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Frequently Asked Questions on Fiberglass Booms

FAQs on Fiberglass Booms, Insulated Booms & More

At Waco Boom, we know all there is to know about fiberglass booms. From how to utilize them in your industry and how to customize the boom to your perfect fit, we have the answers! 

 

Why Use a Filament Wound Boom?

Waco Boom’s filament wound booms protect workers who are working on or near electrical lines. It is appropriate for:

  • Utility distribution: Proper insulation helps mitigate risks of live line work.
  • Utility transmission: Dependable booms allow workers to safely maintain and repair energized lines.
  • Tree care: Right-of-way management requires safe, insulated equipment to protect workers from nearby electrical hazards, allowing them to manage trees and shrubs efficiently.
  • Construction: Insulated fiberglass booms increase protection and prevent possible damage or injury from a live electrical line.
  • Cranes: Facilities maintenance and equipment rental agencies can be prepared with the safest vehicles for whatever job is on the line-up for the day.

What are the Benefits of Filament Wound Booms?

  • High rigidity and strength
  • Electrical insulation
  • Lightweight
  • Corrosion-resistant

What is the Lifespan of a Boom?

The lifespan of a filament wound boom depends on the usage conditions & application for the boom. Call an expert today to learn more!

What are the Applications of Filament Wound Booms?

Jibs, upper booms, and lower booms are all made with filament wound booms on telescopic, articulating, and over-center aerial platforms. They are also used on insulated tools and line lifters.

Industries include:

  • Aviation and aerospace
  • Commercial and retail
  • Municipalities, public works, and departments of transportation
  • Electric utility
  • Telecommunications
  • Sign, light, and traffic
  • Wind energy
  • Tree care and vegetation management

What is the purpose of a boom on a Crane?

Facilities maintenance and equipment rental agencies can utilize the versatility of cranes with an insulated boom tip. By design, telescopic boom cranes are high-strength and high-reaching. Outfitting cranes with insulated components equip them for utility lines. Booms manufactured at Waco Boom attach to cranes as jib booms to develop insulated tools and aerial work platforms. To get more detailed information on insulated booms for cranes and fiberglass crane jibs, call an expert today.

What is the purpose of a boom in the Construction Industry?

Insulated elevating work platforms and devices play a key role in facilitating power and lighting infrastructure. These unique machines provide versatility and strength to perform the necessary work. Combined with a Waco Boom filament-wound fiberglass boom, operators can depend on the added protection from damage or injury when encountering live electrical lines.

What is Dielectric Testing?

DC dielectric testing verifies the insulating properties of finished parts.  Lower booms are submerged in water for an hour prior to testing. This ensures no wicking or entrapment of moisture that would be detrimental to the insulating performance of the boom.  Waco Boom uses a 100KV testing unit and employees attend the Von Corp. course for Electrically Testing Insulated Aerial Lift Devices.

What is Filament Winding?

Filament-winding is somewhat common for producing storage tanks and pipe, but Waco Boom uses superior, multi-axis filament winders featuring CNC technology with precise control over the orientation of the fibers in the boom throughout the laminate. This precision allows the winders to make the boom customized for its specific end-use application and related stresses. Tension is also controlled in the winding process. The precision and elimination of gaps or inconsistencies cannot be matched with hand lay-up or centrifugal casting.

What is truly special about Waco Boom’s manufacturing process is the combination of filament-winding with an external molding system that is unique to composites. This technology results in a very high fiber-to-resin ratio (typically in excess of 75% fiberglass by weight) which corresponds to an excellent strength-to-weight ratio. Waco Boom’s unique molding technology controls the part dimensions to fit the customer’s distinct design.

What are Filament Wound Booms?

Filament wound booms are constructed of fiberglass to form the structure of many types of aerial lifts. The filament wound boom provides electrical insulation, which protects workers, the public, and property from any potential threat of electrocution. This unique feature makes filament wound booms ideal for work around power lines.

