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Scissor Lift Maintenance - Tips That You Can't Ignore

by Gary P

02 February 2021

Whether you’re investing in a new or a used scissor lift, extending its lifetime without attracting costly repairs is always the goal. To achieve this, you will need to perform frequent inspections to ensure that everything is working as it should. The alternative is ending up with a neglected machine that breaks down often, leading to expensive repairs.

Whilst there are many things that you could (and should) do to maintain your lift, we highly recommend the following tips:

1. Daily Inspections
It might seem obvious, but we can’t stress enough the importance of inspecting your lift daily. In fact, did you know that daily inspections before commencing work are actually an Occupational Health and Safety requirement? This will also help you to avoid potential operations disruptions because you’ll have the opportunity to deal with any issues before they arise. There are a few things to take note of when conducting your inspection, including:
- Brakes
- Fluid levels
- Forks and overhead guards
- Hoses
- Seat belts
- Tire pressure

2. Keep It Clean
On top of keeping it looking shiny and new, cleaning your scissor lift weekly prevents combustible materials from building up on its exterior. If your radiators become blocked because of lint, for example, the safety and operation of the machine are likely to be affected. When cleaning your equipment, be sure to do the following:
- Blow out the radiators
- Change any filters
- Wash off any dirt, dust and debris

3. Maintenance Schedule
Every manufacturer provides a specific schedule that outlines when to inspect different elements. This schedule has been crafted to ensure that every single part of the machine is running smoothly. If you fail to follow the manufacturer’s schedule, you run the risk of operational issues occurring. See your manufacturer’s schedule for information on when you should perform the following:
- Brake servicing
- Filter changes
- Fluid inspections
- Oil changes
- Spark plug replacements
- Tire inspections

4. Removing from Commission
It is important that you remove your lift from operation if you notice a problem; this is key to ensuring the safety of your employees and that the machine operates as smoothly as possible. If, when performing an inspection, you notice that something isn’t working properly, remove the equipment from use until the problem can be rectified. As well as being an OH&S requirement, it can save you money in the long run.

5. Check the Tires
Whilst your tires should be checked during your daily inspection, we actually recommend paying them special attention because they can experience a number of issues. Did you know that OH&S requirements actually require that a machine be removed from operation if it’s missing even the smallest piece of rubber? Replace tires immediately if you notice an issue. When inspecting your tires, be sure to take note of:
- Deflated tires
- Low tire pressure
- Small leaks
- Tires losing their tread
- Worn out or cracked tires

6. Qualified Technicians
As with any industry, there is varying levels of experience and qualification when it comes to scissor lift maintenance and repairs. It’s important that you trust the person who will be working on your machine – it cost you a pretty penny, after all. Ensure that your chosen repair technician is able to identify and resolve issues before they become a bigger problem; don’t be afraid to ask them about their experience and credentials.

7. Maintenance Plans
One of the most effective ways to extend the life of your lift (at the same time as lowering your repair costs) is to take out a maintenance plan. This plan should include any repairs that a technician completes onsite, as well as any that require the machine to be taken offsite. You will be able to rest easy knowing that your equipment will be in the best possible hands and ready for you when you need it.

The Liftech team is committed to helping you extend the life of your scissor lift wherever possible. We employ a number of qualified technicians who know these machines inside out and back to front, so they are fully equipped to look after your interests. Need advice on how to keep your machine well maintained? Give us a call at your nearest convenience.

Liftech deals with hire or rental of heavy access equipments in Melbourne like Scissor Lifts, Forklifts Hire, Boom Lifts, knuckle boom, Access Equipment Hire etc. in LPG, Electric and Diesel model.