What Precisely Is a Boom Truck?
To recover heavy items or to move materials to areas and places which are not normally accessible, boom trucks will use a winch. Like for instance, they are normally used to reach the top of a building, maneuvering supplies to a hillside or over a ditch.
Larger trucks are outfitted with a boom winch which is mounted in the bed of a truck. It is capable of moving construction things and other equipment from the side of the street to a certain place. There is another boom truck configuration which is equipped with a cherry picker. This model enables arborists to access treetops easily.
Terex's Stinger BT 3063 model has a reach of 113-feet and is outfitted with both outriggers and stabilizers. A boom truck can range from an aerial work platform which 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 manufactured to suit the particular needs of the buyer.
Cherry pickers or bucket booms allow workers to reach excellent heights. Normally, buckets or cherry pickers move employees from the ground up to high places like for example the sides of buildings, treetops, for fire department and firefighting or up utility poles.
The platform on the boom is operated from the truck's cab by remote. Either the boom is mounted on the bed of a large truck or on a separate trailer. Larger booms need outriggers that extend horizontally from the truck in order to level out and stabilize the crane throughout its use.
This kind of boom truck has a cab-over-engine which has a control cluster which could move the boom from inside the cab. It is normally a panel in the boom itself on the side of the bed.