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What is a Scissor Lift?

The term Scissor Lift describes the motion of the arms underneath the lift platform, because they open and close like a pair of Scissors. These ‘Scissors’ sit in a recess (or pit) in the floor when the lift is at the lower landing. When the lift rises, the scissors open underneath the platform and pushes it upwards. Scissor lifts are renowned for lifting heavy loads and they are often favoured for their aesthetics (when at the lower level, there are no guides, columns or mast visible).

Author: Nick Dade. Sales Director (Level Access Lifts Ltd).
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed within this Education Centre are solely those of the original author/s. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of any given lift manufacturer or lift industry association.
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