Classifications of Scissor Lifts & Aerial Lift Platforms
Scissor lifts consist of a series of crisscrossed steel arms, linked up to make an X pattern. When the crisscrossed arms are extended, the platform is vertically raised. There are support railings along the edges of the lifting apparatus to be able to help secure the workers' tools and keep them safe.
Scissor lifts provide a low profile that is ideal for hard dirt surfaces, concrete and pavement. These machines use either a combustion engine or electric motor to be able to move the lift and power the lifting mechanism. The operator must move the lift itself if she or he needs to travel horizontally, since the lift mechanism just operates the lift vertically.
Rough Terrain Scissor Lift
The rough terrain scissor lift and the standard scissor lift utilize identical lifting technology. The key difference is that the rough terrain units feature a different base which is specifically designed for surfaces that are uneven. These units also provide oversized all terrain tires and higher ground clearance. The rough terrain scissor lifts use 4-wheel drive so as to navigate through muddy and difficult terrain without problems.
Telescopic Boom Lift
The telescopic boom lift utilizes a telescoping beam which elevates both vertically and diagonally. This unit has a small work platform which houses controls to be able to control the boom. The controls work with a combustion engine in order to power the hydraulics which move the lift and power the boom. The telescopic boom lift has off-road capable tires and is an independent lift unit.
Articulating Boom Lift
There are two telescopic booms on the articulating boom lift. These are connected with a moving elbow mechanism. This lifting equipment has a small work platform or a bucket that is equipped with hand controls in order to control the boom. These are stand-alone lifts that are powered by a combustion engine. Articulating boom lifts are available with either hard surface or off-road tires. These lifts are designed in order to reach over top of and on top of buildings.
Aerial Mast Lift
To be able to raise a work platform vertically into the air, the aerial mast lift uses a telescopic mast. The lift is usually powered pneumatically or electrically and are self-propelled models. These equipment offer an ideal solution for working in high racks in narrow warehouse aisles. It is very important to remember that aerial mast lifts are limited to vertical movement and are not recommended for off-road application.