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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to questions we are often asked by our customers. Click on a question to see the answer, if you still need help give us a call on +44 (0) 1444 88 09 13.

Can I use my electric scissor lift outside?

Certain models of electric scissor lift are suitable for use outside within their own guidelines. It is essential that the manufacturer’s operator guide is consulted before operating an electric scissor lift for outdoor applications to see if the machine is suitable and what its restrictions are.

Will a scissor lift fit through a doorway?

Many of the smaller electric scissor lifts designed specifically for internal use can fit through a standard single doorway. Some of the slightly bigger electric machines can fit through standard double doors. However, any diesel or rough terrain scissor lifts are not designed to fit through standard doorways. All dimension measurements and diagrams are available on the machines specification sheet.

How many people can a scissor lift carry?

Most electric scissor lifts will have a lifting capacity of around 200kgs which should allow for x2 average sized workers. Some larger rough terrain scissor lifts can have lift capacities upwards of 600kgs, allowing for 6 average size workers. Reference should be made to each machine’s manufacturer’s specification sheet for the specific lift capacity, and this amount should not be exceeded for health and safety purposes.

Are there bi-fuel scissor lifts?

Although not common, some manufacturers, such as Genie & Snorkel, do produce bi-fuel scissor lifts.

How can I transport a scissor lift?

Transportation methods, as with all MEWPs, are weight dependant. The smaller, lighter scissor lifts can be transported in box trailers, however, the bigger, heavier scissor lifts will need to be transported on a suitable plant trailer.

Do I need to be training to operate a scissor lift?

By law, anyone working at heights or in this case, operating a scissor lift, must under go training as per the Working at Heights Regulations 2005& The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.We strongly recommend that any one who is going to be operating MEWPs under goes IPAF training. IPAF is the International Powered Access Federation, who have created training courses for the variety of different categories of MEWPS available. Scissor lifts fall into the 3a category, which is a one day training course with evaluation, which if passed, will give the delegate an IPAF operators PAL card to operate scissor lifts for 5 years.

Are there rough terrain scissor lifts?

Yes, most access platform manufacturers have rough terrain scissor lifts included in their range. These tend to be larger, diesel powered lifts, although electric models are available, and are fitted with rough terrain tyres and outriggers for increased stability.

Where can I store a scissor lift?

Both diesel and electric scissor lifts can be kept outdoors. It is not recommended that diesel scissor lifts are kept in confined internal areas due to the emissions, but electric scissor lifts are fume free so can be stored internally. Well ventilated or ‘open’ internal spaces such as barns maybe suitable if you wish to keep a diesel scissor lift inside.

What is the difference between platform height and working height?

Platform height is the maximum height the base of the cage reaches when the platform is fully elevated. Working height is considered to be the maximum height an individual can reach whilst stood in the platform, when it is fully elevated. Broadly speaking in the industry, 2 metres is allowed for in addition to the platform height to create the working height. For example, a machine with platform height of 8 metres is considered to have working height of 10 meters.

How much weight can a scissor lift extension deck take?

If a scissor lift has an extension deck on the cage, as standard, it will not be able to support the full lift capacity solely on the extended deck. The manufacturer’s operator guide and spec sheet should be consulted for each machine, and capacities should be strictly adhered to.

Do I need to wear a harness in a scissor lift?

The International Powered Access Federation’s (IPAF) official statement on the use of harness in scissor lifts is as follows, as per the IPAF Operators Safety Guide: ‘It is not normally necessary for personnel working from a vertical lift to wear fall protection equipment, other than in exceptional circumstances.’

The use of harnesses in scissor lifts is strictly site & risk assessment specific.

What tyres are available for scissor lifts?

As standard, electric or internal scissor lifts come with solid non marking rubber tyres. Rough terrain or diesel scissor lifts, broadly speaking, come with foam filled rough terrain tyres, although air filled tyres are an option available from most manufacturers.

What is a wind speed rating?

A wind speed rating in terms of access platforms, is the maximum wind speed at which it is safe to operate the machine. Each machine will be tested by the manufacturer and the maximum wind speed will be listed in the operating manual, or available from the manufacturer. This limit must be strictly adhered to, for the safety of those operating the machine, as well as those in the surrounding area.

Can scissor lifts go in lifts?

There are a certain few models of small electric scissor lifts that have been designed with dimensions to fit into a standard lift or elevator, such as the smaller push around lifts.

Are scissor lift cages collapsible ?

Largely speaking, the guard rails on scissor lifts are partially, if not fully collapsible. Please refer to the manufacturer’s specification sheets of each machine for further details.

