Vertical Mast Lift vs Scissor Lift

Vertical Mast Lift vs Scissor Lift
Vertical Mast Lift vs Scissor Lift
Vertical Mast Lift vs Scissor Lift
Vertical Mast Lift vs Scissor Lift
Vertical Mast Lift vs Scissor Lift
Lift height
4-18 m
Work height
Load capacity
Power supply
220V /380V
The difference between vertical mast lift vs scissor lift: the scissor lift has a larger load capacity and a large table size, generally 300-1000KG. It can accommodate multiple people working at the same time. Vertical mast lift is generally lighter with a load of 100-200KG, occupying a small area, light weight, and easy to move.

Vertical mast lift Product introduction:

The vertical mast lift is suitable for high-altitude working platforms. The aluminum alloy lift is made of high-strength and high-quality aluminum alloy material, which has beautiful appearance, small size, light weight, flexible operation and convenient implementation. It has the advantages of stable lifting, safety and reliability. With its light appearance, it can exert the highest lifting capacity in a very small space. The biggest feature of the vertical mast lift is its lightness, which can be easily pushed and pulled by one person. The wheels are made of polyurethane wheels, which will not damage the ground. We can change the pneumatic tires if necessary. The single mast lift generally has a load of 100KG and a height of 4-10 meters. The double mast lift has a height of 4-14 meters and a load of 200 kilograms. Compared with a single mast, the load is larger, allowing multiple people to work at heights at the same time. In terms of configuration, we have two types: low configuration and high configuration. In terms of the number of masts, it can be divided into single mast, double mast, three mast, four mast and so on.

 Aluminum alloy single mast lift:

 This series of products is indoor type, widely used in high-altitude operations in star hotels, large supermarkets and other industry halls and factories. Low power consumption, no pollution, no damage to the ground during work, can be used for wall work and probing work, work without dead ends. It is made of high-strength rectangular steel pipe with good rigidity and stability. Equipped with universal casters, mobile and flexible.


Aluminum alloy double mast lift: 

A new generation of newly designed products, the whole is refined with high-strength aluminum profiles. Due to the high profile strength, the deflection and swing of the lifting platform are extremely small. It adopts double-mast structure, large load capacity, large platform area, excellent stability, flexible operation and convenient implementation. With its light appearance, it can exert the highest lifting capacity in a very small space. The lift is widely used in factories, hotels, buildings, shopping malls, stations, airports, stadiums, etc. It can be used for high-altitude operations such as installation and maintenance of power lines, lighting appliances, overhead pipelines, and high-altitude cleaning.

 Aluminum alloy three mast lift:

 The three-mast supporting work platform is raised and lowered synchronously, and the supporting and retreating structure is the same as that of the single-mast platform. It has a large load capacity and excellent working stability. The integral lifting guardrail device has good strength, greatly reduces the height of the whole machine during transportation, and is very convenient for loading and unloading. The assembly or disassembly can be completed by one lift. The lift has a strong carrying capacity and is suitable for two persons (which can carry a certain weight of tools and materials) at the same time ascending operations.

 Aluminum alloy four mast lift:

 The whole is refined with high-strength aluminum profiles. Due to the high profile strength, the four-post structure has excellent stability, flexible operation, large load capacity, large platform area, and convenient implementation. Its light appearance can exert the highest lifting ability in a very small space. Make the deflection and swing of the lifting platform extremely small. High-altitude operations such as single-person work such as high-altitude cleaning.


We have two types of scissor lifts, mobile scissor lifts and electric scissor lifts.The scissor lift is a special equipment for high-altitude operations with a wide range of uses. Its scissor mechanical structure enables the lifting platform to have higher stability, a large working platform and a higher load-bearing capacity, so that the high-altitude operation range is larger, and it is suitable for multiple people to work at the same time. It makes work more efficient and safer. The lifting height of the scissor lift is 4-18 meters, and the load is 300-1000KG.

The electric scissor lift can walk quickly and slowly under different height working conditions, and can continuously complete up and down, forward, backward, and turn tasks on a convenient operating platform in the air. It does not require manual push and pull, it is very labor-saving, and it relies on battery drive.

