Renting a Lift For Construction

A number of industries make use of renting lift equipment for specific jobs. The most commonly rented lifts are boom lifts and scissor lifts, but to determine which one you require, there are factors that need to be considered to make sure you are getting the right lift for your application.

Information needs to be given to rental suppliers so that they can provide the right lift. If you’ve been renting for a while you will know the exact type of equipment will suit your application. But if you’re new to the game, or only use them sporadically, getting the exact Ariel-Platform lift can be tricky.

Some of the most common questions you need to ask yourself are:

  • Will you be working inside or outside?
  • What are the jobsite conditions?
  • How high will you need to reach?
  • How do you plan to use your lift once on site?

Narrow Down Your Needs

Contractors need to address how you intend to use the unit; changing a light bulb in a parking structure requires a much different lift than cleaning the front of a glass building.

Therefore, contractors will normally ask you where the work will be performed to ascertain the height requirement of the lift as well as the model needed; how many people and what tools and equipment will be required to indicate platform requirements and capacity; and the total work area and any constraints or limitations that could arise.

Work Specific

After deciding on the right sized machine, you must look closely at the work that needs to be done. Saws, plasma cutters, welding equipment, pressure washing systems and lighting packages can all be utilised through the lift systems through built-in generators and electric cable and air/water lines running through the boom to the platform.


The jobsite and work requirements create an important larger picture of the application. Building access, available power and working height can all affect the type of platform lift your job requires.