What Is a Boom Truck?
A boom truck utilizes a winch to recover heavy things or transport supplies to areas which are normally not accessible. Like for example, they are normally utilized to reach the top of a building, maneuvering supplies over a ditch or to a hillside.
Larger trucks are outfitted with a boom winch which is mounted in the truck's bed. It is capable of transporting construction things and other equipment from the side of the street to a particular place. There is a different boom truck design which is outfitted with a cherry picker. This model allows arborists to access treetops easily.
Terex's Stinger BT 3063 model has a reach of 113-feet and is outfitted with both stabilizers and outriggers. A boom truck could vary from an aerial work platform that is moved by a hydraulic lifting device which 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 meet the particular needs of the buyer.
Bucket booms or cherry pickers allow employees to reach excellent heights. Usually, buckets or cherry pickers transport employees from the ground up to high areas like the sides of buildings, treetops, for fire department and firefighting or up utility poles.
The boom platform can be operated from the truck's cab by remote. Either the boom is mounted on a separate trailer or on the bed of a large truck. Larger booms require outriggers which horizontally extend from the truck in order to level out and stabilize the crane in its use.
This kind of boom truck has a cab-over-engine which has a control cluster that can move the boom from inside the cab. It is usually a panel in the boom itself on the side of the bed.