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What is a scissor lift?

'A scissor lift is a work platform which can only move in the vertical plane on which personnel, equipment and materials may be elevated to perform work'

Types of Scissor Lifts

There are five types of scissor lifts to choose from depending on your requirements...

  1. Hydraulic scissor lifts
  2. Diesel scissor lifts
  3. Electrical scissor lifts
  4. Rough terrain scissor lifts
  5. Pneumatic scissor lifts

Hydraulic Scissor Lifts

Powered by either an electric motor or compressed air hydraulic scissor lifts can be utilized both inside and outside. Hydraulic liquid is either pushed or drained from cylinder to cylinder allowing the scissor lift to raise or lower as necessary. Hydraulic scissor lifts are recommended for operation in warehouses, on construction sites and infrastructure projects.

Diesel Scissor Lifts

Diesel scissor lifts are loud machines powered by traditional diesel engines. Since they emit fumes into the environment and are noisy, diesel scissor lifts are best used in outdoor construction where there is space for ventilation and the noise will not distract other workers. Diesel machines generally come with larger platforms which are useful for working in outdoor areas or well ventilated indoor spaces.

Electric Scissor Lifts

Powered by electric batteries rather than a combustion engine, electric scissor lifts are ideally suited for indoor operation due to a lack of exhaust emissions or loud noises when operating. Electric scissor lifts are generally smaller, less bulky and have small narrower platforms than their diesel powered counterparts. As they are designed to operate indoors units are often fitted with non-marking tyres to prevent floor damage during operations.

Rough Terrain Scissor Lifts

Exclusively designed for outdoor use, rough terrain scissor lifts generally have a higher weight-lifting capacity and larger platform. Rough terrain scissor lifts are ideal for sites with sloping and uneven surfaces. Their function is the same as that of the electric lifts, the difference being its heavy duty tyres designed exclusively for rough outdoor construction sites and outriggers to stabilise the machine on slopes.

Pneumatic Scissor Lifts

Pneumatic scissor lifts are air powered with no electrical or hydraulics resulting in an incredibly clean and maintenance free lift. They use air pressure to raise and lower the lift, this make them ideal for operations that want to be environmentally friendly and reduce their carbon footprint.

Need to hire a scissor lift? Contact us today to find out how we can help!