Scissor Lift Hire
Vertical mobile elevating work platforms
Scissor lifts are industry standard, versatile aerial work platforms. They provide safe, temporary access to heights and inaccessible areas so that you can carry out work comfortably and with less chance of a fall.
Scissor lifts are suitable for all types of industries. They are predominantly used in construction, as they are mobile, easy to operate and comply with health and safety regulations. However, these versatile machines are suitable for any task at height, such as repair, inspection, maintenance, surveying, decorating, cleaning, manufacturing and facilities management, and more. You will find various deck sizes and working heights available for whatever job you need to undertake.
Scissor lifts can carry operatives plus tools and materials vertically to a designated height. They use a pantograph structure, with each support section of the extending arm linked in a crisscross pattern so that they can extend and retract steadily and evenly. The scissor arm is propelled by a hydraulic, pneumatic, or mechanical actuator.
While scissor lifts are stable and safe, there are certain safety practices that should be observed to prevent accidents -
- Do not exceed the working load limit (WLL) of the unit.
- Ensure guardrails are fit for purpose. These are fall protection systems and should be a minimum height of 39-45 inches.
- Do not exceed the maximum working height of the unit (1m above the guardrail). Also, do not stand on toeboards, rails, or objects to gain additional height.
- Do not move the lift when elevated.
- Perform regular checks & maintenance.
You can read more about MEWP health and safety with the HSE mobile elevating work platforms guidance page.
Electric scissor lifts are ideal for indoor applications. They are more lightweight than their diesel counterparts, so they are easier to handle, making them suitable for more confined spaces. Electric scissor lifts are battery powered, so they need recharging and do not need to be refuelled, and they do not produce any emissions. They are quiet, so you can operate them in populated areas without disrupting any day to day activities.
Electric scissor lifts can also be very compact. We have manual units, designed to be pushed into position by a single user, such as the 3m Pop Up Pro 10 IQ. These access platforms have a small footprint, ideal for confined rooms and busy environments, plus they fit through corridors, single doorways, and personnel lifts. They also comply with the safety requirements of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC taking guidance from the European Standard BS EN280:2001 and A2:2009 Mobile Elevating Work Platforms. Push around electric scissor lifts are ideal for building sites, shopfitting, building management, warehousing, and more.
We also have a range of driven electric scissor lifts available that can be moved around a site quickly with a joystick control. Powered scissor lifts are ideal for large scale indoor environments, like warehouses, factories, and hangars.
Diesel scissor lifts are designed for external use. As the fumes produced by the engine can be harmful, these scissor lifts are not suitable for use indoors or in enclosed spaces. The diesel engine provides more power, so these scissor lifts are better equipped for travelling across roads and uneven surfaces. We also have rough terrain scissor lifts available, with more robust tyres and better positive traction and gradeability - ideal for construction sites.
Diesel scissor lifts are perfect for reaching high levels on construction sites and building exteriors. They are heavier than their electric counterparts and are often wind rated for safe outdoor work. These scissor lifts often have additional outriggers for improved balance and stability. They are ideal for construction, signage installation, painting, cleaning, and more.
Do I need a licence for a scissor lift?
You do not need a licence for operating access equipment. However, for employees and contractors, the health and safety legislation for height regulations 2005 states that all operatives using MEWP equipment must be competent and trained via a recognised scheme. You can find IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) training courses for static vertical, mobile verticle, push around vertical equipment and more at ipaf.org.
How much is it to hire a scissor lift?
The rate of a scissor lift rental can vary depending on the machine's working load limit and maximum reach. Enquire online or over the phone for a scissor lift hire quote. You can reach us via a quick quote form, live chat, or telephone, and our team will be able to respond to all your questions and offer you a competitive rate. A lot of our range is available to book online to save you the hassle and make hire easy.