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How Much Do You Know About Scissor Lifts?

Aug. 02, 2022

If scissor lifts are on your watch list but you want to learn more about them first, we've got you covered. Everything you need to know about scissor lifts, including the popular jobs they're suited for and how to be safe when using them. After reading this article, you'll have all the knowledge you need to make the right decision.


All about scissor lifts

With large platforms that accommodate people and materials, scissor lifts are popular for manufacturing and industrial projects. They provide a safe and secure environment for workers to complete projects involving height.


Using criss-cross brackets, scissor lifts are able to move vertically. This compressed and extended X-mode is also known as a pantograph.

 Electric Scissor Lift

 Electric Scissor Lift 

What really makes a scissor lift a valuable tool is that it can be extended upward and then folded down small enough for storage, a value that makes it a true competitor to traditional ladders.


Scissor lifts are powered by either an electric or diesel engine. Electric engines are better suited for indoor use because they don't require the same level of ventilation as gas engines, and indoor work is usually less intense, which means longer battery life as well.


Regardless of the project or height, scissor lifts are a great tool for getting workers to work safely at heights.


What is a scissor lift?

A scissor lift is a popular model of aerial platform lift used for indoor work such as ceiling construction, sign hanging, and other maintenance projects. Scissor lifts have a lower platform height than cantilever lifts, typically only reaching 20 - 50 feet.

Crawler Scissor Lift

 Crawler Scissor Lift 


The capacity of scissor lifts

This is the basic thing you must remember. This parameter shows the weight of the car you can operate. For passenger cars, you may consider a lift with a capacity of 3,000 kg (3 tons). It may be able to handle some car-derived vans - after all, they may also come to your garage, especially during the tire-changing season.

Lift height

Always remember the lift height. It's important to your comfort level at work. The greater the range of settings, the easier it is to adjust the height of your car to your actual needs. This means easier access to the door sills, undercarriage sections, or even the brakes.

Scissor Lift

 Scissor Lift      

How do scissor lifts work?

They can have one or two platforms that allow the car to be lifted to a selected height. The construction of such lifts makes them perfect for tire service work. What about mechanical work? Well, these lifts can also work in these situations. After all, the two runways are independent, which means easy access.


Braking systems

Exhaust system

Various parts of the undercarriage

Common uses for scissor lifts

Scissor lifts are better suited for certain jobs than moving boom lifts or any other type of aerial work platform. Scissor lifts are lightweight and easy to move, making them ideal for indoor projects, especially if the project only requires moving up and down.


Scissor lifts are capable of working outdoors on uneven or sloping terrain. Rough terrain scissor lifts are specifically designed to work on rough terrain in order to safely lift workers and materials in ways that ladders cannot.

 Scissor Lift

  Scissor Lift 

Popular jobs for scissor lifts

Indoor maintenance where ceilings are high.

IE In schools, hospitals, libraries, etc.  

Warehouse organization, management, and general maintenance where safe access to high shelves is required

Sign maintenance where larger platforms are needed to ensure safe work

Working on sloping land or uneven terrain

Working in tight outdoor spaces that require up and down lifting movements


How to install the scissor lift?

See what is essential for installing the scissor lift at your place:


class B20/B25 concrete

space around the lift: 1 m (not less)

power source: 400V

concrete: at least 15 cm thickness (always ask the seller)

Hered Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd. is a leading enterprise focusing on the R&D, manufacturing, sales, and service of mobile elevating work platforms. In the product design, FEA dynamic simulations are adopted in the structural design of the whole machine. 

At the same time, the digital double sensor detection circuit is used to detect and control the amplitude, and load height of the operation automatically precisely, which realizes the serialization, and high-end intelligence of the products. Contact our team today to learn about our advanced aerial lifts and other lift solutions.

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