3 Ways To Ensure You're Safely Using A Scissor Lift

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3 Ways To Ensure You're Safely Using A Scissor Lift

A scissor lift is a type of platform for providing a large travel range. They are used to lift materials, equipment, and inventory usually, in working and industrial settings. Their name refers to the “scissor-like pattern” present in their support system that consists of welded, and interlinked metal components. One of their advantages is that they can be operated by just one person. They are commonly turned to for a wide range of lifting capacities, from under a ton to tens of thousands of pounds. Additionally, they come in manual, electric, battery, and air-powered over hydraulic options. 

While the components and details of scissor lifts make them a highly convenient and customizable option for your lifting applications, it is incredibly important to operate them safely. To help you do so, we have put together a list of three ways to promote safe scissor lift operations in your workplace.   

Use It For Its Intended Purposes

As mentioned above, there are different types of scissor lifts, and each is designed to address slightly different lifting needs. When you purchase a customized scissor lift through Lange Lift, its intended uses will be taken into consideration as we design and construct your lift. Additionally, if you choose one of the examples of custom scissor lifts that were originally manufactured for another user, we will ask some key questions. Through these questions, we will seek to understand your intended applications for the lift to ensure it is the right match for your purposes. 

Part of those considerations will be weight capacity. Our scissor lifts feature capacities from 100 to 40,000 pounds, so it will be important to not strain them beyond those specifications. Another consideration for customization should be the shape and material of the lift station. An example of a lift station with a customized table shape is the Air Powered Scissor Lift & Tilt option that is built to move materials and is stainless steel coated for use with oils, chemicals, and food acids. 

Fully Train All Operators

Once you have the lift you want, training should be the next item on your agenda. Training is an essential component of safe scissor lift operation. As specified by OSHA, it is incredibly important to train all employees who will be using the scissor lift. This training needs to include reading the lift manually, understanding how to handle materials on the lift, familiarity with common hazards in the working environment, and the ability to report defects and issues detected with the lift. Ensuring that all employees understand these details and operations is a key to mitigation against accidents and mishandling that can lead to damaged inventory and serious injuries. 

Maintain The Scissor Lift

Once all operating employees have been fully trained in scissor lift operations, you will want to start regular maintenance activities to ensure the lift continues to function properly. These maintenance procedures should include inspecting and testing the lift’s component parts and control capabilities prior to each use. If issues do present themselves during the inspection, be sure to contact lift experts to inspect and service the lift station, as well as determine if a replacement is needed. A building inspection and maintenance activities into your daily routine is the best way to secure all workers’ safety as well as the longevity of the scissor lift itself. 

Contact Lange Lift With Your Scissor Lift Safety Questions 

If you don’t yet have a scissor lift for your work setting and are interested in purchasing one, check out our custom and modified options. Choosing customization will guarantee you end up with a piece of equipment that will meet the needs of your specific lifting applications. Lift systems can make your operations much more safe and more efficient as long as a few safety guidelines are consistently followed. For other Lange Lift product information, see our full product catalog.

Within construction projects, there tend to be unique parts of each job that require a very specific type of equipment to accomplish. While standard equipment can certainly be utilized if needed, a customized option is undoubtedly preferable. This is why we make each custom scissor lift in accordance with our customer’s specifications. Some scissor lifts are more effective for the outdoors, while others can be used in both outdoor and enclosed spaces. We gather the details of your job and make sure that, whatever you need to accomplish, your custom scissor lift can support your team’s safety and precision. Keep reading to learn more about our custom scissor lift options and their unique specifications.

What is a Custom Scissor Lift?

A scissor lift is basically a motorized lift used within construction that is guarded by a railed platform that rises straight up. Scissor lifts are built to hold multiple workers or heavy items at once so that the cost of the equipment is more effective. 

At Lange Lift, we build each custom scissor lift based on the details our customers provide us, making every one unique. To make sure you have the right lift for your project, we will have you work directly with one of our engineers starting from drafting the concept to production. During the design stage, you will be able to have a complete visualization of the lift with a 3D CAD that brings the concept to life right in front of your eyes.

