If you're in the business of painting houses, apartments and other residential properties, you'll know that the hardest part of the job isn't the actual painting, but rather getting to the places that need to be painted. Even a modest two-storey home is pretty much impossible to paint without a ladder or scaffolding in place, and these solutions are hardly the most safe or stable ways to get to high places.
Consequently, many residential painting businesses use motorised lifts to get employees to high places safely, and scissor lifts are a particularly popular choice. These reliable lifts have many advantages over ladders and scaffolding and even beat out sophisticated 'cherry picker' boom lifts in a number of ways.
What are the advantages of hiring or buying a scissor lift for a house painting business?
As you can imagine, the four wheels and large surface area of a scissor lift base provide far more stability than a simple ladder or rickety scaffolding tower, and your employees will feel far safer and more secure when using them at great heights. This added stability is also useful when undertaking more delicate painting work, such as painting roof eaves or windowsills, where a slight wobble can ruin an otherwise precise paint job.
Large working area
The lifting table of a scissor lift provides far more mobility to your painters than the rungs of a ladder and gives them a greater degree of movement at high levels without having to move the base of the lift. This freedom of movement is especially useful when painting around corners.
If you require a larger working area than a ladder can provide, you could set up a scaffolding tower instead, but this is a time-consuming and arduous process requiring skilled scaffolding technicians. By contrast, a scissor lift is ready to go as soon as it has been rolled into place and stabilised with built-in outriggers; this process takes a matter of minutes and can save you considerable amounts of time and money
Some house painting services choose boom lifts over scissor lifts because of the extra range of motion they provide; however, this extra mobility is largely unnecessary when you consider how flat the walls of the average house or apartment block are. Scissor lifts provide all the mobility you will need for the vast majority of jobs, and because they have less moving parts than a boom lift, they are consequently much more reliable and less prone to mechanical failure.
Storing long, multi-storey ladders or masses of scaffolding tubes and sections can be challenging, especially when you don't have a large amount of storage space to work with. Scissor lifts, on the other hand, take up a remarkably small amount of space when fully retracted, and most can be stored in a space no larger than the average garden shed. Some compact models will even fit in the back of a reasonably large van, making them perfect for mobile house painting operations.