The scissor lift is an excellent piece of equipment that is efficient, safe, and able to withstand heavy loads and reach heights a ladder cannot. The scissor or table lift has made a considerable difference to the way industry workers go about their jobs, saving a tremendous amount of money and time. There are two types of scissor lifts.
A scissor lift is powered by either electricity or gas and has a rail platform that is used to raise or lower heavy loads. What makes the scissor lift unique is the crisscross supports underneath that lengthen the platform as it rises. This particular feature is what sets them apart from other types of lifts that are also used to elevate loads.
Scissor lifts come in different sizes for different applications, case in point, and a mini scissor lift, which measures about four feet wide. This lift is efficient for navigation between tight warehouse aisles. When you need to trim trees or clean windows, you can use scissor lifts. Scissor lifts consist of four wheels that have outriggers attached securely to the ground, and for safety, the operator wears a harness attached to the railings.
Customized Lift Tables
Customized lift tables are ideal for various applications, and you can have your scissor lift customized to fit your requirements. Having your lift customized ensures you get the most from your lift, and it serves you for a more extended period. You can have a high capacity customized lift table that lifts heavier loads than standard lifts, or a portable unit that is designed to move when it is fully loaded.
There are different types of Scissor lifts in the market:
Hydraulic scissor lifts use engine powered pressurized or hand-powered hydraulics to lift loads. The hydraulic lift uses hydraulic equipment to move or lift loads. When force is exerted on the oil inside the piston, energy is created, which lifts objects. The hydraulic oil’s pressure keeps changing, resulting in the scissors up and down movement. The scissor lift is very common as it is the easiest to use, and operating it does not need a lot of training.
Advantages of the Hydraulic Lift
- Cheaper installation in comparison to other types
- Takes up less space
- Very useful with heavier loads. The hydraulic power offers significant lifting power
- You do not need overhead machine rooms or overhead structures. The elevator load is distributed to the wall that bears the weight
- You can use a remote machine room
Electrical and Diesel
The electrical and diesel scissor lifts are more common across various applications. Electrical lifts are more common in enclosed areas such as warehouses, while diesel lifts are more applicable outdoors. Enclosed spaces have poor ventilation, and the diesel fumes would be a danger because of the fumes from the diesel.
- The electric lift is quick and efficient and is used to navigate tight spaces such as warehouses
- The electric lift is silent and has no fumes
- The diesel lift carries up to 680ks and reaches up to 18m
- The diesel reaches speeds of 7km/hr.
Pneumatic Scissor Lifts
The pneumatic scissor lift uses air pressure to lift objects. This scissor lift is the most environmentally friendly in comparison to other lifts because it has no fumes. This scissor works by taking in the surrounding air. They are more expensive but require little maintenance because of fewer moving parts and no engine. The pneumatic scissor lift works anywhere since its only requirement is air.
- Uses air thus can work in any environment
- Requires little maintenance
- Environmentally friendly as it emits no fumes.
Using scissor lifts is one of the most ingenious ways to lift heavy loads safely, and efficiently. Scissor lifts can be customized to suit your needs as not all industries have the same needs. Your lift can either be hydraulic, electrical or diesel, or pneumatic.
Author | Emily Forbes
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