5 Tips for Moving a Lift Safely

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5 Tips for Moving a Lift Safely

27 October 2017
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If you need a lift to install a new roof or to do any other projects that require you to work at heights, you need to figure out how to get that lift to your home. There are a number of tips that can help. Try these ideas.

1. Consider a Trailer-Mounted Boom Lift

There are a huge range of different lifts. Whether you are getting a classic cherry picker, an articulating boom lift or a telescoping lift, you may want to choose one that is naturally integrated into a trailer. That way you don't have to load it onto another trailer.

You simply need to connect it to the hitch on the back of your ute. To ensure this option can work, double check the load capacity of your tow ball and hitch. Also make sure that the lift's wheels don't have a speed limit.

Some lifts are on wheels that are fine for getting around a work site, but they aren't designed for speeding down a road way quickly. You will need to account for that limitation in your project.

2. Use a Trailer With a Lift

If you decide against a trailer-mounted lift, you will need to put your boom lift on another trailer. So that's possible, look for a sturdy trailer that has a small ramp in the back. If the trailer doesn't have a built in ramp, you can use heavy duty metal tracks to drive the boom lift off the trailer.

3. Center the Lift

Ideally, when you put the boom lift on your trailer, it should be centered. That helps to prevent the trailer from tipping. It also makes the load more stable whilst you are going down the road.

4. Put Down the Lift

Never transport a boom lift, a scissor lift or any other type of lift with the components extended. Instead, make sure that everything is all the way down. An extended lift will throw off your balance while you are transporting it.

The lift could also get damaged. As you drive down the road, the wind pressure may pull on the components, leading to possible breakage. On top of that, make sure that you secure the lift tightly to the trailer.

5. Hire a Professional Heavy Haulage Company

Instead of dealing with moving your lift on your own, you may want to hire a heavy haulage specialist to do the work for you. They can ensure that your lift gets to you as safely and quickly as possible.