The lifting height of the electric scissor lift is 3-16m, of which the three-meter and four-meter lifts are usually called mini electric scissor lift. There are two driving modes: universal wheels and steering cylinders. It is also equipped with an extension table to increase the working range. The mini electric scissor lift is very popular overseas due to its lightness and flexibility. The 6-16m electric scissor lift has a larger platform size and load capacity, and is equipped with a 0.9m extension platform, which can carry multiple people to work at heights.


The difference between the two types of products:

1. The difference in appearance:

The scissor lift has a larger load and a large table size, generally 300-1000KG. It can accommodate multiple people working at the same time. Mast lifts are generally lighter with a load of 100-200KG, occupying a small area, light weight, and easy to move.

2. The difference in price:

Mast lifts and trailer scissor lifts are cheaper, and electric scissor lifts are more expensive than mast lifts.

3. The difference in transportation:

The mast lift is very light and small, while the scissor lift is relatively large and heavy.

4. The difference in materials:

The main body of the mast lift is made of aluminum alloy.

The scissor structure of the scissor lift is made of manganese steel.

Vertical mast lifts Product purpose and usage scenarios

Vertical mast lifts are suitable for indoor use. They are generally used for cleaning the walls and ceilings of exhibition halls, replacing light bulbs, and can also be used outdoors for street lamp maintenance and house exterior painting. Widely used in construction sites, electricity, street lights, airports, factories, hotels, etc.

Scissor lifts are generally used in places with a large operating range, and are commonly used in places with high-altitude operations such as factory workshops, airports, and municipalities. It is widely used in construction sites. Although it can only move up and down vertically, it can lift multiple workers at a time and is a more affordable choice among aerial work machines.



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vertical mast lift Product advantages and market conditions:

The vertical mast lift is small in size, light in weight, and convenient to transport. It is suitable for individual customers who have high-altitude operations but low budgets. The product prospect is very good, and it is very popular in Thailand, Mexico, Germany and so on.

High-equipped vertical mast lifts have huge advantages over similar products on the market.

1. Equipped with anti-mistouch buttons: there are emergency stop, ascent, descend and public buttons on the control panel; when ascending or descending, you need to press the corresponding button and the "public" button to start the ascent. Avoid accidents caused by workers accidentally touching or starting up and down due to misoperation of a single button.

2. There is a power supply connected to the platform, and power tools can be used on the platform.

3. Outrigger interlocking function: Only four outriggers are installed in place, and the platform can be raised and lowered after the ground is under force.

4. Outrigger indicator lights: All four indicator lights on the control panel light up, and the machine can be powered on.

5. Single-person loading device: one person can load the equipment onto the truck.

6. Explosion-proof valve: to prevent the tubing burst from falling.


The scissor lift has a heavy load and allows multiple people to work at heights at the same time. The general audience is construction contractors or machinery equipment leasing companies. It has a large potential market in the United States, Britain, Australia, South Africa and other countries. The outrigger is a pull-out type. Compared with the same model on the market, it has a smaller transportation volume and saves sea freight. We have improved the pull rod part of the scissor fork, which saves effort when dragging the scissor fork.



Electric scissor lifts powered by batteries are more environmentally friendly than diesel engines. Since there are no exhaust emissions or loud noises during operation, they are very suitable for indoor and outdoor operation. Electric scissor lifts are generally smaller, and have a narrower platform than diesel-powered lifts.

Product advantages of scissor lifts:

1. Easy to operate: control the lift through the upper control and the lower control. (Workers can learn to operate in a short time, saving training time)

2. There are a variety of power options: DC, AC, diesel.

3. Wide platform size: It can allow multiple people to carry toolboxes for high-altitude operations at the same time.

4. No noise: The standard scissor lift is driven by direct current, and the electric scissor lift is battery driven, which is stable and noise-free. Does not affect normal communication.

5. Compact design: The special scissor structure takes up less space after shrinking.

6. Can be customized. Scissor lifts can be customized for voltage, power, table tops, assisted walking, etc.

7. Flexible: easy to move

8. High safety performance: With guardrail protection, the machine itself is heavy, stable during operation, and will not shake.



