Self-propelled scissor lifts – commonly referred to as driveable scissor lifts or just scissors – are working at height solutions that offer a stable platform, simplicity and ease of use for straight up access. Scissor lifts are ideal if you are trying to reach heights of 5m or more, and need a no-frills access platform. Most smaller scissor lifts will fit through a standard doorway, larger machines often have folding guardrails to allow for passing through a double doorway. All-terrain models tend to be for outdoor use.
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Ideal for simple tasks such as periodic maintenance of lighting, HVAC, or other overhead services, stock takes, or for construction or heavier maintenance work, a small electric scissor is a platform raised by a traditional scissor pack, powered by a rechargeable battery pack, the machine can be driven with the platform lowered, or when it is raised. This can reduce the time taken to do tasks as you can move from one work area to another without having to lower and leave the platform between.
Diesel powered scissors are popular for outdoor use on external building maintenance and construction. Diesel scissors tend to be larger than their electric cousins. The platform is raised by a scissor pack and is powered by a diesel engine. The lift can travel with the platform lowered or elevated, giving versatility for a wide variety of work sites. Some diesel-powered scissor lifts are also fitted with an electric engine, making them dual-fuel or bi-energy machines suitable for indoor and outdoor use – see below.
Bi-energy or dual-fuel scissor lifts have the versatility of being powered either by diesel or electric, making them ideal for use on sites where both indoor and outdoor working are required, or where long distances need to be covered between work areas. Again, these platforms will drive with the platform lowered or with it raised which helps operators to fine-tune their positioning prior to starting a task. Bi-energy platforms come is all shapes and sizes to suit specific requirements.
Narrow-aisle scissor lifts tend to be powered by a battery pack and are specialist machines for use in high-bay warehouses. They tend to be quite high-reach machines, but have a narrow base to make working down narrow aisles easier. When considering a narrow-aisle scissor lift for maintenance, stock-picking or stock-taking it is important to check the turning radius as you need to ensure the lift can turn at the end of your aisles. Narrow-aisle lifts drive with the platform raised or lowered for maximum efficiency.
All-terrain scissor lifts, also known as 4 wheel drive or 4WD scissors, are designed to be used on rough ground, e.g. on hardcore or unfinished building sites. Larger than other models, they feature additional pothole protection. All-terrain lifts are diesel-powered. Used in construction heavy industry, and for external building maintenance where the ground conditions around the building are not level and flat. The lifts will drive with the platform lowered and also with it raised, though speed is reduced when the platform is raised.
No kidding! Often scissor lifts are referred to as flying carpets.
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