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Hey folks,
I have a requirement of a boom truck for our home renovation process. Purchasing a boom truck can be a financial burden and we just need it for a short period during our renovation process. So, I'm thinking of renting a boom truck in Toronto as renting has many advantages over purchasing heavy equipment. As I'm a newbie in renting boom trucks, I would like to hear the experiences of anyone here who have rented a boom truck before?
 

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Do you supply the licenced crane operator too.
 

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Are you really talking about a "boom truck" as in a flat bed with a crane on it? Or are you talking about one of the all terrain fork lifts found on most commercial framing jobs these days?
If you really want a boom truck, you can hire those with an experienced operator. Maximize your time by having whatever needs lifting ready and organized and you can get it all done in an hour or two. Having one sit on site will cost a lot and it will be idle most of the time. Plus, they're not exactly easy to operate and in a lot of places you'll need a special license.
The all terrain forklifts (aka Lull, Boom lift,) are easier to rent and use, but still need some training.
 

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Get a boom lift. At the school where I worked we rented them including a 100 footer to change light bulbs on our stadium field.
 

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Just a word to the wise Pard. Boom trucks, all terrain lifts, and cranes are specialized equipment requiring extensive training. I don't have enough fingers and toes to count the machines I've seen on their sides. I'm lucky, I've operated about all of them in my 20's -30's. The thing that caused most of the accident I saw, was either complacency, or unfamiliarity with the equipment. Those who said they were operators but were novices. Some actually resulted in death !! Knowing the equipment's limitations is the key!! As well as the surface it sits on!! They are dangerous !! Too many variables for a novice to understand. Just hire it lifted, and live to finish the project. You won't regret it. BTW WELCOME
 

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Many questions to give you a good answer. All comments above are good. I didn't need a license and had to stop the driver when he dropped the machine and ask, how do I run this, yikes. He gave me a 5 minute training and left.

Fortunately I learn fast and it was my job site. Once I got it going it was fantastic, mine was an articulating boom vs a straight one. My names may not be correct but we can sort that out later.

Do check to see if a license is required, fines could be substantial.

And roughnecks questions are needed.

Bud
 

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I tried to rent a cherry picker to do some tree work. My experience is that they would not rent to homeowners. That and it was prohibitively expensive for a single day's rental.
 

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Give her a break, she’s from Toronto and a newbie.
If boom trucks are all you have seen, it’s easy to believe that it might be what to use.

If she tells us what her needs are, we can direct her to the proper equipment or options.
 

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Give her a break, she’s from Toronto and a newbie.
If boom trucks are all you have seen, it’s easy to believe that it might be what to use.

If she tells us what her needs are, we can direct her to the proper equipment or options.

Aren't you sweet.:smile:But, joed removed a link.
 

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I missed it the first time, too.


One of the patients I will never forget was the guy who was operating a crane who had a giant piece of steel swing thru his window. He was very experienced.



It doesn't seem like a job for novices.
 

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My son owns 2 boom lifts. Modern lifts have computer controls that won’t let it move into an unstable configuration. If you try to swing it around to a place where it might tip over, it stops before being unstable. First time in the bucket I did just fine. Go slowly and watch for electrical wires. It is no big deal.
 
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