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Lift Working Zones

Lift rental working zones are very important for ensuring the success of a rental. A working zone is the area that a lift can reach up in the air. Depending the model of lift and how high up the basket of a lift is, the manlift has a limited outreach. This varies for every model of cherry picker, and can affect the success and ease of your job. Take a look at the working zones of several models of lifts before choosing which model to rent. Additionally it can be useful to measure the exact distance up, and across that you need to reach in order to complete your job, then compare it to a lift rental working zone. 34′ Tow Behind Lift NiftyLift TM34T working zone 42′ Tow Behind Lift with Drive Assist NiftyLift TM42t working zone 45′ Tow Behind Lift Bil Jax 4527a working zone 50′ Foot Towable Lift with Drive Assist NiftyLift TM50 working zone 50′ Self-Driving Lift NiftyLift SD50 working zone 55′ Towable Lift BilJax 5533a working zone 64′ Drivable/Towable Lift NiftyLift TM64t working zone 60′ Telescopic Boom Lift Genie S-60 Telescopic Boom Lift 80′ Telescopic Boom Lift Genie S-80 Telescopic Boom Lift If you have any additional questions on choosing the right lift for your job or the Lift Rental Working Zones diagrams please call one of our helpful staff members! (262)827-1444 For other important information regarding lift rentals please check out our other blog posts on the topic. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Choosing the Right Lift for Your Job

A 50′ drivable lift, with all terrain tires Lifts come in a variety of options for a variety of different work types and locations. Whether you need in-air mobility, off-road capability, ease of transportation, or indoor use there is a manlift for you. Options for bucket lifts include tow-behind, drivable outrigger-stabilized, and drivable counterweighted. For indoor use, scissor lifts are ideal for tight spaces. In addition, there are a wide variety of heights available, and different types of booms can be chosen, both of which affect the types of spaces that can be reached.  The first thing to do when choosing a lift for a job is to determine the size of lift you need. Depending on the job you need to do, this can be a little more complicated than just deciding what the highest point you need to reach is. For example, when trimming trees, you must position the lift away from the tree that is being trimmed to avoid damaging the lift with falling limbs. Typically, an extra 10-15 feet from the highest point being trimmed is required. Another thing to consider is that as a boom lift approaches the limits of its extension the lift will have less outreach available. If, for example, you are painting a 30-foot-high wall a 34-foot-tall lift will technically do the job for you. However, you will need to reposition the lift every 10 feet or so, which takes time, especially if you need to reposition hydraulic outriggers. A 55-foot lift may be able to go closer to 40 feet without being repositioned. This idea of outreach changing depending on the height the lift is set at is called a working zone, and most manufacturers publish this data.  Reaching a lift over while trimming trees to avoid damaging lift After considering the height of the lift, take stock of any obstacles that you may need to work around. This includes both on the ground, and in the air. Most cherry picker-style lifts use hydraulic outriggers to stabilize the lift. This means that they have a “footprint” of ground that they need in order to properly deploy the outriggers. This ground has to be relatively firm in order to prevent sinking (although plywood can be used on softer ground), and free of obstacles. If an outrigger-stabilized lift is not an option, counterweighted lifts can provide an aerial work platform with a smaller ground footprint. Obstacles in the air can also be an issue. Articulating boom lifts offer a great degree of flexibility about where the boom can be in order to reach a certain point. This allows them to reach under, over, and around any tricky in-air obstacles. Telescoping boom lifts, on the other hand, only extend in a straight line, and therefore need to be moved to get a different angle of approach for the boom.  A telescoping boom lift with a counterweight Once you have determined the size and style of the lift for your job, consider how you want to get to and […]

What is a Skid Steer, and What Jobs Are They Appropriate For?

Track Skid Steer Loader

What is a Skid Steer  Skid Steers, otherwise known as skid loaders or bobcats, are extremely versatile pieces of machinery with a wide range of options. A variety of attachments provide utility for an assortment of applications. Tracked models can ensure maximum usability even in muddy, or otherwise unfavorable terrain, while wheeled models provide superior speed and precision. Knowing your workplace conditions and job demands are important for choosing the right skid steer, and attachments.   A New Holland 227 Skid Steer with tracks Choose between tracked or wheeled driving skids depending on your ground conditions. Muddy, sloppy conditions favor tracked skid loaders as the extra surface area helps them to “float” over the muck, and prevent bogging down. Additionally, in wet, soft, grassy areas where minimizing impact to the surface being driven on is important tracked skid steers drastically reduce the ground pressure of the skid by increasing the amount of surface in contact with the ground. In better conditions, wheeled skids offer slightly more precise control over the skid. Also, they typically are faster, allowing for more productivity and better results. Skids steers turn by, as their name suggests, skidding the left- or right-side tracks or wheels while the opposite side continues its motion. This method of turning, as opposed to turnable wheels like a car, give skid loaders a zero or even negative turning radius, perfect for tight spaces.  A New Holland L220 Wheeled Skid Steer What Can Skid Steers Do  Skid Steer’s versatility allow them to perform a wide variety of jobs. Some of the more common uses with just a bucket include hauling mulch, dirt, gravel, and other loose bulk items. They are also capable of grading, medium-duty landscape work, and some farm work. A very common use for skid steers is snow removal, as their buckets make them ideal for both pushing and lifting snow.   A wide variety of attachments can also be used for specific job. Augers make drilling post holes for fences or signs a breeze. Trenchers make digging trenches for piping, drainage, and other projects quick and easy. Stump grinder attachments will allow you to clear out areas full of cut trees to make the space usable. Harley rakes, or power box rakes, are great for prepping ground for seeding, and levelling off difficult ground. Fork attachments allow you to use skids to move pallets, creating a unique cross between industrial use, and all terrain usability, perfect for loading, unloading, and moving pallets at an undeveloped job site.   A skid steer equipped with an auger attachment When Not to Use a Skid Steer  While skid steers are often a great way to get a job done, there can be scenarios where they are not the best choice. One such example is for heavy duty jobs. Skid steers are great all-around medium-duty pieces of equipment, but there can be jobs that are just too big for them. For example, prying up concrete slabs at a demolition site will almost for sure overload the hydraulic and structural […]

