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by Molly Frank - Product Manager On Mar 12, 2020, 03:00 AM

Aerial Equipment 101: What Is an Aerial Work Platform?

Aerial work platforms — or AWPs, as they are more commonly known — are economical, portable models that lift one or two workers. These machines are also known as: Aluminum products, manlifts, personnel lifts, lifts, push-arounds and mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs). They are the least expensive and most basic personnel lifts and are most frequently used for overhead maintenance work and cleaning and hanging signs or decorations.

Decades ago, Genie introduced the first portable personnel lift that was equipped with the patented Genie® mast system, constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum and was able to roll through standard doorways. Today, Genie offers 19 different AWP models that are designed to lift one or two workers (up to 750 lb, 340 kg) to heights of 11 ft 4 in (3.45 m) to 40 ft 4 in (12.29 m), yet they can still be rolled through a standard single or double doorway when stowed. With the exception of the Genie® Runabout® model, these units are manually propelled — so one person can easily move them around the work area.

Why choose an AWP product?

They’re economical and easy to transport. Aerial Equipment 101: What Is an Aerial Work Platform?
Aerial work platforms are a good alternative to scissor lifts. They are affordable and easily maneuverable. 

They’re compact. 
Every model can roll through single or double doorways. They can also go on some elevators, depending on elevator load capacity. 

They’re relatively lightweight. 
They’re ideal to use on floors that only support limited loads.

They’re simple machines. 
These lifts are easy to operate and easy for one person to set up. 

They’re versatile. 
Multiple options and accessories are available to customize the lift for every application. They are cost-effective because of the customizability and versatility to suit your worksite needs. 

Today’s AWPs are the most affordable option for working at height. They are suitable for maintenance, hanging and cleaning task, and they are convenient to transport, easy to operate and customizable to adapt to worksite needs. It is important to understand AWPs and their uses in order to make the best recommendation for rental customers’ worksite needs.

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