7 Types of Lifting Equipment to Add to Your Wishlist

The holidays are here, and while it’s nice to receive presents from others, there’s only one person who can give you exactly what you need for your work: you! Looking to gift yourself or your business a piece of lifting equipment this season, but don’t know what to look for? There are thousands of aerial lifts and forklifts for-sale and for-rent on EquipmentTrader.com, but it can be hard to know what type of equipment works best for your work. To help introduce you to the main types of lifting machinery, just in time for gift shopping, here are 7 types of lifting equipment to add to your wishlist


1. Boom Lifts

A boom lift consists of a grounded base with a long arm that has a platform or bucket at the end. Articulating or knuckle boom lifts have arms with a bending joint, providing more versatile movement. Telescopic or stick boom lifts have straight arms that allow for greater weight capacity. As a lift that offers both vertical and horizontal reach, boom lifts are useful for construction, agricultural, landscaping, and industrial work.

Common Uses: 

  • Putting up scaffolding
  • Maintenance & repair (electrical, piping, etc.)
  • Painting
  • Hanging signs
  • Tree trimming
  • Fruit picking

2. Bucket Trucks

Bucket trucks, also known as cherry picker trucks, are commercial vehicles with a long arm which has a bucket or platform at the end. By attaching the boom to a truck, bucket trucks can be quickly driven to a jobsite and immediately put into action.

Common Uses: 

  • Utility work (power lines, telephone lines, etc.)
  • Fruit picking
  • Tree trimming
  • Maintenance & repair (electrical, piping, etc.)
  • Firefighting

3. Cranes & Crane Trucks

Cranes are large machines that allow for objects and materials to be vertically lifted and lowered great distances, and moved horizontally, through the use of hoist cables and sheaves, which are attached to boom arms, often with a bending joint. Booms are either held in place by a tower with a permanent base or securely fixed to a large commercial crane truck.

Common Uses: 

  • Construction
  • Cargo loading
  • Assembly of large machinery

4. Forklifts

Forklifts are small wheeled vehicles with front-facing steel prongs that are positioned underneath flat materials, boxes, or pallets and that move via a hydraulic system. While the prongs are limited to simple vertical movement, forklifts’ small size does help them maneuver through narrow spaces.

Common Uses: 

  • Storage center work
  • Material & parts movement on…
    • Industrial sites
    • Manufacturing sites
    • Construction sites

5. Manlifts

Manlifts, also known as personal lifts, are aerial work platforms that raise a single worker and their tools into the air. Self-propelled and push-around manlifts have collapsible frames that move straight up, making them ideal for small-scale indoor and outdoor projects like maintenance and painting. Atrium manlifts have a neck with jibs that allow for basic maneuvering, as well as drive tracks and retractable legs which help to stabilize the equipment on the uneven ground of outdoor construction projects.

Common Uses: 

  • Maintenance & repair (electrical, piping, etc.)
  • Light construction & renovation
  • Painting
  • Window washing
  • Tree trimming

6. Scissor Lifts

Scissor lifts are aerial work platforms that are large enough to raise multiple workers and equipment at once. Though their vertical reach is somewhat limited, these enclosed platforms are sturdy, steady, and safe. Scissor lifts can be powered via hydraulic, gas, diesel, or electric power, and rough terrain options have retractable legs for stabilization on uneven surfaces. Common Uses: 

  • Maintenance & repair (electrical, piping, etc.)
  • Light construction & renovation
  • Painting
  • Sign hanging
  • Storage center work

7. Telehandlers

Also referred to as telescopic forklifts, telehandlers feature steel prongs attached to an extendable boom that can also move vertically, horizontally, and diagonally. Telehandlers provide greater maneuverability and vertical reach than traditional forklifts, though they are quite a bit larger. Most typically used on construction sites, telehandlers can also be equipped with various attachments used in place of the prongs, such as hooks, buckets, platforms, and augers.

Common Uses: 

  • Material & parts movement on…
    • Industrial sites
    • Manufacturing sites
    • Construction sites
    • Agriculture sites
  • Construction, maintenance, & repair
  • Earthmoving and snow removal

Now that you’ve reviewed the main categories of lifting machinery, you’re ready to gift yourself or your business the perfect present for the holidays. You can start looking at available for-sale and for-rent options on EquipmentTrader.com today. Once you make your purchase, we just hope you have enough wrapping paper! 


About the Author

Ethan Smith is a Content Curator for Trader Interactive, serving the commercial brands Commercial Truck Trader, Commercial Web Services, and Equipment Trader. Ethan believes in using accessible language to elevate conversations about industry topics relevant to commercial dealers and their buyers.

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