Boom lifts are very convenient, versatile and useful on construction site jobs. When it comes to choosing the right boom lift for your task, bigger or heavier is not necessarily the best choice. There are many clear benefits with choosing a MEWP that is lighter in weight. One important aspect to consider is whether the weight of a boom lift can cause it to get stuck in mud or damage the surface.
Booms that are up to 60% lighter won’t damage gentle surfaces like soft floors or grass. These boom lifts are, in addition, easy to move even when ground conditions are challenging. Thanks to the low weight it is especially suitable for work sites with weight restrictions or sloped terrain, but it also offers a faster driving speed and will thus improve efficiency at work. Heavier booms also require larger engines which means they need to meet more complex emission regulations adding cost and complexity to the machine.
Long-term financial benefits
As less energy is needed to move a smaller amount of weight, lightweight self-propelled MEWPs have smaller engines that naturally consume less fuel – making them much more cost-effective. With the same amount of fuel, two lighter machines can be delivered instead of one. These smaller engines also don´t need a DPF (diesel particulate filter) or SCR system (Selective Catalytic Reduction) with DEF (diesel exhaust fluid), or adblue system, which again means greatly reduced maintenance costs and downtime. According to our research, a lightweight MEWP can save up to 42% on operational fuel cost and CO2 emissions compared to a heavy counterweight boom lift or an articulating boom lift.
More height with less weight and great off-road capability
When choosing which boom lift to use for the job, whether it be a lighter mobile elevating work platform or a larger boom lift - weight and ground considerations, easy access and versatility are important. A boom with low ground pressure is easy to move on soft surfaces and will provide access at sites that have weight or surface limitations. Due to its compact dimensions, and its weight of only 5 tonnes you have easy movement in difficult terrain and a gradeability of as much as 40%.
Improved fleet performance and reduced wear
Aerial work platform maintenance is the key to ensuring you own, sell, and rent a safe fleet of machines. Smaller engines provide many maintenance benefits versus larger engines. Due to its smaller engine, these boom lifts also have reduced maintenance costs. Oil volumes are smaller and spare parts more economic, and the boom lift periodic maintenance schedule is lighter than its heavier counterparts, reducing downtime significantly.
When it comes to environmental benefits a lighter boom is a sustainable choice throughout the product life cycle. For every kilogram of steel produced 2 kilograms of CO2 is emitted. As less tonnage of steel and materials are used in the manufacturing it is estimated that CO2 emissions from the production of these lightweight machines can be reduced by as much as 72%. Another significant environmental benefit is that lighter booms have smaller engines with lower fuel consumption resulting in lower emissions overall.