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How to choose the perfect scissor lift for you

If you’re looking for a stable platform from which one person (or more) can work on aerial projects, then scissor lifts will beat the traditional ladder hands down from a safety and convenience perspective.

Scissor lifts get their name from the scissor-like lift support that, situated directly below the platform, offers the working platform and those on it, stability.

The base of a scissor lift is usually simple to manoeuvre, making it easy to access different locations.

The platform, surrounded by guardrails, enables a worker to access the site with ease and keep their tools to hand, making access to aerial sites much safer than with a ladder.

There are a multitude of scissor lifts for hire on the market to cater for your specific needs, and we have a wide selection of powered access lifts available for hire at Mr Plant Hire, London, Enfield. To find the right scissor lift for you, there are a few things you need to consider.

How high is the work area you need to access?

This will determine whether you need a high-level scissor lift or a low-level scissor lift.

High-level scissor lifts can reach heights of up to 28 metres. If you’re working on something much lower, a low-level scissor lift will probably suffice. These reach much lesser heights of up to 7.5 metres.

What ground or base will the aerial lift be on?

This will dictate whether you opt for a lighter aerial lift with an electric motor or whether you can go for something more substantial with a heavier diesel engine.

Are there any space restrictions?

If the space you are working with is restricted, you may need to hire a narrow scissor lift such as the Dingli 1008DC 26ft.

What’s the terrain like?

If you’re using your scissor lift outdoors, you may need pneumatic tyres to make accessing your site easier where terrain is more challenging.

If you’re indoors and the ground is fairly flat, a push-around scissor lift may be perfectly adequate.

Power supply

Working indoors gives you the option to use electric scissor lifts, however if you’re working outdoors, you’ll need an outdoor scissor lift – one that can run on petrol or diesel.

We’ve a wide range of scissor lifts and other powered access lifts available to take the safety risk out of working at height.

Whether you need an electric scissor lift to hire, a diesel powered scissor lift to hire, a narrow scissor lift to hire, or even a boom lift to hire, we have all these and more available from Mr Plant Hire, London, Enfield.

We’ve just taken delivery of 15 Ecolifts, 8 Dingli 1008DC 26ft narrow electric scissor lifts and 4 Dingli 1212DC 32ft electric scissor lifts.

We have great rates and both long and short term hire options available. So, if you’d like to hire a scissor lift, or another powered access solution, give us a call on 0844 779 0211 and a member of our friendly team will be happy to advise you on the best equipment for your needs. Or, if you know exactly what you are looking for, you can get a quote quickly and easily on the Mr Plant Hire app.

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