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Why are outriggers on scissor lifts?

Outriggers are small legs that a scissor lift uses to brace itself against the ground. Many scissor lifts do not need them, but for models which reach very high, like the Skyjack 9250 they are required. You can see them at the corners of the 9250 in this large picture.

Because the 9250 reaches very high - just over 17 metres - it is safer to have outriggers providing a stable footing on the ground instead of the wheels. Although the wheels are foam filled, so stronger than wheels filled with pressurised air such as car wheels, they're still not as strong and stable as legs. When the wind is gusting against the platform when it's all the way up, you don't want what's holding the scissor lift steady to move in any way, as the movement is accentuated due to the height of the machine. Outrigger legs hold the machine rock steady, when the slight compression of wheels would cause movement.

Outriggers are quick and easy to set up, and the Skyjack models have independent levelling outriggers, so each leg can be set to the perfect height for the ground you're on so the scissor lift is level. This means if you're using it on rough ground like you find on a building site, you can adjust each leg to the perfect height even if they're all on different lumps and bumps.

Need training on safely using scissor lifts? Go on this IPAF 3a training course and get yourself sorted.