If you are planning on renting a man lift or a cherry picker for your construction project, you should be prepared with a few questions. The most effective method of preparing yourself is to examine the tasks and conditions ahead.
First, think of what you intend to use this construction equipment for. Make sure you actually need the specific equipment you are looking to choose for the job you are doing. You may find the equipment is too large for the job or cannot carry out specific tasks that may come up.
Think about what you intend on carrying. If you plan to carry both people and materials, you may need a larger machine or more than one piece of equipment and even more than one type of equipment.
Make sure you are prepared ahead of time by acquiring the materials you will need to complete your project. You will have limited space on the platform, but you will also be able to choose a larger platform if need be. If you go over your materials and realize a larger platform is necessary, you will be prepared to make this change of plans before moving the piece of machinery to your job site.
You will need to find out the weight of what needs to be carried and the height to which it needs to be carried. All man lifts, cherry pickers, etc. come with different height and weight capacities. You will want to know your desired height and weight capacity so that you can choose the right man lift to rent.
Check the weather for the week you will be working. You will need to make sure wind is not extreme, as it can hinder the balance of large man lifts.
Make sure your machine will reach a comfortable height, as standing on your toes is uncomfortable and standing on anything other than the surface of the platform—a box or a ladder, for example—is dangerous and not allowed.
You should make sure the weight capacity matches up with the amount of men you wish to carry. Find out about how much the men and materials weigh so that you will know exactly how many men you can send up at a time.
The surface where you will be working is vital to safety. Make sure you will be working on a hard surface with no angles. While the slightest of angles may not seem like that big of a deal on the ground, it will become more and more noticeable as height increases. Angles are extremely dangerous because they lead to tipping, which can end in death.
You should also ask yourself where you will be working, as this will dictate what kind of cherry picker you will rent. For a project that takes place inside, a machine must run on either propane or electricity. Gasoline and diesel fuel are only to be used outside. Tires also differ between inside and outside jobs, due to the change in flooring.
If you are interested in renting a cherry picker, man lift, or other piece of heavy machinery, contact us for more information.