Examples and Specifications

We can build a wide variety of custom scissor lists based on their application and how much weight you need to lift. Lifts can be manual, electric, battery, or air-powered with the ability to lift anywhere from 100 to 40,000 pounds. Some examples of custom lifts we have built for customers include:

  1. Custom Scissor Lift Mobile Workstation 

This scissor lift has the ability to lift up to 800 pounds, a raised height of 12” top of rollers above deck and lowered height of 9.25” top of rollers below deck. While the product is modified based on the customer’s unique application, general specifications can be found here

  1. Rotating Deck Scissor Lift 

With a lift capacity of up to 6,000 pounds, this lift can be raised 44 ¾” over the deck and lowered to 14 3/4 “ below. With a round table sitting on top of the lift, items can be placed onto the lift, raised up, and then rotated for required accessibility.

  1. Scissor Lift & Tilt with Tooling Mounts

This lift has a 40,000 lb capacity, making it perfect for heavy machinery and bulky loads. It can be raised up to 48” above the level main deck and lowered 24” below the level main deck. While it is modified based on the unique needs of each customer, you can view an example of an electric-powered tilting lift here.

  1. Scissor Lift with Side Adjusting Powered Roller Conveyor

Not quite as heavy-duty, but still high capacity and electric powered, this option can lift up to 6,000 pounds. Special features include a power drive roller conveyor with a manual crank 2” side to side adjustment.

  1. Air Powered Custom Scissor Lift

An air-powered scissor lift includes an air valve pedal and air motor with the ability to lift up to 1200 pounds. While it is modified based on the unique needs of each customer, you can view an example of an air powered lift here.

  1. Air Powered Scissor Lift with Fork Pockets

This specific lift can raise up to 4,000 pounds and was initially designed for a worldwide cheese processor, featuring a stainless steel base and deck cover along with fork pockets. We created this to provide a custom scissor lift that’s safe in food processing environments. The metallic finish can protect a variety of materials from ultraviolet rays, abrasion, water immersion, food acids, alkaloids, oils, chemicals, and high-pressure washdowns.

  1. Battery Powered Scissor Lift with Die Pusher Conveyor

With a lift capacity up to 8,000 pounds, raise loads 48” above and 24” below the conveyor of this battery powered scissor lift. While the product is modified based on the unique needs of the customer, general specifications can be found here

Turn to Lange Lift for Custom Scissor Lifts

With such a wide selection of custom scissor lifts options available, there isn’t a single load you can’t lift when you turn to us! With over 80 years of experience developing and recrafting our custom scissor lift design, Lange Lift is able to provide high-quality materials, expert craftsmanship, and dependable products each and every time. Reach out today to learn more about how to build a custom scissor lift with Lange Lift.

Choosing the right equipment for handling material in an industrial environment can be the difference between workplace efficiency and a workplace disaster. For a safe, easy-to-use solution, many corporations opt for a custom scissor lift – also known as a lift table, “aerial work platform (AWP), or elevated work platform (EWP). 

Scissor lifts are designed to move equipment and personnel in a vertical direction. This allows access to elevated, hard-to-reach work areas without the use of a ladder, tower, or scaffolding. Vertical movement is achieved by the crisscrossing foundation which expands and lifts the platform upwards. Once the operator has reached the desired height, they can handle or position the materials as needed.

Ways a Custom Scissor Lift Can Transform Your Business

  1. Improve Job Productivity

Not only do workers save time by not having to set up ladders and scaffolding, but they also have less need to physically exert themselves. With more time and more energy, productivity is guaranteed to increase. 

Choosing a scissor lift that is customized to the type of work being done, means you can position the work surface at a height and angle that is optimal for the specific palletizing or loading task at hand. In doing so, you will see a reduction in cycle times and a more efficient loading operation. 

