A boom truck is sometimes recognized by the cable and telephone business vehicles that have the extended arm folded over their roofs. Commonly, a bucket-like equipment sits at the extension of extendable arms. Usually called a cherry picker, or an aerial boom truck, a bucket truck has an extendable boom mounted the roof or bed. It is capable of transporting employees to the peak of a phone or electrical pole. Bucket boom vans have a lifting capacity of roughly 350 lbs to 1500 lbs or 158 kg to 680 kg plus they are able of extending the bucket up to 34 feet or to around 10 meters into the air.
Heavy equipment boom trucks or construction boom trucks might have a hoist attached to the back. These cranes referred to as knuckle booms can be little and compact or be of the trolley boom type, where the crane is capable of extending the span of the vehicle bed. Hoist boom vehicles possess a raising capability between 10 to 50 tons or about 9 to 45 metric tons.
An alternate modification of boom truck is the concrete boom, which have a pipe with a nozzle at the end of the truck to pump concrete and other resources. The areas where these materials need to be deposited is commonly inaccessible to the vehicle or is stationed at a considerable height, for that reason, the boom of a bigger concrete boom vehicle might be extended 230 feet or roughly 71 meters. The truck then pumps the material through the boom precisely depositing it into the space where it is required.
Fire departments are equipped with a lengthy bucket boom used to lift firefighters to the upper floors of a structure. Once in place, this boom allows them to direct water onto a fire or to rescue ensnared victims. Many of the older hook and ladder lift trucks have been replaced with up to date boom trucks.
Self propelled booms are quite similar to forklifts. These little boom vehicles can hoist staff to elevated storage space or to the ceiling of large warehouses and storage facilities. They are more stable and as a result much safer than using extension ladders for the same application.