Are scissor lift control boxes detachable?

The majority of scissor lifts do have detachable control boxes, allowing the operator to walk beside the scissor lift when manoeuvring it through door ways or restricted access areas.

How is a self propelled boom transported?

With the exception of a few of the smaller models, self propelled booms need to be transported on a suitable plant transportation vehicle, due their size & weight.

Can you use a self propelled cherry picker to lift items other than people?

A self propelled boom must never be used as a crane by suspending a load beneath the platform. This destabilizes the platform and can cause it to over turn, along with damaging components of the boom, endangering operators on current and future applications. A self propelled boom can be used for the transportation of goods from one level to another (as opposed to being used as a work platform). In this circumstance, the boom is considered to be a hoist, and further regulations will apply to its use and operation.

Do I need to wear a harness to operate a self propelled boom?

The operating of MEWPs is covered by law within the Work at Height Regulations 2005, The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998 and The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998. These regulations state that precautions must be taken to minimise the risk of accidents and injuries, including wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment when operating MEWPs following a risk assessment. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that a full body harness with a short lanyard is worn when using a self propelled boom, as this prevents operators falling out of, or being thrown from, the basket, and also aids rescue. The International Powered Access Federation’s (IPAF) official statement on wearing harnesses in boom type platforms is as follows:

‘When working from a boom type Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP), it is strongly recommended that a full body harness with an adjustable lanyard be used to provide work restraint. The lanyard should be adjusted to be as short as possible and may contain an energy absorbing device.’

We strongly recommend the use of ZT ‘Zero Trauma’ full body harnesses. For more information http://ztsafetysystems.com or call 0844 573 4899

Do all self propelled booms have rough terrain capabilities?

Generally, all self propelled booms are designed to be able to work on outdoor applications. However, the extent of a machine’s rough terrain capabilities are dependant on its individual specifications such as the drive, tyre, axle and engine options.

What is a secondary guard?

Primary guarding devices are safety systems that are fitted as standard to MEWPS to prevent inadvertent operation, in accordance with the European Union MEWP design standard EN280:2013, such as foot pedals. A secondary guard is a safety system which has been fitted to a self propelled boom in addition to these standards. The two main types, physical barriers and pressure sensing devices, are designed to further prevent the risk of entrapment whilst operating self propelled booms. Many manufacturers are now fitting secondary guards as standard on their machines.

What drive options are available on self propelled booms?

Where available, manufacturers offer variations on steering options such as 2 or 4 wheel steer, and drive options such as 2 or 4 wheel drive.

What tyres can be used on on self propelled booms?

Rough terrain or self propelled booms designed for outside use, usually come fitted with foam filled tyres as standard. Bi-fuel or electric machines, intended for internal and external applications, will often have solid rubber tyres fitted. Air filled tyres are also available but are not often used due to the nature of the work and terrain that self propelled booms carry out.

Can you get bi-fuel or hybrid machines?

Certain manufactures offer a variety of power options on some of their machines. Where available, a bi-fuel combination of a diesel or petrol engines with chargeable batteries allows a self propelled boom to be used indoors and out. Hybrid power is becoming increasingly available from manufacturers as this can significantly reduce emissions, down time and fuel costs.

Do I need training to operate a self propelled boom?

By law, anyone working at heights or in this case, operating self propelled boom, must under go training as per the Working at Heights Regulations 2005& The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. We strongly recommend any operator using self propelled booms hold an IPAF category 3b license. Please contact us for further information.

What is the difference between an articulated and telescopic boom?

A telescopic boom has 2 or more sections that slide out from each other, forming a straight boom. For this reason, they are also commonly known as ‘straight sticks’ and can offer large working heights and horizontal outreach. Articulated booms have a minimum of one hinged joint or ‘knuckle’, enabling the boom to bend. This increases manoeuvrability and creates the ability to have ‘up and over’ clearance.

What is a fly boom / jib?

A fly boom / jib is an articulated section of boom, usually a couple of metres in length that the cage is joined to. Fly booms can have a variety of degrees of movement both horizontally and vertically, allowing the operator to position the cage with increased precision.

What gradient can a self propelled boom operate on?

A self propelled boom’s rough terrain or gradient capabilities are strictly machine specific. The most popular self propelled boom’s gradeability varies from 20% to 45%.

What is a LOLER & how often does a self propelled boom need one?

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment. It is a requirement of the LOLER 1998 that all lifting equipment is fit for purpose and under goes a periodic ‘thorough examination’ to LOLER standards every 6 months – this is the LOLER certification.

How often does a cherry picker need to be serviced?

