What Makes A Good Scissor Lift?

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Another type of AWP is the equally well-known ‘cherry picker’. With the advent of ever stricter Health and Safety legislation, many jobs that would traditionally have been done on a ladder are now carried out using AWPs. Many other jobs that would once necessitated scaffolding are also performed using AWPs, such as scissor lifts.
Like any machine, there are several factors which determine the quality of a scissor lift. The scissor lift needs to be reliable, start first time and do exactly as it is supposed to do. Added advantages may be that the scissor lift costs less than an alternative machine but performs just as well, or costs the same as a competitor but has a longer working life. The question of what makes a good scissor lift might be answered by either, all, or a combination of these alternative propositions.
Determining the quality of a scissor lift is a matter of answering several questions about the device. Firstly, is the maximum working height of the machine sufficient for the height of the job to be performed? If the answer is no, it very obviously is not a good machine for that job. Secondly, will the width of the machine’s working platform permit workers to physically reach the area they will be working on? Thirdly, is the machine electrically powered or does it run off fuel? If the job to be done is inside a building, you might conclude that only an electrically powered scissor lift makes sense.
Other factors to consider include whether the scissor lift is suitable for working outside, on rough ground and gradients? Or, is it in fact made only to be used on flat surfaces? Once again, the type of ground and the design of machine will inevitably lead you to decide whether or not it suits the task in hand. Finally, how much weight will it be expected to carry? Each scissor lift has its displayed safe working load that should never be exceeded. If the lift you select is rated too low, it will not be suited to the job.
As we have seen, there is a great deal to consider when choosing a scissor lift. Having considered all these factors, including the scissor lift’s maximum working height, its width, how it is powered, the terrain it is suited to and its maximum capacity, you should be able to determine whether the scissor lift is suitable or not.

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