Tracked aerial platforms: complete guide to choosing

Tracked aerial platforms: complete guide to choosing

From construction to maintenance, from pruning to cleaning, tracked aerial platforms adapt to various challenges, even complex ones, in many sectors. The market for tracked aerial platforms is very wide, and the models offered by companies each have their own peculiarities. While this wide choice offers great flexibility, it can also make it difficult to identify the perfect "spider" platform for specific needs.

In this guide, you will find everything you need to know before purchasing or renting a tracked aerial platform.

Applications of tracked aerial platforms

Tracked aerial platforms are used in many sectors thanks to their ability to operate in difficult contexts, such as urban centres, confined spaces, or narrow terrains.

Tracked platforms for construction and restoration

Spiders simplify access to building facades, roofs, and high structures in inaccessible construction conditions for other machines. They are ideal for renovation, painting, cleaning, and restoration work on historic buildings, even in urban centres, where preserving the surrounding environment is crucial.


Industrial maintenance

In the industrial sector, tracked platforms are used for the maintenance of large-scale plants and equipment. Their stability and manoeuvrability allow operators to safely reach critical points in factories, warehouses, and hangars.


Infrastructure and telecommunications

Even when dealing with the installation and maintenance of power lines, streetlights, and telecommunication towers, a tracked platform can be the best choice. Reliability in irregular terrain conditions allows work to be carried out in reduced time and at lower costs, as, for example, there is no need to intervene on the ground.


Urban areas use

The compactness and quietness thanks to the electric (BA) and hybrid (HY) engines of tracked platforms make them ideal for applications in urban areas or in densely populated areas with high traffic. They can operate in confined spaces, such as inner courtyards or pedestrian areas.


How to choose the right tracked aerial platform

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In choosing the most suitable tracked platform, let's see what aspects not to overlook.

Type of work

First of all, the choice of the spider platform depends on the type of work to be carried out. Factors such as working heights, basket load capacity, manoeuvrability, and characteristics of the ground on which it will operate must be evaluated. It is extremely important to choose a model that can support the weight of operators and equipment without compromising stability and safety. The size of the platform influences the ability to reach and work in confined spaces or congested areas.


The presence of integrated safety systems, such as load limiters, anti-tipping systems, and emergency stop functions, must be considered. Certifications, even international ones, from the manufacturing company offer an additional level of guarantee on the reliability of the platform.


Maneuverability and versatility

The ability of a tracked aerial platform to manoeuvre in tight spaces and on narrow terrains is another important aspect. Models with rubber tracks that offer good grip and stability on different types of surfaces make the machine versatile. Also, consider functions such as turret rotation and jib, which can further improve the flexibility of the platform.

Maintenance costs

If you proceed with the purchase, maintenance costs must be considered. Easy Lift platforms have been designed to minimize maintenance costs, regardless of size. However, extraordinary maintenance costs, which affect the electronic systems of spiders, should not be excluded. When choosing the supplier, it is important to ensure that an efficient after-sales service is available and that spare parts are easily available to avoid operational downtime.

Budget available

The cost of tracked aerial platforms varies depending on individual characteristics, optional accessories, and performance level. It is important to define a budget to narrow down the options, also because when you do not intend to purchase, you can opt for renting tracked aerial platforms.

Decision between purchasing or renting tracked aerial platforms

Piattaforme aeree cingolate: guida completa alla sceltaBoth options have advantages and disadvantages that must be evaluated based on operational needs, frequency of use, and financial availability.

Advantages of renting

Rental guarantees flexibility, especially for projects with specific short-term needs or for companies facing seasonal variations in demand for height work.

Among the main advantages:

  • Avoids a large financial commitment
  • Always has access to newer, more efficient technologies
  • Reduces maintenance costs, which are borne by the rental company

Advantages of purchasing

On the other hand, purchasing is convenient for companies that regularly use tracked aerial platforms in the long term.

Among the main advantages:

  • Reduces long-term costs
  • Immediate availability without depending on that of the rental company
  • Possibility of depreciation

Finally, the ability to manage the machine from a logistical and maintenance point of view if purchased should also be considered, comparing these expenses with periodic rental costs.

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