If you haven’t ever needed scissor lift hire before, it’s unlikely that you will know exactly what information you need to provide and what questions you need to ask to ensure that you get the right machine for your needs (such as how high do you need to reach and what are the jobsite conditions?). In this article, we have provided a few suggestions that can help you to select the right lift from both a productivity and a safety perspective.
- Narrow Your Needs Down
One of the first issues that you should address is how you plan to use the lift – loading the uppermost shelves in a factory will require a very different machine than installing exterior glass in a skyscraper. Ask yourself where the work will be performed, what needs to be raised, and whether the work will be indoors or outdoors. This should provide you with everything you need to know.
- Be Work Specific
Once you’ve decided on the type and size of the lift, it’s important to take a closer look at the type of work to be performed on the platform. This is because, in this day and age, there are a variety of options available that will increase productivity. These could include built-in generators, electric cable and air/water lines that run through the boom to the platform. This can also improve safety.
- It’s All In The Details
The details associated with the jobsite and work requirements are just as important as the bigger picture (the application) when it comes to scissor lift hire. You should consider building access (a standard door is 34 to 36 inches wide, whereas a standard machine is either 32 or 46 inches wide), available power (batteries will last between 8 and 10 hours), and working height (don’t forget to include your own height).
- Safety Is A Top Priority
It is essential that you have taken every step to ensure that the lift is used as safely as possible. This includes operator experience (they need to be adequately trained) and site conditions (if in doubt, speak with the hire company). There are two important safety tips to keep in mind – when the machine is used outside on an uneven surface, use outriggers; and ensure that floor loading specifications comply.
- Renting Versus Owning
It’s also a good idea to consider whether you might be better off purchasing a lift instead of hiring one. If you find yourself regularly booking in a hire machine, then perhaps ownership is something you should look into. One way to determine whether this is the right choice for you is to weigh up all the costs involved – you might actually find that ownership works out to be cheaper.
We hope that you now feel better prepared to obtain scissor lift hire, with the peace of mind that you will receive the right machine for your needs. If you are still unsure about what type of lift you require or you still have questions, do not hesitate to speak with your hire company. They will be more than happy to help you select the best model for your needs. After all, you’re continued use of their company relies on your satisfaction.
Liftech Handling & Access is offering all type of Boom Lift and access equipments since 1990 and presently based in central Dandenong.