The History of the Super Boom Lift

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The super boom lift is a versatile piece of construction equipment that can be used for a variety of extreme, high-reach lifting applications. It’s perfect for use in both indoor and outdoor settings, making it a great choice for construction projects of all sizes. But do you know where and when the super boom lift was invented? And what’s an evolution over time has been to become of the most sought-after pieces of elevated access equipment today?

In this article, we’ll take you on a journey to find out where it all began, including the reason why it’s called a super boom vs the rest of the boom range of modern technology that exists today.

The Invention of the Super Boom Lift

Before boom lift technology was created – which initially consisted of a platform or bucket at the end of a hydraulic arm – working at any kind of height required the use of scaffolding and primitive ladders. Manpower was required to do all the heavy lifting, and projects would take a lot of time and effort to be completed because of this. Not to mention the high risk of injury and the safety concerns required.

The first known boom lift technology to be invented was the cherry picker machine in the early 1950s. The cherry picker lift was invented by Canadian, Ted Thornton-Trump, with the intention to do just as their name suggested, to pick cherries. Thornton-Trump actually wanted to call his invention, The Giraffe, but the name cherry picker stuck.

In the 1960s cherry pickers began to be seen in a variety of applications and industries from emergency services to construction. In the 1970s elevated work platforms were mounted on trucks making them mobile working platforms but were also designed to be stand-alone too.

The 1980s saw the invention of stricter safety and operating regulations around boom lifts of all kinds because of the serious accidents that occurred with these machines when operated by unskilled people.

Today, there is a wide range of elevated work platforms and boom lift equipment designs that are all required to be operated by a skilled professional, and have a range of high-functioning features to make heavy lift at heights, seamless.

What Do Super Boom Lifts Do?

At Concord Access Solutions, we offer Boom Lifts for sale and for hire and we dive deeper into super boom features and what makes them stand out from other lifts. Our range of industry leading lifts has exceptional outreach and impressive working heights, making them mega-machines in the heavy lifting space.

We often get asked, how high can a boom lift go? Our range of super boom lifts have the ability to work at heights between 48m – 56m.

What are the Types of Boom Lifts?

There are several types of boom lifts available at Concord Access Solutions, each with its own unique set of features and benefits.

  • Mast Boom Lifts
  • Articulated Boom Lifts
  • Telescopic Boom Lifts
  • Crawler Boom Lifts
  • Trailer-Mounted Boom Lifts

When it comes to super boom lifts, we offer a range of machines that are ideal for construction applications like working on tall buildings, power stations and wind farms, stadiums and bridges. Take a look at our Super Boom Lifts in stock now.

Common Uses of Super Boom Lifts?

Whilst super boom lifts are most commonly used in the construction industry, as we’ve mentioned above, there are several other uses and industries that need super boom lifts. Here are a few more common uses of super boom lifts:

  • Maximum height construction and large engineering project
  • Emergency services like fire brigades and rescue services
  • Maintenance and utilities
  • Landscaping and tree felling
  • Entertainment industry like filming and videography
Where Can I Rent or Buy a Super Boom Lift?

Concord Access Solutions has over 1000 access machines and equipment to choose from in their fleet. We have the widest range of mobile elevated work platforms to choose from no matter what industry you’re in or application you need.

Trust our specialist team to provide assistance when you need it most. Whether it’s buying or renting a super boom lift, machine operators or providing parts and technical support, we service our customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To find out more about our entire fleet for sale and rent, contact Concord Access Solutions today.