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HomeDirectAccessAdvantages of Towable Boom Lifts
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Advantages of Towable Boom Lifts

Blog Posts - Mar 21

Advantages of Towable Boom Lifts

Craig Edwards
VP, National Accounts
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JLG Industries

Towable boom lifts (also known as tow-behind boom lifts or trailer-mounted boom lifts) offer many advantages on job sites, but by far, the biggest one is that these machines provide operators reach and mobility — combining the flexibility of a small utility vehicle with the versatility of a self-propelled lift and platform.

Benefits of JLG Towable Boom Lifts at a Glance
Many workers choose to use a tow-behind unit on project sites because trailer-mounted models have the ability to be easily moved into position and allow workers to gain the reach needed to complete work at height. 

Other benefits of a towable boom lift are that it: 

  • Is lightweight, simple to operate and setup and easy to transport, making these trailer-mounted machines an affordable solution to accessing height.
  • Excels in areas that might not support a heavy machine, and tow-behind lifts allow the user to transport it without delivery service.
  • Is purpose-built for applications that focus on tasks requiring access to height without the need for long-term usage. 

Because tow-behind models can be brought to the job site and begin working in no time, trailer-mounted machines are ideal to use to complete a wide variety of everyday home/business/municipality construction and maintenance applications, as well as seasonal tasks, like tree trimming, decorating, lighting, exterior painting and maintenance.

Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions on towable boom lifts:

What features are important when looking to rent a towable boom lift?

The most important features to look for when renting a towable boom lift are: Ease of operation, ease of setup, work envelope range (height and reach) and capacity.

Towable boom lifts are not necessarily a common MEWP (mobile elevating work platform) category for advanced technology and innovation. Tow behind models are often times selected for their operational simplicity combined with easy access for work at height — both features continue to drive significant demand for this type of equipment.


What training is required to operate this type of equipment?

Per the ANSI A92.2 standards, only qualified operators can operate towable boom lifts. JLG offers online e-learning for operators looking to be compliant on A92.2 boom lifts, and JLG distribution partners (including rental stores) can also qualify operators prior to rental or purchase.

What do you need to know about operating a towable boom lift?

Most towable boom lift operators are not regular daily operators of MEWPs, so it is important for each operator using the tow-behind unit to take the time to be familiarized with the machine, practice operation in a safe space before beginning work and perform pre-operation inspection and function testing as recommended by the manufacturer’s guidelines.

When operating a towable boom lift, operators need to ensure that the ground will support the machine’s outriggers, as well as operators need to be aware of electrical and overhead hazards. It is important that operators using tow behind units also wear fall protection, practice operation before working and familiarize themselves with the controls and test functions from the ground first.

For towing this type of equipment, it is important to review the operation and safety manual for towing procedures. Guidance in these procedures include details on ensuring safety chains are crossed beneath the tongue, ensuring the tow vehicle has the capacity to tow and ensuring the boom lift is properly stowed and secured for towing.

The JLG® exclusive line of towable boom lifts let operators tackle the same jobs as other JLG electric or diesel-powered boom lifts — but with an easier option for transportation. To learn more, read how a JLG towable boom lift was used to improve access at Snow Valley Ski Club.

For more information about JLG towable boom lift models, click here.

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