If you’re planning on doing some work up high, you’ll likely need mechanical assistance to get you up in the air. Lifts are used more and more for big jobs because they offer maneuverability, according to Industrial Safety and Hygiene News.
Jobs calling for a lift include painting, trimming trees, hanging lights, gutter cleaning, construction and remodeling jobs. Generally, there are two types of lifts to help you get the job done — aerial lifts (also called boom lifts) and scissor lifts.
A scissor lift is a mobile scaffold that moves up and down (and sometimes a few feet in either direction) on a criss-cross, scissor-shape arm, while an aerial lift is a platform mounted on a vehicle that moves both horizontally and vertically. Some aerial lifts can even rotate around a vertical axis, adds the publication.
An aerial lift, which is operated hydraulically, can reach places that a scissor lift can’t, especially if you need to move around objects or get to hard-to-reach places while you paint. However, because it is a platform, a scissor lift can hold multiple people and supplies, making it possible to get the job done faster. Most scissor lifts will reach 20-50 feet, while an aerial lift can go to 130 feet, adds Industrial Safety and Hygiene.
There are two basic types of aerial lifts — articulating and telescopic. Both sit on a turntable that rotates. Articulating aerial lifts have arms that bend, making it easier to move the bucket around objects and structures. Telescopic boom lifts have straight arms. While telescopic lifts usually have higher weight capacities, they are more difficult to maneuver and the bucket holds only one person at a time.
To determine which lift is right for your painting project, talk to your hardware professional, who can help you decide which works best for you.
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