Scissor Lift vs Boom Lift

Are You Trying To Decide Between A Boom Lift Or Scissor Lift For Your Next Job?

Not sure which option is right for you? Let’s break down the differences, and see what best suits your needs.

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What is a Scissor Lift?

Scissor lifts are used to elevate workers in high areas and are commonly used in warehouse/industrial settings. These machines are made by JLG Genie and Skyjack. They have crisscrossing braces that resemble a “scissor”.

Scissor Lifts are designed to go up and down in one general area. Scissor Lifts have larger extendable platforms that can hold multiple people and or materials.

Scissor Lift UPSIDE

  • Large Platform
  • Easy Maintenance
  • Relatively Inexpensive

Scissor Lift DOWNSIDE

  • Limited mobility
  • Limited lifting height
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What Is A Boom Lift?

A boom lift, also referred to as a cherry picker or man lift, provides a lot of flexibility and great lifting height. It is a large hydraulic “arm” that is able to maneuver over and around objects. Boom Lifts come in “straight stick” or “articulating” footprints. Articulating boom lifts have arms that bend like a joint or knuckle. Stick booms have straight arms. Stick boom lifts usually have higher load capacity and less maneuverability.

Boom Lift UPSIDE

  • Easier Mobility
  • Higher Lifting Heights

Boom Lift DOWNSIDE

  • Smaller Platforms/Buckets
  • More Expensive
  • More Maintenance
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