Flag Services with Alpha Platforms Boom Lift A-250

Flag Services with Boom Lift

Case Study:

How to Complete Maintenance on Nine Flagpoles Between Two Locations One Hour Apart in Just Four Hours

What was the challenge?

The fourth-generation family business has been operating in the mid-Atlantic region since the 1930s. They specialize in manufacturing and installing flags, banners, and various small business services. Their prestigious clientele includes the White House, MLB and NFL stadiums, and major universities.

Their usual crane rental company was no longer available, so the owners had to find alternative methods of accessing greater heights within their tight budget. The client had multiple flagpole repair projects spread across different cities.

An existing Alpha Platforms client referred them to us with a challenge to shrink the work timeframe that typically requires two days into just one.

What was the solution?

Flag Services with Alpha Platforms Boom Lift A-250 Solution
As it turned out, renting a fully-operated aerial boom lift is easily affordable for a flagpole business, especially when multiple jobs can be scheduled within a manageable driving distance on the same day.
The client coordinated two jobs that were within an hour's drive from each other and rented the A-250, which can reach heights of 250 ft and has a side reach of 135 ft.
Alpha Platforms' boom lifts can be set up in only 10-15 minutes and are highly mobile, quickly moving between job sites. With an impressive side reach of up to 135 ft, the aerial boom lift allows access to flagpoles in challenging locations. A dedicated full-time Alpha Platforms lift operator ensures the workers can focus solely on the task at hand, while flaggers handle site security and traffic management.
The specs of our state-of-the-art A-250 lift:

What was the outcome?

The first job took place in Baltimore, involving the replacement of cords, greasing of pulleys, and other maintenance tasks. Leveraging the 135-ft side reach of the A-250, the client was able to complete work on multiple poles from a single parking location, taking less than an hour to finish. Within 10 minutes of completing the job, the A-250 left the site and drove for 1 hour and 20 minutes to Springfield, VA, where the second job took a couple of hours to complete.

In just four hours, utilizing the lift alone, the team successfully finished work at two sites with a total of nine flagpoles. In the past, this would have required two full days and several hours of crane rentals.

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 250 Foot Boom Lift Capabilities
  • 12-foot extra large cage
  • 1,322 lbs lifting capacity for crew, equipment, and materials
  • Cage rotation 2 x 200°
  • Side reach up to 130 feet
  • Unique "under and up" or "up and over and back" access
  • Smooth controlled motions to move close to and around glass and fragile structures
  • Jib length 49’2’’
  • Parking in tight spaces 8’3’’ wide

Alpha Platforms has helped hundreds of teams like yours

Customer Testimonials
from Case Studies

Brian Rosado Hernández
The Telecom Company Foreman

Excellent service, arriving on time every day, responsible with the load limit, very attentive to the lubrication and controls of the crane.

Ryan Hughes

I had an emergency project on a 140' high voltage tower and needed Alpha Platforms next day. They were so helpful and expedient walking me through the entire process so I was comfortable with the deal. They showed up to my site next day and cut about 2 days off of the project due to the safety, speed and efficiency of their lift and operators. I'll never rent or hire another lift company. I would recommend Alpha platforms for all your high reach needs.

Elizabeth Radlbeck

Jon told me that it was a pleasure to work with Alpha Platforms, the crew was skilled and helpful, the equipment was top notch. Our installers appreciated the security of the platform vs working off of a swing stage, it made their job easier and more efficient. From first meeting thru to the end of the work day everything ran as smoothly as it could. City Sign Service, Inc. will definitely be partnering with Alpha Platforms on future projects

Byron Nivelo

We had an exceptional experience with Alpha! They are professionals, great operator team. Overall reliable, recommended will certainly return for my future needs hands down.

Nick Muhlon

My company used alpha lifts to clean a 14 floor building and they were great. Very accommodating, always on time, and will work with you to get the job done safe and sound. The lifts they provide are state of the art and can pretty much reach any low rise building under 250 feet. I’d recommend them to anyone doing window cleaning or facade cleaning, or anything king of height access work!

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.

Justin N.

That is a fine piece of equipment! And the competent, professional group that goes along with it is just the cherry on top. I really appreciate everything. I'm sure we'll be able to use Alpha again in the future as we get these opportunities. In fact, it will only help our business knowing we have a safe, reliable solution to these over 50‘ height challenges.

Thomas Inciarte
Telecom Company Representative

Excellent team working with us, always willing to do anything for the best

The Signage Company Owner

It was a pleasure to work with Alpha Platforms, the crew was skilled and helpful, the equipment was top-notch. Our installers appreciated the security of the platform vs working off of a swing stage, it made their job easier and more efficient. From the first meeting thru to the end of the work day everything ran as smoothly as it could. We will definitely be partnering with Alpha Platforms on future projects. Thank you for your help!

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