When someone requires upper-level access with a large amount of height adjustability, they typically look at scissor lifts rather than work platforms. And for good reason – standard work platforms typically only allow height adjustment ranges of one to three feet. For example, they’ll start at 60” tall and adjust up to 84”. Any greater height range becomes difficult to achieve because 1) multiple actuators are required, 2) adjustability becomes physically difficult at greater ranges, and 3) it’s cumbersome to adjust both sides equally and at the same time.
However, Spika has introduced a new work platform design that utilizes dual-stage legs and provides a much greater range of adjustability than ever before (watch the video below). The platforms can be built with an actuation range of seven feet or greater, even when beginning from a very low level. For example, a platform could have a minimum height of 36” and raise up to 96” or greater, a range of 60”.
So when should you look into buying a dual-stage leg work platform rather than a scissor lift?
1. You need to be able to work under the platform
Scissors lifts are not meant to be worked under. Not only is it dangerous, it’s virtually impossible. So what do you do when a coworker is working at an upper level and you need to install a component directly below them? You wait, that’s what. When using a work platform utilizing dual stage legs, you are able to work directly under the platform while others work above. This can be especially useful when manufacturing or maintaining equipment with multiple levels, such as aircraft.
2. You require overreach
Though not common, some scissor lifts do provide overreach via sliders or deck design. However, the amount of overreach is fairly limited. Work platforms commonly provide sliders or overhang decks to allow overreach of obstacles, and that remains true when they are built with dual-stage legs. The distance between the front legs of the platform and the leading edge of the deck can be 48” or greater.
3. You desire extra stability
Scissor lifts are based on sound design and engineering, but that doesn’t change the fact that the swaying can be uncomfortable. In addition, there is potential to damage nearby equipment if the movement is too great. However, even very tall work platforms typically feel much more stable than a scissor lift.
Of course, there are times when a scissor lift is the better option. These include times when height adjustability of ten feet or greater is required, or when you want to be able to drive the platform between locations.
However, particularly in maintenance and manufacturing industries, the new platform design may improve upper-level access in ways scissor lifts never could.