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What Size Outrigger Pads Do I Need For A Boom Truck?

By Lisa Hobbie Created: May, 2021

When shopping for outrigger pads for purposes, a good rule of thumb is to find something that is at least three times the square surface area of the float or shoe, but a larger footprint is necessary on rough soil or surface conditions. It’s also important to consider the appropriate mat size for outrigger loads. Just take the maximum outrigger load and divide it by the allowable ground bearing pressure to determine the pad area needed.

The outrigger pads for boom truck use at Greatmats are superior. There are many different sizes and styles, but the following four are the most common ones for sale:
  1. Outrigger Pad 4 x 4 Ft x 2 Inch
  2. Outrigger Pad 3 x 3 Ft x 2 Inch
  3. Outrigger Pad 2 x 2 Ft x 2 Inch
  4. Outrigger Pad 18 x 18 x 1 Inch

Boom trucks are commonly used for everything from delivering drywall to HVAC units and anything else needing to be lifted vertically. Employing outrigger pads will offer stability when the loads are lifted, and the following four products can be placed on concrete, solid soil, and more.

Outrigger Pad 4 x 4 Ft x 2 Inch are super long lasting and durable outrigger pads for boom truck use. They are high load capacity crane pads that are specifically made to support cranes or boom trucks without splintering, warping, or pending. With a vertical load bearing capacity of up to 135,000 pounds and 45 degree angle load capacity of 55,000 , these safety pads offer outstanding support - subject to ground conditions. They boast a safety textured tread surface to deliver improved grip and stability. Made from a proprietary engineered thermoplastic material that is highly durable, they are not only supportive, but they are also non-conductive, non magnetic, and resistant to water, oil, chemicals, and temperature.

These outrigger pads for boom truck use have safety orange handles, ensuring optimum use and clear visibility and offering protection for the operator - preventing injury to the hand, finger, and knuckle. If the pads bend, they will return to their original shape, and they are virtually indestructible if used appropriately. With a block of wood or outrigger protection pad between the outrigger and ground protection mat it will keep your ground protection mats working longer as well.

These pads are easy to maintain and clean with a brush or hose off. They are suitable for lightweight cranes, industrial vehicles, lift bucket trucks, utility trucks, and boom trucks. This sized outrigger pad is priced at just under $1,500 each and comes with a 1 year warranty. It weighs 160 pounds and offers 16 square feet of coverage.



The Outrigger Pad 3 x 3 Ft x 2 Inch product is just a bit smaller than the 4 x 4 foot option. It delivers all of the features and benefits as the previously highlighted outrigger pads for boom truck use, like safety textured surface tread, no delamination, ergonomic safety orange thermoplastic handles, and recovery memory, but these have a vertical load bearing capacity of up 98,000 pounds and a 45 degree angle load capacity of 45,000 pounds. Each pad is priced at just under $975, and it comes with a 1 year limited warranty. The pads weigh 90 pounds each and offer 9 square feet of coverage.



the same features and benefits as the previously highlighted options, as well. These pads have a vertical load bearing capacity of 62,000 pounds and a 45 degree angle load capacity of 40,000 pounds. They are priced at around $425 each, and they also come with a 1 year warranty. This size weighs 38 pounds and offers 4 square feet of coverage.



Finally, the Outrigger Pad 18 x 18 x 1 Inch option, with all of the same benefits and features as the others, boasts a vertical load bearing capacity of 55,000 pounds and a 45 degree angle load capacity of 30,000 pounds. Priced at about $170 each, each pad comes with a 1 year warranty. The pads weigh 11 pound each and offer 2.25 square feet of coverage.

Greatmats - For the Best Outrigger Pads for Boom Truck Use

Greatmats is your one stop shop to go to for outrigger pads and ground protection mats for not only boom trucks, but for all heavy equipment from a backhoe to a tow truck, crane, and more.

The outrigger pads highlighted here are among the best available anywhere, and if you need help deciding which ones are the correct size for your boom truck, project, and site, just reach out to the Greatmats’ team who is ready to help. Together, you can decide which of the solutions would work the best.
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