The Zoom Boom: Features, Applications, and More
When working in construction, you quickly learn that names for equipment are not standardized across the country. For example, telehandlers can be called Lulls, telescopic handlers, reach forklifts, and Zoom Booms. In this blog, we will dive into the history of the Zoom Boom, its features, applications, and safety considerations of Zoom Booms.
What Exactly is a Zoom Boom?
A Zoom Boom, also known as a telehandler or telescopic handler, is a versatile piece of construction equipment designed for lifting and transporting heavy materials. They were originally manufactured by CareLift Equipment until 2007 when they were bought by Skyjack. Skyjack then discontinued most of the original Zoom Boom product line. However, the name Zoom Booms stuck around and is mostly used in Canada and the West Coast as a way to call telehandlers.
Today, you can still find a couple of Zoom Boom models at auctions or equipment rental companies, but they are rare. These models include the ZB6042, ZB10056, and ZB8044. Skyjack currently manufactures the ZB2044, which keeps the original ZB product initials but under the Skyjack brand.
Is a Zoom Boom the Same as a Telehandler?
The short answer is yes, Zoom Booms are a former brand of telehandler. Telehandlers are heavy construction equipment that are similar to forklifts. The main difference is that they have a telescopic boom that allows them to reach both vertically and horizontally. Telehandlers can perform a variety of jobs because of the range of attachments available for them such as forks or buckets.
What is a Zoom Boom Used For?
Now that we understand what they are, let's explore Zoom Booms and their applications in construction.
Versatile Material Handling
One of the primary uses of telehandlers is material handling. With its telescoping boom, they can reach loads at different heights and distances. This makes them invaluable for tasks like loading and unloading materials, stacking pallets, and moving heavy objects around a construction site.
Designed to lift materials to elevated work areas with ease, they can lift materials such as steel and shingles to hard-to-reach areas. With the telescopic boom, they can extend to the required height safely and securely.
The precision and control offered by Zoom Booms make them ideal for placing heavy loads in tight spaces. Whether it's setting trusses in place or carefully positioning equipment, a Zoom Boom's maneuverability ensures accurate load placement. With their compact size, they are popular for fitting in tight spaces like underground garages and indoor areas.
The use of Zoom Booms is not limited to construction. Telehandlers can also load, stack hay bales, transport feed, and access elevated areas in barns and silos.
What Class of Equipment Is It?
Zoom Booms fall under the category of heavy equipment used in the construction and agricultural industries. They are typically classified based on their lifting capacity, reach, and other specifications. Common classes include:
Compact Telehandlers: These are smaller, more maneuverable telehandlers with lower lifting capacities, suitable for tasks in confined spaces.
Standard Telehandlers: These machines offer a balance between reach and capacity, making them versatile for a wide range of applications.
High Reach Telehandlers: These material handlers are designed for tasks that require extended reach and higher lifting capacity, such as tall building construction.
Rotating Telehandlers: Some telehandlers come equipped with a rotating turret, allowing for a full 360-degree rotation of the boom, which is particularly useful for precise load placement.
Related: Read our telehandler spec guide for more information about telehandler brands and their lifting capacity.
Leading Telehandler and Zoom Boom Manufacturers
There are several manufacturers that have established themselves as industry leaders for telehandlers. Below are a couple of prominent telehandler manufacturers:
Potential Hazards & Safety Protocols for Zoom Booms
While Zoom Booms are incredibly versatile and useful, they also come with inherent risks. Experienced construction professionals understand the importance of safety on the job site. Here are some potential hazards associated with Zoom Booms and safety protocols to mitigate them:
Hazard: Exceeding the telehandler's maximum lifting capacity can lead to tip-overs or structural damage.
Safety Protocol: Always check the load capacity and weight of the load being lifted. Never exceed these limits.
Hazard: Uneven terrain or incorrect positioning can affect the stability of the Zoom Boom, increasing the risk of tipping.
Safety Protocol: Ensure the ground is level and stable before operating the equipment. Use outriggers if necessary.
Hazard: Operators and workers can get caught in pinch points between the telescoping sections of the boom.
Safety Protocol: Stay clear of moving parts, and use caution when extending or retracting the boom.
Hazard: Contact with overhead power lines or structures can lead to electrocution and serious accidents.
Safety Protocol: Always be aware of your surroundings and the location of overhead hazards. Maintain a safe distance from power lines.
Hazard: Inadequate operator training can result in accidents and equipment damage.
Safety Protocol: Ensure that all operators are properly trained and certified to operate Zoom Booms.
While they go by different names across North America, Zoom Booms, telehandlers, lulls, and telescopic handlers have become vital in construction. Their ability to reach great heights, control heavy loads, and adapt to various tasks makes them a valuable piece of equipment on any job site.
The importance of choosing the right equipment for construction projects is crucial and the Zoom Boom has certainly earned its place among the industry's most essential tools. By following safety protocols and understanding the capabilities of Zoom Booms, you can harness their full potential while ensuring a safe and efficient work environment.
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