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What is a Scissor Lift?

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A scissor lift is an elevating work platform used to give people and equipment access to raised areas.

In reality, scissor lifts function like a type of aerial lift, however, OSHA has not defined them as such. In fact, according to OSHA, aerial scissor lifts fall under the provisions set for scaffolding.

In any case, these machines operate like aerial lifts, but can only extend vertically from their base, while aerial lifts can extend both vertically and horizontally. Because they only lift vertically, aerial scissor lifts are more centered and can usually hold more weight. 

When you’re looking for aerial scissor lifts for sale, keep in mind that they’re typically electric, making them suitable for indoor use. However, outdoor scissor lifts powered by hydraulics or diesel are also available.

Scissor lifts get their name from the way that they extend, with crisscrossed beams that straighten as they push the platform upwards. Scissor forklifts are usually made of steel, with bar-style struts that hinge together, much like several sets of scissor blades. 

Narrow scissor lifts further increase mobility by allowing users to navigate tight spaces. If you’re looking for indoor equipment, a narrow scissor lift might be right for you.

If you’re searching for scissor lifts for sale, get started with Forklift Inventory. You’ll get a transparent look at the best new and used scissor lifts for sale in your area. 

We’ll match you with free quotes for new or used scissor lifts that fit your needs so that you can find the best scissor lifts for sale. Compare scissor lift prices and choose the ideal machine for you.

Is a Scissor Lift Right for You?

Scissor forklifts are used for painting, installation, agricultural trimming, window cleaning, and more.

A scissor forklift can be used for applications where you might need a ladder, tower, or scaffolding. The perk of using a scissor forklift is that you don’t need to worry about the set-up.

In addition, scissor lifts are substantially more stable and safe than other options, if used correctly. They also promote workplace efficiency and are incredibly versatile. 

You might want to consider browsing aerial scissor lifts for sale if you work in an industry like construction, retail, entertainment, or manufacturing. Most aerial scissor lift models have a working height between 20 and 40 feet, although some extend further.

Comparing scissor lift prices and features will help you determine the best equipment for your uses.

While other aerial lifts, like boom lifts, can reach higher than scissor forklifts, keep in mind that these machines will not be able to carry as much weight as a scissor lift.

There are both outdoor and indoor scissor lifts available to fulfill a range of applications. Indoor models have solid cushion tires to prevent damage to flooring, while outdoor models have air-filled pneumatic tires for easy maneuvering over uneven ground.

If you’re purchasing a machine for indoor use, a narrow scissor lift is a great option. These machines are even easier to navigate, especially in an enclosed area with tight spaces.

Forklift Inventory makes it simple to browse all of your options for aerial scissor lifts for sale near you. Get started finding scissor lifts for sale by filling out the form at the top of the page to browse our inventory of new and used scissor lifts. 

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