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    Powering Up: Navigating Your Aerial Spider Lift Power Options at Tracked Lifts

    In the ever-demanding world of aerial lifts, power isn’t a one-size-fits-all. At Tracked Lifts, we understand that different projects require different power solutions. That’s why we offer a selective range of power options tailored to suit your specific needs. Whether you’re tackling indoor maintenance, outdoor utility work, or environmentally conscious projects, we’ve got you covered! Let’s dive into the three main power options available: Internal Combustion Only, Electric Only, and Hybrid.

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    Available Spider Lift Power Options at Tracked Lifts

    Internal Combustion Only: Diesel or Gasoline
    Electric Only

    Internal Combustion Only vs. Hybrid

    Hybrid vs. Fully Electric

    Which spider lift power option is best for you?

    Fully Electric
    Internal Combustion Only: Diesel or Gasoline

    Available Spider Lift Power Options at Tracked Lifts

    When it comes to powering your aerial lift, flexibility is important to a lot of people- and for good reason. Whether you prefer the reliability of diesel, the affordability of gasoline, the eco-friendliness of electric, or the versatility of a hybrid, here at Tracked Lifts, we can surely accommodate your unique needs.  

    Internal Combustion Only: Diesel or Gasoline 

    Our machines are equipped with trusted and well-known engines, such as Kubota Diesel and Honda Gasoline. The majority of our models feature Kubota Diesel engines, which are renowned for their reliability and power. For those eyeing up a lift that comes standard with a gasoline engine, such as the TL 18.95, rest assured knowing that most of our gasoline standard machines have the option of upgrading to a Kubota diesel engine. The Universal Technical Institute wrote in their article about diesel versus gas engines, “Diesel engines have several advantages compared to gasoline engines, often making them the preferred choice, especially in industries like construction, transportation and agriculture. These sectors rely on durability, power and fuel efficiency to run smoothly.”  

    While we can agree that diesel engines are more popular than gas engines for these reasons, gas engines are not without their benefits as well. Generally, gas engine machines are more affordable, and our Honda GX390 also features less required maintenance points than its diesel counterpart.

    Electric Only 

    When it comes to fully electric aerial lifts, there are two main battery types: Lithium-Ion and Lead Acid. In order to choose which battery is right for you and your scope of work, it is important to understand the strengths and benefits of both types. 

    Lithium-ion batteries are one of the most popular rechargeable batteries on the market today. Lithium-ion batteries are best known and popular for being quick, efficient, and because of their even distribution of power over the life of the charge.  

    Lead acid batteries were the first ever rechargeable batteries created for commercial use. Lead acid batteries continue to be in wide use today and there are many reasons for their popularity, such as being dependable and inexpensive on a cost-per-watt basis. 


    Combining the best of both worlds, our hybrid models feature combinations such as Diesel/Lithium-Ion, Diesel/Lead Acid, and Gasoline/Lithium-Ion. These hybrids ensure versatility and efficiency for various applications- and our manufacturers have been making reliable hybrid machines for over 15 years. 

    “It offers the power density of diesel, with the option to run on batteries in certain locations that prohibit emissions. Similarly, it offers end-users flexibility when there is no charging infrastructure at the work site”. -Heavy Equipment Guide.  


    Internal Combustion Only vs. Hybrid 

    Rather than comparing these options, it’s essential to understand their unique strengths and suitability for different projects. Each choice has its advantages, ensuring there's a perfect fit for every need.  

    Internal combustion only engines have been a standard for decades, especially in the equipment industry. Many people choose gas or diesel engines due to their reliability, maintenance familiarity, and efficiency. Internal combustion engine aerial lifts are also lighter and are usually cheaper than hybrid aerial lifts. Businesses that solely provide outdoor services would likely lean towards a gas or diesel only machine.  

    Hybrid machines, which are becoming increasingly more popular, provide the benefits of better fuel economy as well as minimized emissions when compared to internal combustion only. With emission regulations on the rise, more and more businesses are seeking hybrid equipment options. Hybrid aerial lifts tend to have lower fuel costs, are quieter, and can be used for both outdoor or indoor work, making it a bit more diverse and flexible than traditional internal combustion only engine aerial lifts. Businesses that offer both indoor and outdoor services would likely lean towards a hybrid machine.  

    Hybrid vs. Fully Electric 

    Both hybrid and fully electric lifts offer eco-friendly solutions with low-to-no emissions and quieter operation. While a hybrid provides the power of traditional internal combustion only engines alongside electric capabilities, fully electric lifts excel in indoor environments and comply with stringent environmental regulations. For example, California is the first to have some of the most progressive emissions standards, starting a zero-emission standard law in 2027. In an article by TCIA regarding lower emission standards, “We are having this conversation more and more with customers at trade shows, and it is a growing concern, particularly for California customers.”


    Which spider lift power option is best for you? 

    With the demand for versatility and sustainability in an aerial lift, choosing the right power option for your business is instrumental. From traditional diesel or gasoline only engines to the innovative hybrid and fully electric models, each choice comes with its own set of advantages. Whether you prioritize indoor functionality, environmental sustainability, or cost efficiency, we’ll explore the features, benefits, and ideal applications of each power option. 

    Fully Electric 

    Determining the optimal power option depends on various factors, including project scope, environmental regulations, budget constraints, contractual requirements, and operational preferences. 

    When considering the best power option for your needs, fully electric aerial lifts offer a compelling solution, particularly for indoor applications. These lifts are designed to operate quietly, making them ideal for environments where noise pollution is a concern, such as museums, movie sets, and commercial installations.

    Additionally, their electric motors produce zero emissions during normal operations, aligning with stringent environmental regulations and catering to environmentally conscious customers.

    While some may question the power output of electric lifts compared to traditional fuel only engines, it's worth noting that modern electric options often boast comparable power levels. By embracing fully electric aerial lifts, businesses can not only meet their operational needs but also contribute to a cleaner and quieter working environment.

    Internal Combustion Only: Diesel or Gasoline 

    Gas or diesel only powered aerial lifts offer several advantages, making them a popular choice for various outdoor uses and projects. For starters, they are often more cost-efficient compared to electric alternatives although this can depend on individual circumstances.

    Additionally, maintenance for diesel or gasoline engines is familiar and straightforward, reducing downtime and associated costs. Unlike electric models, there’s no need to worry about charging – simply refuel and continue operations, making them ideal for extended use in remote areas.

    While these are primary benefits, it’s always worthwhile consulting with our expert sales team for additional insights tailored to your specific needs. Common applications for internal combustion only aerial lifts include tree work, solar panel installation, utility maintenance, and groundskeeping. 



    Hybrid aerial lifts offer the best of both worlds, combining the efficiency of traditional gas or diesel engines with the eco-friendliness of electric power. These versatile machines operate quietly when needed, making them ideal for indoor jobs with minimal noise disturbance. With low emissions, hybrid lifts contribute to a greener work environment while maintaining horsepower comparable to internal combustion only engines.

    Additionally, many hybrid models come equipped with on-board chargers that replenish the battery while driving, ensuring uninterrupted performance on the job. Whether it’s tree work, facility maintenance, residential utility tasks or even festive Christmas light installations, hybrid aerial lifts excel in a variety of applications, providing reliability and sustainability for businesses and contractors alike.  


    At Tracked Lifts, we recognize the importance of providing diverse power options to accommodate the various demands of our customers' businesses. With more lift options than ever- whether you prioritize efficiency, environmental sustainability, or versatility, our customizable tracked spider lifts ensure that you find the perfect fit for your projects. Get in touch with our sales team to explore our range of power options and tailor your aerial lift to suit your unique needs!


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