  1. Keep Workers Safe

Not only do they improve productivity, but they also make processes safer and more ergonomic when properly implemented. Because workers can position the scissor lift’s work surface to any desired height, there is a reduced burden on the worker and less need for heavy lifting. Employers will also see a decline in workplace strain injuries as the need for repetitive bending and twisting motions is eliminated in many instances.

  1. Easy to Operate

Because they are capable of being set up and operated by one person, workers can accomplish more individually. They are also easier to operate than other machinery, with foolproof control mechanisms. This means that training time is minimal as operators can be trained to use the lift in only a couple of days.

  1. A Custom Scissor Lift Saves Space 

While similar machinery requires more floor space for operating, scissor lifts are one of the most compact pieces of lifting equipment on the market. The total area required for use is equivalent to the surface area of the lift’s platform. This is an important factor for small or tightly-packed spaces. Not only does this keep the work area free of clutter, but it also makes the equipment easy to store.

  1. Customizable

Not only can they vary in height, weight, and footprint, but scissor lifts can be configured to best suit business needs. A stationary lift is ideal for transporting materials between levels, or a wheeled lift may be needed for transporting materials between workstations. The load platforms can also be customized as fixed, adjustable, or rotating to improve ergonomics. 

Choose a Custom Scissor Lift by Lange Lift

Our lifts are entirely custom built to customer specifications. Each is one-of-a-kind and built to last with high-quality materials and reliable components. Our expertly crafted scissor lifts can be manual, electric, air, or battery-powered and can vary between 100 to 40,000-pound capacities.

At Lange Lift, we take a “sky is the limit” approach to our design, giving customers precisely what their business needs. Our engineers work directly with you from concept to production, using the latest in 3D CAD design to provide pre-production renderings.

With over 80 years of experience in custom lift product design, we are the trusted manufacturer of lift-based material handling equipment. We serve anyone from small fabrication shops to the United States military and all industries in between. 

If you are ready to improve your business and design your custom scissor lift, contact Lange Lift today at 1-800-558-0577 or request a quote HERE.

How to Operate a Scissor Lift Safely: A Beginners Guide

In the period of one year, OSHA investigated 10 preventable fatalities and over 20 preventable injuries resulting from the improper use of a scissor lift. Considering all of these incidents were preventable, it’s crucial employers and employees take proper steps to ensure the safety of themselves and others nearby.

The good news is that there are many training programs and safety tips available that shows users how to operate a scissor lift safely. In addition to those resources, there are a few more tips here, too.

 

Understand the Risks

Before diving into how to safely operate a scissor lift, it’s important to understand what risks these present.

There’s no question that scissor lifts are extremely beneficial when working in small areas. They are easy to maneuver and more compact than other lift options. Unfortunately, when used inappropriately, by untrained operators, or when not maintained, scissor lifts are also quite dangerous.

Remember:

  • Regulations require all work done on a scissor lift be planned properly, supervised accordingly, and handled in a safe manner.
  • The most common cause of injury and fatality related to scissor lifts is a fall from a significant height.

Risk Management Tips for When You Operate a Scissor Lift

Knowing the risks a scissor lift presents is one thing. It’s something else completely to know how to prevent accidents and injuries.

Perform a Pre-Work Inspection

Never try to work on or with a scissor lift without inspecting it first. Make sure all the components are in proper working order. Also, check for any broken or damaged parts.

If you are worried about the scissor’s lift performance, seek maintenance first. In this line of work, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Only Allow Trained Workers to Operate the Scissor Lift

No one without proper training should be allowed to get on or operate the scissor lift. Be sure the individual using it is familiar with the operating guidelines presented by the manufacturer. These guidelines are designed for the safe operation of the unit. When abided by, they can help save lives.

Don’t Overload the Lift

Know the specifications of the lift to figure out how much weight it can hold. Don’t ever go over this number. If the weight becomes excessive, the lift may tip over, causing serious injuries or even death to those on it.

Keep the Lift Lowered While Moving

If you have to move the scissor lift, for any reason, be sure the platform is lowered. Going over uneven land may cause it to tip over if the platform is in the raised position.