Working principle of vertical mast lift Working Principle:


Working principle of vertical mast lift:

The hydraulic oil forms a certain pressure by the vane pump, and enters the lower end of the hydraulic cylinder through the oil filter, explosion-proof electromagnetic reversing valve, throttle valve, hydraulic control check valve, and balance valve, so that the piston of the hydraulic cylinder moves upwards and lifts the weight. The oil return from the upper end of the hydraulic cylinder is returned to the fuel tank through the flameproof electromagnetic reversing valve, and its rated pressure is adjusted by the overflow valve, and the reading value of the pressure gauge is observed through the pressure gauge.

The piston of the hydraulic cylinder moves downward (that is, the weight drops). The hydraulic oil enters the upper end of the hydraulic cylinder through the explosion-proof electromagnetic reversing valve, and the return oil at the lower end of the hydraulic cylinder returns to the oil tank through the balance valve, hydraulic control check valve, throttle valve, and explosion-proof electromagnetic reversing valve. In order to make the heavy objects fall smoothly and the brakes are safe and reliable, a balance valve is installed on the oil return line to balance the circuit and maintain the pressure so that the descending speed is not changed by the weight. The throttle valve adjusts the flow rate and controls the lifting speed. In order to make the brake safe and reliable, and prevent accidents, a hydraulically controlled one-way valve, that is, hydraulic lock, is added to ensure that the hydraulic pipeline can be safely self-locked when the hydraulic pipeline bursts accidentally. An overload sound-activated alarm is installed to distinguish overload or equipment failure.


Working principle of scissor lift:

The rising process of the scissor lift table:

In the hydraulic system of the scissor lift, when the hydraulic oil forms a certain pressure through the vane pump, it enters the lower end of the cylinder through the oil filter, explosion-proof electromagnetic directional valve, throttle valve, hydraulic control check valve, balance valve and other components . And at the same time make the piston of the oil cylinder move upward, so as to achieve the purpose of rising the table.

The descending process of the scissor lift table:

When the piston of the cylinder moves downwards, the hydraulic oil enters the upper end of the cylinder through the explosion-proof electromagnetic reversing valve, and the oil return from the lower end of the cylinder passes through the balance valve, hydraulic control check valve, throttle valve, and explosion-proof electromagnetic reversal The valve returns to the tank.


Common problems of lifts:

The lift cannot be lifted or the lift is weak

1. The pressure adjustment of the overflow valve does not meet the requirements. Adjust the pressure to the required value.

2. Leakage in the cylinder Check or replace the cylinder assembly


3. The reversing valve is clamped or internally leaked. Check or replace the valve assembly

4. The oil level is too low and the oil inlet filter is blocked. Add enough oil and clean the oil filter

5. The oil supply pump is faulty. Check or replace the pump



The ripper cannot be raised or lowered or the lifting force is weak


1. The pressure adjustment of the overflow valve does not meet the requirements. Adjust the pressure to the required value.

2. Leakage in the cylinder See the elimination method in the previous item

3. The reversing valve is clamped or internally leaked

4. The oil level is too low and the oil inlet filter is blocked

5. The fuel supply pump is faulty

6. Check valve leakage Check whether the check valve core and valve seat are worn and damaged, whether the check valve spring is fatigued, deformed, etc.



Correct use and daily maintenence of the product

Vertical mast lift:

1. Before use, check whether the control button is effective; whether the power cord and socket are intact; whether the oil pipeline is intact; the stability of the guardrail; the tightness of the bolts at each junction point, and the electrical equipment must be checked before use. Before use, it must be lifted and lowered under no load. The loading capacity should not be greater than the rated load. Overloading is strictly prohibited, and continuous use for a long time is strictly prohibited.

2. When the aluminum alloy lift is working, the legs must be supported and the bolts of the legs must be adjusted to keep the lifting platform level; during the lifting process and in the raised state, the lifting platform must not be moved, and it is strictly forbidden to shake on the lifting platform.

3. When the aluminum alloy lifting platform is powered on and the indicator light is on, press the up button, the motor rotates but the lifting platform does not rise, please check whether the power supply of the electrical circuit is normal.

4. There is abnormal noise when the aluminum alloy elevator is working, so it should be shut down immediately for inspection to avoid serious damage to the elevator platform.

