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Yeah, I can think of a couple jobs where that beast would have been handy. We were running CI soil pipe and rain leaders in a high rise on the ground floor. We had a rough terrain platform lift, the biggest that was available back then (early 80s) I think. It had a 4 cyl Wisconsin gas engine, the platform was 6 ft wide and 12 foot long. We would load it up with a couple dozen lengths of 3" and 4" cast, a couple dozen fittings, a couple trays of 3 & 4" no-hub clamps, a RIDGID tri-stand vise, a couple boxes of clevis hangers and a bundle or two of 3/8 and 1/2" hanger rods along with hand tools, porta-band, a 6' step ladder, hilti drill and anchors and we'd be up there all day hanging pipe. There would be two of us on the reach. Oh, we had a radio too blasting away. And the lift had a generator hooked up to the engine so we could power our tools with out dragging a cord around which was great since the floors had not been poured yet.
"It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006
Two years ago I had a job to perform a flood test on a roof of a building which had many peaked roofs and valleys, about 80 feet high. I rented an aerial lift, and proceeded to ascend to the parapet. Now I notice those boom lifts are scary above 60 feet! Every time I breathed the basket would move sideways two feet. I couldn't get past 70 feet high.
To make matters worse, I got the articulating lift which wobbles more. I wound up parking the machine, lassoing a rope to the galvanized vent stacks, tying it to my fall arrestor, and completed the job. I trust my arms no matter how high, but I could not get myself to trust the machine.
I did the test by walking around with my sewer camera, while the inspector witnessed the test inside the building on the screen.
we have 4 lifts one is about 4x8 and goes up 25 ft ,it has no extendable platform
one is very old and goes over stone and grass with out a problem its a thin one
another is one that goes through a single door with an extendable platform
and we have a one man lift that you can drive around
i dont know how we would do work with out them