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    What's the best spider lift....?

    Looking for something that I can do street trees and tight access. 70' height.

    Ive read about 7 threads on TB and AS with the comparisons.

    Just want and Frank info if anyone has any experience...

    Thank you in advance....

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    Hit up Jon (treesnsurf), he’s got one and is always knowledgeable on equipment. Other than that, no experience here, but good luck. Those things look primo for city work.

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    70' in one of those miniature things is just too sketchy IMO. Good luck in your quest but I'd recommend a full size bucket truck, preferably an Altec.
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    Damn good point!

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    Thanks i was going to hit up JP.

    I agreee... Brian.

    I saw one over 100'.... ridiculous.
    But... I want the best of both worlds.
    And really don't want another truck with a plate that deals with DMV.

    I saw one drive through. House and now I can't stop thinking about it.

    Also the lift can go on the small foot paths etc.

    I've read up on jlg nifty lift cmc teupen and some other one.

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    Nifty Lift SD-64!!! I've owned bucket trucks for over 25 years and this Nifty Lift is beyond comparison for residential tree work. I will never buy another bucket truck. Working height is 70 feet on a platform that is smaller, lighter, and more maneuverable.
    I also have a Teupen LEO 15GT but I hardly ever use that; maybe once a month or so. Mine's been good but I hear through the grapevine that many of the Teupens are plagued with computer problems. The Teupen is great for small back yards; it's only 30" wide so it will fit through most back yard gates but the working height is only 50 feet with limited side reach.
    "The mind is the limiting factor." ~Robin Brown, aka Brownie

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    Ah ha.. info..

    I've read the best reviews on the nifty lift sd64... also Carl is involved with them... which means something.

    My old boss Evan bought a teupen i n 2002... it was awesome... loaded on a trailer, thin.great access...etc. we ran into many computer/sensor issues the first few months. We ended up getting rid of it.

    I've been watching the window guys use them inside buildings. Other jobs...?

    I like the idea of maybe a smaller one like the one you mentioned....also smaller storage footprint...this won't be parked on the street and may need to put it in a storage bodega place.


    Are telescoping booms standard?

    There must be 10 companies making spider lifts...



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    Looking at the tracked nifty lift... is there one bigger than 40'?

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    Edit... just saw the 50... nice.

    I need the thin access... 6000 lbs is serious for thin DG foot paths and that Poly Rock they use....

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    Carl is THE MAN if you decide to get a Nifty Lift. The few issues that I've had, he was right on top of it to get sorted out.

    We do a lot of elevating (canopy raising or whatever you might call it in your neck of the woods). With a bucket truck, we always had to set up beyond the drip line in order to raise the booms and it was difficult to reach up under the canopy. The SD64 has an elevating platform along with a telescoping boom and a jib so we can set up right under the tree without worrying about having enough clearance to raise the booms. The turf tires and light weight also means we no longer have to carry 20 sheets of plywood on the truck if we need to drive on someone's lawn.
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    Didn't Carl stop selling those?

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