Classifications of Aerial Lift Platforms & Scissor Lifts
Scissor lifts are made of a series of crisscrossed steel arms, connected to create an X pattern. When the crisscrossed arms are extended, the platform is raised vertically. There are support railings along the lifting mechanism's edges in order to help secure the workers' tools and keep them safe.
The scissor lift has a low profile, best suited for smooth surfaces like hard dirt surfaces, concrete and pavement. These equipment use either a combustion engine or electric motor to be able to move the lift and power the lifting mechanism. The operator should move the lift itself if she or he needs to travel horizontally, as the lift apparatus only operates the lift in a vertical way.
Rough Terrain Scissor Lift
The standard scissor lift and the rough terrain scissor lift use the same lifting technology. The key difference is that the rough terrain models feature a different base which is particularly designed for surfaces which are not even. These models also offer oversized all terrain tires and higher ground clearance. The rough terrain scissor lifts use 4-wheel drive so as to navigate through difficult and muddy terrain easily.
Telescopic Boom Lift
The telescopic boom lift utilizes a telescoping beam that elevates both vertically and diagonally. This unit has a small work platform which houses controls in order to control the boom. The controls function with a combustion engine so as to power the hydraulics which power the boom and move the lift. The telescopic boom lift is an independent lift model and has off-road capable tires.
Articulating Boom Lift
There are two telescopic booms on the articulating boom lift. These are connected with a moving elbow apparatus. This lifting machine has a small work platform or a bucket which is equipped with hand controls in order to control the boom. These are stand-alone lifts which are powered by a combustion engine. Articulating boom lifts are available with either off-road or hard surface tires. These lifts are designed to be able to reach on top of and over top of buildings.
Aerial Mast Lift
The aerial mast lift uses a telescopic mast in order to lift a work platform vertically into the air. Typically, these lifts are pneumatic powered or electrically powered and are self-propelled equipment. These equipment offer an ideal solution for working in high racks within narrow warehouse aisles. It is very vital to bear in mind that aerial mast lifts are not recommended for off-road application and are limited to vertical movement.