3 Considerations of Buying Scissor Lifts for Rough Terrain

As a contractor, you will have jobs that will deal with various types of terrain. One of the terrain types that can play havoc with your scissor lifts is rough and rocky terrain. This type of land may have various issues that make maintaining the scissor lift evenly and safely difficult. If you are dealing with several upcoming projects that are in rough terrain areas, you may need to look to scissor lifts built for that terrain. With that in mind, here are three considerations to look for when buying scissor lifts for rough terrain.

1. Increased Power 

One of the key things that set rough terrain scissor lifts apart from traditional options is the increased power. The rough terrain models need more power due to having to maintain their balance on the rough and uneven terrain. The increased power allows for more stability for those on the lift. It also allows for quick correction if the lift starts to move or if the terrain starts to move slightly and settle under the weight of the scissor lift. The power is also necessary for drive functions at full height should the lift need to be moved quickly.

2. Increased Ground Clearance

One of the issues that traditional scissor lifts have with rough terrain is the clearance between the bottom of the scissor lift and the ground. This can be an issue when there are rough areas from rocks, hills or gravel. When you are looking at the purchase of a scissor lift for rough terrain, you will need it to have increased ground clearance. This allows it to rise over the rocks and gravel and help create more stability for the lift. It also allows you to avoid issues when moving the lift to different locations along the work site.

3. Onboard Diagnostics

You will need onboard diagnostics for a scissor lift for rough terrain. The reason for this is due to the quick adjustments you may have to make while working. You may need to change the level of the lift, the power going to certain aspects of the lift that are keeping it stable or move the entire lift at the drop of a hat. This means having the ability to do that as quickly and easily as possible while maintaining safety. This can be done easily through an onboard diagnostic system.

If you are uncertain what options are available for you, contact your local contractor equipment supply. They can help you with the current equipment options that are available, the scissor lifts that may be ideal for your business and answer questions you may have regarding the equipment. They can also help with delivery and pricing information.