Best Use Cases for Small Scissor Lifts

Best Use Cases for Small Scissor Lifts


Importantly, scissor lifts provide teams with a large variety of use cases. As an aerial lift with a stable work platform, scissor lifts offer advantages over other types of lifts. For example, as a motorized lift with solid foundation, scissor lifts provide an ideal solution for completing work at low to medium heights. Additionally, small scissor lifts work well in tight spaces. As a result, the following industries rely on scissor lifts of all sizes. 

  • Construction Sites. Typically, scissor lifts allow workers to focus on the task at hand (and not their safety) as they perform intricate projects. 
  • Building Maintenance. In particular, buildings such as churches, libraries, schools and hospitals frequently require work to be completed at elevated heights, which means scissor lifts.
  • Warehouses. Generally, scissor lifts remain one of the most effective ways to navigate warehouses filled to their capacity because lifts help reach inventory stored on the top shelves and efficiently move to the shipping dock for streamlined operations. 

Generally, scissor lifts work great for jobs that require platform space and lift capacity, power to drive around sites and climb ramps, repetitive assignments and special worksites. But, what about small scissor lifts? 

Small Scissor Lift Use Cases

Each job site requires a different ideal type of aerial lift. In particular, for tight spaces, small scissor lifts provide the best type of lift. For example, the ability to support sufficient weight while providing a stable work platform makes the small scissor lift ideal for certain industries. Conversely, areas with rough terrain are likely suited for hydraulic scissor lifts or diesel powered scissor lifts because they can navigate the area with more efficiency. 

  • Property Maintenance. From commercial to residential property management, small scissor lifts work wonders for addressing common items. For example, fixing electrical fixtures, cleaning windows and/or hanging banners are all much easier tasks with a small scissor lift.
  • Manufacturing Facilities. In the manufacturing industry, routine production requires moving heavy loads or accessing elevated machines. As a result, small scissor lifts easily navigate tight spaces and provide the support to transport heavy items around the facility.

  • Retail Operations. As the price per square foot of retail space increases, it is vital to make the most efficient use of all space. This includes elevated wall space. So, retail operations leverage small scissor lifts to store products, goods and other materials on elevated shelves. 

Essentially, any indoor work space that requires moving heavy loads around a large area makes the small scissor lift an ideal solution. 

Maintenance and Safety Tips for Small Scissor Lifts

As with all aerial lifts, proper usage remains the most important aspect of using the machine. Aerial lifts remain dangerous by their very nature. And small scissor lifts are no different. For example, the following common safety issues are very important to monitor when using a small scissor lift.

  • Electrocutions. Although small scissor lifts are best used indoors, electrocutions are still present when working near ceilings. For instance, exposed wire while working on electric projects is a real risk. As always, following routine safety guidelines, such as wearing proper personal protection equipment helps mitigate the risk, but not as much as watching where you work.

  • Falls. The CDC reports that falls from aerial lifts remain one of the leading causes of death in the construction industry. As a result, regardless of the size of the aerial lift, ensuring workers follow the proper safety precautions (as outlined by OSHA and ANSI) helps mitigate this risk.

  • Tip-Overs. To avoid tip-overs, ensure that the platform does not exceed the load capacity limits established by the manufacturer. For small scissor lifts, some of the risks are mitigated by working indoors on flat terrain without wind, but always look for risks when starting work.

Finally, for more information on maintaining your small scissor lift, Aerial Equipment Parts maintains a vast inventory of replacement parts. At Aerial Equipment Parts, we strive to provide quality parts at a reasonable price. Plus, we know you are busy and believe that getting the right part for your lift shouldn't be a burden. So, our parts meet or exceed the original manufacturer's quality and our warehouses remain stocked. 

Additionally, our inventory includes parts for all major brands, including JLG, Genie, SkyJack and Snorkel lifts. If you need to replace any of your small scissor lift parts, then search our inventory to find the right decal kit for your needs today.  We ship Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CST. For any aerial lift equipment questions, contact us today at 303-704-7000 or

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