Bucket Trucks Vs Cranes


Boom Trucks vs. Cranes
Let us assume you know nothing about bucket trucks for a moment. Industry terminology such as bucket truck, boom truck and cherry picker all refer to the class A type of utility vehicle used exclusively for vertical work. Trucks in this class typically have a cab, where a driver sits and steers, an actuator arm for elevating the boom, and a bucket or cage where the operator can stand when lifting. Essentially, these vehicles assist workers by lifting them to otherwise inaccessible heights. The main question when deciding which lift should be used is what are the applications? There are several differences between boom trucks and crane trucks. We'll break them down for you below.

Boom Truck
There are several uses for boom trucks. You can use a boom winch to transport heavy material to inaccessible areas no matter if it's a hillside, trench or a building rooftop. A boom winch mounted to the bed of a truck can lift and transport construction materials and equipment from the street just as well as a cherry picker can grant easy operator access to trees. The payload that can be lifted depends solely on the size of the vehicle and weight. Due to the large size of cranes, their lifting potential is greater than that of a boom truck. Boom trucks with a cherry picker bucket attached are more adaptable to hectic or cramped working environments. A bucket attachment can also lift workers to high places (telephone poles, rooftops, etc.)

Boom Truck Crane
Boom truck cranes are a type of boom truck that functions similar to a crane. Stationary when lifting, these special types of boom trucks can be used to lift a variety of tonnages on construction sites.

Typically found in transportation, manufacturing and construction industries, cranes are the largest type of lifting device for the transport of heavy materials. These large, stationary crane types utilize heavy-duty chain, cable, wire apparatuses. The largest fixed cranes have the highest load capacities of any material handler. Mobile cranes are a general umbrella term that refers to gantry cranes, truck cranes, railroad cranes, and even auto shop cranes. Their load capacity runs the gamut from small loads (loaded pallets) to large loads (shipping containers). These types of material handlers are for heavy duty, industrial environments. Construction companies typically use them for the assembly of building frames. For those who work with bucket trucks and cranes for a living, this information is relegated to the common sense column. For those who don't know the difference and plan on renting a bucket truck in the near future, hopefully this article clears up any confusion between the two pieces of equipment.