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What to Consider When Choosing a Rough Terrain Scissor Lift

Blog Posts - Dec 23

What to Consider When Choosing a Rough Terrain Scissor Lift

Bob Begley
Director - Product Management
JLG Industries

With eight rough terrain (RT) and electric rough terrain (ERT) models available, JLG has rough terrain scissor lift options available for nearly every application. So, how do you choose the one that’s right for your next project? 
JLG Rough Terrain Scissors at a Glance
To select the right model, consider these three things:

1) Understand the job and work to be done 

Some crews are working 8+ hour days, and runtime is a big deal. Understanding how long these machines need to run each day to complete the work is essential to choosing the right model. For example, will the scissor lift need to run on continuous shifts, or will your operators have the opportunity to charge the machine between shifts? 

2) Know the lift height and capacity needed for the job

The demand for greater lift heights and capacity is growing. Look for models that offer improved productivity and increased range of operation to meet job site needs. 
3) Understand what options and accessories are available and equip your fleet to best meet the needs of the work to be done 

Many manufacturers like JLG are now offering a wide range of accessories and options for scissor lifts, including new technologies. Knowing the type of work that needs to be completed and having the accessories and options available on the units will help boost their productivity. Consider popular features like tool trays, power to the platform, panel cradles and pipe racks.

Any other advice?
Before investing in electric rough terrain scissor lifts, it is important to think about how these machines will be charged once on a job site. One of the biggest roadblocks to the mass adoption of electrified products remains a lack of electrification infrastructure to support charging. For equipment, this proves even more of a challenge during early-stage construction when power is not yet available. In these instances, companies will require some type of portable power to charge the electric lifts.  

A beneficial tip we can offer to increase the utilization of electric-powered models is for rental companies to embrace advances in battery monitoring. Tracking battery use and recharge cycles will not only ensure maximum machine uptime but also reduce the machine’s total cost of ownership due to prolonged battery life. JLG offers an advanced battery monitoring system (ABMS), a digital tool designed to help equipment owners and operators monitor the charge status of their scissor lift/s for this reason.

JLG offers a full line of rough terrain (RT) and electric rough terrain (ERT) scissor lifts, totally stacked to deliver improved productivity and operation to a range of job sites. To learn more, click here.

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