When making renovations to a property, you may not realise the many pieces of equipment you can rent to get the job done more quickly and easily. This includes trailer hire and even scissor lift hire, which are a platform lift used for elevating both tools and personnel. These lifts can be what you need for safely making repairs to an elevated ceiling, to the chimney and to exterior walls and windows. When you're ready to choose a platform lift for your job, note a few factors to consider so you can ensure you get the right one and that it works for your needs.
Table versus platform
When choosing a platform lift, be sure you know the difference between a table lift and a platform lift. A table lift is meant only for tools and equipment and not for personnel. These lifts will usually be smaller and more lightweight, and won't have the same safety features of a standard platform lift, including a railing and safety harnesses. If you need a lift for yourself or any workers, never assume that you can save money on the rental by choosing a table lift — always look for an actual platform lift instead.
If you do want a lift to manage materials and not personnel, look for those that are designed for the actual materials you have in mind. Some lifts will have claws, hooks, brackets and other features that are specifically designed to hold certain materials. This can include drywall panels or sheet metal or large rounded pieces such as plumbing pipes or buckets. Some lifts will also have magnets that help secure metal pieces, including your tools or a toolbox. Using the lifts designed for these materials in particular can ensure everything stays secure when being elevated.
If you need a lift for outside work, consider its mobility and where it will be used. Exterior lifts often have diesel motors that allow you to steer and direct them around landscaping and over small hills and valleys on your property, but even these lifts may be somewhat underpowered. They may not be quite so mobile when you need to get them over larger hills or through muddy and rough terrain. A lift on a trailer that you can hook to the back of your vehicle can mean more power and agility, so you can more readily use that lift next in areas that are difficult to access.