aerial lifts require functioning joystick controllers

What are Aerial Lift Joystick Controllers?

In order to operate any type of aerial lift, one thing is common. The joystick controller!

What is an aerial lift joystick controller?

Joysticks are a controlling device that is comprised of a stick that pivots on a base. Also known as a control column, which is also the principal controlling device in aircraft, the joystick controller is a powerful device for high powered equipment.

For many, our introduction to joysticks come at a young age playing video games. In the aerial device world, joystick controllers follow a similar work flow, but operate aerial lifts, boom lifts, scissor lifts and more (instead of video games).

Based on the initial use in aircraft, the use within aerial devices makes a lot of sense because operators are comfortable with the general design to control large machines. Interestingly, the origins of the word joystick dates back to the early 20th century!

“The name "joystick" is thought to originate with early 20th century French pilot Robert Esnault-Pelterie. There are also competing claims on behalf of fellow pilots Robert Loraine, James Henry Joyce, and A. E. George. Loraine is cited by the Oxford English Dictionary for using the term "joystick" in his diary in 1909 when he went to Pau to learn to fly at Bleriot's school. George was a pioneer aviator who with his colleague Jobling built and flew a biplane at Newcastle in England in 1910. He is alleged to have invented the "George Stick" which became more popularly known as the joystick. The George and Jobling aircraft control column is in the collection of the Discovery Museum in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Joysticks were present in early planes, though their mechanical origins are uncertain. The coining of the term "joystick" may actually be credited to Loraine, as his is the earliest known usage of the term, although he most certainly did not invent the device.” 

Why joystick controllers are important? 

Joystick controllers are important because they control the powerful boom lifts, scissor lifts and other aerial lift devices. As we all know, heavy equipment and machines provide a lot of benefits, but also present potential dangers. As a result, operators must understand and train on functioning joystick controllers because the ease of control is important when using high access machinery and lifts. 

Additionally, due to the importance of joystick controllers, operators need reliable equipment. If controllers pause or produce delays in movement, then accidents may happen. So, replacing or installing joystick controllers for platform lifts of all varieties is necessary to keep machines functioning properly. 

How can Aerial Equipment Parts help?

Aerial Equipment Parts offers replacement joysticks for aerial lifts at excellent prices for the most major brands.

Offering a sizable selection of joystick controllers for scissor lifts, boom lifts and other aerial lifts, our goal remains consistent and want to provide quality parts to service multiple industries. Therefore, we offer joystick controllers of various models from companies including JLG, Genie and SkyJack. Products are available at the most competitive prices and are shipped fast! 

Who is Aerial Equipment Parts?

We are an equipment parts wholesaler. AEP strives to provide quality parts at a reasonable price to all users in the aerial lift industry. At Aerial Equipment Parts we realize it is important to speak with sales representatives that know the aerial lift industry. Most of our reps have started in our warehouse fulfilling orders and worked their way up to phone support. When you call AEP you will speak with someone who knows parts. Additionally, we know you have a lot of things to think about and don’t want finding the right  part for your lift to be one of them. Plus, our parts meet or exceed the original manufacturer's quality. Finally, we know when you need a part, you need it fast to ensure your operations don’t slow down. As a result, we maintain stocked warehouses throughout the US and ship Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CST.

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