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Common Sizes

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ID (in) OD (in) Zxx (in3) Wt/L (lb/in)
2.25 X 3.25 3.25 X 4.25 6.58 0.46
2.25 X 3.25 3.75 X 4.75 11.18 0.75
2.75 X 3.63 3.75 X 4.63 7.76 0.50
3.00 X 3.00 4.00 X 4.00 7.25 0.50
3.06 X 3.06 4.00 X 4.00 6.97 0.48
3.25 X 3.25 4.00 X 4.00 5.98 0.39
3.50 X 3.50 4.00 X 4.00 4.39 0.27
3.13 X 5.13 4.00 X 6.00 12.17 0.57
3.13 X 5.13 4.63 X 6.63 21.91 1.02
3.50 X 7.50 5.38 X 9.38 50.76 1.71
4.25 X 6.25 5.00 X 7.00 15.98 0.60
4.25 X 6.25 5.25 X 7.25 22.12 0.82
4.25 X 6.25 5.50 X 7.50 27.15 1.03
4.25 X 6.25 5.79 X 7.79 33.67 1.28
4.25 X 6.25 7.00 X 9.00 68.05 2.49
4.50 X 4.50 5.50 X 5.50 15.08 0.72
5.13 X 7.13 5.79 X 7.79 17.55 0.59
5.13 X 7.13 6.13 X 8.13 27.92 0.93
5.13 X 7.13 6.38 X 8.38 34.75 1.16
5.13 X 7.13 7.00 X 9.00 55.17 1.82
5.50 X 7.50 7.00 X 9.00 51.30 1.56
5.50 X 9.50 7.00 X 11.00 69.44 1.78
6.06 X 6.06 6.75 X 6.75 17.59 0.63
6.06 X 6.06 7.00 X 7.00 24.65 0.88
6.13 X 8.13 6.79 X 8.79 25.22 0.71
6.13 X 8.13 7.00 X 9.00 32.07 0.93
6.13 X 8.13 7.07 X 9.07 36.58 1.03
6.13 X 8.13 7.25 X 9.25 44.21 1.24
6.13 X 8.13 7.38 X 9.38 47.93 1.37
6.13 X 8.13 7.50 X 9.50 49.93 1.46
6.13 X 8.13 7.88 X 9.88 71.45 1.97
6.5 X 12.00 7.5 X 13.5 67.33 1.40
6.50 X 12.00 8.50 X 14.00 143.92 2.95
7.13 X 7.13 7.79 X 7.79 22.30 0.69
7.13 X 7.13 8.00 X 8.00 31.68 0.95
7.13 X 7.13 8.79 X 8.79 59.48 1.82
7.56 X 9.56 8.38 X 10.38 42.19 1.02
7.56 X 9.56 8.56 X 10.56 52.99 1.28
7.56 X 9.56 8.63 X 10.63 56.62 1.36
7.56 X 9.56 9.25 X 11.25 95.24 2.26
8.13 X 8.13 8.79 X 8.79 29.03 0.78
8.13 X 8.13 9.13 X 9.13 43.90 1.19
8.13 X 8.13 9.38 X 9.38 58.15 1.55
8.13 X 8.13 9.50 X 9.50 64.70 1.72
8.13 X 8.13 9.88 X 9.88 81.42 2.18
8.18 X 10.19 8.88 X 10.89 41.09 0.93
8.18 X 10.19 9.00 X 11.00 49.13 1.11
8.18 X 10.19 9.25 X 11.25 63.70 1.45
8.18 X 10.19 9.30 X 11.30 71.05 1.58
8.18 X 10.19 9.50 X 11.50 80.18 1.82
8.18 X 10.19 9.88 X 11.88 101.62 2.32
8.18 X 10.19 10.00 X 12.00 117.81 2.62
9.00 X 9.00 9.88 X 9.88 45.69 1.13
9.00 X 9.00 11.25 X 11.25 130.89 3.15
9.25 X 9.25 10.00 X 10.00 44.61 1.04
9.00 X 11.00 10.50 X 12.50 112.66 2.30
10.13 X 10.13 11.00 X 11.00 58.79 1.28
10.13 X 10.13 11.25 X 11.25 77.68 1.68
10.13 X 10.13 11.44 X 11.44 92.21 1.98
10.13 X 10.13 11.50 X 11.50 97.12 2.09
10.13 X 10.13 12.13 X 12.13 148.30 3.15
10.75 X 10.75 11.88 X 11.88 80.02 1.68
10.75 X 10.75 12.50 X 12.50 143.42 2.88
10.75 X 10.75 12.75 X 12.75 147.69 3.09
10.19 X 12.19 11.19 X 13.19 80.86 1.56
10.19 X 12.19 11.94 X 13.94 158.38 2.96
10.19 X 12.19 13.56 X 15.56 314.78 5.89
10.13 X 13.13 11.06 X 14.06 88.90 1.59
10.13 X 13.13 11.32 X 14.32 112.11 2.01
10.13 X 13.13 11.81 X 14.81 161.69 2.89
10.13 X 13.13 12.06 X 15.06 190.70 3.39
10.13 X 13.13 12.56 X 15.56 249.29 4.38
10.13 X 13.13 13.31 X 16.31 343.10 5.94
10.13 X 13.13 14.44 X 17.44 472.70 8.19
13.13 X 13.13 15.06 X 15.06 229.09 3.81
13.13 X 13.13 15.56 X 15.56 287.72 4.80
13.13 X 13.13 16.81 X 16.81 472.98 7.72
13.13 X 13.13 17.44 X 17.44 574.08 9.26
15.50 X 15.50 16.81 X 16.81 214.49 3.01
15.50 X 15.50 17.00 X 17.00 243.75 3.43
ID (in) OD (in) Zxx (in3) Wt/L (lb/in)
3.06 4.1 4.67 0.42
