Contact us About us Media far fa-map-marker-alt Find a Branch far fa-phone-alt 13 15 52 far fa-user-alt Coates Connect far fa-shopping-cart Hire Now

Equipment for Hire

Access Earthmoving Lift & Shift Site Accommodation Air & Air Accessories Floor & Cleaning Lighting Tools & Equipment Compaction Generators & Power Distribution Materials Handling Traffic Management Concrete & Masonry Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Pipeline Testing Trucks Vehicles & Trailers Confined Space Entry Ladders & Scaffolding Propping & Structural Support Water Management & Pumps Construction Lasers Landscaping Shoring Welding
Equipment for Hire
Access Earthmoving Lift & Shift Site Accommodation Air & Air Accessories Floor & Cleaning Lighting Tools & Equipment Compaction Generators & Power Distribution Materials Handling Traffic Management Concrete & Masonry Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Pipeline Testing Trucks Vehicles & Trailers Confined Space Entry Ladders & Scaffolding Propping & Structural Support Water Management & Pumps Construction Lasers Landscaping Shoring Welding View all

Engineering Solutions

Design & Installation Water Management Structural Support Traffic Management
Engineering Solutions
Design & Installation Water Management Structural Support Traffic Management View all Engineering Solutions

Industrial Solutions

Site Management Equipment & Services Technology & Innovation Industry Sectors
Industrial Solutions
Site Management Equipment & Services Technology & Innovation Industry Sectors View all Industrial Solutions

Power & HVAC

Power Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Compressed Air Service and Support
Power & HVAC
Power Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Compressed Air Service and Support View all Power & HVAC Solutions

Training Courses

Asbestos Removal Electrical Safety Laser Safety Underground Assets Confined Space Elevated Work Platforms Load restraint & plant safety VOC Construction and Small Equipment Forklift Traffic Control Work at Heights
Training Courses
Asbestos Removal Electrical Safety Laser Safety Underground Assets Confined Space Elevated Work Platforms Load restraint & plant safety VOC Construction and Small Equipment Forklift Traffic Control Work at Heights View all Training Courses
fas fa-bars Access Air & Air Accessories Compaction Concrete & Masonry Confined Space Entry Construction Lasers Earthmoving Floor & Cleaning Generators & Power Distribution Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Ladders & Scaffolding Landscaping Lift & Shift Lighting Materials Handling Pipeline Testing Propping & Structural Support Shoring Site Accommodation Tools & Equipment Traffic Management Trucks Vehicles & Trailers Water Management & Pumps Welding View all Design & Installation Structural Support Traffic Management Water Management View all Engineering Solutions Equipment & Services Industry Sectors Site Management Technology & Innovation View all Industrial Solutions Compressed Air Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Power Service and Support View all Power & HVAC Solutions Asbestos Removal Confined Space Construction and Small Equipment Electrical Safety Elevated Work Platforms Forklift Laser Safety Load restraint & plant safety Traffic Control Underground Assets VOC Work at Heights View all Training Courses far fa-shopping-cart Hire Now far fa-user My Coates Hire far fa-map-marker-alt Find a branch far fa-phone 13 15 52 Contact us About us Media

Scissor lift vs Boom - What's the difference?

If you've got a job coming up that requires access to high spaces, you might be thinking about cherry picker hire. But which type?
Scissor lifts and boom lifts both offer high reach, but there are some big differences in capabilities that could be deal-breakers when deciding which type of elevated work platform (EWP) is the best fit for your needs.

What are scissor lifts?

Scissor lifts use a foldable support structure that functions like a spring as it extends upwards to carry personnel and equipment safely to height. While a small scissor lift may only have space for one  or several workers, larger platforms can accommodate a whole team, with barriers keeping them safely enclosed.

What are boom lifts?

Boom lifts (or cherry pickers) have a more compact platform or bucket that's elevated using a hydraulic lift. There are two main types of boom lifts:

Straight booms – telescopic boom lifts offer the highest vertical reach of any access equipment, over 40 metres (135 feet).

Knuckle booms – articulating boom lifts with jointed arms lack the height of straight booms, but they make up for it in improved access when an up and over approach is required.

To decide what type of access hire is right for your project, ask yourself the following questions:

How high do I need to reach?

Straight boom lifts are king when it comes to vertical reach, offering two to three times the height of scissor lifts. This could be the deciding factor if you're working on a tall structure or trees, but a scissor lift could also be an option at heights below 20 metres.

Do I need to reach around obstacles?

Knuckle booms can be guided over, under and around obstacles for access to areas that would otherwise be hard to reach. Many straight booms can also be set at a range of angles for upward or downward reach, whereas scissor lifts are limited to straight vertical movement.

How many people do I need to lift?

Larger platforms make scissor lifts the best option for lifting multiple personnel at the same time, along with equipment and materials. Boom lifts can normally only accommodate a single worker.

Will it be used indoors or outdoors?

Boom lifts are most commonly used outdoors, while most scissor lifts are designed for indoor use in factories, warehouses and other enclosed spaces. The exception is rough terrain scissor lifts, which can be used on construction sites and other outdoor areas.

Do I need a licence?

If you or your team will be working at heights above 11 metres, you'll need specialised EWP training as well as a High Risk Work Licence.

A high risk licence isn't required if you're working at heights below 11m, but you'll still need to complete scissor lift training to obtain an EWPA Yellow Card.

What's my budget?

Scissor lifts are cheaper to hire than boom lifts, as well as easier to operate, so they could be the best option on a limited budget. But if you need that extra reach or manoeuvrability, there's no substitute for a boom lift.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE

{{ socialIcon(api.type) }} {{ socialIcon(api.type) }} {{ socialIcon(api.type) }}
Find out how we can help with your project fas fa-phone-alt CALL US 13 15 52 Submit Enquiry

By submitting this enquiry you agree to Coates's Communications Terms & Conditions

Give us a call
fas fa-phone-alt 13 15 52 fas fa-check 24/7 Online Services fas fa-check Safety Standard Guarantee fas fa-check Same day delivery available
far fa-times-circle Your enquiry has been submitted

Thank you for your enquiry. One of our team members will get back to you as soon as possible.