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 recognisable 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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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 is their crisscrossing supports (which limit their movement vertically), while the boom lift has an extensible arm that can 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 windows, for example), or tree trimming. Some scissor lifts are specifically suited for use on uneven surfaces, so make sure to consider this when hiring one.
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 whilst on the scissor lift, make sure to seal off the platform to avoid paint damage. Refer to the operator manual on further instructions for using the scissor lift you hired.
Refer to the video below for further tips and advice on how to use a scissor lift:
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 they have higher working heights.
When deciding on which scissor lift to hire, consider the following characteristics:
In addition to scissor lifts, another main type of aerial work platform is a boom lift (also called cherry pickers), which has an extensible arm that can reach areas not accessible from directly below.
Advantages of a scissor lift vs a boom lift include:
Disadvantages of scissor lifts include:
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.
Guide written by Tomas Mertens (Master of Engineering at KU Leuven)