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Scissor Lifts for Rent

See below for the largest range of scissor lift rentals in the country, from compact, lightweight scissor lifts to heavy-duty rough terrain scissor lifts. Browse our scissor lifts for rent below.

For our full list of scissor lifts, view the items below. For more information about scissor lifts, visit our resource section.

Red MEC 10-13 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Narrow

Zero Emissions

Cat Class Code
300-1000

10-13 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Narrow

  • Maximum lift height 10-13 ft. depending on the model
  • Fume-free electric power
  • Narrow platform width
  • Maximum platform capacity of up to 530 lbs. depending on model
  • Uses: Ideal for construction, industrial maintenance and warehouse applications on smooth slab surfaces
Yellow and white Hybrid electric scissor lift

Zero Emissions

Cat Class Code
300-1500

14-18 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Narrow

  • Maximum lift height 14-18 ft. depending on the model
  • Fume-free electric power
  • Narrow platform width
  • Battery charger included for maximum uptime
  • Uses: Ideal for construction, industrial maintenance and warehouse applications on smooth slab surfaces
Red and grey MEC 18-19 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Narrow

Zero Emissions

Cat Class Code
300-1999

18-19 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Narrow

  • Maximum lift height 18-19 ft. depending on the model
  • Fume-free electric power
  • Narrow platform provides great maneuverability to fit in tight spaces including personnel and freight elevators
  • Maximum platform capacity of up to 500 lbs. depending on model
  • Uses: Ideal for construction, industrial maintenance and warehouse applications on smooth slab surfaces
Blue and grey GENIE 19 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Narrow

Zero Emissions

Cat Class Code
300-2000

19 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Narrow

  • Maximum lift height up to 19' depending on the model
  • Fume-free electric power
  • Narrow platform width
  • Maximum platform capacity of up to 500 lbs. depending on model
  • Uses: Ideal for construction, industrial maintenance and warehouse applications on smooth slab surfaces
Blue and grey GENIE 20-21 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Narrow

Zero Emissions

Cat Class Code
300-2001

20-21 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Narrow

  • Maximum lift height 20-21 ft. depending on the model
  • Fume-free electric power
  • Narrow platform width
  • Maximum lift capacity of up to 900 lbs. depending on model
  • Uses: Ideal for construction, industrial maintenance and warehouse applications on smooth slab surfaces
Blue Genie Electric Scissor Lift

Zero Emissions

Cat Class Code
300-2002

20-22 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Wide

  • Maximum lift height 20-22 ft. depending on the model
  • Fume-free electric power
  • Wide platform width
  • Excellent maneuverability
  • Uses: Ideal for construction, industrial maintenance and warehouse applications on smooth slab surfaces
Red and grey SKYJACK 20-21 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Narrow, Power Deck Extension

Zero Emissions

Cat Class Code
300-2003

20-21 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Narrow, Power Deck Extension

  • Maximum lift height 20-21 ft. depending on the model
  • Fume-free electric power
  • Narrow platform width
  • Increased horizontal reach with the power deck extension
  • Uses: Ideal for construction, industrial maintenance and warehouse applications on smooth slab surfaces
Red and white MEC 24-26 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Narrow, Micro

Zero Emissions

Cat Class Code
300-2514

24-26 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Narrow, Micro

  • Maximum lift height 24-26 ft. depending on the model
  • Fume-free electric power
  • Narrow platform width
  • Fully proportional lift and drive controls
  • Uses: Ideal for construction, industrial maintenance and warehouse applications on smooth slab surfaces
Blue and grey GENIE 24-26 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Narrow

Zero Emissions

Cat Class Code
300-2515

24-26 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Narrow

  • Maximum lift height 24-26 ft. depending on the model
  • Fume-free electric power
  • Narrow platform width
  • Maximum platform capacity of up to 500 lbs. depending on model
  • Uses: Ideal for construction, industrial maintenance and warehouse applications on smooth slab surfaces
Blue and grey GENIE 24-26 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Wide

Zero Emissions

Cat Class Code
300-2525

24-26 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Wide

  • Maximum lift height 24-26 ft. depending on the model
  • Fume-free electric power
  • Wide platform width
  • Lift capacity up to 1,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Uses: Ideal for construction, industrial maintenance and warehouse applications on smooth slab surfaces
Orange and beige JLG electric Rough Terrain Scissor Lift

Zero Emissions

Cat Class Code
300-2545

25-27 ft. Rough Terrain Scissor Lift, Electric

  • Maximum lift height 25-27 ft. depending on the model
  • Fume-free electric power
  • Wide platform width
  • Durable 4WD for moderately uneven or sloped surfaces
  • Uses: Ideal for precise elevated construction and maintenance work on any terrain
Red and grey SKYJACK 25-27 ft. Rough Terrain Scissor Lift, Gas or Diesel
Cat Class Code
300-2551

