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Scissor & Boom Lifts

A scissor lift can help small contractors and large companies perform jobs more efficiently. They are safer than ladders and require less time to setup than scaffolding equipment. Before you purchase a scissor lift, however, make sure it has the proper reach and meets the power requirements you need to get the job done.

How do scissor lifts work?

Scissor lifts, also referred to as boom lifts or aerial work platforms, operate on different types of power. There are zigzag supports to stabilize the mobile platform. The platform moves workers and equipment vertically so they can perform various tasks. They also operate on different types of power, which are the following:

  • Hydraulic: The units operate by applying pressure to hydraulic liquid, which causes the freestanding platform to ascend or descend to the preferred height. A slight amount of pressure can lift a massive amount of weight, elevating and lowering workers and their tools and equipment.
  • Pneumatic: This boom lift requires an air compressor to operate. It is used for light loads and clean room applications.
  • Mechanical: These units work with a ball screw, stacked chain, or spiral lift mechanism. This type of scissor lift is ideal for precise load positioning and loads over 6,000 pounds.
What are scissor lifts used for?

Scissor lifts and boom lifts are used to elevate workers, tools, and equipment. Designed for both indoor and outdoor use, they reach high shelves, windows, and ceilings. The equipment also serves as a loading platform in the following situations:

  • Reaching high places: Use a boom lift or scissor lift to reach items stored on high shelves. The booms also extend to ceilings and utility poles.
  • Lifting heavy loads: A scissor lift comes in handy when it is time to carry loads. Use it to transport weighty items from floor to floor or to a delivery vehicle.
How high can scissor lifts go?

Scissor lifts and boom lifts come in a variety of lift height options. When choosing a unit, consider the reach of the application. Knowing how high you need to reach will help you choose the right unit. Check out the options listed below.

  • Low-level boom lifts and scissor lifts: Low-level scissor lifts can reach up to 25 feet. They are ideal for indoor applications and easy to maneuver through office buildings.
  • High-level boom lifts and scissor lifts: High-level scissor lifts can stretch up to 90 feet. They are well-suited for reaching tall ceilings to perform electrical tasks.
  • Outdoor boom lifts and scissor lifts: A lift designed for use outdoors has extra tough tires to endure rough terrain. Some of these go as high as 200 feet.
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