Common Uses for Scissor Lifts
Scissor lifts provide several benefits over ladders include safety of the worker and a level space in which to work. Powered by hydraulics, scissor lifts unfold the lift supports to move the platform to the necessary heights. These lifts come in different shapes, sizes, lift heights, and power options from the small-scale pallet lift to the large, high-level lifts that can extend up to 90’.
Main Components for Scissor Boom Lifts
Other features of a scissor lift include:
- • Scissor lift support
- • Tires (tread may vary for indoor and outdoor use)
- • Platform extension
- • Battery Compartment
Manufacturers & ModelsWhen comparing manufacturers and models, it is important to consider the following:
It is important to assess the type of material you will be lifting on the scissor lift. Scissor lifts are best utilized with stable materials that can fit on the platform and is not off-center. You should never lift any material that doesn’t fit on the platform of a scissor lift.
There are three types of transition methods for moving loads off the scissor lift: Rolled on/off, Slid on/off, and placed on/off. Knowing how you plan to move the materials is critical in choosing an appropriate lift.
The weight of the load is important to consider because the platform may require additional supports to prevent deflecting or bending. Some scissor lifts can lift up to 6,000 lbs while others only 600, including the weight of the operator.
Most scissor lifts have a working height range for 20 to 40 feet, but smaller may extend only 10 feet while others, as mentioned before, can extend up to 90 feet. It is important to assess the overhead room and the needed reach before picking a scissor lift.