Which Hydraulic Aerial Lift is Best for My Job?

Published: October 12, 2022 Last Updated: June 15, 2023 Hydraulic Cylinder Component Parts

With so many configurations for aerial lifts available, it can be challenging to choose which equipment is best for your industrial job. Each hydraulic lift is suited to different applications, and by understanding the requirements and specifications of each, you can make the best selection for your intended use.

Aerial Lifts Powered by Hydraulic Systems

Aerial lifts are powered by hydraulic cylinders, pneumatic cylinders, or electrical actuators. While pneumatic systems and electrical actuators tend to have a lower up-front cost and require less overall maintenance, they do not deliver hydraulic systems’ force, pressure, and durability. Choose a hydraulic aerial lift system to take your industrial job up to new heights.

Hydraulic Scissor Lifts

Hydraulic scissor lifts generally consist of a sturdy base, platform, hydraulic systems for raising and lowering the platform, a motor, and the easily recognizable “scissor” legs. While not technically an aerial lift, scissor lifts perform similarly to other lift equipment. They are cost-effective, durable, and can be used in many jobs:

  • Manufacturing operations
  • Automotive repair
  • Industrial factories and warehouses
  • Construction job sites

Scissor lift equipment generally uses multiple single-acting hydraulic cylinders working in tandem as they only require the ability to lift up or down without any other directional changes of the platform.

Hydraulic Boom Lifts

The most popular and versatile aerial lift, hydraulic boom lifts deliver highly controlled operations across a variety of jobs. They are typically constructed of a base, a maneuverable arm, and either a platform or other attachment at the end of the arm. Many configurations are available to meet the needs of your industry or sector:

  • Landscaping work
  • Construction jobs
  • Farm and agricultural operations
  • Industrial maintenance applications

The best hydraulic cylinder for your boom lift will depend on your exact equipment. Most often, however, double-acting telescopic cylinders or double-acting welded rod cylinders are installed.

Atrium Lifts with Hydraulic Systems

Atrium lifts, also called manlifts or spider lifts, are usually built to be narrow and lightweight. They feature a small base, knuckle boom, and small platform capable of carrying one or two people. They are specifically designed to have an excellent reach-to-weight ratio, allowing you to access small and out-of-the-way places for various applications:

  • Maintenance and janitorial work
  • Light construction projects
  • Landscaping jobs
  • Tree trimming services

Double-acting welded rod cylinders are a good option for atrium lift hydraulic systems. For specialty or custom atrium aerial lifts, pre-engineered hydraulic cylinders could be a suitable solution.

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