Indoors – Electric scissor lifts are intended for indoor work with smooth slab surfaces. Because they are battery powered, there are no hazardous emissions. Look for non-marking tires if you are working in a space with finished floors like retail stores, warehouses, and office buildings. Electric scissor lifts are smaller than rough terrain scissor lifts and can fit through doorways and in tight spaces.
Outdoors – Rough terrain scissor lifts are built to handle rough, muddy, and uneven ground. They are usually powered by gas or diesel fuel, which emit fumes during use. These outdoor lifts are typically larger than electric scissor lifts with large working platforms and a reach in upwards of 50 feet. For added safety, look for a lift with outriggers or stabilizers that are needed when working on an uneven surface.
Both Indoors & Outdoors – Electric scissor lifts can also be used outdoors if they are on a flat slab surface. You will need access to power to recharge the lift when not in use.
Rough terrain scissor lifts can be used indoors if they are small enough to fit through the entrance, but you should be cautious of the fumes caused by the fuel and possible black marks on the floors from the tires.