Aerial Lifts

Aerial Lifts

Vehicle Mounted Aerial Lifts

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Aerial lift trucks, also known as a bucket truck or cherry picker, provide an elevated work platform that enables workers to conduct an endless range of maintenance, service, and operational tasks at height. Typically ranging between 18' and 150' they're available in a couple different varieties - including boom-style lifts and scissor lifts - and are ideal for tasks that require temporary access in even the most inaccessible areas.

Popular configurations and their associated costs include:

Vehicle Mounted Lift Configurations
Type Max Platform Height Stowed Height Platform Weight Capacity Estimated Cost
Short 18' 6.5' 350 - 3,000 lbs. $4,500 - $10,000
Short 30' 12' 350 - 3,000 lbs. $15,000 - $35,000
Mid-Range 62' 10' 400 lbs. $23,000 - $49,000
Extended Reach 153' 14' 750 lbs. $50,000 - $100,000

Similar in function to most other elevated platforms, a vehicle mounted lift adds the additional element of convenience, providing access to unreachable and even dangerous locations that would not be suitable to standard scaffolding or traditional aerial lifts. Most are capable of being set up and operated by a single individual, making them ideal for use on a variety of service calls.

Vehicle Mounted Lift

Common examples include:


Most commonly found on a pickup truck or installed onto the back of a flat-back van (a.k.a. "self-drive truck"), lifts can also be mounted onto railroad cars and certain standard vehicles as well, the latter requiring only a Class B driver's license for operation. They are designed with a relatively limited weight capacity that typically caps out at less than a ton. However, some truck mounted scissor lifts can accommodate up to 3,000 lbs, trading the extra weight capacity for limited heights of 20' to 30'.

Features typical to most models include:

Special features and types

Far more than just height access, a bucket truck often incorporates industry-specific add-ons that simplify tasks while increasing efficiency. Limiting the number of times a worker will have to return to ground level, vehicle mounted lifts may include a number of outlets for electrical power and compressed air, enabling the connection of power tools. Other possible lift accessories may incorporate specialty modifications such as a glazier kit, for safely transporting glass and paneling from the staging area to the work area.

Further breaking down the possibilities by industry and type of service, you'll find a few common packages based on popularity. These include:

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