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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 […]