Scissor Lift

A scissor lift is a vertical lifting device that consists of a platform. It is used in to raise employees and their tools to work heights with it's scissor mechanism.  Also known as a platform lift , it provides the most economic, dependable, and versatile methods of lifting loads.

Wondering how to choose the right kind of scissor lift for your requirement? Let us help you.

We have put together step by step guide on factors that are to be considered before you make your decision. Whether you are looking to buy or rent, refer to these steps to make the right decision

1 Working Height

This is the most obvious one. Firstly, determine the height at which work has to be done. Besides, make sure you are not confused between working height and platform height.

Platform height is the vertical distance between the ground where the lift is placed and the floor of the platform table (while it is fully raised) where the operator is supposed to stand. Working height is generally considered six feet higher than the platform height considering a 6 feet person will be standing on the platform table and operating the lift.

2 Platform size

You would think that the larger the platform, the better it is! That is not the case here. The larger-than-required platform might lead to imbalance and concerns regarding the stability of the lift.

It is advisable to discuss with the engineer regarding working height, load capacity and later decide on platform size based on the same. Platform table generally comes rectangular and this is the place where the worker can stand with tools or equipment and perform his work.

Likewise, you can also opt for platform extensions, attached to the platform for various other functions like filling gaps between platform and product, moving closure to the work, and extending equipment further for installation.

You should also be aware that any changes in the dimension of the platform size can lead to a change in stability.

3 Weight Capacity

Now that you know how to select the height, let’s move on to the second most important aspect of choosing the right lift- Weight Capacity.

For safety reasons, every lift comes with a weight-bearing capacity. Now, you need to decide what will you be lifting. Is it going to be workers? Equipment & tools? Or both workers with equipment and tools.

The next step will be to determine how much will they weigh in total. You do not have to be precise, but an estimate is good enough. For the safety of workers, it is always advisable to go for a capacity that is 10% – 20% higher than your project requirement. Do not push the capacity to its limit while using a scissor elevator.

If you plan to use the same lift for various projects, our engineers at Aakash Engineers discuss various possibilities and projects that you plan to use your lift for and help you with the best possible solution.

4 Types of Terrain

The terrain has a lot to do with the kind of lift you select. Specifically, let’s say you want to place the lift at a construction site where the level of the ground is uneven and the path leading up to your working spot is muddy or rock. Here you will need a very stable lift with heavy-duty wheels to provide proper stability and support.

Analyze the area where you need to place your lift and the path that leads up to it. Is the working spot indoor or outdoor? This is an easily overlooked aspect.

The scissor table may have to travel over tile or similar sensitive flooring before reaching its working spot. Another such scenario works to be done inside a multistorey building- will the building elevator support weight or the lift or do we have the required equipment to get the lift on its working spot?

5 Project Nature

To study the nature of the project is extremely important to select the right kind of scissor lifter. One cannot use the same lift for construction or facility maintenance vs indoor warehouse material handling purposes.

Hence, it is important to decide and discuss the nature of your project with engineers and select the right lift with sufficient safety features to maximize performance at work and increased productivity.

Buying a scissor platform lift needs lots of factors to be considered.

At Aakash Engineers, our engineers make a site inspection, there could be little observations eg the wind conditions, if wind speeds are above 28 mph, it can be a potential tip-over hazard or dust which might affect the performance of the lift, such aspects could be missed while giving detail of the project.

Undoubtedly, our engineers at Aakash Engineers make sure that every detail is observed, recorded, and considered before suggesting the right lift for you.

6 Power Supply

Is your requirement for a diesel or electric lift? Does Hydraulic lift work better for you? Go through the different types of options available by studying different types of lifts.

Finally, study all the aspects along with safety hazards for all kinds of lifts before making your decision. Each scissor has its weight limit, platform size, working height, and safety features. You may ask for a manual from where you intend to buy the lift and study various features for the same.

To make your choice it is very important for you to study aspect like Working height, Platform size, Weight capacity, type of terrain, project nature and power supply. This will empower you to make the right decision.

If you are still confused, we can arrange a call back from our engineer and you can discuss your requirement at length with him.

