How to choose an Aerial Work Platform
When you use the right lifting equipment, you save time and money. To make
the right decisions, you should be aware of all of the choices in the marketplace.
This page is designed to be used as a checklist so you can take inventory of
your application needs. This will help you choose the equipment for your job.
At KDL Lifts we excel at providing the features
and benefits our customers want
and need at an affordable price. Our job is to
give you all the information you need
so you can choose an aerial work platform
that will give you the best return on
Where Do You Start?
First, answer these questions
How are you doing your high-reach jobs today?
Exactly what jobs do you need to perform?
How many people do you need to lift at one time?
How high do you need to reach?
How will you transport the lift: Trailer? Pick-up truck? Fork lift?
Will the lift always stay at one location?
Will you be moving the lift over uneven surfaces? Indoor or outdoor?
Will you need leveling capability?
How narrow or wide are your access areas?
Will you need AC or DC power source?
Will you need to work over immovable objects? (like auditorium seats)
Will you need to go through standard doorways?
What is your budget range?
How Do You Get The Right
Machine For Your Applications?
Make sure you get a free on-site demonstration. View the product
suits your application at your location.
Have all employees who will use the lift evaluate it.
Run the lift through all applications, especially the hard-to-get-to
Evaluate for safety (look for features like lockout safety switches,
confirmation of proper setup, simple operating and warning
Evaluate for durability (exposed wiring, hydraulic lines, etc.).
Evaluate for ease of use, pushing, setup time.
Evaluate for easy maintenance and serviceability.
Look for quality (paint, welding, finish).
Write exact specifications of the type of lift that best meets your
Get local references. Ask people how their aerial work platform has
for them; what they like or dislike.
Look at the track record of the company, the brand and the specific
you're interested in.
What Kind Of Support Do You Need
From The Dealer Or Manufacturer?
You should expect to get many hours of work and many years of
your aerial work platform. It's important to get the
correct support to get you started and to take care of your ongoing needs.
KDL Lifts has been in business for 8 years and has 30 years of combined
experience in the Lift Industry.
Be sure the lift meets or exceeds OSHA / ANSI standards and all
You will need on-site hands-on training (be sure this is documented
Establish a documented in-house safety training program for present
Be sure your dealer/dealer is an Authorized Service Center for the
Ask about serviceability. Is the lift you're interested in easy to
How Do You Find Out
What Is Available?
At KDL Lifts we have a large number of aerial work platforms
available to do many different jobs. Call or come by to see for
Be sure to ask about the Genie product warranty. Ours is the best
Browse the Aerial Work Platform pages of this
What Do You Do Next?
You bring this checklist, together with your completed specification
you've answered all the questions, you've got a good one), to KDL.
When you call have this list for our telephone conversation.
Browse the Aerial Work Platform pages on this
website and compare
these products to your specification.
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146 Whatley Street
Lewisville, Texas 75057