The Golden Rule: Always Stay Safe

It may seem easy to use a scissor lift, however, if you don’t have the proper training, it is never a good idea to do so. As an employee, it could lead to serious injury. As an employer, it could open you up to quite a bit of liability.

If you have more questions about how to operate a Lange Lift scissor lift, feel free to contact us. We also offer other information on using lifts, such as how to train employees to make hydraulic lift repairs.

How to Avoid Scissor Lift Accidents When Training New Employees

Over a one year period, OSHA found that scissor lift accidents claimed 10 lives and left 20 people seriously injured. Most of the time, these accidents could have been avoided through proper use of the equipment. This is precisely why safety when operating heavy machinery like scissor lifts should be a priority. Injuries and deaths can be prevented with attention to detail and proper training.

When you bring on new hires, we strongly advise employers to give them the right training. Here are a few tips to prevent scissor lift accidents in your workplace.

 

Consult the Manual

Make sure you go over the manufacturer’s manual with your crew. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s a crucial part of training.

Each scissor lift manufacturer has a manual that details how their particular lift should be used. Make sure your team understands it before they use any lift.

Obey Capacity and Height Limits

In regards to fatal scissor lift accidents, 72% of them involve heights. Always obey height limits with your lift and do not overextend it.

Capacity is another factor to keep in mind for scissor lift safety. When reading the capacity limits, keep in mind that it includes not only your worker’s weight but also the combined weight of their tools. Take a moment to calculate this weight carefully.

Inspect the Lift Before Use

When safety is at stake, it’s vital to take a moment to inspect the lift before you use it.

Here’s a basic checklist to keep handy:

  • Check all fluid levels and look for leaks.
  • Make sure the lift has enough power in the battery and charger.
  • Steering and brakes should be in perfect condition.
  • Alarms, horns, and lights need to be in working order.
  • Guardrails should be in place and secure.
  • Check for any missing or loose parts.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Another way to prevent scissor lift accidents is to ensure your workspace is a safe place to operate a scissor lift. To do so, check your workspace for the following:

  • Windy weather – A gust can knock your workers down.
  • Stray equipment – You want to keep other equipment away from the scissor lift.
  • Potholes or bumps – You want to make sure the ground beneath the lift is level.
  • Pedestrians and other workers
  • Overhead hazards and low hanging ceilings
  • Power lines  – You want to keep the lift away from electrical lines.

Don’t Change the Lift

You might be tempted to use the lift in ways that it’s not intended to be used. When you cut corners, it might make your job easier for the time being but it also increases the chances of having scissor lift accidents.

Examples include overriding the safety features or adding on scaffolding. These, among other things, are incredibly hazardous. Whatever you need to do, do it safely. Lives are at stake!

Prevent Scissor Lift Accidents With Training

Don’t play games with your or your workers’ lives by cutting corners, neglecting training, or using a DIY scissor lift when you need the real thing. Scissor lift accidents can be fatal, and things can change in the blink of an eye.

Make sure you and your new hires always have the latest manuals and safety tips. And review safety protocols with your workers regularly. 

If you have a Lange Lift scissor lift and are not sure if your manual or equipment is up to date, contact us. We can help.

DIY Scissor Lift: Good or Bad Idea?

Here’s a number that may surprise you: Over 25% of all aerial lift deaths involved a scissor lift. In addition, many of these deaths were fall-related, either from falling from a lift or being struck by a falling lift.

So, if scissor lifts are so dangerous, why do people use them?

Well, like most machinery, these lifts can be dangerous if handled improperly, but they provide important functions for workers around the world. They are used in people’s homes as well, and sometimes even made by homeowners.

It can be tempting to use a DIY scissor lift, but it’s important to know when using a DIY scissor lift is appropriate and when it is not.

 

Scissor Lift Uses

Scissor lifts help lift large loads, such as goods, materials, and people. They also reduce the amount of strain a worker endures while lifting materials themselves. Another benefit is that they can increase efficiency and capabilities.