25-27 ft. Rough Terrain Scissor Lift, Gas or Diesel

  • Maximum lift height 25-27 ft. depending on the model
  • Gas or diesel power may be available; models vary by location
  • Wide platform width
  • Lift capacity up to 1,500 lbs. depending on model
  • Uses: Ideal for precise elevated construction and maintenance work on any terrain
Blue and grey GENIE 30-33 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Narrow

Zero Emissions

Cat Class Code
300-2995

30-33 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Narrow

  • Maximum lift height 30-33 ft. depending on the model
  • Fume-free electric power
  • Narrow platform width
  • Lift capacity up to 500 lbs. depending on model
  • Uses: Ideal for construction, industrial maintenance and warehouse applications on smooth slab surfaces
Blue and grey GENIE 30-35 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Wide

Zero Emissions

Cat Class Code
300-2999

30-35 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Wide

  • Maximum lift height 30-35 ft. depending on the model
  • Fume-free electric power
  • Wide platform width
  • Heavy lift capacity of 700 lbs. depending on model
  • Uses: Ideal for construction, industrial maintenance and warehouse applications on smooth slab surfaces
Red and beige JLG 30-33 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Wide

Zero Emissions

Cat Class Code
300-3000

30-33 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Wide

  • Safe, slip-resistant plated 68" wide platform and extensions
  • Excellent maneuverability
  • Lift capacity of 850 lbs. and up
  • Clean, efficient and fume-free electric operation
  • Uses: Ideal for one or two operators to work in the air for maintenance, repair or construction
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Red and white MEC 30-35 ft. Rough Terrain Scissor Lift, Electric

Zero Emissions

Cat Class Code
300-3045

30-35 ft. Rough Terrain Scissor Lift, Electric

  • Maximum lift height 30-35 ft. depending on the model
  • Fume-free electric power
  • Wide platform width
  • Lift capacity up to 1,000 lbs. depending on the model
  • Uses: Ideal for precise elevated construction and maintenance work on any terrain
Orange and gray SKyjack Rough Terrain Scissor Lift
Cat Class Code
300-3051

30-35 ft. Rough Terrain Scissor Lift, Gas or Diesel

  • Maximum lift height 30-35 ft. depending on the model
  • Gas or diesel power may be available; models vary by location
  • Wide platform width
  • Heavy-duty 4WD for rugged terrain
  • Uses: Ideal for precise elevated construction and maintenance work on any terrain
Red and white MEC 30-35 ft. Rough Terrain Scissor Lift, Speed Level, Gas or Diesel
Cat Class Code
300-3052

30-35 ft. Rough Terrain Scissor Lift, Speed Level, Gas or Diesel

  • Maximum lift height 30-35 ft. depending on the model
  • Gas or diesel power may be available; models vary by location
  • Wide platform width
  • Lift capacity up to 1,500 lbs.
  • Uses: Ideal for precise elevated construction and maintenance work on any terrain
Blue and grey GENIE 39-40 ft. Rough Terrain Scissor Lift, Electric, Wide

Zero Emissions

Cat Class Code
300-4000

39-40 ft. Rough Terrain Scissor Lift, Electric, Wide

  • Maximum lift height 39-40 ft. depending on the model
  • Fume-free electric power
  • Wide platform width
  • Lift capacity up to 800 lbs.
  • Ideal for precise elevated construction and maintenance work on any terrain
Blue and grey GENIE 39-40 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Wide

Zero Emissions

Cat Class Code
300-4047

39-40 ft. Scissor Lift, Electric, Wide

  • Maximum lift height 39-40 ft. depending on the model
  • Fume-free electric power
  • Wide platform width
  • Maximum platform capacity of up to 500 lbs. depending on model
  • Uses: Ideal for construction, industrial maintenance and warehouse applications on smooth slab surfaces
Blue GENIE 36-49 ft. Rough Terrain Scissor Lift, Gas or Diesel
Cat Class Code
300-4051

36-49 ft. Rough Terrain Scissor Lift, Gas or Diesel

  • Maximum lift height 36-49 ft. depending on the model
  • Gas or diesel power may be available; models vary by location
  • Wide platform width
  • Heavy-duty 4WD for rugged terrain
  • Uses: Ideal for precise elevated construction and maintenance work on any terrain
Blue GENIE 50-60 ft. Rough Terrain Scissor Lift, Gas or Diesel
Cat Class Code
300-5050

50-60 ft. Rough Terrain Scissor Lift, Gas or Diesel

  • Maximum lift height 50-60 ft. depending on the model
  • Gas or diesel power may be available; models vary by location
  • Wide platform width
  • Solid steel deck platform with slip-resistant plating
  • Uses: Ideal for precise elevated construction and maintenance work on any terrain
Red MEC 60-70 ft. Rough Terrain Scissor Lift, Gas or Diesel
Cat Class Code
300-5060

60-70 ft. Rough Terrain Scissor Lift, Gas or Diesel

  • Maximum lift height 60-70 ft. depending on the model
  • Gas or diesel power may be available; models vary by location
  • Wide platform width
  • Lift capacity up to 1,200 lbs.
  • Uses: Ideal for precise elevated construction and maintenance work on any terrain
Resources

