Written by Anastasia Zoldak
An aerial boom lift is a vital piece of equipment for
businesses that requires the movement of materials, inventory, or
other loads. Businesses with warehouses or distribution centers
may increase warehouse capacity, efficiency, and productivity
with the use of a forklift boom. Boom and extension boom
forklifts are also helpful in such industries as construction,
landscaping, and other labor-intensive industries where large
loads must be handled and moved over obstacles to considerable
heights. If you want to convert an existing forklift into a boom
forklift, you’re in luck, as there are two types of
attachments that can help.
Advantages of this type of machinery
Businesses that use an aerial boom lift in their operations
may increase the height of inventory shelving to increase overall
warehouse capacity. The various boom forklift options are designed
to allow businesses to carry larger loads or items that normally
are hard to move through conventional means. There are two main
types of boom products available for forklifts: the boom and the
Extension boom forklifts. An extension boom is an
attachment that gives a forklift greater height, reach, and crane
capabilities. The boom easily slips onto the forks of an existing
forklift and is attached with safety chains. The extension boom
attachment can be purchased in various weight capacities up to
6,000 pounds, depending on your needs. You can adjust the height
and take advantage of the chain and hook feature that can fully
extend and retract as needed. Some extension booms allow the
operator to pivot the load horizontally as well.
Extension boom forklifts allow businesses to move materials
onto elevated areas. In construction, for example, they’re
often used to move building materials through upper story windows.
Telescoping boom forklifts. The telescoping boom
is a simpler attachment. It’s also attached to the forks of
a lift tuck to create a boom forklift. Attached chains allow you
to pick up and move loads that are long, rounded or oddly shaped.
Telescoping boom forklifts have a load capacity of up to 4,000
pounds. The extension feature can accommodate longer items and,
with two lifting hooks, secure loads safely.
Businesses must note that, according to the Occupational
Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), the use of any attachment
not original to a forklift requires businesses to contact the
manufacturer of the forklift for written approval. Getting this
approval letter is highly recommended since OSHA will fine
businesses that do not comply.
Buying a boom forklift or boom attachment for your forklift
starts with choosing the right forklift dealer. When you’re
ready to make your purchase, use EverythingForklift’s free
request for price quotes service to get customized bids from
reputable dealerships in your area.