Common Uses for Telescopic Boom Lifts

Telescopic boom lifts, also called boom lifts or stick booms, are heavy-duty, versatile lifting machines often used in a variety of industries. They are primarily used as aerial platforms that lift people to reach tall heights in the following industries: Agriculture, Painting, Roofing, Construction, Electrical, and Tree Removal.

Telescopic boom lifts have a greater reach than other aerial platforms because of the sections that extend telescopically. This allows workers to perform their job duties in areas with limited access.

Main Components for Telescopic Boom Lifts

A telescopic boom lift is operated by two different control panels. The first is at ground level on the machine, typically at the back of the counterweight. The second is located on the platform. The ground controls propel the machine, engages the platform, and has a kill switch for safety purposes. The engine is operated from the platform by a boot-like enclosure that has a foot-controlled lever inside it. The platform controls lift the platform, move it around, and have basic safety features such as a tilt warning and a capacity meter. In addition to the basic safety features, all telescopic boom lifts should come with a fire extinguisher and may come with harnesses to secure the operator in case of a fall.

Other features of a telescopic boom lift include:

  • • Telescopic Boom
  • • Tires (tread varies)
  • • Platform
  • • Counterweights
  • • Boom Lift Manual (required by OSHA)

Manufacturers & Models

When comparing manufacturers and models, it is important to consider the following: 

Weight Capacity

Telescopic boom lifts have a lift weight capacity between 500 and 1,000 pounds. You must consider how many people and what types of tools are needed on the platform to determine which lift is right for the job.

Fuel Type

Gasoline, diesel, and propane are common fuels used in telescopic boom lifts. Check the fuel type, prices for the fuel, fuel efficiency, and availability of the fuel type in your area before choosing a boom lift.

Terrain Type

Telescopic boom lift tires come in several types of tread for various soils, and are in either two-wheel or four-wheel drive. Consider the type of ground you will be operating on and find the right tires for the boom lift. If you will be operating on very soft or sloping ground, a telescopic boom may be dangerous to use.


With a range of 30’ to 100’ in vertical reach, telescopic boom lifts can help you get to the top of trees, poles, and roofs. The booms can also extend horizontally, but watch the angle because it reduces the weight capacity and stability of the machine.

There are several popular manufacturers in the telescopic boom lift market including Haulotte, Genie, JLG, Snorkel, and Terex.

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