Why Use a Scissor Lift?
There's no doubt that scissor lifts and mast lifts are helpful for working at height on construction, maintenance, and industrial projects. Both lift styles are classified as Group A MEWPs with impressive working heights, lifting capacities, and dedicated safety features. However, scissor lifts have some benefits mast style lifts just can't quite reach. Keep reading to see why you should choose a scissor lift over a mast lift for your next jobsite.
Scissor Lifts vs. Mast Lifts: Platform Stability
Mast lifts got their name due to having a single mast attached to one end of the platform. All of the platform weight is loaded over this single point of contact, restricting the platform's size to ensure stability. Scissor lifts, on the other hand, are elevated with a scissor stack that's securely attached to each corner of the work platform. These stacks are rigid with oversized pins to reduce platform sway, helping operators feel confident and comfortable at height.
Scissor Lifts vs. Mast Lifts: Lifting Capacity
On average, mast lifts can safely elevate up to 500 lbs. Scissors lifts, like the PS-1030, can lift up to 800 lbs. That's more than enough power to carry two workers and any tools and materials needed for the task at hand. The more workers and tools that can be elevated in one trip, the faster a job can get done, saving you time and money.
Scissor Lifts vs. Mast Lifts: Work Area
Due to their design, the work platforms on mast lifts are significantly reduced to ensure lift stability. Some mast lifts even have the mast column extend through the platform up to the rails, further shrinking available workspace. Scissor lifts maximize platform space since the platform weight is distributed evenly over four points of contact, creating a work area that's almost double the size of mast lifts. For even more room, slide out extension decks can add up to 30 in of usable platform length, providing operators with plenty of room to work.