Definition Recognition: Articulating Versus Telescopic

Articulating Versus Telescopic

Every industry houses familiar terms and idioms, maybe not so familiar to others, and the construction and industrial equipment industry is no different. So, we’ve created our new Definition Recognition series to help those less familiar navigate industry terms/phrases, with the purpose to educate and facilitate informed decisions. In part two of Definition Recognition, we explore what articulating and telescopic mean and the differences associated with each kind of machine.

Articulating Versus Telescopic

Articulating refers to a lift’s ability to hinge, or articulate, allowing increased entry to areas needing accessed. Articulating boom lifts are ideal for projects requiring access to tight or hard-to-reach areas. The special features of articulating boom lifts include:

  •        Ideal for confined work areas.
  •        Versatile.
  •        Great for indoor spaces.
  •        Can be maneuvered and positioned in a myriad of ways.
Articulating boom lift

Articulating boom lift

 Telescopic refers to lifts which are engineered to extend up and down and resemble high-reach forklifts but include booms attached to them. Telescopic boom lifts are perfect for projects requiring materials be lifted to inconvenient heights, like roofing projects. The special features of telescopic boom lifts include:

  •        Ideal for smaller job sites.
  •        Perfect for working from a distance.
  •        Versatile.
  •        Increases jobsite efficiency.
  •        Can be used on rough terrain areas.
Telescopic boom lifts

Telescopic boom lifts


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