Boom Trucks Vs. Cranes


Bucket trucks, boom trucks and cherry pickers all refer to the class a type of utility vehicle used for vertical work. These trucks usually have a cab, where the driver sits and steers, an actuator arm for lifting the boom, and a bucket where a worker can stand or a winch for lifting. These vehicles help lift workers to otherwise inaccessible heights. The function of cranes is to lift heavy equipment or materials from one spot to another. There are many types of cranes to carry out a variety of purposes.

Boom Truck

  • Boom trucks, like cranes, can be equipped with a winch for lifting. The load that can be lifted depends on the vehicle size and weight. Traditionally, cranes can lift much larger loads because of the potential of their size. However, boom trucks can be driven to work areas making them much more versatile. A boom truck with a bucket can also lift workers instead of materials for work in high places, like maintenance workers on a telephone pole.


  • There are many types of boom trucks, and sometimes the name "boom truck" is used synonymously with vehicles that perform similar functions. Aerial work platforms mounted to the bed of a truck that use hydraulic lifts and the typical utility truck used to lift workers to a utility pole might both be referred to as a boom truck. However, whether the truck uses a winch or a bucket, or wheel or treads, they can still lift workers or materials vertically.

Boom Truck Crane

  • A boom truck crane is a type of boom truck that can be used like a crane. These vehicles are often found in construction areas and hard to reach places where a heavy lifting vehicle is required. A boom truck crane can lift different tonnages and are stationary when lifting.


  • Cranes are large lifting devices used for lifting and transporting goods or materials. They can be found in transportation industries, manufacturing industries and construction. Cranes use chains, cables, ropes or wires connected to a winder. The load capacity depends on the type of crane, with large fixed cranes having the highest load capacity.


  • There are a variety of cranes, but most are either mobile or fixed. Fixed cranes, like those that are found in shipyards, are cranes built into the foundation where they are placed. In order for them to be used elsewhere, they need to be disassembled. Mobile cranes include truck cranes, gantry cranes, railroad cranes, and small lifting cranes found in auto shops. These can lift small loads or large loads and can be easily transported to another area. However, it is unsafe to move them while they have a load.

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