How to Heat Outdoor Gatherings in the Winter

As the Wisconsin winter approaches with many restrictions around indoor gatherings in place many events are being moved outside. Naturally holding an outdoor event during the Wisconsin winter requires a heat source, of which there are numerous options. For enclosed or semi-enclosed areas furnace heaters provide a steady stream of heat to fill a space. For more open areas heaters that radiate heat to create a consistent “bubble” of warm air may be more appropriate. Whatever the needs of your event there is almost guaranteed to be a solution for your event.    Furnace heaters are the perfect solution for heating enclosed or semi-enclosed spaces such as tents, garages and enclosed porches. These heaters require a propane and electricity source. They sit outside of your tent or structure and heat outside air that is then blown into the structure through a duct. Furnace heaters may be direct-fired, meaning that combustions products are present in the heated air, or indirectly fired, meaning that no combustions products are present in the air. Both heaters provide air that is safe to breath, however, direct fired heaters do require some venting and may therefore require an opened window or a cracked open garage door. Tents do not require any additional venting as they are not an airtight structure. Furnace heaters come in a variety of sizes, and choosing the one that is the right size for you is essential to having a comfortably heated space.    A furnace heater is a great way to heat a tent To determine the proper size of your furnace heater there are several important factors to consider. First among them, is the size of the area you wish to heat. It takes approximately 300 BTUs of heat per square foot to raise the temperature of a tent structure by 40 degrees. To calculate this multiply the length and the width of the structure you wish to heat. Next, determine the amount that you wish to raise the temperature in your space. For example, if it is 20 degrees outside and you wish to have a 60 degree room you would be raising the temperature 40 degrees. Finally, multiply the square footage by the appropriate amount of BTUs to heat the area. The value you get will be the number of BTU’s per hour that you need to maintain your temperature increase.    For example, if I wish to raise the temperature of a tent that is 20 feet wide, by 40 feet long by 40 degrees, this is how I would go about finding the number of BTU’s per hour that I need. First, multiply the width and the length to get the square footage. In this case 20ft X 40ft = 800sqft. Then multiply the square footage by the appropriate number of BTUs, in this case 800sqft X 300BTUs = 240,000BTU. Please keep in mind when selecting a furnace heater that this estimate assumes that your space is enclosed and has no insulation. Be sure to adjust your estimates if your situation is different!    The other […]

The Importance of Crowd Control During a Pandemic

As stores, restaurants, bars, and other services slowly reopen amidst the COVID-19 pandemic many are experiencing capacities cut by half or more. Even essential services such as grocery stores are experiencing reduced capacities as we struggle with this pandemic. This begs the question of how to keep people separated and safe while they wait in line for these services that are at reduced capacity.

7 Reasons To Rent A Bounce House From Area Rental

Bounce houses add a whole new dimension to a birthday party. They are a huge hit with kids and adults alike. They keep the kids entertained for hours on end and give the adults some breathing space and time to socialize. They also make the party look more appealing and attractive. Inflatables were once considered a luxury available only for purchase however nowadays they can be also be rented on a daily or even weekly basis depending on the occasion. Below are just a few reasons to rent a bounce house from Area Rental & Sales for your kid’s next big birthday bash: 1. Bounce House Rentals are Safe and Secure: Inflatables are totally safe and secure for children. Their inflated structure and rubber composition makes for a nice soft landing pad in case kids lose their balance while jumping up and down. They have no hard or sharp edges or other hazards. Child safety is an important part of their design and each rental Inflatables is carefully inspected before it is dispatched for use.  2. Numerous Inflatables Design Themes: This is one of the best features of our inflatables. We carry numerous popular themes, carefully designed to add a nice touch to your next event. Moonwalks can be of many shapes ranging from physical structures such as a princess castles or pirate ships, slides, combos, to skid loader jumpers. 3. Inflatables Are Fun: This is a universal truth. The facial expression of any child says it all as soon as they see a inflatables. It truly is a treat to watch so many kids having fun. In fact they enjoy themselves so much that even parents sometimes wonder if they can join in. 4. Choice of Versatility: Rental Bouncy houses are a great attraction for any occasion and are not limited to just birthday parties. They can be used at a graduation ceremony, wedding anniversary or any other special event. No matter what the occasion, there will always be a surplus of kids running around. Inflatables offer a great environment for the kids to stay busy while the adults socialize and mingle. 5. Ease of Portability: Since they come in various sizes, they can be installed in your house or in your backyard. Depending on the number of children attending, and space needed, Inflatables offer the ease of portability for any event. 6. Why Buy When You Can Rent? An excellent feature associated with bounce houses is that you do not have to purchase one in order to fully utilize it. Big occasions such as anniversaries and birthdays only come once a year. Renting a bounce house from Area Rental & Sales offers people the option to use this exciting feature only when they need it. 7. Ease of Installation: When you place an order to rent a bounce house you don’t have to worry about its installation. Area Rental can deliver the bounce house, inflate it and deflate it when the event is over. (Speak with an event coordinator […]