Runabouts are essentially a smaller version of a scissor lift that are great for indoor use. These compact, low-weight machines can fit through tight spaces and into most passenger elevators. Workers on runabouts can also maneuver through doorways. 

These lifts have precise up and over access, are driveable when fully elevated, and have zero inside turning radius for exact positioning. They have a working height of up to 25 feet and can hold up to 500 pounds. Runabouts can typically be stored in a location that is at least 7 feet tall.

Watch this video to learn more about the Genie GRC-12 designed in 2008. 


Different models can be used on different types of terrain, from smooth to rough. Some units are designed with containers for tools and other materials.

Runabout uses

  • Warehousing
  • Stock-picking
  • Transporting
  • Inventory Management
  • General Maintenance

How do runabouts work?

Drivers use platform controls equipped with on-board diagnostics to operate runabouts. Auxiliary platform lowering enables descent in the event of a power failure. Proportional lift and drive controls provide a smooth ride. Most units include hinged rear covers that allow for easy access to all major components for maintenance.

Who makes runabouts?

Popular models of runabouts are made by Genie and JLG:

Genie: GR-20, GR-12, GR-15, GRC-12, GR-26J

Genie also manufacturers QuickStock lifts, an expansion of the runabout line. QuickStock lifts are available in all three runabout heights, and they also come in retail and warehouse versions. QuickStock models include the QS-12, QS-15, and QS-20.

How many hours will a runabout work?

With proper maintenance, a runabout can last about 30 years. In terms of how many hours it will run, a typical scissor lift will only count the hours it’s in motion. While in motion, the lift should last about 500 to 1,000 hours.