Scissor lifts can be easier to use and move compared to scaffolding when your project requires working well off the ground. Consider the following factors to make sure you rent the right scissor lift for your needs.

Height Needs

The most important consideration is that the scissor lift can actually get your crew to the necessary work height. Stacking on a lift is not safe, so don't cut corners with a short lift and then try to use a ladder or scaffolding on it. Another thing to consider when it comes to height is whether the lift will fit into the building when it is in the down position. You don't want to rent a lift that is so high it can only be used outdoors if the goal is indoor ceiling or ductwork.

Terrain Type

If you will be working outside and moving the lift over rough terrain, such as mud or ruts, then you need a diesel-powered model equipped with rough terrain tires so that you can easily move it around the jobsite. For indoor use, though, avoid diesel motors and opt for battery or electric models. These won't produce dangerous fumes inside the building so they are safer to use.

Capacity Limits

Every scissor lift has two capacity limitations: weight limit and occupant limit. Make sure the lift can handle both the number of workers that must be on it at once as well as the weight of the workers and equipment combined. A scissor lift can fail if it is overloaded, which can lead to an expensive repair bill at best and injuries to the workers at worst.

Safety Concerns

Safety is paramount, so verify that the lift you rent has undergone a full safety inspection and been serviced as needed by the rental company before you pick it up or sign for it at the jobsite. All safety mechanisms and locks on the controls and tires must be functional, the safety gate should be secure with a strong latch, and all lights and warning sensors must be fully operational. If you spot an issue, ask the rental company to fix it before you start your rental period.

Work Area Size

The size of the platform is nearly as important as the height. A larger platform can allow your crew to work a larger area without frequently moving the lift, for example. You may also need a larger platform if the crew is working with big materials, such as drywall. 

Contact a scissor lift rental service to reserve your necessary equipment today.