Heavy Construction Equipment: Repair, Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Heavy Construction Equipment: Repair, Troubleshooting and Maintenance

3 Features to Consider When Renting a Scissor Lift for Indoor Renovation Work

by Clifton Barnes

Scissor lifts provide a safe and steady enclosure for accessing job sites at high elevations. If you need to complete indoor renovations such as ceiling repair, overhead electrical work or window installation, this compact device is the best choice for the job. Scissor lifts come in various configurations and with varying capabilities. Therefore, as you rent one for indoor applications, consider the following essential features.

Adequate capacity and working height

Scissor lifts have varying capacities and working heights. If you rent a scissor lift whose capacity doesn't match your load requirements, you may end up overloading the equipment. An overloaded scissor lift can lock midair and fail to lower, which can present safety hazards on the site. Overloading also causes premature wear and tear of the platform's mechanical components.

Before renting the equipment, assess your job applications and choose the right device for the job. If you need to access high ceilings, rent a scissor lift with a higher maximum height. This way, you can comfortably work on the site without dangerously reaching out of the platform and risking a fall. Account for the weight of the workers and their equipment when choosing the best scissor lift capacity for your applications.

Electrical or pneumatic configuration

Scissor lifts can either be electric, pneumatic or gas-powered. Gas-powered platforms are not ideal for indoor use due to their emissions. If the building is occupied, the emissions from the scissor lift will pollute indoor air, even if the building has ventilation. Therefore, the best options for indoor use are pneumatic and electric-powered scissor lifts. 

Pneumatic lifts use air pressure to lift the platform. They are ideal for lightweight indoor applications. Electric scissor lifts come with a powered drive lifting system. They offer quiet operations and are compact for tight indoor spaces. Both pneumatic and electric scissor lifts have no emissions, which makes them ideal for indoor use.

Knuckle or articulating boom lift

Conventional heavy-duty scissor lifts feature a wide base and wide scissor legs that can prove problematic in tight spaces. If you are working in a constricted space, you need a compact platform that can snake through tight spaces. A knuckle boom or articulating lift is the best option for hard-to-reach areas. It has a jointed arm that allows the boom to bend and reach over around obstacles. 

Therefore, when undertaking work in a tight space, you can position the scissor lift right at the entrance of the hard-to-access area. The jointed arm extends horizontally past the obstacle, allowing you to reach your worksite. The equipment has an axis at the base that allows the boom to rotate, enabling you to shift the platform's position midair.

Consider the above factors when renting a scissor lift for indoor renovation works. For professional assistance, consult a scissor lift hire company near you.


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Heavy Construction Equipment: Repair, Troubleshooting and Maintenance

If you want to save money and have your business run efficiently, you need to take care of your heavy construction equipment. You need to know how to service it, how to spot issues, when to hire versus buy equipment and many other issues. Hi, my name is Russel, and welcome to my blog. I have loved heavy equipment since I was a child pushing a toy dump truck up and down my carpet, and although I do not work in that industry, I remain extremely interested in it. This blog is my chance to "play" with heavy equipment. I thank you for reading, and I hope that you learn and enjoy!