The Different Types of Aerial Lifts

Aerial lift equipment provides a reliable solution for working at heights. These machines feature extendable platforms that can accommodate workers and their tools and raise and lower both safely. Depending on the model involved, aerial lift uses can include servicing elevated telephone and cable lines, painting and performing maintenance on the exterior of buildings, window washing and tree trimming and harvesting.

The Cat® Rental Store is your one-stop headquarters for a wide assortment of aerial lift equipment for rent from leading manufacturers at competitive rates. Our large and diverse fleet includes aerial lift platforms in a variety of sizes, configurations, lift heights and power sources, ensuring you'll find the right product for your applications. Thanks to our top-notch service and support, you can always expect a smooth, seamless transaction when you rent from us.

What Are the Types of Aerial Lifts?

Some of the more common types of construction lifts and other aerial platforms include:

  • Scissor lifts: These units derive their name from the crisscrossed metal supports that expand during raising of the platform and contract during lowering. They enable workers to access hard-to-reach areas while providing excellent balance and stability. This aerial work platform is a good choice for tasks that require working at relatively low heights with minimal mobility. Scissor lift classifications include electric models for flat surfaces as well as rough terrain versions.
  • Material lifts: Material lifts typically contain adjustable forks or a platform to support and guide the load during raising, lowering and transporting. Models are available for applications such as installing and maintaining air ducts and light fixtures, serving as forklifts or hand trucks and setting up lights and sound systems at indoor and outdoor venues. 
  • Boom lifts: Also known as cherry pickers, these aerial lift machines consist of a bucket or platform attached to a hydraulically powered crane system that enables workers to reach higher elevations. These aerial lifts provide more mobility than scissor lifts. The boom allows the platform to move beyond the base of the lift, either vertically or horizontally. Options include straight telescopic booms that work well in outdoor areas for reaching places that aren't suitable for scaffolding and articulated knuckle booms that pivot for additional versatility and flexibility.
  • Vertical personnel lifts: Often referred to as man lifts, these one-person machines can elevate workers safely so that they can perform installation, restoration and maintenance jobs and light-duty construction. They typically feature enclosed platforms to prevent individuals from falling out. These personnel lifts are best-suited for working at heights of under 50 feet.

Explore the Advantages of Renting Aerial Lift Platforms for Your Business

Some companies may only need aerial lifts for special projects such as completing long overdue maintenance jobs or handling tree trimming during the summer. Others may require the machines to supplement their fleet to meet increased demand or temporarily replace a machine that's undergoing repairs. A rental can serve these purposes, and it also offers the opportunity to try out a machine before buying.

Still Not Sure What Aerial Lift to Rent? We Can Help!

The staff at any of our more than 1,300 worldwide locations can help you select the best aerial lift rental for your applications and budget. We can even provide training so that your crews can use the aerial lift efficiently and safely.

The nearby Cat® Rental Store offers various types of aerial lifts for rent at competitive daily, weekly, monthly and long-term rates. You'll find an assortment of models for leading manufacturers with a solid reputation for performance and safety. We can also help you choose the right model for your applications and budget.

Contact Us for Your Next Aerial Lift Rental

You can trust the experts at The Cat Rental Store to help you rent whatever you need and do whatever it takes. Give us a call at 1-800-RENT-CAT to learn more about the different types of aerial lifts. You can also browse our aerial lift inventory online and contact us for a quick quote.

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