3.23 4.25 5.02 0.43
3.23 4.625 7.40 0.62
3.23 5.5 14.39 1.12
3.8 5.5 12.61 0.89
6.06 6.75 10.58 0.50
6.06 8.25 39.08 1.77
6.997 8.997 45.34 1.81
12 13 59.09 1.41
10.08 13 137.73 3.81
ID (mm) OD (mm) Zxx (cm3) Wt/L (kg/m)
57 X 83 83 X 108 107.83 8.27
57 X 83 95 X 121 183.21 13.41
70 X 92 95 X 117 127.09 8.93
76 X 76 102 X 102 118.74 9.00
78 X 78 102 X 102 114.22 8.53
83 X 83 102 X 102 98.04 6.99
89 X 89 102 X 102 71.93 4.82
79 X 130 102 X 152 199.44 10.16
79 X 130 117 X 168 358.99 18.25
89 X 191 137 X 238 831.79 30.59
108 X 159 127 X 178 261.84 10.75
108 X 159 133 X 184 362.40 14.72
108 X 159 140 X 191 444.87 18.42
108 X 159 147 X 198 551.73 22.89
108 X 159 178 X 229 1115.21 44.52
114 X 114 140 X 140 247.19 12.77
130 X 181 147 X 198 287.59 10.58
130 X 181 156 X 206 457.52 16.57
130 X 181 162 X 213 569.53 20.75
130 X 181 178 X 229 904.07 32.48
140 X 191 178 X 229 840.69 27.86
140 X 241 178 X 279 1137.99 31.72
154 X 154 171 X 171 288.27 11.24
154 X 154 178 X 178 403.97 15.66
156 X 206 172 X 223 413.21 12.74
156 X 206 178 X 229 525.53 16.55
156 X 206 179 X 230 599.52 18.38
156 X 206 184 X 235 724.52 22.22
156 X 206 187 X 238 785.40 24.45
156 X 206 191 X 241 818.19 26.06
156 X 206 200 X 251 1170.80 35.26
165 X 305 191 X 343 1103.3 25.00
165 X 305 216 X 356 2358.45 52.70
181 X 181 198 X 198 365.44 12.29
181 X 181 203 X 203 519.22 17.00
181 X 181 223 X 223 974.73 32.51
192 X 243 213 X 264 691.4 18.22
192 X 243 218 X 268 868.35 22.84
192 X 243 219 X 270 927.87 24.37
192 X 243 235 X 286 1560.66 40.42
206 X 206 223 X 223 475.69 14.00
206 X 206 232 X 232 719.45 21.23
206 X 206 238 X 238 952.97 27.66
206 X 206 241 X 241 1060.31 30.69
206 X 206 251 X 251 1334.21 38.93
208 X 259 225 X 276 673.41 16.69
208 X 259 229 X 280 805.14 19.89
208 X 259 235 X 286 1043.78 25.91
208 X 259 236 X 287 1164.30 28.17
208 X 259 241 X 292 1313.94 32.47
208 X 259 251 X 302 1665.29 41.52
208 X 259 254 X 305 1930.48 46.77
229 X 229 251 X 251 748.70 20.13
229 X 229 286 X 286 2144.86 56.25
235 X 235 254 X 254 731.07 18.56
229 X 279 267 X 318 1846.23 41.05
257 X 257 279 X 279 963.43 22.82
257 X 257 286 X 286 1273.00 29.97
257 X 257 291 X 291 1511.06 35.44
257 X 257 292 X 292 1591.57 37.28
257 X 257 308 X 308 2430.12 56.27
273 X 273 302 X 302 1311.32 30.04
273 X 273 318 X 318 2350.18 51.49
273 X 273 324 X 324 2420.23 55.26
259 X 310 284 X 335 1325.09 27.85
259 X 310 303 X 354 2595.35 52.82
259 X 310 344 X 395 5158.31 105.11
257 X 333 281 X 357 1456.78 28.33
257 X 334 287 X 364 1837.19 35.88
257 X 333 300 X 376 2649.70 51.64
257 X 333 306 X 383 3125.03 60.54
257 X 333 319 X 395 4085.08 78.30
257 X 333 338 X 414 5622.40 106.14
257 X 333 367 X 443 7746.09 146.19
333 X 333 383 X 383 3754.06 68.01
333 X 333 395 X 395 4714.92 85.77
333 X 333 427 X 427 7750.83 137.80
333 X 333 443 X 443 9407.45 165.33
394 X 394 427 X 427 3514.89 53.70
394 X 394 432 X 432 3994.36 61.23
ID (mm) OD (mm) Zxx (cm3) Wt/L (kg/m)
78 104 76.48 7.52
82 108 82.30 7.70
82 117 121.30 11.07
82 140 235.83 20.01
97 140 206.67 15.97
154 171 173.35 8.93
154 210 640.38 31.65
178 229 743.04 32.30
305 330 968.37 25.25
256 330 2256.91 68.06
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