The Different Types Of Scissor Lifts And Their Uses

Scissor lifts provide a stable platform for workers to carry out high-reach work, making them suitable for use in various industries where goods must be safely and efficiently raised and lowered between heights.

How Do Scissor Lifts Work?

They work on a scissor-based action to provide a solid platform that remains stable as it is raised and lowered within its own footprint, allowing workers to carry out tasks at height. Scissor lifts are a popular, cost-effective choice, enabling workers to manoeuvre up and down without requiring a safety harness. Many scissor lifts can reach heights up to around 32 feet, and weight limit capacity varies according to the chosen model. Scissor lifts are efficient and straightforward to operate, requiring no previous knowledge to learn the controls, although training in safe usage should be carried out to ensure compliance with HSE regulations for lifting operations and lifting equipment. Their compact platform style makes them useful in confined or tightly packed areas as they require little floor space. The upright lifting scissor action makes them suitable for use in height-restricted areas. Scissor lifts, such as those from leading loading bay solutions company Transdek, can be surface mounted to offer speedy installation in a day or two. Alternatively, options are available to pit-mount scissor lifts where required. 

Making The Right Choice

You should always check that the machinery you purchase is CE-plated and comply with EN1570 and Machinery Directive requirements. Doing so will ensure that your equipment is reliable, robust and capable. 

Scissor lifts can be supplied for loading onto the warehouse and storage racking safely to load vehicles, including the largest double-deck trailers. Choosing a manufacturer that offers pre-fitted modular load-house pods will give you speedy installation with minimal disruption. Scissor lifts are versatile and can be fitted with tilters to improve operator safety and reduce the risk of falls. It is also possible to build scissor lifts with rotating, articulated or extendable lift platforms to provide broader capability.

What options do I have?

Scissor lifts are available and powered by hydraulic or gas/diesel mechanisms. Hydraulic options are heavy-duty and use simple electro-hydraulic circuitry, making them a cost-effective solution to purchase and run. A mobilised scissor lift will likely be powered by batteries that recharge on an AC power supply connection. These units are ideal for use to facilitate lifting requirements inside. Hydraulic lifts are incredibly energy efficient, making them cheap to use. 

For external use or when a higher load power or greater traction is required, it may be appropriate to choose a gas, propane or diesel model. You may look for a heavy-duty model if you need a scissor lift for construction purposes or require a broader extension range. In all cases, it is wise to seek expert advice from a supplier who can advise and, where necessary, create a custom-built scissor lift that does everything you need.

Electric scissor lifts can be less bulky than diesel-powered units and are suitable for smaller areas, or where noise or fuel emissions would cause problems.

Where rough or uneven ground is a problem, scissor lifts can be fitted with heavy-duty tyres and additional safety mechanisms to make them suitable for harsh terrains.

Many standard models operate with weights up to 1 tonne. However, bespoke models may be adaptable to cope with heavier loads. The simplicity of operation enables them to be handled by just one individual, which leaves the remaining team members free to carry out other tasks.

Choosing carefully

Choosing the most suitable scissor lift requires an understanding of the lift and mobility mechanisms most suited to each application and an assessment of the noise and emissions from each type, so it is always worth getting advice from a professional business that can design and manufacture the most suitable scissor lift or recommend a standard model to meet your needs. Why not call our team to work out which type of scissor lift will be your best choice?


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