Terminology Explained

If you are unsure what we mean by a specific term within this site you will find an explanation below. If you cannot find a suitable explanation please email jking@niftylift.com.au referring to the term and we will add a definition to this page.

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Access Platform

A mechanical device that provides temporary access for one or more individuals via a movable platform to an area at a height above ground level. Commonly referred to as: Cherry Picker, Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP), Aerial Work Platform or Boom.

Aerial Work Platform

A mechanical device that provides temporary access for one or more individuals via a movable platform to an area at a height above ground level. Commonly referred to as: Cherry Picker, Access Platform, Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) or Boom.

All Wheel Drive

An advanced drive system which can automatically switch between 2 and 4 wheel drive, maximising the machine’s drive speed or power as required for optimum performance in all operating environments.

Articulating Boom

A MEWP with more than one boom connected via a knuckle. All Niftylifts have articulating booms and offer the advantage of up and over access to applications.

Bi-Energy Power

The combination of two or more power sources on a machine, allowing the operator to select and switch between them during operation. Two or more power sources offer the advantage of inherent redundancy as well as increased machine utilisation due to greater flexibility. For example a Diesel-electric machine can be used both indoors and outdoors as it is zero emission in electric mode.

Boom

1. The hydraulically powered movable arm to which the cage is attached.

2. See Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP).

Cage

The mobile enclosure in which the operator stands: also referred to as the platform.

Cherry Picker

A mechanical device that provides temporary access for one or more individuals via a movable platform to an area at a height above ground level. Commonly referred to as: Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP), Access Platform, Aerial Work Platform or Boom.

Hybrid Power

A power option that can simultaneously combine the use of battery and engine power automatically optimising power output versus energy usage. The engine size needed to power the machines is reduced compared with an equivalent engine only or Bi-Energy powered machine, thus reducing fuel consumption, pollution and running costs.

IPAF

International Powered Access Federation – an organisation that promotes the safe and effective use of powered access worldwide. IPAF is a not-for-profit members’ organisation that represents the interests of manufacturers, distributors, users, and rental and training companies.

Links

A riser mechanism that provides vertical lift to the telescope booms.  This feature provides up and over capability to clear low level obstacles.  Using the links, the operator can move up and down the side of a vertical wall or building at a constant distance from it, using only one machine control.

Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP)

A mechanical device that provides temporary access for one or more individuals via a movable platform to an area at a height above ground level. Commonly referred to as: Cherry Picker, Access Platform, Aerial Work Platform or Boom.

Telescopic Boom

A boom which can be extended hydraulically to increase its overall length. Usually the upper-most boom on the machine, it increases the amount of low-level outreach available to the operator compared to a fixed upper boom. Machines with telescopic booms are also more compact than the non-telescopic alternative.