Scissor lifts get their name from the scissor design of the lift supports that unfold and fold back as the lift is raised and lowered. Scissor lifts are useful for raising and lowering heavy loads or workers, and their stable design allows the lift platform to be raised directly above the base. These lifts provide unmatched stability compared to other platforms.
The platform of a scissor lift is relatively large and offers enough work space to safely lift a worker and their tools and equipment. The work platform is also free standing, providing a safe and level space to work surrounded by guardrails for fall safety. The mobility of the lift base also allows for easy maneuvering.
Types of Scissor Lifts
Scissor lifts are generally designed to lift workers and equipment to great height, but are also available in smaller sizes that are used for lifting objects such as pallets to lower heights. They are available in a wide range of lift height and power options that are suitable for various work environments.
Low level scissor lifts are useful for indoor work spaces such as warehouses and garages. These scissor lifts reach to a height of approximately 20 to 25 feet. They are lighter, powered by an electric motor, and feature smooth wheel surfaces that reduce wear and tear on flooring and designed for indoor work environments.
High level scissor lifts can reach heights not accessible to lower level lifts. They can reach heights up to 22 meters which is ideal for a wide range of high level work environments. High level scissor lifts can be either electric or gas powered depending on the work environment.
Though all scissor lifts may be used outdoors, there are a few design features that make a scissor lift especially geared towards outdoor work spaces. A scissor lift for outdoor use should feature rugged pneumatic tires for rough terrain and powered by a gas or diesel engine. They are typically a high level lift that can be used to access telephone or electrical wires.