Imagine working in a warehouse with rows upon rows of merchandise that reaches to the ceilings. Obviously, it would be hard for a worker to lift heavy boxes up to the highest shelves. However, with a scissor lift, the worker can bring him or herself and the product up to those higher shelves much more easily.

Not all scissor lifts are necessarily meant for industrial use, so they aren’t all hydraulic-powered. There are simple, wooden scissor lift tables used all around the world in people’s homes.

When used in a home, a scissor lift table is often self-adjusted without the use of any electricity. And they’re often used to create a unique look for a desktop or piece of furniture.

DIY Scissor Lift: Good or Bad?

It can be a good thing. It can also be a bad thing. It depends on the situation.

If you’re making a scissor lift for use in your home as a piece of furniture and you have the requisite building skills and experience, you can probably create a safe DIY scissor lift no problem.

And why wouldn’t you? They’re handy little things because they can be adjusted to different levels for ease of use. They’re also unique-looking and can make heads turn at the design.

If you’re making a scissor lift for use in your business, however, then a DIY lift is not appropriate. Here are just a few reasons:

  • Scissor lifts used in industrial and commercial settings are built specifically for those purposes.
  • There are standards that have to be followed and important training guidelines involved.
  • Using a homemade scissor lift in the workplace could endanger your workers.
  • A DIY scissor lift will not be the same as a custom-engineered scissor lift that is able to lift thousands of pounds.

Find a New Scissor Lift Today

Remember: Not all scissor lifts are created equal. And even secondhand scissor lifts can be dangerous. If you own a business, going new is the safest option.

For more information regarding scissor lifts, please check out our blog. And feel free to contact us with any questions regarding our wide array of lift products.

4 Surprising Ways a Scissor Lift Table Could Help Your Business

Do you want to make a purchase that can help your employees out?

Some people may think about buying a new coffee pot for the break room, or maybe even updating the water cooler to dispense hot and cold liquid. But if you really want to buy them something they’ll appreciate, you need to think bigger.

If you’ve seen videos of some of the powerful equipment we manufacture, then you may already know about how useful a good lift table can be. If not, read on to learn why you should consider buying a scissor lift table to help your employees.

 

4 Reasons to Invest in a Scissor Lift Table

You may work in a warehouse and have plenty of lift tables around. Or maybe you work in an office and haven’t seen one. Either way, it’s never a bad idea to have a scissor lift around.

Curious about why this purchase can make your employees happy? After you read about the benefits of having one, you’ll wonder why you haven’t purchased one sooner.

1. Improve Safety

Falls are one of the most common workplace injuries, and a serious one could harm your employee and your business.

If you have a lot of merchandise in the back, it’s safe to assume that employees will need to get to some hard-to-reach places. And if your employees can’t find a ladder, they may try dangerous ways to reach what they need to. That could result in a serious accident.

Having a scissor lift table can help ensure that your employees have a safe way to reach what they need to.

2. Load Products Easily

Do you have a new shipment of products or materials coming in? Make your employees’ days by buying a scissor lift table before the goods arrive.

Scissor lifts make moving big boxes and a lot of products easy. Your employees won’t need to spend a lot of time lifting and carrying heavy boxes when the table can do it for them.

You can also reduce the risk of back injuries in the workplace if you give your employees a better way to lift.

3. Make Maintenance Easier

Do you have a roof that needs to be looked at, along with some gutters? Do you have heavy equipment that needs to be repaired?

A scissor lift table can be your best friend when you’re doing maintenance tasks. It can help you get to high places like roofs and gutters, and they’re much safer than the average ladder.

The table can also help lift machinery, so you can easily get under your pet project to make needed repairs.

4. Be Ready For Anything

You never know when you’ll need to lift something heavy or go somewhere high up. That’s why every business should consider getting a scissor lift.

You may move to a bigger building with higher ceilings and ample stacking room. You may need to do some quick DIY roof repairs and need a way to access the top of your building.

Having a lift table around can help ensure that you’re ready for almost any task that comes up.

