What is a spider lift? - Truck Insurance HQ

What is a spider lift?

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A Spider lift also known as a spider boom lift is a mobile elevating work platform with four stabilizer legs for stability and leveling that is self-propelled. Designed to get the operator into tight spaces, corners and hard to reach spots, spider lifts can be maneuvered in a range of different ways.  

A man using a spider lift to cut the trees

Aerial lift manufacturers in Australia supply a variety of lifts, ranging from spider boom lifts to spider scissor lifts. A spider lift differs from the others in that it’s a problem solver where accessibility is an issue. Here are some additional benefits of a spider lift.

  • Spider lifts, like articulating boom lifts, contain many hinges in its arm for flexibility and maneuverability around obstructions. Depending on the manufacturer, spider lift arms can stretch up to 100 feet or more, making them one of the go-to machines for those hard to reach or very high areas where accessibility is an issue. 
  • Easily transportable – These machines can be set up on a trailer so can easily be towed behind a ute or a small truck.
  • Versatile. Unlike boom lifts, which are powered by gasoline or diesel, certain spider lifts are battery-powered, allowing them to operate within buildings or in regions where gas pollution and exhaust are forbidden.
  • Can work in nearly any environment. Spider lifts are tough and sturdy enough for use outside, yet tiny and compact enough for use within.
  • When it comes to compactness, certain spiders can be packed in a box as tiny as 30 inches wide by 6 feet tall.
  • The majority of spiders have a carrying capacity of 176 to 500 pounds.
  • Because most spider lifts are track-driven, they are more prone to flat tires and, more crucially, they can work on considerably steeper terrain than a wheeled vehicle.
  • The spider lift is, comparatively speaking,  quick and simple to use, even for a rookie.
  • Spider lifts can function in a wide range of temperatures, so you won’t have to worry about hot or cold weather. (However, working outside during stormy or harsh weather conditions might be hazardous.) Use caution while making decisions.)

 

Spider Lift Information

Before operating a spider lift, like with other boom lifts, it’s critical to exercise necessary care and safety procedures. This means you should inspect the machine before using it to ensure that the equipment is in excellent operating condition. A manufacturer’s instruction manual will normally provide a list of things to look for before using the spider lift.

  • Check the levels of the vehicle’s fluids, such as oil, fuel, diesel, and coolant. Check for leakage of the aforementioned fluids.
  • Check the pressure in your tires (if applicable).
  • Charge the battery.
  • Brakes and steering are both important.
  • Alarms and signal lights
  • Harnesses for safety.
  • Any pieces that are missing or are loose.
  • Any hydraulic or electrical systems should be examined.

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