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Types of Scissor Lifts

There are more types of Scissor lifts than people may think. Scissor lifts are Mobile Elevated Work Platform or MEWP for short. Scissor lifts are commonly used to gain a safe working environment to high locations of a building or where ever you need to get too safely when working at height.

Tradesman who may use scissor lifts include electricians, who may need access to wire across a warehouse, or structural engineers who may need to inspect parts of a building or install RSJ’s. Scissors lifts are used all over the world, and allow people to work safely at height every day.

The types of lifts available to be trained on and hire are:

Hydraulic Scissor Lifts

These types of scissor lifts work by having pressurised hydraulic oil pumped around to lift the work platform up and down. Hydraulic Scissor Lifts unfortunately do have a bit of flaw. Because the hydraulic oil can be affected by temperatures, so in warmer weathers the scissor lift may operate a lot faster than in colder conditions. This problem only really occurs in older scissor lift machinery.

Electrical & Diesel

Electrical and Types of scissor lifts and the most commonly used types of scissor lifts. Electrical are used in enclosed spaces where it is two dangerous to us a diesel powered scissor lift because of the fumes released.
Diesel scissor lifts are used for outdoor use and can usually extend from 10 metres to right up to 18 metres above the ground.

Pneumatic Lifts

Pneumatic Lifts work by using air pressure. Pneumatic lifts are very eco friendly and efficient because the work by compressing atmospheric air. Most pneumatic lifts do not require any electricity and can be used in almost any working environment, so long as there is air readily available and require very little routine maintenance.

Scissor Lift Advantages

The biggest advantage of using a scissor lift is that they are easily manoeuvrable in a tight space and to do this they work in a very simple way that has never really changed.

Scissor lifts work by you a lifting mechanism, which when power is applied creates pressure to the outer edges to the bottom of the machine arms. This power will then create diamond shapes, within the arms. This pressure will then draw in both sets of arms, pulling them together and creating lift for the platforms.

There are much more scientific ways to explain how scissors lifts work which can be found here.

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