How to choose a scissor lift?
How to choose the right scissor lift so that the device will bring the maximum benefit, how to make the purchase as cost-effective as possible – Vladislav, an expert on lifting equipment, shared his advice.
Stage #1: Defining the tasks for which the scissor lift will be used
At this stage, it is necessary to decide for what specific purposes and needs the equipment will be used. Because There are a lot of variations and models of lifts, then a clear understanding of the tasks and functions will allow you to choose the most appropriate model.
As an example, the purpose of the elevator may sound like: “an elevator designed for unloading goods on pallets from the side of a car onto a ramp 2 meters high.”
Stage #2: determination of the ascent / descent height
Often, it is advisable to use scissor lifts when lifting to a height of up to 5m (but there are exceptions). And the lifting height of a particular model directly depends on the size of the platform that will be used.
Stage #3: Determination of platform dimensions
To do this, it is enough to analyze the dimensions of the cargo that is planned to be lifted on the platform. But you shouldn’t forget about a small “stock in size” either.
Stage #4: determining the required lifting capacity
By analogy with the size of the platform, it is necessary to predict the weight that will go up / down. Based on this parameter, the corresponding hydraulic cylinders and oil station will be installed.
Stage #5: preparation of the installation site and supply of electricity
An important aspect when installing a scissor lift is preparing the pit and the future installation site. A well-prepared place is a guarantee of high-quality and reliable equipment operation.
The optimal solution is to provide the manager with photos and a plan of the installation site. Alternatively, make accurate measurements of the installation site / invite a competent specialist.
After carrying out the necessary design calculations, the terms of reference for the preparation of the pit will be formed and provided.
Stage #6: selection of options
In the basic configuration, the lift is equipped with everything necessary for a full and comfortable work with it. But not infrequently there is a situation when the customer needs additional options due to the specifics of the operation: additional fences, light / sound alarms, additional security systems, etc.
The most favorable is the situation in which future options will be incorporated immediately, at the design stage.
Stage #7: service
Any complex mechanism requires timely and high-quality maintenance. This is an important aspect, which is the key to long and trouble-free operation. Scissor lifts are no exception.
We strongly recommend that you decide on the method of maintenance of the lift. Options are possible with service from the manufacturing plant (which will allow to extend the basic warranty), third-party competent organizations, and on our own, if possible.
By adhering to these simple recommendations, choosing a quality scissor lift will not be difficult. And if you have additional questions, you can always contact us and get comprehensive expert support.