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About Scissor Lifts

Scissor lifts are used to provide the user with a stable and reliable platform which can be used to temporarily elevate a person, vehicle, or other object to a greater height. The main benefit of scissor lifts, so called because the extending structure is made up of crossing plates of metal, similar to a pair of scissors, is that although they can extend to a great height, when collapsed they take up a very small amount of space in comparison. Scissor lifts are most often used to give workers access to high up sections of buildings that are being worked on, for example the roof of a warehouse which needs to be fixed. Lifts that are used for this function can elevate the user from 8 metres to as high as 22 metres. Scissor lifts are also used by mechanics in order to lift cars, so that they can be more easily worked on. For such uses it is only necessary for the vehicle to be elevated a single metre off of the ground, however, car scissor lifts are capable of lifting as much as 2500Kg in weight. There are two main energy sources used by scissor lifts, and different benefits associated with each. Hydraulic lifts are powered by energy that is generated from the fluid pressure of hydraulic oil. The advantage of these systems is that they are extremely reliable, and are easy to maintain, as a leak of the hydraulic fluid is easy to spot, as opposed to pneumatic systems which use compressed air.