The lift has four wheels and a motor that allow it to be steered and driven by the operator so that it can be moved and positioned conveniently while working.
Mobile lifts are manufactured in a variety of styles with varying weight capacities and height capabilities, but the idea is to provide access to rooftops and high walls safely and efficiently.
Rather than taking time to construct scaffolding on the side of a building, workers can stand on the platform of the mobile lift and access different areas of the building simply by moving the lift up and down or from side to side.
A mobile scissor lift has a rectangular platform that workers stand on with metal railings around it. A set of controls mounted to the platform are used to drive the lift around and raise or lower the platform.
The platform should always be at the lowest possible setting when the wheels are in motion to create more stability. Hydraulic power lifts the platform by unfolding a series of interlinking arms. These lifts can raise a person just a few feet, or they can be built to extend to heights of 30 and 40 feet.
Another type of mobile lift has a heavier base with a driver’s seat and an enclosed set of operating controls. The driver controls the lift while a person stands on a platform that is connected to the lift by a long arm, similar to a crane. The arm extends and retracts to varying heights using a hydraulic cylinder. This type of lift can be driven over rougher terrain and usually extends much further, making it well suited to commercial construction projects.
Mobile lifts are also used in the entertainment industry at film sets and live concerts. Because the lift can be raised up, it provides camera men and spotlight operators with a good angle. When the concert or film shooting is over, the lift can quickly be lowered and moved to another location.