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Scissor Lift Rentals 101: Where & How to Rent Scissor Lifts

You know you need the right equipment for your jobsite. You might be wondering, though, just what sort of equipment your workers need and where you can access heavy-duty material handling equipment.

That’s where we can help.
Here at Connell Material Handling, we have a wide selection of material handling equipment to fit the needs of any worksite or budget, including your own. We’re not just rental experts; we’re material handling experts, too. Keep reading to learn more about what sort of scissor lift would work best for your jobsite. Then, check out our directory to find top-notch equipment that works with your budget.

Types of Aerial Lifts

Some jobs require a bit of a lift—literally. That’s where aerial equipment comes in handy. This equipment is perfect for getting workers into spots high off the ground for jobs like repairing telephone wires.
Not all aerial equipment is created equal, though.
Different types of aerial lifts work best for different types of jobs. Which one works best for you depends on what you need to get done.

Articulated Boom Lifts

Also called:

  • Knuckle boom lifts
  • Articulating boom lifts
  • Cherry pickers

Boom lifts, particularly articulated boom lifts, are perhaps the most recognizable varieties of aerial lifts. They have a wide range of motion and unmatched maneuverability, which means these lifts are perfectly capable of reaching even the most awkward positions.

Working Heights

Boom lifts can often have working heights between 30 to 40 feet, although it’s easy enough to find a model that can reach up to 60 feet.


  • Can reach awkward positions
  • Better maneuverability than other aerial lifts
  • Incredible reach


  • Can be difficult to handle
  • Increased risk of falls
  • Expensive

Telescopic Boom Lifts

Also called:

  • Straight boom lift

This device goes straight out, either vertically or diagonally, to help take workers where they need to go. These devices use telescoping sections, or sections that can fit inside one another and then extend out, much like the sections of a stargazing telescope.

Working Heights

The largest models extend to about 180 feet.


  • Great for vertical or diagonal reaches
  • Incredible working heights


  • Tend to be expensive
  • Harder to stabilize

Scissor Lifts

Also called:

  • Aerial work platform (AWP)
  • Elevating work platform (EWP)
  • Bucket truck
  • Mobile elevating work platform (MEWP)

Scissor lifts are so named because they use a scissor mechanism, or a cross-shaped folding mechanism. These lifts generally only go straight up.

Working Heights

Most AWPs can reach between 20 to 40 feet, with larger models being able to extend up to 60 feet.


  • Easier to use than boom lifts
  • Less expensive than many other aerial lifts
  • Greater weight capacity than boom lifts


  • Can only move in one direction (up)

Considerations When Choosing Scissor Lifts

Be sure to keep the following in mind when selecting an AWP for your worksite.

Platform Height and Working Height

It’s no good renting a piece of equipment that can’t get your workers where they need to go. That’s why the most important consideration when selecting a scissor lift is height, specifically platform height (how high the platform reaches) and working height (how far the employee on the platform can reach).

Lift Capacity

Lift capacity, or platform capacity, refers to how much weight the platform of the lift can handle safely. Employee safety comes first, so make sure to find equipment that can safely handle the weight of both the people it will be lifting and any other tools they bring with them onto the platform.


Scissor lifts come in a wide range of sizes—make sure to get one that can actually fit in your worksite. For example, if your workers are moving about in tight spaces, select a machine that is able to easily maneuver in this environment. In these cases, an articulating boom lift might be the best machine for the job.


What does your worksite look like? The answer to this question could help you better select an AWP. For instance, if you are using this equipment indoors, you might want something that uses non-marking tires. Conversely, if your worksite is outdoors, a rough terrain scissor lift would be a better option.


Smaller lifts, such as an electric scissor lift, typically do not produce emissions or, if they do, they are slight. As such, electric lifts are great for indoor jobsites.


All your questions, answered.

How Much Does a Scissor Lift Cost?

Pricing varies based on many factors, such as size and brand. That said, you can usually purchase a new model within the following price ranges:

  • Smaller models: $10,000 – $15,000
  • Larger models: around $50,000

What Size Scissor Lifts are There?

Scissor lifts are typically smaller than boom lifts, although they often have a greater weight capacity. Common working heights are between 20 feet to 40 feet, although larger models can extend up to 60 feet.

Do Scissor Lifts Tip Over?

Yes, these lifts can absolutely tip over. In fact, between 2011-2014, aerial lifts or scissor lifts resulted in 1,380 workers being injured. Over a quarter of these injuries were from slips, trips, or other kinds of falls, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 
Because aerial lifts are at increased risk of falls and subsequent injuries, it’s important that any equipment you use has outriggers to help stabilize everything and that all workers receive proper training and relevant certifications.

Where Can You Rent Scissor Lifts?

Connell Material Handling is the rental company for all your material handling equipment rental needs. In addition to offering a wide selection of rentals or buying options, we also offer repair services.
Besides scissor lift rentals, we offer other material handling rentals like:

And more!
We offer all your favorite brands, including:

  • JLG
  • Skyjack
  • Noblelift
  • Genie

And more