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There are generally three key categories when it comes to aerial manlifts: telehandlers, scissor lifts and boom lifts. While they do have a number of similarities, each type serves a specific purpose for various work settings and conditions.


Also known in the business as a telescopic handler, these efficient lifts are a variable reach capacity forklift. It is comparable to a telescopic boom lift, but a lifting attachment can fit on the end of the boom. Telehandlers function similar to a conventional forklift but at elevated heights. They are typically used in the construction and agricultural sector.

Most telehandlers feature a four-wheel drive chassis with a telescoping boom to reach heights of 50 feet or higher. The telescopic boom can move the load up and forward. In many cases, telehandlers are comparable to cranes since they each life and move loads. However, telehandlers are the better tool for picking up materials from hard-to-access areas. (From the inside of a container, for instance.) Telehandlers are frequently more pragmatic and efficient to use than cranes. This is because their capacity to extend in front of the machine provides the operator flexibility for positioning materials.

Manlifts – Telehandlers are available in two different varieties.

Telescopic Handler

This is the conventional telehandler. It has an arm that moves upwards and down. These efficient machines can reach heights anywhere from 18 to 55 feet. They have a load capacity that’s usually between 5,500 and 12,000 pounds.

Rotating Telehandler

Comparable to a conventional telehandler, the rotating version offers the capacity to move the boom arm in similar motions. However, rotating telehandlers take it even farther and allow the arm to swivel a full 360 degrees. This enables the telehandler to work on a wide area while remaining in one position.

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Generally made to function on rough, uneven terrain, rotating telehandlers usually run on an internal combustion engines. However, if you’ll be operating your telehandler indoors, there are certainly options that will permit you to do so safely.

It’s important to remember that if you need an internal combustion engine telehandler inside, caution is critical. Fumes from the unit’s engine can pose a health risk. We recommend consulting with your sales rep before purchase.

Scissor Lifts

Scissor lifts are a form of hydraulic platform that lifts and lowers personnel and heavy loads. The design of the scissor enables the platform to raise directly over the base. This delivers stability and distinguishes it from other types of aerial manlifts.

Scissor lifts fulfill the same role as scaffolding as ladders. However, they offer reliable reach and carrying capacities. Investing in a scissor lift can help increase productivity while also remaining affordable.

Boom Lifts

A form of aerial work platform, boom lifts are also known as cherry pickers, manlifts or basket cranes. Boom lifts are very comparable to scissor lifts. However, they typically attain greater heights and offer maneuverability in close quarters. In contrast to telehandlers, boom lifts are effective for transporting personnel and equipment at height.

A conventional boom lift includes a grounded base, a crane powered by a hydraulic lifting system and a work platform. Also, it’s possible to attach a boom lift to a vehicle for transport.

Boom lifts can typically extend from about 30 to 170 feet. They are powered by either gas or electricity. Specifically, they are useful for reaching areas that are otherwise inaccessible. Boom lifts are a frequent choice for construction managers and electricians.

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