Scissor lifts are the most popular kind of aerial work platforms. They come in two types - rough terrain, and electric. Which one is best for your needs? That depends on the job. Let's take a closer look at scissor lifts and what counts as 'rough terrain'.
How Can a Scissor Lift Benefit Your Jobsite?
If you want your workers to feel safe on the job and also want to reduce work site accidents, hiring a scissor lift can ensure both of those things. Scissor lifts excel at lifting operators and heavy objects to heights that are otherwise out of reach. Small scissor lifts can accommodate one to several persons, while large platforms can accommodate a maximum of 7 people.
Electric Scissor Lifts
The electric scissor lift is the more utilised of the two models. They are great for indoor tasks, particularly when you have tight access areas to manoeuvre around, while still providing the vertical extension needed for a wide variety of tasks. Electric scissor lifts run on a battery, which means they won’t emit any fumes that would cause problems in tight spaces. Most electric scissor lifts are also equipped with non-marking tyres to prevent scuffing and damage on floors.
Electric scissor lifts suit work carried out by electricians, plumbers, glaziers, painters and plasterers. They are also ideal for maintenance work in warehouses, schools, universities and shopping centres.
Rough Terrain Scissor Lifts
Some of your jobs will take place outdoors. Your work will sometimes be required in places that aren’t flat and even, therefore you may need a rough terrain scissor lift. Manufacturers build these machines to work in tough areas with four-wheel drive and reinforced tyres.
These working platforms turn otherwise difficult or risky jobs into sturdy, solid and safe jobs for your operator and everyone else on site. Even on the most uneven of surfaces, these machines are created to recalibrate the foundation for your operator and allow them to work with confidence on all construction sites.
Rough terrain scissor lifts tend to be more construction oriented than their electric sisters. However, they may be a bit noisier than electric models since their larger diesel engines are designed for increased productivity in outdoor worksites.
They tend to have larger working platforms, higher weight capacity, and greater vertical reach. Some models are also made with optional outriggers for added base stability while the lift is extended. The workload capacity of rough terrain scissor lifts is substantially greater; starting at the high end of electric lifts capacity, they can lift approximately 400 to 1,000 kgs depending on the model and some can reach heights of up to 18 metres.
What Makes for Rough Terrain?
Firstly, you need to know how big the slope is. Rough terrain units use a measurement called gradability, which shows how much of a slope the machine can handle. When you are ready to hire equipment, ask for advice about the gradability you need.
For more information on our scissor lift range, give us a call on 133 224.