Quick Tips For Choosing An Aerial Lift For Home Or Commercial Use

If you need to work at an elevated height at home or in a commercial building, you can actually rent a crane or aerial lift to make the job easier and safer. An aerial lift can allow you to reach cathedral ceilings for painting or repairs, or to safely get up on the top of roofs or to reach treetops for pruning work.

There are actually a number of aerial lifts available for consumers to rent, so consider some quick but important tips on choosing the best one for your needs:

1. Note if they're indoor or outdoor lifts

An indoor lift will usually have smaller, thinner tires and will built to be more compact. This allows them to easily fit through doorways and prevents them from tearing up carpeting and other flooring surfaces. An outdoor lift will have larger tires with thicker tread so they can easily grip the ground even on a slope. They are also typically built to be heavier so they stay stable, and in turn they may not be safe for indoor use.

Don't assume you can choose just one and use it indoors and outdoors, but note the differences and opt for the one that suits your needs.

2. Are you moving materials or people, or both?

Some lifts have bucket attachments that are meant to only hold people; these offer the most security since the bucket holds a person inside more readily than a platform. However, they are not meant for hauling material other than a few small tools.

If you're going to be doing repair work or painting with your lift, you will need a platform lift. This holds people and also has room for materials, equipment, and other supplies.

If there are specialized materials you need to lift such as timber or beams for your repair job, this would require a claw or chain to wrap around the materials and hold them in place. Beams and timber typically won't fit in a bucket lift or platform lift. Speak to your rental agent about your particular needs to ensure you get the right type of lift for your use.

3. Note the clearance needed

This is especially important for interior lifts. Some may have steadying feet that extend out from the lift, and some may need a certain amount of clearance for a hinged arm to work. No matter your use, note any clearance needed by the lift and if necessary, take measurements about the area in which you'll be working. This will ensure you choose the right size lift for your worksite.

To learn more, contact a company like Power Equipment Leasing Co Inc. with any questions or concerns you have.