Manlifts come in many shape and sizes. If one is not familiar with the different configurations, selecting the right manlift for the job can be tricky. Some of the questions that must be answered to ensure an appropriate manlift is selected are:
How high should the platform be on the manlift?
How many people will be on the manlift and what tools and/or cargo will they have?
What is the smallest opening the manlift must pass through?
How high should the platform be on the manlift? First determine the average height that will be accessed. From the average height that will be accessed, subtract about 4 feet to determine the platform height. When one stands on the manlift platform, depending on the height of the individual(s) on the lift platform, the average work height will then be about shoulder high.
What will power the manlift? There are 4 basic forms of power used to raise and lower the manlift. These are manual power, A/C electric power, D/C electric power and air hydraulic power. Manual power is provided by the individual on the manlift, often by turning a hand crank. A/C electric power utilizes an electric motor power by a 120 volt power receptacle. D/C electric, like A/C electric power, utilizes an electric motor as well, but powered by onboard batteries. D/C power manlifts are usually a little more expensive than A/C power manlifts because of the cost of the onboard batteries. Air hydraulic manlifts are also available. These are normally the most expensive and require access to compressed air strong enough to power the hydraulic
How many people will be on the manlift and what tools and/or cargo will they have? The combined weight of the number of people and the tools and/or cargo they have with them will help determine an appropriate manlift by ensuring the manlift has the required weight capacity.
What is the smallest opening the manlift must pass through? Often manlifts are stored until needed. One must measure the smallest door opening or passageway to make sure the manlift can be moved from the storage area to the work area.
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