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Boom lifts are an important tool for many professions, as they help workers perform tasks in hard-to-reach places that may not be accessible from a ladder. These types of versatile equipment were first invented by a fruit farmer, which is why one of the many nicknames of a boom lift is a cherry picker. Today, there are dozens of different boom lifts from articulating to telescoping and more. You should understand the functionality of each boom lift before renting one, and most importantly, you should follow the proper safety precautions while operating one.

Key Takeaways:

  • Boom lifts have a long history dating back to 1918 and have changed a lot over time.
  • There are two main types: articulating lifts and telescoping lifts, each with their own strengths.
  • Decide which lift to pick based on the work and safety that is necessary.

“Special trucks called boom trucks carried many of the first boom lifts, including the ones on fire trucks.”

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