the world. Boom lifts, in particular, are an ideal choice for applications where you need to get workers, tools and materials to extreme heights in order to get the job done. These days, there are two options that dominate the market – knuckle boom lift and straight boom lift. What is the difference between the two?
These are platforms with multiple boom sections that hinge (or ‘articulate’), allowing an operator to gain access to work areas in an up and over approach (which is great when there are barriers or obstacles in the way). These machines are the ideal choice in areas with tight access or that are hard to reach.
These are platforms with boom sections that extend up and outwards (or ‘telescopically’), allowing an operator to gain access to high up areas. They offer greater horizontal outreach than any other machine on the market, which makes them ideal for use in areas with limited reach.
Choosing the right type of boom lift for your project will make all the difference in how efficiently, safely and profitably you are able to complete the task at hand. Knowing the difference between straight boom and knuckle booms will go a long way to helping you make the right decision, so we hope that the basic breakdowns we have provided above give you an idea of what each machine does.