Machines should be serviced as per the manufacturer’s recommendations, which can be found in the service manual that is supplied with the machine.

Can I tow a trailer mounted platform with a normal license?

On a standard British category B car licence, gained after 1997, you can drive a vehicle up to 3,500kg with a trailer up to 750kg. If you wish to tow a trailer heavier than 750kg, the total weight of the car and trailer combined must to not exceed 3,500kg. If the car / trailer combination exceeds these limitations, you must take the category E driving test for towing. However, if you gained your standard British driving licence prior to 1997, these restrictions do not apply to your licence.

What can I tow a towable access platform with?

Trailer mounted access platforms can be towed off any suitable vehicle that has been fitted with a standard tow bar

Is a road towable access platform suitable for use indoors?

Any trailer mounted access platform powered by an electric motor can be used indoors. It is advised that any trailer mounted access platform that just has a fuel powered engine is not used inside due to the emissions created by a diesel or petrol engine.

Do trailer mounted platforms have up and over clearance?

Typically, the boom section of the trailer mounted platform will be articulated, giving the machine up & over clearance. They may have one or more ‘knuckles’, and can have telescopic boom sections, giving the machine further reach.

Do I need to wear a harness to operate a trailer mounted platform?

The operating of MEWPs is covered by law within the Work at Height Regulations 2005, The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998 and The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998. These regulations state that precautions must be taken to minimise the risk of accidents and injuries, including wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment when operating MEWPs following a risk assessment. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that a full body harness with a short lanyard is worn when using a trailer mounted access platforms, as this prevents operators falling out of, or being thrown from, the basket, and also aids rescue. The International Powered Access Federation’s (IPAF) official statement on wearing harnesses in boom type platforms is as follows:

‘When working from a boom type Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP), it is strongly recommended that a full body harness with an adjustable lanyard be used to provide work restraint. The lanyard should be adjusted to be as short as possible and may contain an energy absorbing device.’

We strongly recommend the use of ZT ‘Zero Trauma’ full body harnesses. For more information http://ztsafetysystems.com/ or call 0844 573 4899

Do I need training to use a road towable MEWP?

By law, anyone working at heights or in this case, operating a trailer mounted platform, must under go training as per the Working at Heights Regulations 2005  & The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.We strongly recommend that any one who is going to be operating MEWPs under goes IPAF training. IPAF is the International Powered Access Federation, who have created training courses for the variety of different categories of MEWPS available. Trailer mounted platforms fall into the 1b category, which is a one day training course with evaluation, which if passed, will give the delegate an IPAF operators PAL card to operate trailer mounts for 5 years.

Are trailer mounted platforms braked?

As of October 2012, all trailers have to be braked, so any trailer mounted access platforms that have been manufactured since then, are braked. Prior to this date, there were non-braked small trailer mounted access platforms available, which are currently still road legal.

How many people can use a trailer mounted cherry picker?

Reference should always be made to the manufacturers operating guides with regards to a trailer mount’s lift capacity, as this varies from each machine. The smaller towable access platforms tend to be designed to lift 120kg or 1 person, whereas the larger models can usually accommodate 200kg or 2 people. The machines listed capacity should strictly not be exceeded, and manufacturer’s operator instructions should be adhered to at all times. 

How are trailer mounts powered?

The majority of models made by each manufacturer have a selection of power options to choose from. Where available, trailer mounted platforms can be powered by batteries, petrol, diesel or a combination to make them bi-fuel. When choosing a power source, the type and location of the application the trailer mount will be used for should be taken in to consideration, along with the differences in weight each power type can cause.

How do you set up the outriggers on trailer mounted cherry pickers?

Dependant upon the specific machine’s specifications, the outriggers may either be hydraulic or manual. Manual outriggers are physically pulled out and set up by the operator; where as hydraulic outriggers are set up via controls on the machine. Further to this, some trailer mounted machines feature automatic levelling, which means the machine will automatically stabilise itself via the outriggers once they have been deployed.

What driving license do I need to drive an Ascendant?

Anyone who passed their driving test prior to 1997 are currently able to legally drive the entire Ascendant range on their standard British driving license. Those who passed their driving test from 1997 onwards can drive the Ascendant A12.5VM & A18-13TJ on their standard British licence which is category B – allowing you to drive vehicles up to 3,500kgs. The Ascendant A15 & A22-17TJ require the driver to hold category C1 – enabling the holder to drive

Do I need training to operate a vehicle mounted platform?

By law, anyone working at heights or in this case, operating a vehicle mounted access platform, must under go training as per the Working at Heights Regulations 2005& The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. We strongly recommend any operator using Ascendant machines hold an IPAF category 1b license. Please contact us for further information.

