There are plenty of locations in the shop where a stepladder will have too
large a footprint and an extension ladder has nothing to be leaned against.
You may also be using two hands to work on a fitting or control so standing
on a platform is much safer than standing on a ladder. Lifting a 30# damper
into place is much easier off a lift than a ladder.
Yes, it would also be safer changing six tubes in a fixture compared to a
ladder as they can all be put into the cage before going up. With a ladder,
you'd need either two people or make multiple trips up and down carrying the
glass tubes. Changing a ballast is another example. Yes, it can be done
from a ladder, but it is safer from a lift cage. Safety is important to us
and standing on a 3' square platform in a cage is always better than
standing on a 6" wide rung of a ladder when you need two hands. This is
especially true working over a machine where you have to reach a bit to the
side. A simple lean in a cage versus a dangerous lean off a ladder. No,
you cannot move the ladder either as it is over a machine.
I was easily able to justify buying the $5000 lifts (used price) we have now
so spending the $2200 for this is no big deal. .
Unfortunately, doesn't appear this lift would help resolve that problem
although does help w/ the no-wall situation and extension. (I'm fully
in agreement w/ all other points--the $5K I spent for the 40-ft boomlift
while not a vertical interior lift as these has been worth 10X that outlay.)
Not sure which lifts you got, but all of the various styles I have used
have been significantly more capable than this little unit appears to
The scissor lift type units are available with platforms that telescope
on one end to provide overhang access, and the platform size along with
the self propelled nature allow for very efficient lamp replacement
throughout a facility.
There are some very nice mini boom lifts with combination lower boom
elevation and upper boom telescoping, along with base rotation that
provide tremendous reach capabilities in a small footprint self
There are simple vertical only, manual propulsion and outrigger units
that provide much better working height capacity than this little drill
powered unit. Possibly Genie has some design patents on them that have
caused JLG to resort to this feeble angle column design to try to get
some of that market share.
Then there is the good old rolling scaffold platform which works well in
a lot of cases, provides more platform area, and takes less storage
space when disassembled.
We have what you describe. The price difference is huge though and the use
depends on your needs. The smaller lift can be moved easily by one person
into small spaces. The larger lifts have to be move by self power or by a
fork lift to another elevation. They don't do steps very well. We have
one location that can be accessed only by a typical 36" door at a walkway or
a set of 6 stairs and the ceiling height is 16'. Getting a tall ladder in
there is a real bitch of a time.
They all have places where they work well, other places not so well.
Depends on your needs.
re: So, what advantage would it have over a normal stepladder of the
same working height?
The old Varsity softball field at my daughter's school was right next
to the building. Video's of the game were shot from the single story
roof behind home plate.
The new field is "out in the open", far from the buildings, with no
place for the cameraman to "perch". Video's are now shot from ground
I may suggest to the Sports Boosters that they raise some funds to
purchase one of these lifts to improve the quality of the videos. It
could also be used for the other sports that don't have elevated
locations to film from.
Sounds like a place to get the local rental outfit(s) to make some
charitable contributions of donated rental time. I'd think this puppy
wouldn't be stable enough for that purpose, likely, but one of the
scissor lifts would do quite nicely.
Having spent a number of years shooting sports videos and used a number
of setups for aerial shots, by far the cheapest and easiest setup is
standard panel frame scaffolding. The trick to having a stable shot is
to use a couple of the basic 1" wide ratchet straps to pre-tension the
scaffolding and eliminate the usual wiggle you get.
Scaffolding also has the advantage of being inexpensive which can allow
you to setup scaffold platforms for an entire season of games if the
facility allows it. We were able to do this for one baseball series
where we were able to erect scaffolding behind the backstop fencing and
in front of the facilities press box / concession building in such a way
that it provided a huge 4'x17' platform at 18' high which gave a great
shot angle and also did not interfere with the view from the press box.
The scissors lifts are nice, however they also have inherent wiggle in
their joints, and unlike scaffolding, there isn't any viable way to
pre-tension and eliminate the wiggle.
I've also used standard bucket trucks, which work well, but have the
disadvantages of only being able to be used where you can get the truck
parked, and not allowing the camera person to readily lock off a cover
shot and come down for a break.
I think 2-3 telephone poles with a tree house on top would likely be
cheaper. Have to make the bottom 8 feet of ladder removable or enclose
it in wire mesh when not in use, to eliminate the attractive nuisance
factor. Some budding Eagle Scout would probably be happy to do it for
his final project.
Don't know if they still do, seeing as how they now have all those
miniature droid cameras that can be strung up on wires and controlled
remotely. But for several years at Indy, they used to bring in a
long-reach manlift, almost a crane, and trap a cameraman OVER the track
on the main straightaway. Platform was guyed off in 4 directions to keep
it from flapping around. Poor SOB up there probably had to stop drinking
coffee 24 hours before the race, to make it 200 laps.
They did let him down during rain delays. Metal boom, and all that.
Good remote servo pan/tilt heads and remote lens controls on compact
cameras have made a lot of that type of staging obsolete for productions
that have real budgets. The equipment is expensive though, so the little
local productions have to rely on the old techniques.
I don't think 'budget' is a problem at Indy, even with all the drama
queen theatrics in open-wheel racing the last decade or two...
But yeah, a local high school, unless they got a big grant somewhere, is
probably using whatever cast-off equipment they can scrounge, that the
local TV station took a tax write-off on. (although I have seen writeups
on some of the fancy radio-tv studios some of the high schools in rich
zip codes have, that look nicer than what a lot of college stations have.)
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