How to Choose the Best Plastic Injection Manufacturer

How to Choose the Best Plastic Injection Manufacturer

4 Reasons to Rent a Scissor Lift Over a Boom Lift

by Christy Douglas

If you need to take workers up to higher points, you're probably going to need to rent some kind of mechanical lift to get them there, and that often means choosing between a scissor lift and a boom lift.

  • Scissor Lift: A large, flat work platform is supported by a series of crisscrossed braces that compact down or extend up.
  • Boom Lift: A small bucket or compact platform elevates workers and uses an articulating arm to move around obstructions – they are sometimes known as 'cherry pickers'.

While boom lifts certainly have their uses, here are just four reasons you might want to hire a scissor lift instead.

1. Larger Platform 

Probably the most compelling advantage of hiring a scissor lift is the size of the platform. Relatively long and wide, they can be used to bring multiple workers to an elevated level. Since all the weight is directed downwards, your workers are able to hold all the necessary materials without fear of causing the platform to tip. In contrast, most boom lifts can only accommodate one individual. Since the platform is small and there's an increased risk of tipping with the boom extended, only a small amount of materials can be carried.

2. Less Expensive

Scissor lifts are less complex than boom lifts. That makes them less expensive to build and buy, which in turn makes them less expensive to rent. A boom lift will usually be larger and more complicated, so it really only makes sense to rent one when you actually need one. If your workers are only going straight up, stick to a budget and choose a scissor lift instead.

3. Ease of Use

It's vital any kind of lift is worked by a certified operator. That said, you'll generally find that scissor lifts are much easier to use. After all, they only go up or down and are relatively hard to tip. Boom lifts can move from side to side, but that added functionality makes them significantly harder to operate.

4. Lower Clearance

Boom lifts can generally elevate workers much higher than scissor lifts, but, again, this can be a burden as well as a blessing. The problem is that many boom lifts have long arms that cannot be compacted down, which can be a problem if you need to move the equipment around anywhere with limited vertical space. In contrast, a scissor lift can be compacted down quite low.


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How to Choose the Best Plastic Injection Manufacturer

To get the right plastic products, your business needs to find the right manufacturer and supplier. If you've never done this before, then choosing the right company to work with can be a headache. I'm Mike. I worked in industrial procurement before I retired and I set up this blog to help people get the information they need when they're working with plastics companies. My blogs will hopefully help you understand more about plastics manufacturing and the related stuff that's important to any business now, like recyclability and green production techniques. Hope it's interesting reading and makes it easier for you to produce the products you need!