Maneuver the Materials: 7 Tips for Using Lift Equipment to Benefit Business

 

Many jobs require us to work at heights and to find safe, efficient, reasonably fast ways to get up and down from high-up places. Lift equipment adds safety, efficiency and speed to the mix to help keep production humming.

It’s a lot easier to acknowledge the need for lift equipment than it is to choose and somehow supply the needed machines. Boom lifts, telehandlers and scissor lifts comprise a huge part of the lift-equipment classes, and they are designed to safely elevate people and materials to the level of the task at hand.

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Most businesses use a lift to increase safety because the equipment provides superior stability and protection over ladders, scaffolding or a tower, since a lift has a safety harness and gate. Labor statistics plainly show that falls make up a huge percentage of on-the-job accidents. Nearly any company realizes that the more accidents it can prevent, the better off everyone is. The safety of a boom lift, scissor lift or telehandler is probably considered the biggest benefit by most business owners, managers and employees.

Another plus of these lifts is their mobility. Not all are drivable, but most have some kind of self-propelled features that makes them easy to move along as the work progresses — either back and forth or up and down. Across many industries, necessary lift equipment not only gets the job done safely and efficiently, but also helps keeps morale high and saves money through reduced labor costs and fewer accidents.

JLG Industries

JLG Industries stands as a godfather of the work lift. Its considerable impact began in 1970, when it manufactured the first aerial-work platform. JLG followed that success in later years by producing scissor lifts, boom lifts, telehandlers and other kinds of equipment. Today, the JLG name is synonymous with a variety of quality lift machines all over the world.

JLG Lifts for Sale

JLG wowed audiences at the prestigious SAE global conference in Bauma, Germany in 2016 when it unveiled the 1500 AJP articulating boom with the “farthest reach” yet. JLG continues to earn recognition as a leader in the lift industry.

Access Lift Equipment knows JLG quality well because, for more than seven years, we’ve specialized in the refurbishment and resale of used boom lifts, scissor lifts, telehandlers and other equipment. While we retool and resell other brands, too, we and our clients recognize the value and durability of JLG equipment. When it comes to good used JLG lifts in Pennsylvania and around the world, Access delivers.

Now, read on for seven tips for using lift equipment.

Tip #1: Lifts Perform Diverse Jobs

Some people might think an aerial lift isn’t a good fit for their company or may wonder how they’re typically used. Common users of boom lifts, scissor lifts and aerial lifts are construction professionals and other contractors, as well as rental companies and people responsible for maintenance in settings such as warehouses, schools and other government complexes, retail stores and more. Here are some others:

  • Automotive shops
  • Bricklayers/masons
  • Churches
  • Electricians
  • Hospitals
  • Landscapers
  • Libraries
  • Lighting specialists
  • Painters
  • Parking lots/decks
  • Plumbers
  • Property managers
  • Utility companies
  • Videography/moviemaking
  • Welders
  • Window cleaners

Professionals in all kinds of places and jobs seek used JLG lifts for sale because they benefit business.

Tip #2: Various Lifts Go by Many Names

It’s easy to become confused by all the different kinds of lifts, what they do and which applications they’re appropriate for. Adding to that ease is a landslide of lingo as well as technical terms that get slung around interchangeably. In actuality, there are discernible differences between the lift types.

types of aerial lifts

You might hear them called by their technical classification, such as mobile elevated work platform (MEWP), aerial work platform or elevated work platform. There are more casual terms like cherry picker, man lifter, personnel carrier, forklift, skyjack and a number of others. Though there are differences among them, any machine that lifts people and equipment up to a height might be called an aerial, articulated or telescoping lift.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) classifies powered industrial trucks into many categories with long names, which is probably why people naturally shorten them. For example, OSHA presents seven classifications of forklifts, with a total of 28 different machines within those collective seven classes:

  • Telehandlers: Several types fall into OSHA’s Class VII rough-terrain forklift truck, which includes the “vertical mast and variable-reach types,” aka telehandlers. They’re normally gas-powered, self-propelled machines on which the forks or the mast lift up heavy loads. The lifting mechanism and arm often telescopes in and out to reach the work. People do of course use the machines to lift up personnel, too, but safety experts advise against it.

Telehandlers are classified as “rough terrain,” but that mostly means “not-smooth” instead of truly “rough” terrain, such as rocks. Additionally, not all telehandlers are gas-powered outdoor models.

  • Boom Lifts: Any kind of vehicle-mounted device used to lift up personnel could be called a boom lift or aerial lift. Many are self-propelled and move independently on a vehicle base, while others are mounted on or built into trucks. They look like long, skinny arms that can “articulate” on an axis to reach up, down, out and side-to-side. Some models also telescope into position and are referred to as a telescoping boom. These are the preferred method for getting people to high working heights.
  • Scissor Lifts: Usually consist of a platform and railing supported by a beam or bar-style struts hinged together in a way that look like sets of connected scissor blades. The lift’s open-close motion also resembles scissors, but “pantograph” is the technical word for the physics of the design. The construction creates a strong base for lifting heavy loads, and most come with safety features such as harnesses and railings to accommodate personnel, too.

Tip #3: Lifts Fit General to Specific Applications

Access Lift Equipment refurbishes, inspects, tests and sells three types of lifts: scissor, boom and telehandler. Battery, electricity or fuel is typically the power source for a lift, which helps determine which one might be appropriate for the usage at hand. If it’s outdoors, a gas-powered machine could fit, while electric- or battery-powered models dominate the indoor-lift work.

