Commercial Painting at Heights

Case Study:

How to Paint a Hard-to-Reach Roof-Based Water Tower Next to Power Lines from the Sloped Pavement in Half the Time

What was the challenge?

A commercial painting company reached out to Alpha Platforms to hire an aerial platform to paint a water tank. Previously, the company used standard JLG self-propelled lifts from Sunbelt.

The challenge was that the tower was located on top of a building, cornered between a railroad, a power line, a bridge, and a wall. In addition, the job site was on a significant slope.

The JLG lift was completely unsuitable for this job because it could not safely reach up and over the roof around the tower from the tight space on the steep slope near hanging electric wires. For those reasons, the client decided to try Alpha Platforms

What was the solution?

To reach a 125-foot tower with a 60-foot side reach, Alpha Platforms deployed its A-150 truck-mounted aerial platform with a full-time trained IPAF-certified operator.
The operator delivered the platform straight to the job site by 7 am on the scheduled day, set it up on the steep slope in just 15 minutes, and invited the work crew in the basket. Due to Alpha Platforms lifts’ unique “up and over” and side-reach capabilities, the entire project was completed from just two set-up locations inside the parking lot.
The specs of our state-of-the-art A-150 lift:

What was the outcome?

The client’s work crew power-washed the tank on day one and painted it over the next two days. Two technicians placed all their washing and painting equipment into Alpha’s 12-foot wide, 1,320-pound load capacity basket. Alpha’s professional operator maneuvered the lift all day every day as the project progressed, accessing hard-to-reach places where a standard JLG lift could not get.

As a result, the job was completed in half the planned time.

The client was impressed by the lift’s smooth movement and the feeling of sturdiness and extreme safety in the basket.

Our precise German-made lifts have become the height access method of choice for those who try them, as they combine unmatched productivity, safety, and reach.
Notable 150 Foot Boom Lift Capabilities
  • 12-foot extra large cage
  • 1,320 lbs lifting capacity for crew, equipment, and materials
  • Side reach up to 95 feet
  • Parking on a slope up to 10°
  • Jib length 31’ 6’
  • Parking in tight spaces 8’6’’ wide
  • Cage rotation 2 x 80°

Alpha Platforms has helped hundreds of teams like yours

Customer Testimonials
from Case Studies

Mike P.
Building restoration services family business owner

We wanted to give it a try and see what this boom truck could do. We loved the idea of a wide basket that could reach up to 30 feet and get to the brick wall over the roof. The main reason we loved the truck was how it maneuvered the boom to lower the bricks inside a dumpster, which was located behind the truck. It saved us at least one extra day of work. It all went great.

Joseph A.
Head stone mason, national cathedral

The project was performed successfully, and we were really glad to have contactless means of reaching the building, as we all know that pipe scaffold might damage the structure, in this case, very very sensitive.

Jason A.
Director of operations, family-owned regional electrical services provider

Alpha has the most efficient and leanest site setup time I’ve ever seen. My brother, who is the top climber of our group, first struggled to understand how this cage could go around the tower better than the crane - and when it did the whole 360°, he became a believer. Also, each laborer said how incredibly safe they felt - very different from the small crane basket. We were able to secure and push back the panels in place without the basket ever moving.

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