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Taking the “Boo” Out of Booms

JLG Boom Lift

As we prepare for all the little ghosts and goblins of Halloween, it’s a good time to talk about the “boo” in boom equipment. We can think of a couple of things people might find scary about material handling and distribution center warehouse boom equipment: heights and price! With proper training and planning, however, those things will become a little less frightening. One of the reasons we are proud to partner with award-winning JLG aerial equipment is because we trust this company to produce the best and safest equipment with the highest ROI.

What Is Aerial Equipment?

Aerial equipment is pretty simple - it’s what you need when the job calls for reaching higher than your traditional ladder will, and sometimes getting into normally inaccessible places. OSHA has some descriptions about what qualifies as aerial lift equipment, but surprisingly, it doesn’t include scissor lifts. According to OSHA, scissor lifts are in with scaffolding. For our purposes, however, we are going to include scissor lifts, as well as a lot more, such as:

  • Electric and hybrid boom lifts
  • Engine powered boom lifts
  • Telehandlers
  • Towable boom lifts
  • Stock and order pickers
  • Vertical lifts

Let’s face it: Working in industries such as material handling, construction, tree trimming, window washing and more, whether inside or outside, sometimes calls for reaching higher. That means you’ll need to look into what’s out there to achieve your specific goals. Let’s break down what these various pieces of equipment are meant to accomplish.

JLG Articulating Boom Lift

Boom Lifts

As you probably noticed, there are different types of boom lifts available - and what you might want or need is going to depend on your application, as well as your wallet. You can choose an electric, hybrid or engine-powered boom lift. You can also choose whether the boom lift is towed to the job site or moves under its own power. JLG boom lifts come in different shapes and sizes, including:

  • Articulating: The articulating boom lift is a do-it-all type of lift. Capable of rotating in a full circle, the arm has multiple joints so it can bend and reach in different ways for different jobs. When you need to reach over 100-feet, an articulating boom lift may be the solution.
  • Telescopic: Straight-armed instead of multi-jointed, this lift lets you achieve great heights indoors and out.
  • Toucan: Designed to help you achieve your hardest and highest indoor challenges, the Toucan Mast works around your warehouse obstacles. Electrically-powered and with non-marking tires, the Toucan helps you solve warehouse height challenges.
  • Compact Crawlers: Need a lift that can climb steps? Need to access tight, narrow spaces? Indoors or out, one man or more, the crawler line is lightweight, self-leveling for tricky, outdoor situations and easy to operate.

JLG boom lifts make solving challenging operations more manageable. From moving around in a full warehouse to working on a crowded construction site, there’s a boom lift for your job.

JLG Telehandler


With two telehandlers, JLG and SkyTrak, to choose from, you’ll be able to find the perfect fit for your lifting application. Sometimes referred to as the forklift of the aerial world, this equipment is able to lift, move and place objects. Just like forklifts, telehandlers can be used with a variety of different attachments for your material lifting solution.

  • JLG - This lineup of telehandlers can take on the heaviest jobs in the most crowded situations with ease. Across all kinds of construction, steel work and more, you can rest assured that downtime won’t be a problem.
  • Skytrak - Designed and built to tackle the toughest jobs on rough terrain, your SkyTrak telehandler still has that extremely important maneuverability for working in crowded conditions or tight spaces.

With capacities that range from 5,500 to 12,000 lbs and heights of up to 55 ft., this pick and place equipment offers lower total operating cost, while mastering job site challenges better than others.

JLG Davinci Scissor Lift

Scissor Lifts

When you need to go vertical and don’t have time to constantly set up and take down scaffolding, the scissor lift answers the challenge. These lefts are available in styles designed to work quietly inside or master rough terrain outside depending on whether you choose electric or traditional engine power. Let’s take a quick look at the differences between the two.

  • Electric - When you want to be environmentally conscious, the electric scissor lift is your best choice for long-lasting, powerful and quiet operations. As with most electric equipment, you’ll be able to look forward to less maintenance and repair, as well. 
  • Engine - These engine-powered scissor lifts allow you to raise more workers and more material to greater heights for the boost in productivity you need. Able to maneuver on steep grades with four-wheel drive, you can work on any job site.

Even though OSHA doesn’t include scissor lifts under the term aerial equipment, we think it deserves a special mention for its ability to solve application challenges in the material handling arena.

JLG Driveable Mast Lift

Vertical Lifts

With a smaller footprint than a scissor lift, a vertical lift is the answer to raising one man and some light equipment up to do a job too high for a traditional ladder. At JLG, you can choose from electrical-powered push-around vertical lift or driveable vertical lift. Let’s check out the differences between the two.

  • Push-around - Six models with a range of 19 to 41-feet will go through doorways and tight spaces to help you perform work that would normally require a scissor lift or scaffolding. Use these handy workers for maintenance work, general repair and even hanging holiday decorations!
  • Driveable - Compact and lightweight, this equipment is easy to operate and long-lasting so you won’t have to worry about downtime.

Since both vertical mast lifts are powered by electricity, you can be assured that you are having a positive impact on the environment around you.

JLG Stock Picker in a warehouse

Stock and Order Pickers 

It’s been estimated that picking orders is the biggest time sink in the material handling and DC warehouse industry. Having the proper equipment goes a long way to alleviating wasted time and lower outputs. JLG offers order picking equipment that increases efficiency by providing the right reach and height on demand, as well as warehouse driveability. 

JLG Low Level Access Lift

Low Level Access

With the non-powered EcoLlift series, push-around lifts and LiftPod personal portable lifts, you can put the emphasis on working more safely at smaller applications that require efficiency and an alternative to the traditional ladder.

At S&L Liftmasters, our promise is to offer the highest quality equipment with the best ROI available. We want to help take the “boo” out of boom equipment by providing OSHA-compliant safety training on aerial equipment, as well as helping you decide if renting or buying is the right answer for your unique operation. Contact us today to learn more.


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