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Choose the Right Scissor Lift Table

Published on: Monday 21st September 2020

What is a scissor lift table and why do I need one?

Scissor lift tables are designed to assist handling of goods and materials, removing bending and stretching from operators and positioning loads to convenient heights or between levels. If you know you need something to improve your manual handling procedures, but you’re not quite sure what, a hydraulic scissor lift table could be just what you’re looking for…

What is a scissor lift table?

A scissor lift table is a lifting platform fixed to a scissor mechanism, raised hydraulically to a required working height. Operators raise and lower loads to ease strain from handling of goods or lift goods between levels.

Why choose a scissor lift table?

As well as giving you the ability to position loads to different heights, these hydraulic lift tables are quick and easy to operate – whether you choose a manual scissor lift trolley, battery operated lift table or electric platform lift. Our range at STUK offers load capacities between 125kg and 10,000kg.

Are all lift tables equal?

No. There are two key types of hydraulic lift tables: mobile and static and what you’re using it for will determine which one you need.

Mobile Scissor Lift Tables

These lift tables, also known as scissor lift trolleys, are fully mobile on castor wheels allowing operators to position loads to the required location and then lift them into position with a hydraulic foot pump or battery operated lifting control. Ideally suited for multi-location use.

The manual lift tables are the most affordable option and are best suited for occasional use and battery operated lift tables are designed for frequent, effortless lifting applications.

The portable lift table range at STUK can lift loads of up to 1250kg or to lift heights of up to 2.9m.

Static Scissor Lift Tables

These lift tables are designed for stationary, single location lifting applications powered by a three phase electrical supply. The hydraulic scissor lift platform is controlled at the touch of a button by operators and stopped when reached the correct working height. These tables can be used as bay lifts to transport heavy loads and pallets between levels, ergonomic pallet work stations for loading/unloading boxes and loading platforms to assist production and manufacturing.

The electric scissor lift table range at STUK includes low profile pallet lift platforms, heavy duty and tandem hydraulic scissor lifts. We design, manufacture, install and service our scissor lift tables providing a complete service to our customers. From standard to fully bespoke solutions, our standard tables provide load capacities up to 4000kg and lift heights up to 2m.

How do I know which one I need?

There are a number of things to consider when choosing your scissor lift table:

Size of load

What weight will it need to handle? What are the sizes of the loads you’ll be moving? You need to ensure the lift table you select is up to the job

Required lift height

Where are you moving the loads to? How high up will they need to go?

The area you’re using the scissor table

Are there any restrictions where you’re planning to use the lift table? Are there environment obstructions? Is there open space to manoeuvre for mobile units?

Type of load and how you are loading it on to the platform

Are you working with pallets, sheet materials, loose goods etc?

Operation

How many lifts are you expecting to do per shift? Is it viable to operate a manual scissor lift in a busy working environment? Will manual operation put unnecessary pressure on those using the lifting trolley?

Power Source

Do you have an area to charge the lift table or power supply for an electric scissor lift table – and does it have the correct three phase electric supply?

Do I need a license to operate a scissor lift table?

You don’t need a license to operate a scissor lift table – whether manual, battery powered or electric. However, there is always a duty or care required to ensure all employees / operators are competent to work with these types of machines.

It’s good working practice to ensure all operators are fully trained to carry out duties safely, competently and efficiently. Many companies provide certificates to demonstrate the training that has been undertaken and specific standards have been met. So, in short, while it’s not legally required, it’s best practice to offer training to all operators to ensure the highest safety measures are in place.

How can STUK help?

At Scissor Tables UK, we design and manufacture an extensive range of hydraulic scissor lift tables. We also offer expert advice and guidance on what will best suit your needs – so drop us an email at sales@mobile-scissor-tables.co.uk and we’ll get straight back to you.

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