Understanding the Key Parts of a Scissor Lift

Understanding the Key Parts of a Scissor Lift

16th Mar 2020

Even though the scissor lift comes with a very simple design, it is made up of several components that come together to make it an efficient material handling equipment.

Understanding the components of the scissor lift is one major step towards understanding how it operates.

For this article, we restrict ourselves to the key visible parts like the platform, base, scissor legs, cylinders and Power source.

The Platform:The platform (Also known as the lift table) is the upper part of the scissor lift that is made of rails and a flat surface connected to the scissor legs.Its major function is to provide a stable surface for the placement of goods or act as standing space for workers involved in operations.Those used primarily for the elevation of people usually come with guard rails to prevent fall-off accidents.

The Base:The base of the scissor lift is the bottom-most part and hosts the machinery that is vital for supporting the movement of the scissor lift vertically and horizontally.

Scissor Legs:These are a series of crisscrossed metallic frames that are interlinked to support the upward and downward movement.For upward movement, the scissor legs are extended using a cylinder which can be filled with either air or hydraulic fluid.For downward movement, the pressure is released from the cylinder to allow for contraction of the scissor legs.

Cylinders:The cylinders in the scissor lift are part of the lifting mechanism and transmit a powerful upward thrust that allows for upward movement and downward movement when the pressure in it is retracted.Depending on the type of scissor lift, the cylinders can either be filled with hydraulic fluid or compressed air.

Power Source:The power source of a scissor lift is how the energy needed to power the lifting mechanism of the scissor lift is generated.There are different ways through which a scissor lift is powered, and this can range from hydraulics, compressed air, electricity, and diesel.

Article Summary:

The major parts of the scissor lifts are;

The platform also is known as the lift table and is a vital space for elevating goods and people during operations.

The Base supports the mechanism that makes vertical and horizontal movement possible.

The Scissor legs which are responsible for the upward and downward movement of the lift.

The Cylinders which are either filled with hydraulic fluid or air to enable elevation or lowering of the scissor lift.

The power source which initiates the process of ensuring the energy needed to elongate the scissor legs is made possible.

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