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Do You Need to Rent a Boom Lift or a Scissor Lift? Know the Difference

March 6th, 2014

By: Candice

Rent a boom lift or scissor lift at BigRentz.com

When you need to rent an aerial work platform, knowing your different options will help ensure you choose the correct heavy equipment to get your job done.

Both scissor and boom lifts are generally used for maintenance and construction work, but not uncommonly used in warehouses. When deciding on which heavy equipment to use, you will need to factor in height, maneuverability, as well as space on platform for amount of workers and materials that need to be transported.

Scissor lifts notably have large platforms that can support several people at once as well as materials. Scissor lifts are supported by crisscrossing braces that extend upward, and generally designed to move only vertically—straight up and down. On a financial standpoint, they are also less expensive to rent—starting at only $99 for a one-day rental; whereas to rent a boom lift, it is $199 for a day. However, we offer great cost-savings when you need to rent the heavy equipment for an extended period of time.

If you need to reach more than 50 feet high, a scissor lift will not be appropriate for your needs. Also, there is limited maneuverability due to scissor lifts unable to move side to side—horizontally. If there is an obstacle, there won’’t be a way to maneuver around it.

Boom lifts, on the other hand, are helpful to get you up higher—up to 50 feet high—and are capable of maneuvering around objects and obstructions. On the flip side, boom lifts are known to have smaller platforms, so the amount of workers and materials will be restricted.

Below are quick descriptions and pricings* for electric scissor lifts and rough terrain scissor lifts:

  • 19 Foot Narrow Scissor Lift:  Perfect for tight spaces, this quiet, electrical scissor lift has a working height of 25 feet and 30 inches wide.
    - $99 per day
    - $287 per week
    - $399 for four weeks
  • 26 Foot Extra Wide Platform Lift:  With a wider platform, this scissor lift has a working height of 32 feet.
    - $169 per day
    - $391 per week
    - $667 for four weeks
  • 26 Foot Indoor Narrow Scissor Lift:  Need height but in a tight area? This scissor lift will easily fit through doorways and get you at a working height of 32 feet.
    - $169 per day
    - $391 per week
    - $667 for four weeks
  • 26 Foot Lift with 4×4 Medium Terrain:  For outdoor jobs, this four-wheel drive scissor lift can navigate through rough terrain and get you at a working height of 32 feet.
    - $243 per day
    - $633 per week
    - $1,267 for four weeks
  • 32 Foot Indoor/Outdoor Wide Lift:  Appropriate for indoors and outdoors, this scissor lift not only has a working height of 38 feet, but also offers a wide platform.
    - $240 per day
    - $596 per week
    - $1,067 for four weeks
  • 32 Foot Lift with 4×4 Medium Terrain:  Capable of going through rough terrain, this scissor lift has a 38 foot working height.
    - $264 per day
    - $667 per week
    - $1,300 for four weeks
  • 33 Foot Lift 4WD Rough Terrain:  This Four-wheel drive scissor lift will get you through tough surfaces as well as get you up to a working height of 39 feet.
    - $286 per day
    - $667 per week
    - $1,333 for four weeks
  • 50 Foot Lift for Rough Terrain:  Need height? This scissor lift gets you the highest working height of 56 feet. Also, perfect for the toughest construction job with its rough terrain capacity.
    - $536 per day
    - $1,060 per week
    - $2,260 for four weeks

Below are quick descriptions and pricings* for articulating boom lifts and telescoping boom lifts:

