Aerial Equipment 101: What Is a Material Lift?

by Molly Frank - Product Manager On Apr 9, 2020, 03:00 AM

Aerial Equipment 101 What Is a Material Lift

Material lifts are portable aerial work platforms that offer affordable solutions for lifting, positioning and installing materials. It is important to understand material lifts and their uses in order to make the best recommendation for jobsite needs.

Material lifts are convenient and low-maintenance while minimizing musculoskeletal disorders and other injuries by doing the heavy lifting for operator. They lift materials, are easy to use and customizable depending the charge that is lifted. 

Why choose one?Aerial Equipment 101 What Is a Material Lift

  • They’re compact, portable and relatively inexpensive.One person can manoeuvre these lifts around the jobsite and load them into a pickup or van. They fit through a standard single door and fold for easy storage.
  • They’re simple to use.
    All units are fully assembled and require no tools for setup or take-down. They can be used indoors or outdoors: A CO2 cartridge, winch system, or an air compressor does the lifting, so there’s no engine running. All units come standard with non-marking wheels to protect floors.
  • They’re versatile.
    Multiple options and accessories are available to customize the lift for specific applications.
  • They do the lifting work for you.
    Material lifts help “save your back” — they’re an excellent solution for workplace Health and Safety rules and regulations for employees associated with lifting.

The Genie® Hoist was the first material lift introduced to the market in 1966, and it became known worldwide as the product that “launched thousands of lifts.” Today, Genie material lifts are compact, lightweight units, constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum and selected steel components, used to lift materials ranging from 91 to 454 kg (200 to 1,000 lb) to heights of up to 8 m (26 ft).

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