All three pieces of equipment can be useful for many applications across diverse industries:

  • Construction: Dynamic needs on the job site change almost daily. A lift provides a versatile, mobile solution that can bring ease and speed to tasks such as roofing, stripping, painting, demolition and framing.
  • Maintenance: Anyone in charge of maintaining a building or complex of buildings knows some kind of aerial lift is a must for accessing high points and hard-to-reach areas. Maintenance personnel must change lights, hang banners, paint, repair, access utilities and other tasks that require special equipment to do. Lifts are much safer and less cumbersome than ladders or scaffolding.
  • Overhead signs: Like the old song says, signs are everywhere and a lot of them hang overhead where they are hard to reach. Individual businesses and organizations might use those signs to communicate with the public, so access to change them regularly becomes important for many kinds of entities.
  • Retail: Big and small stores alike have shelves to reach, signs to change and heavy loads to lift. The objective on a thin profit margin is to always tend the tasks in the safest, fastest, easiest way, which a lift often provides.
  • Shipping and receiving: Tall warehouse buildings typically feature tall stacks of product that must be organized, pulled and otherwise handled safely and efficiently. The loading dock is another place a lift comes in handy to help lift and transport heavy loads without anyone sustaining a back injury.
  • Transportation: Nearly any transportation hub — be it an airport, rail yard, truck corral, bus station, car rental agency or parking deck — and their managers find lift tools useful to help make reaches and to transport and store materials and people.
  • Warehousing: All kinds of boom lifts and telehandlers help transport products up and down and to and from high shelves and can be used to expedite handling. The equipment also fits warehouse needs because many lift models can accommodate their high roofs and narrow aisles.

Tip #4: Power Up With Used JLG Boom Lifts for Sale

The most recognizable feature of the boom lift is probably its extendable arm that, depending on the model, might extend to a range anywhere from 30 to 180 feet. Most booms swivel 360 degrees on the axis and can articulate to varying extents in lateral and vertical directions. Your choices of boom types will be one of four basic models: articulating, telescoping, towable and self-driving.

JLG Boom Lifts

A snapshot of specifications from some of our used JLG boom lifts in Pennsylvania can help give you an idea of what these machines are capable of:

  • A 2007 JLG 450 AJII articulating boom provides a 500-pound capacity platform that reaches a 45-foot height, has a horizontal-reach capability of 25 feet and swings 355 degrees. The platform features solid steel construction, safety rails and a gate.

Tip #5: Gain Strength With JLG Scissor Lifts for Sale

Scissor lifts take loads up and bring them down. Most models also roll along safely at low speeds to carry and move materials as work progresses. Scissor lifts offer the advantage of folding up to a size efficient for storage.

Some industries seek their strength to do a number of tasks, with an average model offering a lift capacity of 1,500 pounds. Scissor lifts make the perfect aerial work platform, and some have options for non-marking tires and extra-quiet operation. Access presents a variety of used JLG scissor lifts in Pennsylvania, including the examples below:

Tip #6: Hoist Heavy Loads High With Used JLG Telehandlers for Sale

Telehandlers tend to do the heavy-duty outdoor jobs, such as construction or lumberyard work, and are commonly called rough-terrain forklifts. They reach up to 50 feet and can lift 1,500 to 10,000 pounds depending on the capacity of a specific model.

JLG Telehandler

A telehandler is typically a fuel-powered, four-wheeled vehicle operated by a driver in a cab who directs the thick, telescoping arm with a forklift on its end to do lifts and reaches. Most have outriggers to stabilize the vehicle as the arm extends. A telehandler does not move on its axis, so the machines need plenty of room to align but have dual-axle steering to achieve tight turns.

Access Lift offers used JLG telehandlers for sale in Pennsylvania that make business life easier by handling heavy materials with ease and speed:

  • Other JLG used telehandlers will have similar capabilities, but the lift capacity, reach and engine size and type are the variables that differ most among models.

Tip #7: Insist on a Thorough Inspection

Access Lift Equipment concentrates only on the reconditioning including service, maintenance and repair of boom lifts, scissor lifts, telehandlers, forklifts and aerial work platforms. Unlike a lot of other types of businesses offering these machines for rental and sale, we scrutinize and use each one to ensure it meets our high standards for quality.

The inspection entails a point-by-point check as well as an analysis of the machine’s overall performance. We check and test all the major and most of the minor machine components:

  • Belts
  • Bracing
  • Brakes
  • Cables
  • Electronics
  • Engine
  • Fasteners
  • Fluid lines and filters
  • Gates
  • Hydraulic systems
  • Lights
  • Platform
  • Pulleys
  • Railing
  • Rollers
  • Slides
  • Tires

If the inspection reveals a need, we’ll make repairs or replacements before marketing the machine for rental or sale. It gives our clients who seek used JLG telehandlers in Pennsylvania or used JLG boom lifts in Pennsylvania peace of mind to know each machine has been analyzed and approved by experts.

Access Lift Equipment knows JLG and other brands of lift equipment well — and we’re committed to quality reconditioning. We’ll continue to build our business around that mission.

Professional Partners Go Local, Worldwide

Access Lift Equipment ships everything from our six-acre facility in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, where all the equipment offered is assessed, tested and properly processed. We inspect each machine at least annually and then again before shipment.

We’re proud to serve clients in the region as well as all over the world. We ship to customers both local and global, and we’ve won most of our new business from repeat customers and referrals. Our service and standards make a difference in the world of boom lifts, scissor lifts, telehandlers, work platforms and aerial lifts — especially with so many models, options and casual terms for all of it.

Our headquarters creates a place where the lift inventory can be closely monitored and controlled as well as kept readily available. We can help eliminate dangerous ladders and scaffolding and help you pick the machine that best suits your needs and your budget.