What Exactly Is a Boom Truck?
A boom truck utilizes a winch to recover heavy things or transport materials to areas which are normally inaccessible. Like for example, they are normally utilized to reach the top of a building, maneuvering supplies to a hillside or over a ditch.
A large truck is equipped with a boom winch. This is mounted in the truck's bed and then it is capable of transporting construction things and other equipment from street-side to a certain area. There is another boom truck design which is equipped with a cherry picker. This model allows arborists to easily access treetops.
Terex's Stinger BT 3063 model has a reach of 113-feet and is equipped with both stabilizers and outriggers. A boom truck can range from an aerial work platform that is moved by a hydraulic lifting mechanism that is mounted on the bed, up to a Class 8 tractor-trailer rig with a bucket. It is also possible to have a customized boom lift made for a particular buyer's needs.
Bucket booms or cherry pickers enable employees to reach excellent heights. Normally, cherry pickers or buckets move employees from the ground up to high areas such as the sides of buildings, treetops, up utility poles or for firefighting and fire department rescue.
The boom platform is able to be operated by remote from the truck's cab. Either the boom is mounted on a separate trailer or on the bed of a large truck. Booms which are bigger need outriggers that horizontally extend from the truck in order to level out and stabilize the crane throughout its use.
A cab-over-engine model boom truck has a control cluster responsible for moving the boom situated in the cab. It is normally a panel in the boom itself on the side of the bed.