Next Steps

Now that you know how helpful a scissor lift can be, you’re probably curious about types and styles. Check out our product catalog if you want to see the array of products we offer.

And don’t forget: We’re here to help answer any questions you may have about lifts and our other products. Contact us today so we can help you make a smart purchase for your business.

 

4 Tips For Scissor Lift Training

You’ve just purchased a scissor lift for your warehouse and you’re excited to have your employees use it because scissor lifts offer so many benefits. For instance, scissor lifts certainly make the workday easier. They are simple to operate, and you can use them in a variety of different settings. Plus, they make it so your employees don’t have to strain their bodies repetitively bending over to pick things up.

In order to reap these benefits, however, you need to make sure your employees are properly trained on how to use a scissor lift correctly.

 

Implement these simple scissor lift training tips to ensure you and your employees take full advantage of this equipment.

1. Prep Them

Before your scissor lift training session begins, your employees should know exactly what they’re getting into.

At the beginning of the training, make sure your employees know what they should expect to learn from the training system. Spelling out the details of the lesson will help your employees know what to look for and what to remember. Plus, this will help auditory learners get a better grasp on everything.

If questions arise, make sure to repeat them before answering them. This helps ensure that everyone heard and understands the question being asked.

2. Monkey See, Monkey Do

Multiple studies have shown that when students take a hands-on approach to learning, they gain a deeper understanding of the subject matter at hand. This means you shouldn’t just tell or show your employees how to operate a scissor lift, you need to get them involved in the lesson.

First, demonstrate teaching points. Then, allow your employees to take a crack at what you taught them. And don’t just limit hands-on learning to the basics. Make sure they have hands-on practice dealing with troubleshooting situations as well.

3. Involve Trainees

Even though you are the one running the scissor lift training, you shouldn’t limit the lesson to your perspective only.

There’s a good chance that some of your other employees have experience operating a scissor lift. Allow them to share their knowledge and experience. This will help to create a dialogue and a more comfortable learning environment.

4. Track Progress

You can’t just have a one-day session where you teach all of your employees to operate a scissor lift. Following up on your training is the only way to know if it was effective. Also:

  • After the lesson, make sure you are assessing your workers’ abilities to operate a scissor lift.
  • Let your learners know that you will be following up your training with an evaluation. This will encourage them to be more engaged from the start.
  • Make sure your employees know that they can ask questions at any time about operating the scissor lift.

Ready to Schedule Your Scissor Lift Training?

Follow these four tips and your training session should go off without a hitch.

The training cannot begin until you yourself have a solid understanding of scissor lifts. For more information on these devices, be sure to check out our blog.

How 3-D CAD Technology Benefits Buyers of a Hydraulic Scissor Lift

When you buy from Lange Lift, you’re investing in a lift that’s made to last. Keep reading to learn how we use 3-D CAD technology to model our lifts and the ways that modeling benefits you as a buyer.

 

 

How 3-D CAD Technology Works

The global 3-D CAD market has grown to over $8 billion. The accuracy and flexibility of this technology is a key part of why it’s used for so many important purposes. Even the best 2-D drawings are very limited by the amount of detail they can show. Because computer-aided design (CAD) doesn’t have those limitations, it can create highly realistic 3-D models.

A 3-D model will reflect the exact elements of a design. An engineer with CAD experience can easily modify these elements to meet specific needs. This is one of the many reasons why we use this technology to model every scissor lift we build.

5 Benefits of Modeling with 3-D CAD Technology

We have a history that dates back to 1934. Over the last eight decades, we’ve continued to innovate with improved processes and new technology. One example is our use of 3-D CAD technology. Here are five ways our 3-D modeling benefits customers like you:

1. Lots of Available Features

A hydraulic scissor lift can be manual, electric, battery, or air powered. A lift can include removable standoffs, tooling mounts, fork pockets, and other features. 3-D modeling makes it easy to explore these different features and choose the ones that work best for your needs.

