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Lifting Machine Parts Come Together for a Scissor Lift Access Platform

If your job involves working overhead, you could use a practical mobile scissor lift access platform. Scissor lifts make it easy to repeatedly move from the floor to the higher reaches of your building. All you need to do is determine the capacity you require, and you can go from there to choose the proper scissor lift for your needs at eBay.

What to know before you shop

There are several parameters you’ll need to know if you want a new or pre-owned scissor lift that matches your requirements:

  • Working height - This is a measure of how far you are from the ground at the maximum platform height. It’s measured from the average person’s shoulders. Typical working heights range between 3.5 and 11.5 metres.
  • Human capacity - How many people can work comfortably on the platform? Most scissor lifts are intended for one or two people. You might want the bigger platform if it will need to hold an operator and a load.
  • Load capacity - How much weight will you require the machine to lift? You might want to overestimate your needs slightly on this measure as a margin of safety. Don’t forget to include the weight of the operator and the merchandise or equipment.
  • Horizontal reach - The standard mobile scissor lift access platform has no horizontal reach. A few models, however, do have a sliding deck on the platform that extends it out 1 or 2 metres. This is a great feature if the base of the machine can’t get directly under the work spot.
  • Dimensions of the workspace - Measure the doorways, aisles, and any other spaces the machine will have to navigate. It won’t be very useful if you can’t get it through the door.
Should you choose electric or diesel?

If you’re using the machine indoors, you’ll want a battery-powered electric scissor lift. They produce no emissions, and they’re quiet. Affordable electric lifts may be self-propelled or push-around. A convenient scissor lift personnel powered access platform can be rolled from place to place by the operator.

Diesel-powered lifts are for heavy, outdoor work. They are always self-propelled and are often four-wheel drive.

What to ask about a used scissor lift

Your leading option might be a used mobile scissor lift access platform. You may find what you need at a very attractive price.

If possible, find out how many operating hours the machine has logged. Many models automatically record this. You should also expect even an inexpensive mobile scissor lift access platform to have at least a six-month LOLER certification.

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