5. After using the aluminum alloy elevator, the elevator platform should be lowered to the lowest position to prevent the oil cylinder from being in a working stress state for a long time and accelerating the aging of internal accessories.


Scissor lift:

1. Before use, check whether the power cord is intact, whether the buttons are effective, whether there is oil leakage in the oil pipeline, and whether the nuts at the intersections on the boom are fastened.

2. When using the scissor hydraulic lift, the outriggers should be opened first, and the work surface should be adjusted to maintain a level state. Press and hold the lift button to start lifting, and release the button when it reaches the working height. Personnel working at heights indoors and outdoors must wear safety belts (safety ropes). Personnel climbing is strictly prohibited during the lifting process.

3. After the mobile lift is raised, it must not move, and the four outriggers must not be lifted without being tightly supported. Overloading is strictly prohibited during use, and the carried items should be placed properly.

4. All hydraulic oil should be kept clean, and no water and other impurities should be mixed in. Generally, it should be replaced every six months. During maintenance or when there is a failure, the power supply should be cut off in time, and the elevator should be fixed firmly after it is raised.



How to maintain the lift. 

Monthly maintenance:

When personnel enter into the lifting platform to work during the maintenance of the lifting platform, the lift must be hung to prevent the lifting platform from falling suddenly and causing casualties.

A. Check the lubricity and wear conditions of rollers, intermediate shafts and bearings; cylinder pins and bearings; boom hinge shafts and bearings;

B. Fill the above components with lubricating oil. Extend bearing life.

C. Check the hydraulic oil quality and oil level. The hydraulic oil level should be 40-50 mm higher than the bottom of the oil tank when the lifting platform is raised to the highest point. When the oil color of the hydraulic oil becomes dark, the oil is sticky, or there are foreign objects such as grit in the oil, the hydraulic oil should be replaced in time. The hydraulic system of the lifting platform uses 32# hydraulic oil.



Year-end maintenance:

A. Check the hydraulic and pipeline connections. If the pipe is damaged, replace it immediately; tighten the pipe joint when the connection part is loose.

B. Remove and disassemble the lowering valve, blow off the valve core with compressed air, and reinstall it.

C. Drain all the hydraulic oil in the oil tank. Open the oil tank, take out the suction filter, clean it, put it back into the oil tank, and install it in the original position. The fuel tank is refilled with new oil.


Lift cleaning:

Clean the body of the lift after use. Some material residues left during the lifting process may corrode the lift. It is best to use engine oil to maintain the shaft and other parts every month.


lift Product details


Vertical mast lift:

The main body is made of high-strength aluminum alloy, which is sturdy and durable, and the design is reasonable, which can better expand and contract. The countertop is stable and has guardrails. The tire adopts wear-resistant polyurethane wheels, which have higher wear resistance and long life.


Scissor lift:

The main body is made of manganese steel rectangular tube, and the scissor structure is firm. The detachable guardrail can protect the operator when in use, the height of the safety skirting board is increased, the tools are not easy to fall, and the pneumatic tire has a large bearing capacity and is strong and wear-resistant.



lift Product customization:


Vertical mast lift:

1. The standard power is AC, we can customize DC power, DC and AC dual power

2. It can be replaced with pneumatic tires and solid tires.

3. The upper control device can be added (the default is remote control and lower control)

4. Can increase assisted walking


Scissor lift:

1. The extended platform can be customized (0.6m)

2. An auxiliary walking device can be added to make the movement easier.

3. The remote control and hand pump can be customized

4. Alarm lights can be added (overload alarm and tilt alarm)



The price advantage of scissor lifts and vertical mast lifts in the market.

When it comes to aerial work equipment, individual users generally think that the price of lift is high, so they choose to lease or buy second-hand products. We have done a survey. Take the six-meter electric scissor lift as an example. The rental fee for a day is 97 USD, the weekly rental fee is 230 USD, and the monthly rental fee is 430 USD. The price of a second-hand electric scissor lift is also around 5,000USD. This is only the price of a 6-meter elevation. The higher the elevation, the more expensive the rent. Our elevators are very advantageous in terms of price, and we will recommend them according to the buyer's purpose. For personal use, you can choose our aluminum alloy vertical lift, 6 meters brand new only costs 1250 US dollars (not including shipping). The price of our 6-meter brand new electric scissor lift platform is 7,500 USD(excluding shipping costs), which is undoubtedly a better choice than leasing and buying second-hand equipment. For the renter, our equipment will allow him to recover the cost in a short time. The most important thing is that the elevator is very simple to use and does not need to spend a long time training workers to operate. Save time and labor costs. The most essential point is that our quality can be compared with international brands



Why do more and more people choose to use lift for high-altitude operations?