A scissor lifter is an important piece of equipment due to its capacity to reach higher heights with little effort. If you are using an old lift, you might want to get it examined for safety hazards. Also average life of such lifts is around 25- 30 years. So if gets old it might be a good time to replace it and get yourself an upgraded version.

5 Types of Scissor Lift and their application

There are 5 main types of scissor mechanism lifts. Let us brief you about different types of lifts and their application.

Hydraulic Scissor Lift:

Hydraulic scissor lift infographic

These Industrial lifts are typically powered by hydraulic cylinders. The changing pressure of the hydraulic fluid in the machine pushes the scissor legs apart (or together) and enables the platform to move up and down. It has simple push buttons, a liver and is very easy to operate.

It's the most common type of industrial lift, and size and lifting cargo capacity vary based upon the price and operation. They are commonly seen in manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution facilities.

Electric Scissor Lift:

Electric scissor lift- infographic

They are again a popular choice. Scissor Electric lifts are powered by electricity and designed for enclosed spaces, since these lifts are electric, they don’t emit any toxic gasses, they can be wheeled over flooring without making marks, and can be used indoors.

Electric lifts are extensively used in industrial and commercial settings, as they are safe to use, mobile, effective, and ideal for use indoors as well as outdoors.

Rough Terrain Lift:

Rough Terrain Scissor lift

The machines are powered by diesel, gas, liquid propane, or dual fuel. These heavy-duty lifts are mainly used outdoors with an uneven surface. These machines are designed to take higher weight capacity, it has heavy-duty tiers and safety mechanism like barriers and restraints.

Rough terrain lifts are robust, construction-acquainted machines with positive traction control — ideal for adding productivity in demanding out-of-door worksites.

Pneumatic Lift:

pneumatic scissor lift infographic- features

The scissor pneumatic lift is powered by air pressure to lift and position loads. Compared to traditional lifts, they do not emit fumes or use fuel which makes the product sustainable and environment friendly.

Pneumatic  Lifts contain no electrical or hydraulic factors, thus it’s nearly maintenance-free. since they bear only air, the machine can be used in nearly any terrain, including indoor establishments.

Diesel lift :

Diesel scissor lift infographicDiesel lifts are powered by traditional diesel fuel, they are noisy and emit fumes. Therefore, it is recommended to use it outdoors with sufficient ventilation and where noise can dissipate. They have a hefty design with a large platform.

It can be used for cleaning windows for tall buildings, trimming trees, painting, and more.

Apart from the obvious categorization mentioned above depending on the fuel it is powered on, scissor platform lifts has other categories too which might be overlapping in nature with the above category. They are as under:

Portable Scissor Lifts/ Mobile Scissor Lifts:

People use these scissor type lifts to easily move from one location to another.

They include industrial caster wheels to facilitate movement and are often used in settings where the lift needs frequent relocation.

Fixed Scissor Lifts/ Stationary Scissor Lift:

These are scissor type lifts that are permanently installed in a specific location.

They may be mounted on the floor or on a platform, and are typically used for tasks that require frequent lifting at a fixed location.

Heavy-duty scissor lifts:

These are scissor industrial lifts that are designed to handle very heavy loads, such as industrial machinery and equipment.

They may have larger scissor legs, stronger hydraulic systems, and other features to support the added weight.

Light-duty scissor lifts:

These are light weight lifts that are designed for lighter loads, such as boxes, packages, and smaller equipment.

They may have smaller scissor legs and lighter-duty hydraulic systems, and are typically less expensive than heavy-duty scissor type lifts.

Outdoor scissor lifts:

These are scissor mechanism lifts that are designed for use in outdoor environments, such as construction sites and outdoor storage areas.

They may have features such as weather-resistant coatings and sealed hydraulic systems to protect against the elements.

Indoor scissor lifts:

These are scissor type lifts that are designed for use in indoor environments, such as warehouses and manufacturing facilities.

They may have features such as non-marking tires and quieter hydraulic systems to minimize disruptions in the work environment.

In conclusion, there are many different types of scissor platform lifts available to meet a wide range of needs and requirements.

