Industrial lifts have traditionally been used in production and manufacturing settings to help raise and lower supplies, workers, and merchandise. The scissor lift, also called a table lift, is an industrial lift which has been modified for retail and wholesale environments.
Most clients, who have been in a store late at night, shopping the aisles, have probably seen one, even if they did not realize what it was. Essentially, the scissor lift is a platform with wheels that acts like a lift truck. In a non-industrial setting, the scissor lift is perfect for performing jobs which need the speed or mobility and transporting of supplies and people above ground level.
The scissor lift is a unique machinery in that it does not use a straight support in order to raise workers into the air. Instead, the scissor lift platform rises when the linked and folding supports underneath it draw together, making the machinery stretch upward. Once the machine is extended, the scissor lift reaches roughly from 6.4 to 18.8 meters or 21 to 62 feet above ground. This depends on the size of the model and the purpose.
The rough terrain scissor lifts could either be powered by an electric motor or by hydraulics, however, it can be a bumpy ride for the worker in the lift going to the top. The design of the scissor lift keeps it from traveling with a constant velocity, as opposed to traveling slower with more extension or traveling faster during the middle of its journey.
An extremely popular style of scissor lift is the RT or Rough Terrain class. Standard features of the RT models comprise increased power due to the internal combustion or IC engine. The variations come in petrol, gas, combinations or diesel. This is needed to handle the increased weights and steeper grades of 18 to 22 degrees that are normally connected with this particular class of scissor lift.