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Scissor lift hire can often seem like a daunting process with many options to consider around platform size, lift heights, and other configurations to choose from. Read on to learn more about this machine and how it can best work for you.

What is a scissor lift?

Used widely by contractors in the construction industry, a scissor lift is a mobile platform machine that safely lifts workers to complete tasks such as window-washing, painting, and construction. A scissor lift is designed to give you a sturdy platform to work from, equipped with safety rails and a harness to ensure there is no chance of falling off. A scissor lift is also commonly known as a MEWP (Mobile Elevated Work Platform). Scissor lifts get their name from a “scissor” style strut used to connect the platform and base of the machine.

Often confused with a cherry picker, a scissor lift has its versatility and can range from small machines operated indoors and that run on electric motors, through to large, off-road versions for heavy-duty work. They usually run on diesel, petrol or hybrid engines.

iSeekplant connects local suppliers, contractors, and services with projects across Brisbane and surrounding areas. Through the iSeekplant online platform, you will have direct access to a directory of services and be on your way to connecting with the right provider, and receive quick and reliable quotes.

Where would I use a scissor lift, and are they safe?

You can use a scissor lift anywhere you need to reach further than a conventional ladder, small scaffolding, or a tower. Many businesses require a scissor lift to carry out building maintenance such as changing lights or point of sale signs or accessing high stock shelves in a stock room or warehouse. Scissor lifts are also commonly used on construction sites where a changing height platform is utilised.

The advantages of scissor lift hire over ladders or scaffolding are safety, speed, and the extent of the reach. The traditional ladder has many risks involved, yet with a scissor lift, you are secure and clipped to the railing with a harness. There is a very low chance of moving unless you want it to – some scissor lifts even let you move the lift while the platform is raised.

There is a railing around the platform with a gated entry/exit area which is a considerably larger platform to a ladder or scaffolding. While on the lift, workers can reach a wider expanse of the working area, and spend less time repositioning. Towers and scaffolding are time-consuming to set up, costing extra time and money on the project. With a scissor lift, you have more freedom to climb on board and lift yourself quickly.

How much weight can a scissor lift pick?

All of the scissor lift platforms are strong and versatile, accommodating weights of well over 500 kg, and can often extend to heights of over 15 metres. This ensures that both workers and materials will be raised effortlessly. The lift can also be paused at different heights as required, allowing workers to make their way up or down the wall. For those construction projects where lifting weight at heights is a concern, hiring a crane comes highly recommended.

Many modern-day scissor lifts are equipped with a type of load sensing system. An LSS (load sensing system) can be force or pressure based. A pressure-based LSS measures pressure on the barrel side of the lift cylinder and translate that pressure reading into weight. While it costs less than force-based, pressure-based can pose a challenge in colder weather. Since hydraulic oil moves slower in colder temperatures, it is harder for the piston to push the oil out of the lift cylinder’s road-side to elevate the scissor. A force-based LLS acts like a bathroom scale by providing a reading that calculates how much the pin has been compressed, showing how much weight is on the scissor lift. It provides an accurate measurement that does not need to be calibrated. Utilising modern safety advancements, the operators can quickly ensure they are working within the scissor lift lifting capacity.

No matter what type of job is at hand, working at heights with equipment needs to be completed safely and efficiently, and a scissor lift hire can do just that.

Through iSeekplant’s online marketplace, having direct access to a long list of contractors and plant hire professionals is a simple process. iSeekplant will connect you with the right person, the right job, and the right equipment. In addition to scissor lift hire, iSeekplant also provides fast and efficient access for the hire of bobcats, mini excavators, tipper trucks and truck hire, as well as forklift hire and dingo hire. Get in touch with iSeekplant to gain access to your local scissor lift hire service today.

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Scissor Lift FAQs

Here's some tips & frequently asked questions on how to find the right scissor lift for your job

1. What is a Scissor Lift?

Scissor lifts are motorised vehicles with railed platforms. Commonly found throughout a range of industries in Australia, scissor lifts provide reliable solutions to a number of issues. They’re utilised to access difficult-to-reach places and can be powered by either gas or electricity. iSeekplant has hundreds of scissor lift hire suppliers located across the country.


2. What is the right Scissor Lift for my job?

There are two main questions you need to consider when you hire a scissor lift. Those questions are:

  1. How high do I need to reach?
  2. What terrain am I operating the scissor lift on?

By accurately identifying the answers to these questions, you will be able to make a smart hiring decision, saving you both money and time. Gas-powered scissor lifts are typically used in outdoor settings, while electrically-powered scissor lift hire is more suitable for even terrain such as warehouses.

Check out our guide to selecting the right Scissor Lift hire here!


3. Do I need a ticket to operate a Scissor Lift?

Yes, you will likely need to obtain a scissor lift license prior to operation in most Australian states. The Elevated Work Platform (EWP) license is a statement for yourself and your employer to demonstrate that you’ve successfully achieved the necessary level of competence to operate electric scissor lifts, diesel scissor lifts and other elevated work platforms.

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4. How much should I be paying to hire a Scissor Lift?

Scissor lift hire rates will fluctuate depending on the type of machine you’re looking to hire, the length of your scissor lift hire term and whether or not you require a skilled operator with your machine. Check out the average electric scissor lift hire rates and diesel scissor lift hire rates below.

  • 5m - 6m working height electric scissor lift hire rates: $90 - $270 per day

  • 7m working height electric scissor lift hire rates: $110 - $310 per day

  • 8m working height electric scissor lift hire rates: $110 - $350 per day

  • 9m - 10m working height electric scissor lift hire rates: $120 - $370 per day

  • 12m working height electric scissor lift hire rates: $140 - $450 per day

  • 8m working height diesel scissor lift hire rates: $150 - $320 per day

  • 10m working height diesel scissor lift hire rates: $165 - $340 per day

  • 12m working height diesel scissor lift hire rates: $170 - $395 per day

  • 14m working height diesel scissor lift hire rates: $230 - $475 per day

  • 15m working height diesel scissor lift hire rates: $240 - $550 per day

  • 18m working height diesel scissor lift hire rates: $280 - $600 per day

Read up on the average Scissor Lift hire rates here!


5. What are the best Scissor Lift brands?

In Australia, we’re seeing a massive rise in competitive scissor lift brands across the market - there have been a number of technological advancements to scissor lifts and access platforms in recent years that have greatly benefitted the construction industry. The most common diesel scissor lifts for hire and electric scissor lifts for hire are manufactured by 6 main brands. These include:

  1. Manitou
  2. Skyjack
  3. JLG
  4. Genie
  5. Haulette
  6. Snorkel

Learn more about the best Scissor Lift brands in the country here!


6. Where can I hire a Scissor Lift?

iSeekplant has a nationwide network of quality scissor lift hire suppliers operating in all capital cities from Brisbane to Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne to Darwin, Perth and Adelaide. We also offer electric scissor lift hire solutions in all major towns and cities from Cairns to Townsville down to Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Ballarat and Geelong.

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