The In’s & Out’s of Scissor Lift Tables.

The In’s & Out’s of Scissor Lift Tables.

Scissor Lift Tables have been designed to offer an easy to use, heavy duty workbench which can be used to lift loads to bespoke heights and are used in numerous industries and for many purposes.

These typically include lifting loads at the beginning and end of a conveyor, additionally, they’re used as mobile tables where the operator can correctly re-position goods to a suitable height. This helps to avoid injury and make performing their tasks more comfortable than bending and lifting from the ground.

If you are considering investing in a table, it’s essential that you pick the one that is best suited to your needs. With so many things to consider, weight capacity, shape, table size etc, it’s often difficult to decide what you really need when browsing the vast range of brands and tables out there.

I am going to create a basic checklist for you of things to consider, to make this task as easy as possible.

Top questions you need to ask when choosing the most appropriate scissor lift table:

1.      What goods need to be lifted? - It is just palleted goods or are there other items that need to be considered.

2.      What Size does the table need to be? - Again, if its palleted items, you can work this out from the pallet size, if its boxes, tools etc then you can gauge how big you may need, based on their dimensions.

3.       How heavy are the loads going to be for the goods being lifted?

4.       What is the maximum height that the platform needs to be lifted too?

5.       Does the lift need to be mobile/static?

6.       How frequently will the scissor lift be used per day?

7.       Do I need a manual or an electric model?

8.       Do you need a U-shaped design or a standard rectangular design?

What is the maximum weight of the goods being lifted?

All tables have a maximum weight capacity which they’re designed to hold. If the maximum weight the table needs to hold is close to the capacity of the table, then we would always advise purchasing the next size up for added safety.

How high does the table need to go?

The same principle applies to the height of the table. If you are just looking for a table for an operative to unload a pallet then a waist height table should suffice and meet the needs of the user. Should you need one to extend higher to pass tools to someone on steps for example, then you would need to ensure that the height is sufficient to reach the worker comfortably.

Do I need an Electric or Manual Lift?

The main differences between the models are the lift capacity and the maneuverability of the units. There key points to note when choosing the most appropriate are:

Manual: Usually much cheaper to purchase than the electric models.  The table is raised by the operative pumping a foot lever to raise the height of the platform to a comfortable height.

The tables are pushed and pulled manually by the operative and these are most appropriate when the operative only has to pump the table a few times a day and when they are lifting lighter loads. The repetitive nature of the using the foot pump may cause injury if it is done frequently which is when an electric alternative would need to be considered.

Semi Electric Powered: The table lift is controlled via an electric motor but the table itself is pushed and pulled along manually by the operative. The raising and lowering of the table is usually much quicker than the manual option and can usually lift heavier weights. The maximum weight capacity of the table however, is still restricted to how much the operator can push and pull safely.

Full Electric Powered: Fully electric tables allow for the table to be raised and lowered and the table unit itself to be driven along via an electric motor. This means that heavier loads can be raised and lowered and the table itself can be transported throughout the facility without risking injury to the operative who would be pushing and pulling with a manual or semi electric option.

How frequently will the scissor lift be used per day?

This is one of the most important things to consider before purchasing any table. Different brands have different longevity cycles due to the quality of the materials used when manufacturing and the engineering design of the model itself.

If you plan to use the table for a couple of hours 2 days per week, then a cheaper, entry level table should be sufficient to meet the needs of the business.

Should the table be a work horse, which is going to undertake 24/7 usage then it would be of benefit to the company to invest in a more expensive, better quality model.

Does the lift table need to be mobile or static?


Lastly, Scissor lift tables come in two options - mobile and static.

Should the table be used in just one place or if it is being fitted into a pit, then a static table would be better suited as they can handle heavy loads and still remain locked and stable, even at maximum height. Because they operate at fixed locations, it maybe helpful to note that they are powered via the buildings power outlet.

Should the table need to be shared with other areas in the business or the goods need to be transported between areas then a portable table will be more appropriate. As these are mobile units, they will be powered via a battery and will therefore need to be charged when not in use. The operating time of the unit therefore, may also be a consideration when purchasing a table.

Do you need a Rectangular or U-Shaped Design?

Lift tables are available in 2 different shapes - one has a rectangular table and the other has a U-shape table.

So which design is most suitable for your business?

·         Typical Rectangular Design – The rectangular design is the most common of the two options and would be used in almost all applications that these tables are used for.

·         U-Shaped Design – U-Shaped tables are only available as static options. They are ideal when you are using Euro Pallet Trucks as they make it a lot easier to load and unload the pallet to and from the table.

In Summary

·         Decide what needs to be lifted and choose a table size which suits the maximum dimensions of the load.

·         Consider how heavy the goods are going to be… if its close to the table limit, choose the next size up for safety.

·         Measure the height the table needs to be lifted to and pick a model that reaches that height comfortably.

·         Do you need a manual or electric option?

·         Do you need to spend more on a better engineered table or can an entry level table meet your needs?

·         Is it going to be needed in more than 1 area? If so, you need a portable table with wheels. If its going in to a pit or at a single, fixed location then a static one will be more appropriate.


Need some help?

Pallet Truck Stop is committed to helping you find the most suitable model for your particular workplace and at the very best price.

Our sales team are committed to helping businesses both large and small reduce their procurement costs and will shop around through our dedicated supply chain to offer you the very best price available.

Please get in touch on 01384 566565 if you would like to speak to one of our team or email

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