Do Ascendant vehicles need MOT's and taxing?

Ascendant access platforms are currently MOT exempt, but it is a legal requirement that the vehicle is maintained to MOT standards. For this reason, many Ascendant owners choose to MOT their vehicles.All Ascendant vehicles do require taxing. To tax the vehicle without an MOT, a V112 or V112G (Declaration of exemption from MOT) form must be completed at the time of taxing.

What is a LOLER certificate and how often does a vehicle mounted platform need one?

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment. It is a requirement of the LOLER 1998 that all lifting equipment, including vehicle mounted access platforms, are fit for purpose and under go a periodic ‘thorough examination’ to LOLER standards every 6 months – this is the LOLER certification.

What is spare payload?

Spare payload, in the context of Ascendant Access platforms, is the amount of additional weight the vehicle is physically and legally allowed to carry.

What is the warranty on the Ascendant boom & Iveco chassis?

The Ascendant booms all come with 24 months parts & 60 months structural warranty. The Iveco Daily chassis (A12.5VM, A15 & A18-13TJ) come with 3 years unlimited mileage warranty. The Iveco Eurocargo 6 chassis (A22-17TJ) comes with 2 year / 150,000km warranty. All the Iveco chassis’ come with 3 years ANS European Breakdown Cover.

What lift capacity do Ascendant Access platforms have?

The Ascendant A12.5VM, A15 & A18-13TJ all have a lift capacity of 230kg. The Ascendant A22-17TJ has a lift capacity of 280kg.

What is the outreach at full capacity on Ascendant platforms?

Machine                                                   Maximum outreach at full capacity

Ascendant A12.5VM                                   7.7m

Ascendant A15                                           7.7m

Ascendant A18-13TJ                                 Narrow jacking: 7m / Full jacking: 13m

Ascendant A22-17TJ                                 Narrow jacking 10m / Full jacking: 17m

How big are the buckets on Ascendant vehicle mounts and how do you access them?

All Ascendant Access platforms feature walk in baskets which are large enough to comfortably fit 2 workers & their tools. The Ascendant A22-17TJ model’s basket is designed for up to 3 workers & their tools.

How many seats are in the Iveco chassis?

The Ascendant A12.VM, A15, & A18VM all have 2 seats – (a driver & a passenger). The Ascendant A22-17TJ has 3 seats (a driver & 2 passengers).

How much room is in the back of the Iveco chassis?

The Ascendant A12.5VM & A15 are mounted on to panel van chassis and both have 10.8m³ of space in the back. (Or an internal length of 3130mm & internal height of 1900mm).

Are Ascendant booms insulated?

The buckets on all of the Ascendant range are insulated to 2KVA, however the boom is not.

Can Ascendant booms be mounted to a different chassis?

We are able to mount or remount any Ascendant boom, either onto new Iveco chassis or onto a suitable chassis provided by yourself. Contact us for details.

What is an IVA test?

An IVA, or Individual Vehicle Approval, is a DVSA implemented inspection that all vehicles that have under gone alterations must go through to ensure it still meets DVSA’s specific safety, security & environmental standards. All Ascendant Access machines go through this & are issued with the certification before being delivered to the customer.

Do we export Ascendant machines?

The Ascendant range can be exported worldwide. The over seas warranty on the booms is 24 months parts only. The chassis is subject to the manufacturer’s terms and conditions.

Where are the controls on Ascendant cherry pickers?

All of the Ascendant models have controls at the base of the boom & in the basket. There is an emergency stop button in both locations on all Ascendant platforms, along with manual emergency controls at the base. The Ascendant’s also all feature vehicle engine stop / start controls in the basket. The Ascendant A12.5VM and A15M also boast the additional feature of cab mounted stabiliser controls.

Why do Ascendant use direct hydraulic controls?

Ascendant uses direct hydraulic controls because they are simple, reliable, economical and easy to maintain. The direct hydraulic control system eliminates electrical systems and therefore the multitude of faults that are associated with them, adding to Ascendant’s reliability.

What are the transport height for Ascendant vehicle mounts?

Machine                          Transport height

Ascendant A12.5VM           3.5m

Ascendant A15                    3.6m

Ascendant A18-13TJ          3m

Ascendant A22-17TJ          3.5m

Is there a telescopic version of the Ascendant models?

There is a telescopic boom in design. Further information to follow.

Is it possible to get a bigger version of Ascendant's truck mounted platforms?

There is a bigger Ascendant vehicle mounted access platform in design. Further information to follow.