2. Precise Modifications and Customizations

We have experience working with small fabrication shops, national defense contractors, and everyone in between. We know just how vital it is for modifications and customizations to be precise. Through our use of 3-D CAD technology, we can ensure the lift we build meets your exact specifications.

3. Wide Capacity Range

Some lifts only need to support a few hundred pounds. Others need to safely support tens of thousands of pounds. Our 3-D modeling process gives you the freedom to choose any lift capacity from 100 to 40,000 pounds.

4. Prompt Turnaround

We pride ourselves on expert craftsmanship, but we also understand the importance of delivery schedules. Through our use of CAD software, we’re able to provide custom manufacturing while simultaneously ensuring each stage in the process moves along without delays.

5. Easy Collaboration

When you invest in a lift, you deserve to get exactly what you need. While some lift providers will try to force a cookie-cutter solution on you, Lange Lift manufactures one-of-a-kind lifts. Our engineers will work directly with you from concept to production.

The collaborative approach that 3-D modeling enables makes it easy to design the perfect lift.

Get the Perfect Hydraulic Scissor Lift

If you need a hydraulic scissor lift, we’re ready to design and build it for you. We’ll gather all the necessary research and incorporate it into a 3-D model. Once you’re completely satisfied with the 3-D design, we’ll use our decades of manufacturing experience to create the perfect lift for your needs.

To start working with the Lange Lift team, contact us online or by calling 1-800-558-0577.

Understanding How a Hydraulic Scissor Lift Table Works

If you’ve ever been in an industrial setting, you’ve seen or worked with a hydraulic scissor lift table.

The lift table is one of the most common pieces of industrial equipment. When using it, most people don’t give much thought to how it works, but understanding the mechanics behind it will make you safer.

Five Essential Parts Of The Hydraulic Scissor Lift Table

Before diving into the operation side, let’s look at the parts that make up the lift:

The Platform

The top of the table, where you place items, is the platform. It is typically 1/4″ steel. There isn’t a standard size for scissor lift table platforms: how large they are depends on the needs of the job site.

Base

The base of the table is the structural foundation of the unit. It has tracks which guide the rollers at the bottom of the legs. The base’s size depends on the size and capacity of the platform.

Scissor Legs

These legs allow the hydraulic scissor lift table to reach its height. They sit between the base of the platform and come in different varieties depending on the intended use of the unit.

Cylinders

These high-pressure hydraulic cylinders are what raise and lower the platform. There are normally 1 to 4 cylinders on each unit.

Motor

Most lifts have a self-contained electric motor that is powered by a high-pressure air compressor. There are a few models with a remote power pack on the side of the unit, however.

How These Parts Work Together

As the motor pushes oil into the ram cylinder, the hydraulic scissor lift table rises. Once raised, the lift stays in place due to a check valve that keeps the oil in the hydraulic cylinder. The lift lowers when oil is released slowly from the cylinder. The check valve determines the speed of fluid release, and thus the speed of descent. Only a professional should attempt to alter the valve.

If a lift has a higher travel and weight capacity, it will rise slower. Some companies will try to speed up their lift speed by using a motor with higher horsepower. Use this solution with caution, however, as a higher HP engine will cause increased wear on the structure, lowering the life of the lift. In fact, a 1 HP increase could cut the life of the hydraulic scissor lift table by 33%. Another way to increase the speed is a motor with higher voltage. More volts will lift quicker, but also cost more.

It is important to remember that no one should ever attempt to raise the scissor lift higher than recommended. Many accidents happen each year due to non-compliance with manufacturer’s recommendations.

As with all pieces of equipment, there is always a trade-off. For the best long-term financial results, using the lift as intended without alterations is usually the best option.

Let Us Meet Your Lift Table Needs

Knowing how hydraulic scissor lift tables operate makes it easier to determine your business’s needs. Whether it’s manual, electric, battery-powered lifts, or even floor locks, we have you covered. We make our products in the US, never forgetting the dedication to quality that our customers demand.

If you need more information about lifts we offer or want to purchase the highest quality products for your industrial job site, contact us today!