Why Rent A Lift In NYC?


An interesting byproduct of the upward growth New York City and other dense urban populations worldwide have encountered is the need for reliable aerial work platforms. There are a number of tasks that can, and do, require the use of an aerial lift to complete. For many businesses, renting an aerial work platform in NYC is a normal and necessary part of doing business in the Big Apple, although the need is hardly limited to business and building owners.

Needs Lift Rentals Serve

lift-nyc-img Why Rent A Lift In NYC?Building Cleaning & Maintenance

Thanks to the wind tunnels created by streets and rows of tall buildings, New York City’s high rises suffer from a large amount of dust and general debris damage. The side of buildings are consistently pummeled by small assaults from things kicked up by the wind. Eventually, windows need to be cleaned and replaced, building faces need to be painted or cleaned, and tough-to-access utilities need to be maintained; all of these things require workers to access the side of the building. Doing so without a platform lift involves suspension and increased risk for worker safety.

The Piano

In old movies and cartoons, a common scene centered around the Baby Grand piano getting craned into a lofty living space, creating a perilous situation for the passersby below. Today, pianos aren’t as common as couches, refrigerators, and other major furniture pieces, but yet the need for bringing things in through a window or balcony is just as prevalent; terrace furniture, for instance, is often too large to bring through the living space and onto the terrace itself. Situations like this are best served with a lift to take things upward. Often times, renting an aerial lift is the best and easiest way to take things in that can’t quite go up the stairs.

Movies & Television Filming

This may seem surprising, but many shows are filmed using rental lifts to position cameras up high for more dynamic shots. In these instances, the studios obviously have no need for long-term ownership of a vertical platform lift, but an incredibly potent short-term need that prompts rental. Thanks to the diversity of character in New York City’s building and neighborhoods, a large number of shows and movies are filmed here. At Alpha Platforms, we even have specially-designed camera mounts for our aerial work platforms.


The wind energy industry is beginning to boom, especially on the East Coast. It is no surprise that it is windy here, but the extra benefit gained from this growth is reduced energy cost for major metropolitan areas, such as New York City. Windmills today are somewhere around 200 feet high, excluding the blades; while they are designed to be scaleable, there is a need for tools and equipment to get carted to the top for maintenance purposes. With our aerial lift rentals reaching 230 feet, Alpha Platforms can help those in the wind industry keep routine maintenance costs from becoming expensive replacements.

Nearly Endless Possibilities

With our aerial work platforms, nearly any height access work is possible. Whether you’re looking to do building work in New York City, move your favorite couch into your new condo, or something more rural, like wind turbine work or tree trimming, by renting a lift through Alpha Platforms, you can get all of your height access tasks done. Best of all, our truck-mounted rentals come with an experienced height access specialist to control the aerial work platform.

Contact us today to learn more or begin the rental process!



The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide in the widest sense – through providing technical advice and information; through influencing and interpreting legislation and standards; and through safety initiatives and training programmes. IPAF is a not-for-profit organisation owned by its members, which include manufacturers, rental companies, distributors, contractors and users. IPAF members operate a majority of the MEWP rental fleet worldwide and manufacture about 85% of platforms on the market.
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