5 Tips for Buying a Used Scissor Lift


While brand-new scissor lifts have a shiny coat of paint and exciting features, buying or renting new machines may not always be the best investment. Used scissor lifts offer a cost-effective alternative to new machines that can save you time and money on your next project. Used machines are in-stock and ready for pick-up immediately, removing the hassle of long lead times or production delays that could prevent your order from being filled. As you consider buying or renting used, keep these helpful tips in mind to ensure you are maximizing your resources.

1. Select the Right Model

From working heights to floor loads to clearances, the specifications of scissor lifts have an impact on storage and jobsite usage. Before purchasing a used scissor lift, create an idea of exactly what you want out of your machine. What kind of work will you be doing? Will you be working indoors or outdoors? What kind of platform capacities does your job require? Once you understand these factors, find the scissor lift that best meets your requirements to ensure maximum productivity.

Used scissor lift

2. Understand the Machine's Condition

Naturally, used machines have seen some wear and tear in their previous use. Some of this damage may simply be cosmetic, such as a dinged-up coat of paint or small scratches on the exterior. However, internal damage could impede the functionality of your machine and increase the cost of ownership through repair and replacement costs. Before purchasing a used lift, inquire about any inspection or repairs the machine has undergone. Hy-Brid Lifts offers Work Ready machines, lifts that passed a thorough 85-point inspection that analyzes the lifts from top to bottom, guaranteeing they will be ready to operate as soon as they arrive on your jobsite.

Service technician working on scissor lift

3. Check the Hour Meter

The model year of the machine will give an indication of the remaining life span, but it does not tell the whole story. Some lifts will have seen near constant action over their life, while others may have spent most of their time idle. Most used listings will have the hours of use or mileage listed, but if they do not, be sure to inquire with the seller to find out how much work the lift has seen.

Hour meter location on scissor lift

4. Cheaper May Not Always Be Better

Saving money is always a positive, but often you will get what you pay for when purchasing used equipment. Maintenance costs add up quickly, especially with machines nearing the end of their lifespan. Certain sellers may offer extremely low prices on machines that initially run on the lot yet halt in their tracks when they drive off the trailer, so be sure to do your homework to locate a reputable dealer.

Used lift cost comparison

5. Weigh the Pros & Cons of Warranty

Warranties offer peace of mind and security that your used machine is covered in case of damage, but often come at an additional fee. Hy-Brid Lifts Work Ready machines include a 180-day parts warranty with free ground shipping on warranty parts. Buy used work platforms confidently knowing any issues during the first six months of ownership will be covered in your warranty .

Hy-Brid Lifts used scissor lift Work Ready program details

Keeping these five tips in mind will guide you to make the best possible choice when buying used scissor lift equipment. Ready to purchase? Hy-Brid Lifts offers a wide selection of used machines from several different manufacturers, including Haulotte, JLG, MEC, Skyjack, and Snorkel. Lifts are sold both as-is or Work Ready, a program that includes an annual inspection and parts warranty. All used machines sold by Hy-Brid Lifts are fully operational and ready to handle all the demands of your next project.

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