An Introduction to Scissors Lift

02-Aug-2017 16:51 PM

Most scissor lifts are able to bear load ranging from two hundred and twenty kilograms to six hundred and eighty kilograms.  The scissor lift is a dependable option in the construction industry because of its efficiency in hoisting and hauling heavy weight tools, materials, and workers from one point to the other. Operators of these lifts are required to have undergone at least one scissors lift course, which provides them with the training they need to handle the machinery. Some firms also require their operators to have undergone a BizSAFE level 2 course to ensure and improve their workplace safety and risk management.

Scissor lifts can be used for more than just cargo bearing; they are designed primarily as man lifts. Electricians, technicians and other workers can comfortably use the lift while working in tricky areas that are hard to reach. The scissor lifts offer a more stable and sturdy platform for the workers. The scissor lift is designed to enable movement only in a vertical direction.

Details to check when choosing the right Scissors Lift
It is important to review the details of the scissor lift before settling on a choice. The lift has to be well balanced because of the heavy weights they are likely to carry during operations. Watch out for the following details when making the choice of a suitable scissor lift:

The brake system
As they say, safety first! It is important that the brake system is top notch, and not prone to failure. Operators will find using a scissor lift easier and safer when the brake system is effective. It will no doubt enhance workplace safety since the equipment will pose fewer risks during operations.

Pothole protection
When scissor lifts are used in bumpy or uneven terrains, it is important that the scissor lift can be fitted with a pothole protection to prevent any tip-overs. This is to ensure the safety of either the person being lifted or the cargo carried.

Emergency lockdown key and Safety locks
The cargo load or worker transported in the scissor lift must be encased within the platform to prevent anything or anyone from falling off while the lift is in use or being raised to taller heights.

Scissor lifts can be powered by different methods including gasoline, electric, pneumatic or hydraulic. Users should understand the different types of power source and pick the option that is most suited to their needs.

Some other details to look out for include the types, if they are non-marking and the ability to have uninhibited driving at the highest height outreach.

Types of Scissors Lift

Diesel Engine and Electric Motor Scissor Lifts
These are the scissor lifts that are driven by either a diesel engine or an electric motor. There are distinguishing factors between these two types. Generally, the electric motor is ideal for smaller spaces and it is noiseless and environmentally friendly while the diesel powered engine is usually fitted with a higher load bearing capacity and is best for outdoor operations.

Pneumatic scissor lifts
This scissor lift is driven by a pneumatic process and uses air pressure to operate. It does not release any form of fumes into the environment and was designed to be eco and green compliant.  It requires low maintenance since it has little reaction to extreme temperatures and the process that drives it can function so long as there is air. However, the output might not be as high as the electric or diesel powered variant. Some pneumatic scissor lifts also come with additional electric motors for improved performance.

Hydraulic Scissor Lifts
These scissor lifts are driven by pressured hydraulics; this means that liquids are used to drive the engine. There have been concerns about how varying temperatures can affect the productivity of these scissor lifts. The changing temperature may result in viscosity of the hydraulic fluid and cause difficulties in the pumping of these fluids that supports the operation. However, these concerns have been resolved in newer models.