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Boom lifts, scissor lifts and telehandlers: characteristics and information to know them

To help analyze your needs and find the ideal lifting equipment, our advisors are here to help you. To get a good idea of the many possibilities available to you, learn more about the 3 main types of aerial lift equipment offered by Cisolift and their different characteristics.

Description and information about boom lifts

Boom lifts are lifting equipment that give you easy access for working at heights. They allow you to work comfortably at the right height in tight areas, while having your tools and some material close at hand. Some models are towable and offer a multitude of advantages such as great mobility, making it easier to move from one job site to another one.

Bil-Jax boom lift to reach work at heights

Description and information about scissor lifts

Scissor lifts are lifting equipment that allow people and loads to reach working areas at heights while having a wider working surface than a boom lift. Electrically powered models are specially designed to manoeuvre easily in tight areas to reach things at heights using less space than a boom lift. Some electrically powered models are specially designed to manoeuvre easily in tight spaces to reach things at heights using less space than a boom lift. We also have electric models designed for outdoor work. These models are just as versatile and efficient as the gas, propane or diesel models, but are more eco-friendly.

Plafolift scissor lift for lifting people and loads for work at heights

Description and information about telehandlers

Telehandlers are lifting equipment designed to lift and move loads at heights. They are perfect to move materials at construction sites and for various jobs in agriculture. They are characterized by their great power and larger reach compared to forklifts, which move loads vertically only. In fact, it is the versatility, lifting capacity and type of work of our customers that bring us to offer various models of telehandlers instead of forklifts. 

Haulotte telehandler for lifting and moving loads at heights

4 main characteristics to consider for your aerial work platform

To help you make an informed choice, there are 4 main characteristics to consider: the use, the traction system, the working height and the power source.

Use of lifting equipment

Where will you use your aerial lift equipment? Indoors, outdoors or both? Depending on your answer, our advisors can already guide your choice of equipment.

Traction systems of lifting equipment

Depending on the type of surface where you will be using your lifting equipment, 7 traction systems are available to you:

  • Towable: equipment with 2 non-driving wheels
  • 1 x 3: equipment with 3 wheels, including 1 directional driving wheel
  • 2 x 4: equipment with 4 wheels, including 2 directional driving wheels
  • 4 x 4: equipment with 4 driving wheels, including 2 directional wheels
  • 4 x 4 x 4: equipment with 4 directional driving wheels
  • Tracks: equipment with a track system on each side
  • Push-around: hand-operated pushing equipment with 4 wheels, including 2 directional wheels

Working height of lifting equipment

After determining the areas and surfaces where you will use your lifting equipment, the maximum working height will allow our advisors to identify even more precisely the type of equipment you need. We have aerial lift equipment that allows you to work from 10 feet to 185 feet high.

Power sources of lifting equipment

By evaluating your needs, the types of work you do and your work environment, our experts will advise you on the ideal power source for your equipment. Among the choices available:

  • Battery
  • Gas
  • Gas and propane
  • Diesel
  • Diesel and battery

Characteristics and information for lifting equipment

To give a good idea of the many possibilities available to you, here is a summary chart with information to consider before purchasing a boom lift, scissor lift or telehandler.

  Boom lift Scissor lift Telehandler
Use
Indoor X X  
Outdoor X X X
Indoor and outdoor X X  
Traction
Towable X    
1 x 3   X  
2 x 4 X X  
4 x 4 X X X
4 x 4 x 4 X   X
Tracks X    
Push-around   X  
Working height
10' to 25'   X  
26' to 37' X X X
38' to 55' X X X
56' to 79' X X  
80' to 105' X    
106' to 185' X    
Power source
Battery X X X
Gas X    
Gas and propane X X  
Diesel X X X
Diesel and battery X    

The Cisolift experts: your source of information on boom lifts, scissor lifts and telehandlers

We rely on a large team of experts to help you choose, maintain and repair your lifting equipment. Sales advisors, technicians, mechanics and inspectors work together to offer you the best service to improve your daily life and give you the best return on your investment. Contact them today to learn more about our equipment and try it out!

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