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Scissors lift tables are the most stable, dependable, and versatile method for lifting loads of any size or capacity 20 feet or more. With their simple design, few moving parts and maintenance-free bushings, our scissor lift tables provide years of trouble-free operation. Each is easily modified by narrowing, widening, combining or stacking to achieve a wide array of configurations. Hydraulic-powered scissor lifts are our most popular, versatile, and economical style, however pneumatic and mechanical scissor tables are also available. All Autoquip scissor lifts are designed and manufactured to meet or exceed ANSI MH29.1 standards. 

We take many considerations into account before every job.

What Are The Travel Requirements?

There are three key height considerations – Lowered Height, Vertical Travel, and Raised Height.

  • What is the lowest height required of the lift?
  • Will the job require ground-level operations?
  • Will the material load be rolled onto the platform?
  • Will the lift be in a pit?
  • What is the travel distance from the lowered height to the finished height?
  • What is the finished height or maximum raised height for the application?

What Is The Load Capacity?

What is the maximum load the scissor lift table will need to raise?

  • If you have a non-centric load - Consider the Side/End Load. This is the amount that can be on the edge of the lift platform in the fully raised position.
  • If you will have products being rolled on or off - Consider the Axle Load.  This is the impact of rolling a load onto the scissor lift platform. 

What Is The Platform Size And Shape?

What are the dimensions of the largest load the platform will need to raise? Pre-existing pit dimensions may also determine platform size dimensions.

What Type Of Actuation Will You Use?

Your scissor lift table can be operated by hydraulics, mechanical or pneumatic (air). The best type depends on your application.


  • The most popular and economical option for a majority of applications
  • Provides regulated torque and force
  • Compact (less footprint)
  • Lifts high loads
  • Hydraulicis not suited for clean room or hazard environment 


  • Suited for environmentally sensitive applications
  • Extreme positioning accuracy
  • More expensive and take up more space


  • Suited for environmentally sensitive applications
  • No electrical power or hydraulic oil required
  • Ideal for explosion-proof applications
  • Uses shop air supply to power the unit, a savings advantage over electrical power
  • Spring effect and less consistent speeds provide a less stable lifting process

What Are The Durability Requirements?

What are the durability and performance requirements needed to complete the job? High-speed or high-frequency applications should consider a high-cycle scissor lift, with enhanced structural design features engineered to deliver a longer-lasting performance. 

Here are customer’s Frequently Asked Questions regarding Scissor Lift Tables.

Can I Add My Own Conveyor To The Platform?

Yes. Autoquip will add the conveyor or ship to you with pre-drilled holes for fitting. However, a higher capacity lift may be required when adding a conveyor.

Do You Offer An Automatic Feature For Raising and Lowering The Lift As A Load Is Added or Removed?

No. Pre-loaded air or mechanical springs perform poorly when automatically raising or lowering a lift, while also keeping the work at an optimum ergonomic height. We prefer a powered lift with simple operator control, guaranteeing the work remains at the optimum ergonomic height.

What Is Accordion Skirting? Is It An Acceptable Means of Toe Protection?

Accordion skirting is a flexible skirting that extends approximately 3” out, concealing the base and internal components of the lift. While it is often used to prevent inadvertent contact with the scissors, it is not an acceptable form of toe protection according to ANSI MH29.1.

How Much Coast Occurs After The Motor Stops?

A small amount of coast is normal. The amount of coast depends on the specific lift model and application.

Can I Use An Air Bag Lift In A Conveyor Application?

Yes, as long as the air bag lift is fully extended during load transfer.

Do I Need To De-Rate My Lift With a Turntable or Tilter Mounted On Top?

Yes. Typically, the rated capacity of the lift must be de-rated by the amount of extra “dead” (non-transferred) weight added to the top. The size and placement of added equipment can also cause excessive deflection of the lift scissors.

When Do I Need Guarding Around A Lift?

The specific lift travel and application may require guarding.

How Many Motor Starts Can I Have In An Hour?

If an application causes the motor to regularly start more than 200 times per hour, we recommend using a continuous power unit.

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