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How Much Does a Scissor Lift Weigh?

Scissor lifts have many applications on construction and industrial job sites, as well as in warehouse settings. In simple terms, they’re designed to move equipment and workers up and down. 

Scissor lift weights vary based on many factors, with the type at the top of the list. For example, a heavy-duty model that’s used on construction sites will typically weigh more than an electric model used primarily indoors. 

Scissor Lift Weight by Size

Generally speaking, the larger the scissor lift’s size in feet, the more it weighs. Here’s an approximate breakdown:


  • 19-foot scissor lift: 2,700 lbs.–3,500 lbs.
  • 26-foot scissor lift: 4,000 lbs.–5,000 lbs.
  • 32-foot scissor lift: 5,400 lbs.–6,500 lbs.
  • 40-foot scissor lift: 6,000 lbs.–7,000 lbs.
  • 46-foot scissor lift: 8,000 lbs.–9,000 lbs.


  • 26-foot scissor lift: 6,300 lbs.–7,000 lbs.
  • 32-foot scissor lift: 7,300 lbs.–8,000 lbs.
  • 40-foot scissor lift: 15,000 lbs.–17,000 lbs.
  • 50-foot scissor lift: 17,000 lbs.–19,000 lbs.

Why Scissor Lift Weight Matters

When choosing a scissor lift for your project, it’s always important to consider its weight. For example, if you’re working indoors, a scissor lift that’s too heavy could cause damage. Conversely, a lighter scissor lift may not be able to handle rough terrain. 

Here are some additional points that can impact your decision:

  • Load capacity: Larger scissor lifts generally have a higher load capacity and weight limit. This makes it more versatile on the job site. 
  • Transportation: Moving a scissor lift from point A to point B can be a challenge. The larger the lift, the more difficult and expensive it is to transport. Consider the current location of the lift and where you need to move it.
  • The number of workers: A lightweight scissor lift may only be able to handle one worker safely. If that doesn’t meet your needs, a heavier-duty model is a better choice. 

Carefully review all three of these details, as they relate to your project, to ensure that you choose the right type of scissor lift. 

Knowing Your Scissor Lift’s Weight

If you already have a scissor lift, review the spec sheet for information on its weight and corresponding details. If you’re preparing to buy or rent a lift, consult with the seller or leasing agent while reading the spec sheet. 

Neglecting to gather this information increases the risk of using the equipment incorrectly. This puts the lift at risk of damage and those using it at risk of injury. 

How Are You Using a Scissor Lift?

Knowing how you’ll use the lift helps you determine which size you need. There are six general uses for this equipment:

  • Carrying and lifting workers: Lift workers to varying heights to help them complete projects. 
  • Lifting and transporting material: Lift and transport material, such as drywall, to varying heights. 
  • Working at height: For construction tasks that are performed above ground level. 
  • Warehouse work: Scissor lifts are often the best way to stock inventory at height. 
  • General business use: From hanging signs to replacing light bulbs. 
  • Landscaping projects: A scissor lift can be used to reach high tree limbs that need to be trimmed or removed.

Some scissor lifts are good for multiple tasks, while others are designed with one specific need in mind. 

How to Choose the Right Scissor Lift

Height and Capacity

The first step is to determine the height you need to reach and the maximum weight the lift will need to support. Remember that the equipment’s platform height refers to how far the platform extends, while the working height is a measure of how high a worker can reach with their arms extended. If the workers also need to bring equipment with them, make sure the weight capacity meets your requirements.

Platform Size

The platform size is also an important factor to consider. The platform should be large enough to accommodate the people and equipment that will be on it. Think about how much people will need to move while they’re working and whether there’s any risk of materials and equipment hanging over the platform edge.

Power Source

Scissor lifts can be powered by electricity, battery, or diesel. Consider the power source based on the type of work you will be doing and the environment in which you will be operating. Electric and battery lifts work best indoors because you’re more likely to have access to power outlets for recharging. Diesel engines are likely to produce fumes, so they’re better for outdoor use.


If you need to move the scissor lift around frequently, think about the terrain you’ll be working on. Make sure the tires and wheel system are well-suited to the environment, whether it’s a smooth warehouse floor or a sloped or muddy construction site.

Safety features

Look for scissor lifts with safety features such as guardrails, emergency stop buttons, and non-slip surfaces.

Your Source for Quality Scissor Lifts

There’s no such thing as a “standard” scissor lift. What works for one project may not work for the next. For a scissor lift that fits your budget and work requirements, count on Aerial Titans to provide reliable new and used scissor lifts. Our transparent specs and pricing make it easy to find the right machine for the job—and our sales team will help you with any financing questions for a seamless process.

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