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What is a knuckle boom lift?
A knuckle boom lift is similar to the more familiar cherry picker, although knuckle booms have advantages in certain situations, giving you access above and over. If you need to reach over obstacles including fixtures, walls and machinery, a knuckle boom lift could be just the ticket. With a small knuckle boom or large knuckle boom from Coates Hire, you will appreciate greater manoeuvrability in awkward spaces and tight angles, while maintaining a compact and safe footprint on the ground.

Exceptional aerial lift equipment reach is achieved with the telescopic upper boom, while you have full in-basket control for accurate positioning of the work platform. Coates Hire has several types of knuckle booms available for safe indoor and outdoor use, including all-terrain knuckle booms for working on uneven ground. Knuckle booms include:
  1. Electric knuckle boom: Ideal for zero-emission sites and those with noise restrictions, making them perfect for indoor use.
  2. Diesel knuckle boom: The solution for working at heights outdoors, the diesel knuckle boom accesses building exteriors for every type of installation and maintenance job.
  3. Track and Spider knuckle boom: The tracks provide balance and manoeuvrability on uneven ground conditions so you can get the job done comfortably and conveniently.
  4. Hybrid knuckle boom: Provides additional versatility with the ability to operate using the electric or diesel motor. For extra power, both motors can run simultaneously.
How high can a knuckle boom lift go?
At Coates Hire, we understand there is no one-size-fits-all solution for working at heights. That’s why we supply the full range of knuckle boom options for every type of job. We have several models of each type of knuckle boom, with maximum platform heights as follows:
  1. Electric – 13.7M (45 ft)
  2. Diesel – 41.1M (135 ft)
  3. Track and Spider – 14.9M (49ft)
  4. Hybrid – 10.0M (33 ft)
Knuckle boom lifts include a swivel turntable base, allowing you swing, shift and reposition the boom in different areas of the worksite. If you have a maintenance or construction job underway that you need to complete on schedule, Coates Hire will make sure you are on time and on budget.

How much does it cost to hire a knuckle boom?

Knuckle boom lift hire cost is dependent on the type of lift you require and the number of days you intend to use it. You may also need to hire an operator or wish to become a qualified operator yourself, for an additional cost. On average, knuckle boom hire is around $210 per day, without an operator. With the right equipment on your side, no job will be cost-prohibitive, and safety will be prioritised. Coates Hire is your one-stop-shop for building, construction and maintenance equipment that you can trust.

Why choose Coates Hire for knuckle boom hire?

For starters, we supply knuckle booms for every type of job, facilitating manoeuvrability on almost any surface. Coates Hire has branches in all major Australian cities and regional centres, making us an ideal partner if you travel interstate for work. We prioritise safety and ensure all equipment is in top shape and good working order at all times. Coates Hire are the trusted professionals who will deliver expert advice, superior service, and quality equipment from leading manufacturers. With the appropriate equipment on your side, no task is too big to handle. Our unbeatable boom lift hire rates and nation-wide service are just the beginning at Coates Hire.

Can I operate a knuckle boom lift?

You will require certification to operate a knuckle boom lift at heights above 11 metres. For this reason, Coates Hire offers a tailored training course for operating elevated work platforms with a boom length of 11 metres or more. Australia-wide training provides knuckle boom EWP national accreditation, with the course running for 2-3 days depending on the location. The course includes:

  1. Compliance with WH&S legislation
  2. Risk assessment and hazard control
  3. Appropriate loading of work platforms
  4. Emergency procedures and safety equipment
  5. Elevate and operate the work platform safely
  6. Work planning and routine checking
On completion of the course, you will receive a statement of attainment for the following unit of competency: TLILIC2005 – Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11m or more).


How do I hire a knuckle boom lift?

At Coates Hire, we make it convenient for you. You can drop into your local Coates Hire depot in person, call us over the phone, or use our handy online search function. We provide a 24/7 online service, safety standard guarantee, and same day delivery whenever possible. With Coates Hire on your side, you get the knuckle boom lift you need to ensure your work won’t fall behind schedule.

If you require boom lift hire in Melbourne, Sydney, or another major Australian city or regional centre, simply tick the check-box to reserve your preferred knuckle boom lift and it will be ready for you when you need it.