Buying a Rough Terrain Scissor Lift from TuffWerx
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About Rough Terrain Scissor Lifts
Rough terrain scissor lifts are designed to be used in areas where the ground is rocky and uneven or where there is a lot of construction debris. Most have four wheel drive with positive traction and some have leveling outriggers that automatically adjust the platform when it’s on a slope so that workers have a stable, level platform to operate from.
Scissor lifts normally have a much larger work platform to hold workers and materials than do other kinds of lifts such as straight arm booms and knuckle or articulated booms. Platforms can be up to about 100 square feet, though many are smaller than that. Because they have a criss-cross pattern of supports underneath the platform, they can carry considerably more weight than either of these types of booms. But unlike straight booms or articulated booms, they cannot reach horizontally as well as vertically. Nor can they traverse obstacles the way articulated booms can. Many straight booms and articulated booms can reach much greater heights than most scissor lifts.
Usually rough terrain scissor lifts are engine powered, fueled by diesel, which causes them to have greater emissions than electric scissor lifts but makes them better for operating outdoors. They come with various clearances as well as different capacities for handling slopes.
Tips for Buying Rough Terrain Scissor Lifts
• Determine just how rough the terrain is you’re going to be working on. Rough terrain scissor lifts have varying capacity for handling slopes from a 25 percent slope up to about a 50 percent slope. Make sure your rough terrain scissor lift can handle the slopes where you need it to work.
• Similarly, make sure your scissor lift can achieve the heights you need it to reach. Some can reach up to about 60 feet or more but others can only be elevated 20-30 feet.
• Check the load weight. If you don’t need to raise heavy equipment in addition to workers, you may not need your rough terrain scissor lift to have the maximum load weight. Determine that before you buy.
• Check the lift speed before you buy. If you won’t need to raise and lower the platform often, this may not be as big a factor. But if you do, slower lift speeds may frustrate you when trying to get the job done.