The type of scissor lift that is best for your application will depend on factors such as the size and weight of the load, the location where the lift will be used, and your budget.

  • FAQs
  • Are scissor lifts safe?
    A Scissor table lift is absolutely safe to use when it is designed and manufactured considering safety hazards. When used as per the manual, it helps to get the job done at a raised height. When not used properly, it can cause serious injury to workers. The most common accident that can occur is, a worker falling off a platform from a height. This generally happens when the ground level is unstable or weather conditions are adverse. Other safety hazards are equipment collapsing, electrocution, and accident with another moving object. Be aware of where the lift is elevated, like electric wiring, uneven ground, moving vehicles, etc. Many scissor platforms come with guard rails as safety barriers to ensure workers’ safety. The safest way of using the lift is going by the manual.
  • Are Scissor Lifts waterproof?
    It is not advised to use a scissor platform lift in any adverse weather conditions like snow, rain, or storms, it can cause serious injury to the workers. However, the lift can be customized to be functional in moderate rains.
  • Can scissor lifts be used outdoors?
    Yes, it can be used outdoors as well as indoors. Scissor lifts are designed to sustain in exterior weather conditions. Use the lift outside only when weather conditions are favorable, extreme weather can cause serious injury. It is not recommended to use platform lift when the wind is beyond 28 mph.
  • How much does a scissor lift cost?
    Depending on type, size, weight-bearing capacity, the cost of lift can vary between Rs 30,000 to 30 lac INR
  • Which industry uses scissor lift ?
    Scissor platform lifts are used to reach a higher working spot. It is used in industries like building maintenance, construction, delivery, overhead signs, production, transport, retail, rail, warehousing, etc
  • How does a scissor lift works?
    Firstly a power source is turned on resulting in the flow of hydraulic fluid or air (in the case of a pneumatic lift) in the cylinder. The hydraulic cylinder thrust outward for upraised movement and that in turn lead the scissor legs to spread and raise the platform table upwards. To lower the lift, the operator uses a down valve to release hydraulic fluid or pneumatic pressure, which causes the scissor legs to retract.
  • Are customized scissors lifts available in India?
    There are a few manufacturers of scissor hydraulic lifts in India that can customize the lift as per client requirements. At Aakash Engineers, our Engineers discuss at length about various factors to understand your requirement, if our current models doesn’t suffice your requirement, we customize the equipment for you.
  • Can scissor lift move?
    There are 3 variations to scissor hydraulic lift. They are fixed, which means it cannot move. Then there are mobile lifts, which has a caster wheel attached to it that helps the equipment to move from one place to another. Lastly, we have a self-propelled scissor, it has a drive system that allows the operator to drive it to the working area.
  • Is training required to operate scissor-legged lifts?
    Yes, training is of utmost importance considering the safety of the workforce. The training needs to include both formal and practical instruction, as well as demonstrating how to operate different types of scissor platform lifts, perform routine conservation, and equipment inspection and assess the girding terrain for implicit hazards that could result in accidents.
  • Manufacturers of scissor lift in India?
    There are few manufacturers of scissors in India. Aakash Engineers has been manufacturer of material handling equipment for the past 25 years. Whether you are deciding to buy/rent a lift, please understand that there are various aspects that decide the right kind of lift for your requirement. You need to know the project nature, usage, load capacity, size of the platform, weather conditions and many such factors which can impact the performance of the equipment. You may call us and we can help you select the right lift for your requirement.
  • What are Scissor lifts used for?
    Scissor lifts are a type of aerial work platform that are commonly used in construction, maintenance, and other industrial settings to lift workers and their tools to elevated heights. They are called "scissor lifts" because they use a system of interlocking, crisscrossing metal braces called scissor arms that extend and retract to raise and lower the platform.Scissor lifts are designed to be stable and secure, and they can be used to reach heights of up to several stories. They are typically used to perform tasks such as installing or repairing ceiling fixtures, painting, and performing maintenance on buildings or other structures. They are also commonly used in warehouses and distribution centers to load and unload goods from high shelves.