In our daily indoor high-altitude operations, we usually think of ladders, and the applications of ladders are also very extensive. However, there is a problem that the ladder itself does not have any protective measures. If the operation is improper, it is easy to lose the balance and cause the operator's danger. In recent years, with the popularization of lifts, more and more companies have begun to use lifts for high-altitude operations. There are guardrails, which can protect the safety of the operator and greatly reduce the occurrence of accidents in high-altitude operations. The lifts are designed to be movable, so you don't need to waste time setting up or disassembling them. Workers can move them wherever they need to be used and start working immediately. The lift is retractable and does not require a lot of space to store it. Lifts make high-altitude operations more convenient and fast. Lift can walk at fast and slow speeds with adjustable speeds. It is an ideal high-altitude operation equipment for efficient and safe production of modern enterprises.


Why choose us?

Our company is a professional manufacturer of hydraulic lifting equipment. We have our own factory and equipment exhibition hall to support the reception of customers. The material standards we use meet the national quality requirements. Before shipping, we will test, after the test is passed, we pack and ship. We will update the production schedule to our customers at any time. We have a very professional sales team and cooperative logistics company. From purchase to receipt, we will provide one-stop service. At present, our products have been sold to more than 80 countries in the world such as the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, the Philippines, Singapore, Germany, and Ireland.



What is a vertical mast lift?

A vertical mast lift is a compact aerial work platform that features a single vertical mast for elevation. It is designed for tasks that require working at height in confined spaces or indoor environments.

What is a scissor lift?

A scissor lift is a platform that moves vertically using linked, folding supports in a criss-cross pattern. It provides a stable and larger work platform compared to a vertical mast lift.

What are the main differences between a vertical mast lift and a scissor lift?

Vertical Mast Lift: Offers a smaller, more compact platform, ideal for tight spaces. Primarily designed for vertical movement.

Scissor Lift: Provides a larger platform, suitable for heavier loads and multiple workers. Offers both vertical and limited horizontal movement.

Which lift is better for indoor use?

Both lifts can be used indoors, but a vertical mast lift is often preferred for extremely confined spaces due to its smaller footprint.

Which lift is better for outdoor use?

Scissor lifts are generally more suitable for outdoor use due to their larger platform, stability, and ability to handle rougher terrain.

Which lift offers better maneuverability?

Vertical mast lifts are more maneuverable in tight spaces, making them suitable for tasks that require precise positioning.

What types of tasks are vertical mast lifts ideal for?

Vertical mast lifts are great for tasks like maintenance, repairs, installations, and stock picking in narrow indoor spaces.

What types of tasks are scissor lifts ideal for?

Scissor lifts are versatile and can handle a wider range of tasks, including construction, maintenance, painting, and installation both indoors and outdoors.

Can a scissor lift reach higher heights than a vertical mast lift?

Yes, scissor lifts can generally reach higher working heights compared to vertical mast lifts.

Which lift is easier to transport and set up?

Vertical mast lifts are often easier to transport due to their compact size, and they can be set up quickly. Scissor lifts may require more time for setup and transportation.

Are there weight restrictions for these lifts?

Yes, both types of lifts have weight capacity limits that should not be exceeded to ensure safety and stability.

What safety precautions should I take when using these lifts?

Proper training, using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), following weight limits, positioning on level ground, and adhering to manufacturer guidelines are essential for safe operation of both lifts.

Which lift is more cost-effective for rental or purchase?

The cost-effectiveness depends on factors like the specific model, duration of use, and your project requirements. Contact rental companies or dealers for pricing details.

How do I choose between a vertical mast lift and a scissor lift?

Consider factors such as working height, available space, terrain (indoor vs. outdoor), weight capacity, and the specific tasks you need to accomplish. Consulting with experts can help you make an informed decision.

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