Top Tips to Hiring the Right Scissor Lift

Scissor lifts are an important component of construction projects. They make it possible for construction workers to work at heights that would otherwise be impossible or unsafe. They improve the safety, convenience and speed of construction work.  Most people prefer to hire a scissor lift instead of buying because they can be expensive and they may not need one after the construction project. If you are looking forward to a scissor lift hire in the near future, the following are some tips you should keep in mind;

  • Consider Hiring Rough Terrain Scissor Lifts

If you can, hire a scissor lift with four-wheel drive. They are safe for outside use especially when working on rugged terrain. Rough terrain scissor lifts are built to work for longer hours and they can be used on uneven or sloppy ground. They have reinforced tires so you can be sure they won’t have a flat. Some of them use gasoline while others use batteries. Once you identify the type of terrain you are working on, you can decide whether you need to hire a rough terrain scissor lift or not.

  • They Have Large platforms

The platforms for scissor lifts are usually flat and large usually supported by braces. The platform can be raised or lowered to increase speed and productivity. They are therefore, suitable if you have many workers working on a site as they can all be accommodated on the platform. They can lift up to about 40 feet high. The platform for scissor lifts is also more stable than ladders and it is, therefore, safer. They are able to stand on their own unlike ladders which have to be supported against a wall. Scissor lifts, therefore, allow more movement.

  • There Are Fixed And Mobile Scissor Lifts

You should hire a fixed or stationary scissor lift based on your needs. Fixed scissor lifts are generally stronger and they come in a variety of power and size options. However, they are not flexible.  Mobile scissor lifts are more flexible but they are not as stable as fixed ones. Their height is not very easily collapsible and so they are not as portable. Consider the pros and cons of each one of them and hire a scissor lift that best suits your job.

  • Consider  The Lifting Height

Different models of scissor lift platforms are built differently and therefore, they have different lifting height and carrying capacities. Before your scissor lift hire, you should consider how high you want the scissor lift to go and how many people and tools it will be required to carry. In instances where you have plenty of workers and tools and plenty of work to be done, you may need to hire more than one scissor lifts. If you are working in narrow spaces, consider finding a scissor lift that is narrow enough to fit.

  • You Can Use Electric Power

If you are going to be working indoors, consider hiring an electric scissor lifts. They do not release fumes which may be harmful to health.  If you are having work done both indoors and outside, you can hire separate ones for indoor and outdoor use.


If you are in need of scissor lift hire, contact Power Access today. We have a wide variety for hire and offer both long- and short-term rentals. Quality and safety are important to us, and you’ll find that when you choose one of Power Access’s scissor lifts that are available for hire. Check out our wide range of sizes and types, each with their own specifications for work. All of them have been screened and maintained for ultimate functionality, exhibiting the features outlined by Australian standards. Contact us today for a Quote !