What Is a Boom Truck?
A boom truck utilizes a winch to recover heavy things or transport materials to places which are usually not accessible. Like for example, they are commonly used maneuvering supplies over a ditch or to a hillside or to reach the top of a building.
Larger trucks are equipped with a boom winch that is mounted in the bed of a truck. It is capable of moving construction things and other equipment from the side of the street to a certain place. There is one more boom truck configuration which is equipped with a cherry picker. This model allows arborists to easily access treetops.
Terex's Stinger BT 3063 model has a reach of 113-feet and is outfitted with both stabilizers and outriggers. A boom truck can range 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 for a particular buyer's requirements.
Bucket trucks are cherry pickers that could lift workers to great heights. Usually, cherry pickers or buckets move employees from the ground up to high places like treetops, the sides of a building, up utility poles or for fire department rescue and firefighting.
The boom platform can be operated from the truck's cab by remote. Either the boom is mounted on the bed of a big truck or on a separate trailer. Larger booms need outriggers that horizontally extend from the truck in order to level out and stabilize the crane during its operation.
This model of boom truck has a cab-over-engine that has a control cluster which could move the boom from inside the cab. It is usually a panel in the boom itself on the side of the bed.