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Small Scissor Lifts

January 20, 2020 | By JETechnology Staff

For many forms of maintenance work where a ladder simply won’t suffice, a scissor lift platform may be the answer to your problems. Unlike boom lifts — also known as cherry pickers — that have a long telescoping arm or articulated jointed arms, a mini scissor lift is a highly compact and versatile piece of equipment.

Typical aircraft maintenance scissor lifts — often referred to as slabs — are powered by electricity and designed to roll across flat surfaces. Their work platforms are larger than the average single worker bucket found at the end of most boom lifts. Plus, with sturdy crisscrossed bracing that squeezes together to raise the platform from underneath, scissor lifts supply an extremely stable workspace capable of accommodating more than one worker, as well as tools and maintenance equipment.

When to Use a Small Scissor Lift

Small hydraulic lifts have the versatility to function well in a variety of aircraft maintenance settings. Whether you’re completing an inspection or performing preventative maintenance, you may benefit from incorporating a scissor lift into your ground support equipment (GSE).

A scissor lift may serve your project well when your specs necessitate any of the following:

  • More than one elevated worker: Scissor lifts tend to offer a larger platform that allows more than one worker to be elevated at once. When tackling two-person projects or projects that require larger equipment, scissor lifts have an advantage over boom lifts.
  • Mobility is important: When your project area is spread out, repositioning and transporting elevation equipment can become time-consuming. Traditional ladders can be cumbersome to carry through small spaces and doorways and around corners. And boom lifts require a larger area within which to fit and maneuver. Scissor lifts combine compact size, simple movement and a large work platform to facilitate efficient mobility around a project site.
  • Working at variable heights: You likely complete a variety of maintenance tasks at different heights each day. When you have tasks that require different working heights, a one-size-fits-all solution can provide the most onsite convenience and flexibility. Small scissor lifts fill this role seamlessly. Depending on the specific product, a scissor lift can reach heights between 10 and 60 feet high.
  • Necessary vertical ascent and descent: When you’re working and using different tools at tall heights, you may raise and lower equipment often. Whether you’re switching out tools or repositioning equipment, repetitive up and down motions can add time to your project and put physical strain on your workers. With a scissor lift, you can store more on the platform, reach more from the platform and reduce the number of vertical trips you make.

Benefits of Working With a Small Scissor Lift

The best type of equipment enhances your maintenance workflow in as many ways as possible. Scissor lifts fulfill this task through their economic design and functionality. In addition to small electric scissor lifts’ versatility, they offer a variety of work benefits, including:

  • Increased productivity: One of the greatest assets of a scissor lift is that it can move products or people closer to designated work areas. Long projects that involve excess reaching or moving can drain your workers’ energy and make them more susceptible to injury. A scissor lift’s proximity capabilities minimize the amount of reaching your workers have to do, which can cut down on wasted motion and fatigue.
  • Increased safety: The vertical crisscross structure used to hoist a scissor lift supports maximum stability and safety. When compared to a ladder or boom lift, a scissor lift’s targeted motion keeps it steady and balanced. In addition, a scissor lift’s larger platform allows workers to utilize a larger workspace. This can help minimize overreaching that could lead to falls.
  • Customization: You have the power to choose the scissor lift settings that work best for you. Whether you need an indoor lift, outdoor lift, heavy weight capacity or lightweight capacity, there is a scissor lift to service your needs. There are even narrow scissor lift options to service tight space requirements.
  • Simple controls: Scissor lifts feature simple, easy to operate controls. This contributes to a simple workflow in addition to short operator training times. Learning to run a scissor lift requires minimal downtime, which keeps your workers safe and in-motion as much as possible.
  • Easy storage: Scissor lifts feature a compact design wherein the platform and the base are the same size. When the platform is completely lowered, scissor lifts take up much less space than ladders or boom lifts. If you need an economical solution both on the job and in storage, a scissor lift could be right for you.

What Is the Cost of a Scissor Lift?

Indoor electric scissor lifts are a wise investment for avionics workspaces that regularly need to lift maintenance personnel and tools to heights of between 10 and 40 feet. So what does it cost to rent or purchase one?

If you only occasionally need to work at height, you can rent a scissor lift. Typically, renting a 19-foot scissor lift costs approximately $125 per day, $450 per week and $1,000 per month. You can expect to pay another 20 to 25 percent more for a 32-foot model. In addition, there are delivery and pick-up fees that can add another $100 or more to your bill.

For aviation maintenance professionals who conduct work at height on a near-daily basis, it’s more economical to purchase a scissor lift. While prices vary according to workmanship and materials used in manufacturing, most brand new 19-foot scissor lifts cost somewhere in the range of $13,000. For a 30-foot lift, the sticker price is generally around $22,000.

For a more accurate idea of scissor lift costs, as well as costs for any other aviation work platform, you’re best advised to request a proposal from one of our customer service experts at JETechnology Solutions.

How High Will a Scissor Lift Go?

It’s important to remember that scissor lifts are only designed to lift vertically, giving the professionals who use them an incredibly stable platform. This setup is why scissor lifts are usually categorized according to the height their platforms rise to above the ground.

Small scissor lifts come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but typically, they’re capable of lifting their platforms anywhere between 10 and 60 feet off the ground. The majority of mini scissor lifts are designed to elevate between 20 and 40 feet.

Along with height capabilities, scissor lifts also have weight capacities that range from a few hundred pounds all the way up to several tons. Your specific work applications will help determine which type of lift is best for you.

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For more information on scissor lifts as well as our full line of work platforms, contact us today.