Benefits of using an aerial work platform with a hydraulic generator

Published 30/12, 2020 at 09:07

Self-propelled aerial access platforms are useful on construction sites, providing workers with a stable and safe platform for working at heights, but when there is a need to use electrical tools from the platform, can hydraulic generators benefit users?

Aerial work platforms are often equipped with an electrical socket that is installed onto the platform. The socket is wired via the boom of the machine, but the other end of the wire is not connected to anything. So, the socket on the platform is basically the end of an extension cord that is pre-installed into the boom. To get electricity out of the socket, there is a need to attach the other end of the cord to an electricity supply. So, the user of the platform needs a power supply, with there being three options: power grid, gasoline or diesel generator, or hydraulic generator. The main benefit with hydraulic generators is that the aerial work platform can produce electricity itself. So, instead of using an electricity grid or combustion engine, the hydraulic generator enables the production of electricity by the machine itself. 

 

How to install

Aerial work platforms often use hydraulic power for lifting tasks, making the installation of a hydraulic generator easy as the machine already has a hydraulic system, making aerial work platforms, bucket trucks, aerial lifts ideal machinery for a hydraulic generator. The hydraulic generator is installed into the main unit of the aerial access platform, and as the hydraulic generator is installed in the main unit, it will not take precious space on the platform itself. The electricity that is produced by the hydraulic generator is led to the platform’s sockets via the pre-installed extension cord, which if missing, can be easily installed. 

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