Low-level scissor lifts are great tools for indoor projects, such as electrical installation or drywall hanging. They are easy to maneuver, have intuitive controls and most importantly, get you to the right working heights without lugging tools and building materials up ladders and scaffolds.

There are hundreds of different lifts on the market and picking the right lift optimizes productivity and operator safety on the jobsite, and adds a low-maintenance machine to any tool fleet. There are four features that should be considered before making a purchase: working height, platform size, worksite impact and lifting capacity.

Heightened Awareness

Less is more when it comes to interior working heights. Contractors might think they need a lift with working heights taller than 25 feet, when actually they may be able to reach all projects with one that reaches a 20-foot working height. In fact, roughly 70 percent of lift operators say their jobs required working heights lower than 25 feet.

Low-level scissor lifts have step-in heights as low as 20 inches, making it easy for operators to load tools and materials onto the platform. Low step-in heights eliminate the fatigue caused by climbing multiple ladder rungs; reduce the chance of a serious fall; and minimize repetitive strains that can create workers’ compensation issues. Some manufacturers also incorporate a full swing gate, which makes platform loading easy and safe because the operator doesn’t have to duck under chains or railings.