How to Choose the Perfect Scissor Lift for Your Project

As you’ve probably noticed, scaffolding has been fading away into history. Scissor lifts are quickly becoming the preferred choice for professionals who do a lot of high-elevation work.

Scissor lifts are more cost-effective and save time. If you’ve ever spent an entire day setting up scaffolding, then another day taking it down, you know how much production time is lost. A scissor lift also provides greater reach and weight capacities.

But how do you choose the right lift for your job? From the push-around models to the mighty diesels, there are many options.

In this article, we’ll cover the different lifts available for different occasions. The right one for you is just around the corner.

Now, let’s talk scissor lifts.


A scissor lift comes in many sizes and shapes. The most common are designed to lift materials and workers to heights that ladders can’t safely reach. They also come in smaller sizes for uses like lifting pallets or other heavy objects to lower heights.

Depending on the work you need to get done, you can find lifts that range in lift height and power.

Let’s take a look a few specific types.

Low-Level Lift

These work great when used in indoor workspaces such as garages, hangers, and warehouses. They’ll typically reach heights between 20-25 feet and are powered by an electric motor or air. They’re also light and designed with smooth wheels to help reduce stress on indoor flooring.

High-Level Lift

High-level scissor lifts reach heights you can’t get to on low-level models. They’ll reach over 90 feet high, which can be needed on high, outdoor jobs. Some are electric powered. Others are gas or air powered. The option you choose will depend on your specific work environment.

Outdoor Lift

In reality, any lift can be used outdoors. However, there are some specific design features that make these lifts more suited for outdoor work. Lifts designated for use outdoors are typically high-level lifts that access electric wires and telephone wires.

They boast robust pneumatic tires that can handle a rough outdoor terrain, and because they’re powered by a gas or diesel engine, outdoor lifts aren’t restricted by an electrical connection or short battery life.

Dock Lift

These are the little cousin to a traditional scissor lift. They still use the scissor design to move, but they’re much smaller and for lighter loads. They allow for quick and easy loading and unloading of bulky items.

Dock lifts are designed to be extremely mobile and come in a wide array of designs.

When you need a lift to provide moving power for heavy loads from the warehouse floor to a trailer truck bed, dock lifts are the way to go.

Find Custom Scissor Lifts at Lange Lift

When you’re ready to find the perfect lift for your application, we’re here to serve you. Choosing the right custom scissor lift can turn any difficult job into a much easier endeavor.

If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.

Get in touch with us and let’s discuss your specific lift needs and how Lange Lift can be your solution. Remember, we have the products that lift the world.