Scissor and console hydraulic lift: which is better?
In order to find the right hydraulic lift, you need to know it’s purpose for your case. For example, you will not need a platform with a platform side of 4 meters to transport euro pallets. Therefore, before buying a hydraulic lift on our website, it is necessary to determine its basic characteristics:
- carrying capacity,
- the size of the platform for loading,
- lifting height.
Comparison of console and scissor lifts
In order to make your choice, you need to know what is the difference between console and scissor hydraulic lifts, as well as pros and cons of these designs in different situations.
Scissor lift is more efficient and suitable for heavy (more than one and a half thousand kg) and oversized cargoes. Similarly, this option is the best solution when lift height is supposed to be up to 3 meters. The height of the lifting of the loading table depends on the length of the platform and the number of scissors used. In this case, it is desirable that the scissors were not more than three, as the longevity decreases due to sag of the platform during loading and unloading in the upper position.
Scissor lift can raise up to 6000 kg with a platform up to 4 x 2.4 meters with a maximum lifting height of 7 meters in a regular operation mode. Console models platform size do not relate to the lifting height, therefore it makes sense to use this equipment for lifting up 1500 kg max. with a square platform with a side up to 1.8 m and max. lifting height equal 6 meters. Usually they are used for euro pallets lifting to a height of not more than 1-2 floors. Scissor lift is installed with thrust on the bottom of the pit, so loading and unloading can be performed from 4 sides.
Console models are mounted to the supporting wall, therefore the approach for cargo operations is possible only from 3 sides. It is important that console models installation requires consideration of the size of the shaft: the base frame of 15 to 30 cm (depends on the design of the device) is installed into it, which takes up useful space.
Calculation of pit depth is carried out depending of the necessary height of cargo lifting and quantity of scissors. There is a direct dependence: the bigger lifting height is needed in a production or warehouse, the more scissors lift should have. And scissors, in turn, also take some space in the pit when folded.
Console lift is useful in cases where it is impossible to make a deep pit because of groundwater or it is impossible at all (for example, a bearing plate): the optimal level of its installation is from 10 to 20 cm. If it is impossible to deepen the surface, a small ramp can be built around.
Movement speed and operation costs.
Console models move at a speed of 0.15 m/s, and scissor lifts speed is 0.1 m/s. Scissor equipment will be cheaper to use if lift height does not exceed 3 meters. Everything over 4 meters should be console.
Where can console and scissor lifts be purchased?
Lifting Technologies Company offers you an extensive catalog of products from the best manufacturers. You can order and buy different models, which we will pick up for your company’s requirements for load capacity, cargo handling height and other parameters.
Use our online store for easy search for products. In case of any issues, our online chat is at your service. Professional assistant will be able to answer all questions about the equipment.