Classifications of Scissor Lifts & Aerial Lift Platforms
A scissor lift consists of a series of crisscrossed steel arms that are linked to make an X pattern. When raised vertically, the X pattern of support holds the rectangular platform that is situated on top of the lifting apparatus. There are support railings along the lifting mechanism's edges to be able to keep the workers safe and help to secure their tools.
Scissor lifts offer a low profile that is ideal for pavement, hard dirt surfaces and concrete. These machines use either a combustion engine or electric motor in order to move the lift and power the lifting apparatus. The operator would need to move the lift itself if he or she has to travel horizontally, because the lift mechanism only operates the lift in a vertical manner.
Rough Terrain Scissor Lift
Rough terrain scissor lifts utilize the same lifting technology as a typical scissor lift. The main difference is that the rough terrain models feature a different base that is particularly designed for uneven surfaces. These models also provide higher ground clearance and oversized all terrain tires. The rough terrain scissor lifts use 4-wheel drive so as to easily navigate through difficult and muddy terrain.
Telescopic Boom Lift
Telescopic booms are made to be raised both vertically and diagonally. This particular model has a small work platform that houses controls to be able to operate the boom. The controls function with a combustion engine in order to power the hydraulics that 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 machine has a bucket or a small work platform that is outfitted with hand controls to be able to control the boom. These are stand-alone lifts which 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
In order to raise a work platform vertically into the air, the aerial mast lift utilizes a telescopic mast. The lift is normally powered electrically or pneumatically and are self-propelled models. These equipment provide a great solution for working in high racks within narrow warehouse aisles. It is really vital to remember that aerial mast lifts are limited to vertical movement and are not recommended for off-road application.