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An electric scissor lift is a popular go-to choice for contractors working at elevated heights on electrical work, plumbing, painting, and other construction-related tasks. Frequent usage of these lifts mandates the need and importance of maintaining them properly so that they continue to function as intended.

When exploring electric scissor lift hire options, you may find various models with different features, components, and maintenance requirements. Hence, you must always refer to the operator’s manual for the proper maintenance needed for the specific model you hire. Below are some preventive maintenance guidelines applicable for effectively maintaining all types of electric scissor lifts.


Pre-Start Inspections

Begin each day and shift with a function test and inspection of your electric scissor lift. This enables the operators to identify and fix any issues before starting the work. The inspection process also helps detect problems that may go unnoticed before becoming too serious. Make sure to have walkaround visual inspections daily, after every shift or whenever a new operator takes over the machine.

Your daily electric scissor lift inspections must include the following:

  • Checking the lift placards and decals to ensure they are legible and clean.
  • Checking for dents, cracks, and other visible damage.
  • Looking for leaks (oil or battery fluids).
  • Ensuring that there are appropriate hydraulic fluid levels.
  • Inspect the lift’s scissor arms, centring link, and platform to ensure they are working properly.


A function check should also be performed on the lift before every shift in an area free of ground-level or overhead obstructions. Additionally, attachments and accessories must also be inspected. 


General Maintenance Checklist 

Given below are OSHA’s guidelines for the maintenance of scissor lifts. While following these guidelines, make sure you refer to the lift’s factory-issued manuals for complete compliance. 



Inspect the following areas for signs of any issues:

  • Insulating components
  • Air, electric, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems
  • Cables and wiring
  • Mechanical fasteners & locking pins
  • Guardrails
  • Outriggers and stabilisers
  • Missing or loose parts



  • Test the brakes and steering to ensure that they are working properly.
  • Look for worn tyre treads and bubbles or cracks in the sidewalls.
  • Check the wheels for any structural damage.
  • Make sure the battery is fully charged to avoid power loss during operations.
  • Test all the emergency controls, including gauges, horns, backup alarms, and lights to ensure they are working well.

For more such preventive maintenance tips on keeping your electric scissor lift in the top shop, contact AFI Rentals. It is a well-established company providing customers with the best electric scissor lift hire options across the UK and the Middle East for over twenty years. Their dedicated team of experts can help you with every aspect of your hire, from selecting the most suitable electric scissor lift model for your project to guiding you on how to maintain it for improved performance. To learn more, feel free to visit https://www.afi-rentals.co.uk/ 


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