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Scissor lift

A scissor lift is a type of aerial work platform that only moves vertically and is used to provide temporary access to areas at height. They are recognizable through their crisscrossing supports.

The price for hiring a scissor lift depends on its maximal height, maximal working load and platform size.


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City Hire

London

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Mr Plant Hire

London

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Mteevan Hire

London

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Premier Plant Hire

Greater London

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PG Platforms

London and the South East

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JMS Access

Multiple locations

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Hird

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Riwal

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Prolift Access

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Balloo Hire

Northern Ireland

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Ardent

Multiple locations

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Chase Plant Hire

Birmingham

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Tiger Plant Hire

Wiltshire

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The Hireman

London

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Rhino Plant Hire

Essex and London

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Ermin Plant

West Midlands

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Lakeside Hire

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Griffiths Hire Shops

Shropshire & North Wales

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Turner Tool Hire

Around Sudbury

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Mark One Hire

Essex

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Local Tool Hire

London

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NLPH

North London

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CTH Hire Centres

Surrey

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West Coast Tool and Plant Hire

Argyll

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Double M Plant Hire

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Charles Wilson Engineers

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Scissor lift hire guide

Scissor lift used for facade work
Scissor lift being used
for facade work.

Why hire a scissor lift? What is a scissor lift?

A scissor lift is a type of aerial work platform that moves vertically and is used to provide temporary access to areas at height. Their distinguishing characteristic vs other aerial work platforms are their crisscrossing supports (which limit their movement vertically) while the boom lift has an extensible arm which allows to reach areas not accessible from directly below. The scissor lift was invented in 1963 by Charles Larson (US). Types of work typically done with a scissor lift are maintenance, inspection, painting, construction, installation of e.g. windows or tree trimming. Some scissor lifts are specifically suited for use on uneven surfaces, so make sure to take this into consideration when hiring a scissor lift.

How to operate and use a scissor lift?

Before starting, make sure the area is marked with yellow caution tape or red danger tape. Make yourself aware of potential electrical conductors you might hit as scissor lifts may sway and don't provide insulation against electricity. Before going all the way up, test all functions (including emergency stops) of the scissor lift. Remember that a scissor lift is not a crane so take into account the safe working load (SWL) of the platform. If you are painting something when on the scissor lift, make sure to seal off the platform to avoid paint damage. Refer to the operator manual on further instructions how to use the scissor lift you hired.

Refer to the video below for further tips and advice on how to use a scissor lift:

How high can a scissor lift go?

The maximum height of a scissor lift depends on the type of scissor lift, it typically varies between 10m and 25m or even higher. If access to higher areas is required, you can consider hiring a boom lift or cherry picker as these have higher working heights.

How to choose which scissor lift to hire?

When deciding on which scissor lift to hire, consider the following characteristics:

  • Working height: the working height is calculated as the height of the platform + 2 meter. Ensure the maximum working height is slightly above the maximum height you will have to reach
  • Safe working load: each scissor lift has a maximum weight for the combination of tools, equipment and people it can take up
  • Surface: consider hiring an off-road scissor lift suited for an uneven surface if this is required by the working environment
  • Power source: electric scissor lifts are better suited for indoor use because of their lower emissions, typical higher manoeuvrability and possibility to hire a scissor lift with non-marking tires
  • Platform size: ensure the platform is large enough to accommodate all people and equipment required for the works

Scissor lift vs boom lift

In addition to scissor lifts, another main type of aerial work platforms are boom lifts (also called cherry pickers) which have an extensible arm which allows to reach areas not accessible from directly below.

Advantages of a scissor lift vs a boom lift include:

  • Platform size: scissor lifts typically have larger platforms, which is helpful in case you need multiple people at height
  • Cost: scissor lifts are typically cheaper when compared to boom lifts
  • Place of use: (electric) scissor lifts can be easily used indoors if it is possible to get them there
  • Ease of use: scissor lifts are easier to operate than boom lifts

Disadvantages of scissor lifts include:

  • Maximum height: Boom lifts typically have higher working heights than scissor lifts
  • Reachability: scissor lifts only move vertically up and down, while boom lifts allow to go around obstacles and reach areas not accessible from directly below

What is the recommended safety equipment when hiring a scissor lift?

When using a scissor lift it is recommended to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Recommended safety equipment for a scissor lift consists of the following: hard hat, safety footwear, hand protection and harness.

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