Non-Insulated and Insulated Truck Mounted Lifts
Truck Mounted lifts are a specialised Elevating Work Platform (or EWP), designed to help people work safely at heights.
One of the most versatile types of EWP in Australia, Truck Mounted Lifts have many features that make them ideal for arborists. Truck Mounts:
• Are reliable for quick set up and pack up
• Are cost effective ensuring you make the most from each contract
• Can be set up on slopes
• Can be set up on rough terrain
• Are easily transportable with no need for GVM rated trailers or extras
• Offer great working outreach and height
This means they have a considerable advantage in setting up in domestic areas where space is at a premium.
Truck lifts offer the right combination of safety, efficiency, and adaptability that many businesses can benefit from. These include:
Using a Truck lift helps arborists avoid the dangerous task of having to climb trees all day, every day. They help increase safety and prevent fatigue for workers. Truck lifts can also be a more cost effective solution for arborist businesses than paying professional tree climbers.
Painters, electricians, and plumbers can all benefit from using a Truck lift. The machine avoids the need for scaffolding, offers quicker set up time, and allows tradies to access difficult areas more efficiently.
A Truck lift helps property maintenance workers to clean windows from a solid platform without the use of scaffolding.
Truck lifts can help electrical workers to operate around the confined spaces of a substation
Truck lifts are available in either knuckle boom or stick boom configuration. Each has its advantages.
Knuckle booms are crucial in an application which requires “up and over” reach. For example, if you’re an arborist needing the clearance to reach over a fence or other obstacle to access a work area, a knuckle boom will achieve this.
Stick boom lifts on the other hand have no tail swing, which allows you to achieve maximum outreach at a lower vertical reach in most situations. This is ideal when you need a large outreach in an area with overhead obstacles above the machine, such as a roof in an indoor application.
Few Truck lifts can be ordered with a fly jib, a smaller boom that allows you to make finer movements at reach. By only moving the small fly jib, you won’t sway the main boom, making the job much more stable, safer, and much easier to get the job done
A high quality machine will have a long service life if it’s properly taken care of. Truck lifts should have a quarterly service every 3 months, and an annual service (you guessed it!) every year.
Australian Standards also require a 10 year rebuild/recertification for spider lifts, followed by a rebuild every 5 years.
Truck lifts range in size from 12 metres to 75 metres vertical working reach, and from 7.5 metres to 40 metres horizontal working outreach.
In terms of basket capacity, you’ll find models ranging from one man 120 kg Max Rated Capacity (MRC) all the way up to the larger three man 330Kg MRC.
There are many different factors to consider when choosing the ideal Truck lift for your business. Some EWPs are best suited to domestic applications, while others are ideal for commercial work.
Some truck lifts offer the option of a rotating basket, allowing you to approach your work at an angle. This can help you deal with obstructions, but still face directly on to the working area. A rotating basket can make it far easier to reach particular areas of a tree.
There are four ways to identify the Max Rated Capacity (MRC) of a machine:
• Decal on the basket
• On the ID plate on the machine
• Envelope diagram decal (What capacity at what reach)
• Operator’s manual with your machine
To ensure you are working within the truck lift’s MRC, make sure you consider the weight of tools, harnesses and workers – in fact anything you’ll have inside the basket. Some larger machines can have a safe working load of 330Kg or more.
There are two broad categories of accessories which are available, depending on the exact machine you choose. These are either factory fitted, or optional extras.
Factory fitted accessories
• Self-levelling system
• Basket rotation
• Fly jib
• Radio controlled remote
• Telescopic boom
• 240 v electric output in basket
• Anti-Entrapment Device (AED)/crush device. This has an auto stop or reverse feature when the operator comes into contact with the roof.
• Additional cover protection kit
• Stabiliser pads for use on softer ground or fragile surfaces
• Safety harnesses and lanyard
• EDD (Emergency Descent Device)
To find out how a truck lift could offer you a more efficient access solution, call Monitor on 1800 025 024 or contact us online.