In 1951, Walter E. Thornton-Trump invented the boom lift to make working in high places easier. Today, aerial work platforms, also referred to as “cherry pickers” and “scissor lifts”, provide access to hard-to-reach areas, usually at great heights. While aerial work platforms are most commonly used in construction and building maintenance, they can also serve many other purposes including safety inspections, window washing, tree care, electrical line repair, crowd control, roller coaster repair, pet rescues, and indoor warehouse work.
There are several different types of aerial work platforms, including boom lifts and scissor lifts. Boom lifts are lightweight and capable of extending to great heights to reach inaccessible areas. Straight or telescopic boom lifts are designed for maximum reach while articulating boom lifts, with their joint boom arms and tight turn radius, offer tremendous flexibility in reaching up and around structures or obstacles into tight areas. Both types of aerial lifts are built for working on either even ground or rough terrain, which is why they’re perfectly suited for construction or semi-finished building sites. In addition to construction work, boom lifts are used extensively for electrical work, orchard fruit harvesting, emergency access, window washing and painting buildings.
Scissor lifts usually only extend vertically from the base, but they feature a large work platform to hold equipment, boxes, supplies and multiple people. While, they don’t reach the heights that boom lifts do, they enable operators to complete jobs safer and faster than with ladders or scaffolding. Scissor lifts are ideal equipment for shelving products in a warehouse or retail outlet, washing low to medium height windows, installing lighting and signs, and conducting crowd control at major events.
Texas First Rentals features a wide array of boom lift rentals and scissor lift rentals for every type of job, indoors or outside. Our boom lift rentals have lift capacity of 500-1,000 pounds, can reach varying heights from 30 to 180 feet and have varying platform sizes. We offer towable boom lift rentals, straight boom lift rentals, and electric and diesel-powered articulating boom rentals. Many of the models feature additional accessories and options such a lighting packages, cold weather kits, AC generators, platform work lights, operator tool trays and more.
Texas First Rentals has a variety of Genie scissor lift rentals available with the ability to reach heights of 12 to 44 feet and lift capacities of 350 to 1,500 pounds. The GenieGS-2669RT and GS3369RT are designed for moving over rough terrain and extend to 32 and 39 feet, respectively. We also offer two types of JLG scissor lift rentals. The JLG 1230 ES is a smaller version, extending to 18 feet with a 500-pound lift capacity. The JLG 4394RT can reach 49 feet with a 1,500-pound lift capacity.
Our team of experts can help you find the boom lift rental or scissor lift rental that best suits your needs and arrange for equipment delivery from one of our many locations throughout the state.