This is the complete list of aerial lift types.
We spent hours scouring the web to find all the different models of scissor lifts, boom lifts, and vertical mast lifts.
In this list - which is organized by platform height - you’ll see pictures of each model, along with a bit of information describing them.
Let’s dive in!
What is a Scissor Lift?
A scissor lift is a mechanical lifting device that uses a scissor mechanism consisting of tubes and beams.
They’re typically equipped with hydraulic cylinders that raise a platform, allowing workers, tools, and materials to be lifted into the air.
Scissor lifts are generally divided into two classes: "slab" style and rough terrain.
"Slab" style scissor lifts usually have non-marking rubber tires and are designed to operate on smooth, flat surfaces.
Rough terrain scissor lifts are equipped with oversized pneumatic or foam-filled tires and are capable of traversing uneven terrains.
12 ft. - Pettibone SS1230E
26 ft. - Aichi SV2632E
Next to the 19-foot scissor lift, the 26-foot models are probably the most popular type of scissor lift. This particular model from Aichi features an AC drive motor system, which reduces maintenance costs and improves longevity.
46 ft. - Genie GS-4655 E-Drive
What is an Articulating Boom Lift?
Also called a "knuckle boom" or a "Z boom," articulating boom lifts consist of hinged boom sections that allow operators to reach up and over obstacles.
These boom sections, when collapsed, fold into themselves. This allows the lift to have a smaller, compact footprint for easier transportation and storage.
Overall, these types of boom lifts are best suited for working conditions that require operators to clear obstacles that otherwise wouldn't be possible with a telescoping boom lift.
What is a Telescopic Boom Lift?
A telescopic boom lift consists of nested boom sections that extend and collapse into one another, just like a telescope.
Also called a "stick boom," these aerial lifts offer maximum height and reach for working in areas with limited access.
This style of boom lift is popular in construction, along with civil engineering projects like bridge building and maintenance.
What is a Vertical Mast Lift?
Vertical mast lifts - also called "man lifts" - are aerial work platforms designed to reach heights while keeping a small footprint for confined spaces.
Basically a combination of a scissor lift and a forklift, the mast sections are telescopic, meaning they collapse into one another.
These aerial lifts are generally electric powered, though some models are powered manually by a hand crank.
There you have it: The complete list of aerial lifts.
Now we’d like to hear from you.
Do you currently own or operate an aerial lift on this list?
Or did we leave some out?