More About Scissor Lifts

United Rentals provides a vast array of scissor lift rentals suitable for construction, industrial maintenance, entertainment, warehouse applications and more. United Rentals carries electric scissor lifts ideal for indoor applications and rough-terrain scissor lifts for traversing slopes, uneven terrain and mud. You’ll be able to find a scissor lift for rent with practical features like self-leveling and excellent maneuverability for narrow and compact spaces, as well as more robust options with ample working space and heavy lifting capacity. You can even arrange for a scissor lift rental delivery straight to your jobsite to avoid any unnecessary downtime. Rent a scissor lift from our lineup of trusted manufacturers, including Skyjack, JLG and Genie. If you're wondering how a scissor lift works or need more information before renting one, be sure to check our informative Project Uptime article, How Does a Scissor Lift Work?

Learn more about scissor lifts in our FAQ section below.

FAQs
Does OSHA require a harness in a scissor lift?

Fall protection equipment like a harness required in any general industry setting where a worker's fall risk is greater than 4 feet. Construction regulations require fall protection equipment for heights greater than 6 feet.

Are scissor lifts considered mobile scaffolding by OSHA?

According to OSHA, a scissor lift is considered mobile scaffolding when the platform only moves vertically. An aerial lift is classified as a vehicle-mounted platform because it has the ability to move vertically and horizontally.

How do I move a scissor lift?

Scissor lifts use a control box with selector dials to move vertically and horizontally. Control boxes will include an emergency stop button and a joystick with left and right steering capabilities. We also offer scissor lift operator certifications for those who need it.

Choose the Right Scissor Lift
Choose your scissor lift fuel source

Electric scissor lifts are intended mainly for indoor work, though some models can be used outdoors too. They rely on a battery for power, tend to be at the shorter end of the height spectrum and are suitable for movement over smooth or solid slab surfaces. Some models are equipped with non-marking tires designed to avoid leaving unsightly black marks on the floor. Standard scissor lifts typically can't drive into small spaces, but smaller, electric-powered scissor lifts often fit where other scissor lifts don’t.

Rough-terrain scissor lifts are often diesel- or gas-powered and can handle uneven, rough or muddy terrain. They can reach heights of 50 feet or more and typically have a larger work platform compared with electric scissor lifts.

Understand the different types of aerial work platforms (AWP)

Scissor lifts are essential tools for all sorts of projects because they are often the best and safest way to reach an elevated work area. These machines lift workers and their tools vertically to where the maintenance or repair work needs to be done by using a scissor mechanism that raises and lowers an aerial work platform. Scissor lifts come in a wide array of types and sizes, from 10-foot compact electric lifts to 70-foot diesel lifts. Electric scissor lifts are ideal for indoor use, while rough terrain lifts can handle uneven or muddy terrain. Diesel scissor lifts can carry more weight and travel faster, but they emit fumes. Learn more about scissor lift types in our Project Uptime article.

Know your capacity

There are two load capacities to consider: the weight capacity and the personnel limit. It’s important to adhere to both for compliance with OSHA standards and safety. If you’re below the total weight capacity for a given lift, that does not mean you can add another worker to the platform.

Capacities vary greatly. At the low end, a 10-foot electric scissor lift can handle a 550-pound load and is rated for two people, while a 50-foot diesel model can lift 1,500 pounds and is rated for up to six people.

For the heaviest loads, use a lift with strengthened scissor braces to prevent swaying.

Choose your size

Your primary consideration when choosing a unit to rent is what scissor lift size and height you need. 19-foot lifts are popular because they reach high enough to access ceilings and ductwork inside buildings with 10-foot ceilings and will fit through a standard doorway even with the guardrails in position. Their narrow width makes them highly maneuverable.

30-foot lifts are a good choice for work around power poles and telephone lines, while 50-foot to 60-foot lifts can reach very tall treetops or sixth-floor exteriors. For high utility work, there are 60-foot to 70-foot scissor lifts.

Most but not all manufacturers refer to the height of the platform itself, which in practical terms gives you about 6 more feet when you consider the height of the worker (the working height).

Choose your platform

Platform size can significantly affect efficiency and safety on the jobsite. Wider platforms offer better access and require less repositioning time as the job progresses, but you need to be sure the lift will fit in the space available.

Some scissor lifts can be fitted with powered deck extensions, which give workers more forward horizontal reach.

Know your terrain

If you’re working on uneven or sloped terrain, opt for four-wheel drive, available on many rough-terrain scissor lifts and even some electric scissor lifts (which may also feature pothole guards).

Ground clearance is another potential consideration. If you need to navigate very rough terrain or travel over debris, you might want to look for a model with higher ground clearance and specialized tires.

Understand how a scissor lift works

The scissor lift mechanism is a unique design that allows scissor lifts to raise workers to significant height, and bring them safely back down, despite their compact footprint. Learn how the mechanism works in conjunction with the other components of these handy aerial lifts.

 

Scissor Lifts in Action