Buying a Lift Truck

Not too long ago your choices in boom trucks were multiple, safe and rather boring. You could always get parts and service and anyone could drive it and operate it. It’s a bit more complicated these days. The business climate in this sector of the sign industry has seen significant change; and regulation is an ever-tightening noose that shows no signs of loosening. Here are some facts to consider if you’re buying a lift truck for the first time or looking to upgrade and update:

  • If you’re considering an older used model, you first need to find out if parts and service are still available for that unit. And, like a used car, you’ll want to learn and consider its repair history.
     
  • Experts assert that hydraulic lifts require less maintenance than cabled systems.
     
  • A new unit is sure to conform with current regulations, such as new federal emission standards, and safety codes.
     
  • In addition to height capabilities, you need to consider the unit’s horizontal reach.
     
  • Consider the average weight that you’ll be lifting and average heights at which you’ll be working. This will help determine how robust/large of a lift truck you will actually need.
     
  • Consideration licensing requirements. Once a truck is over 26,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight (GVW), it requires a commercial license.
     
  • Consider the requirements of the operator, such as commercial driver’s license and/or crane operator certification.
     
  • Consider buying a smaller truck if most of your work is in the two-story range. You can always rent larger cranes and man-lifts for the occasional higher project.