  • 30 Foot Articulating Boom Lift 2WD:  This two-wheel drive boom lift can lift and swing at the same time. Made with a tight design, it will fit through many doorway and work in small spaces. Lifts up to 30 feet.
    - $243 per day
    - $633 per week
    - $1,667 for four weeks
  • 34 Foot Articulating Boom Lift 2WD:  Reach a maximum lift of 34 feet with this 2WD boom lift that simultaneously lifts and swings when needed.
    - $249 per day
    - $679 per week
    - $1,667 for four weeks
  • 34 Foot Articulating Boom Lift 4WD:  Emission-free operation, this boom lift not only gets you up to 34 feet max lift height, but it is also a four-wheel drive.
    - $249 per day
    - $679 per week
    - $1,667 for four weeks
  • 40 Foot Telescoping Lift 2WD:  Great for outdoors use, this boom lift has a lifting height of 40 feet and is two-wheel drive.
    - $314 per day
    - $800 per week
    - $1,733 for four weeks
  • 40 Foot Articulating Boom Lift 2WD:  An eco-friendly boom lift that is capable of reaching a maximum height of 40 feet and is a two-wheel drive.
    - $314 per day
    - $800 per week
    - $1,773 for four weeks
  • 40 Foot Telescoping Boom Lift 4WD:  Rent this telescoping boom lift that has a maximum lifting height of 40 feet. Maneuver through tough terrain in four-wheel drive.
    - $314 per day
    - $800 per week
    - $1,733 for four weeks
  • 45 Foot Articulating Boom Lift 2WD:  With its narrow design, it is easy to maneuver this boom lift. Get up to 45-foot max lift height and lift and swing.
    - $314 per day
    - $800 per week
    - $1,733 for four weeks
  • 45 Foot Telescoping Boom Lift 4WD:  Easy to navigate, this four-wheel drive, telescoping boom lift will give a reach of 45 feet, platform height.
    - $321 per day
    - $800 per week
    - $1,933 for four weeks
  • 60 Foot Articulating Boom Lift 2WD:  Get the reach you are looking for with this two-wheel drive, articulating boom lift. With its narrow design, you will be able to easily transport it through small spaces.
    - $429 per day
    - $1,000 per week
    - $2,667 for four weeks
  • 60 Foot Articulating Boom Lift 4WD:  Need a long reach with a sturdy base? Then get this eco-friend, 60-foot articulating boom lift that is also four-wheel drive to get the job done.
    - $429 per day
    - $1,000 per week
    - $2,667 for four weeks
  • 60 Foot Telescoping Boom Lift 4WD:  For your outdoor jobs that require a lifting height of 60 feet, that is also easy to navigate, this boom lift will fit the bill.
    - $429 per day
    - $1,000 per week
    - $2,667 for four weeks
  • 66 Foot Telescoping Boom Lift 4WD:  If you need to get through ice, snow, and mud, always consider a four-wheel drive. Do you need a lifting height of 66 feet that has superior horizontal reach? Then this boom lift is exactly what you need.
    - $464 per day
    - $1,033 per week
    - $2,867 for four weeks
  • 80 Foot Telescoping Boom Lift 4WD:  Large, but easy to navigate, this four-wheel drive telescoping boom lift will give you a lifting height of 80 feet.
    - $714 per day
    - $2,067 per week
    - $5,333 for four weeks
  • 80 Foot Articulating Boom Lift 4WD:  Smooth operator controls, this 80 foot articulating boom lift is four wheel drive and is narrow in design for easy navigation in small spaces.
    - $714 per day
    - $2,067 per week
    - $5,333 for four weeks
  • 85 Foot Telescoping Boom Lift 4WD:  Get great traction with this boom lift as well as superior horizontal reach. Lifting height is 85 feet.
    - $750 per day
    - $2,200 per week
    - $5,600 for four weeks
  • 86 Foot Articulating Boom Lift 4WD:  This boom lift will allow you to access hard-to-reach places with an 86-foot lift height. Narrow in design to access small spaces.
    - $750 per day
    - $2,200 per week
    - $5,600 for four weeks
  • 120 Foot Articulating Boom Lift 2WD:  The two-wheel drive, 120-foot articulating boom lift is one of the tallest lifts you can rent from BigRentz.com. Conveniently available both in duel fuel or diesel and has simultaneous lift and swing capabilities.
    - $1,500 per day
    - $4,000 per week
    - $10,667 for four weeks
  • 120 Foot Telescoping Boom Lift 4WD:  Get a lifting height of 120 feet with this four-wheel drive telescoping boom lift. With a superior horizontal reach and easy navigation, this is a great piece of heavy equipment to rent.
    - $1,500 per day
    - $4,000 per week
    - $10,667 for four weeks
  • 125 Foot Telescoping Boom Lift: This extra long telescoping boom lift has a lifting height of 125 feet and so easy to operate. Fueled by diesel and has good operating speed and wheel traction.
    - $1,500 per day
    - $4,000 per week
    - $10,667 for four weeks
  • 135 Foot Articulating Boom Lift 4WD:  Want the tallest boom lift around? At 135 feet working height, you can get really high up. Easy to drive and operate, this monster heavy equipment is diesel-fueled.
    - $1,857 per day
    - $5,333 per week
    - $13,333 for four weeks

BigRentz.com is one of the nation’s largest online networks for renting heavy equipment. We are committed to finding you the lowest rental rate and make your life easy by delivering the heavy equipment to your jobsite. Call us today to experience a stress-free experience at (888) 325-5172.

*Prices may vary depending on rental location. Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

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