Single Scissor Lift

Single scissor lifts - Matpack NZScissor lift tables by Smartlift combine an extensive range of capacities, features and options to provide the factory and warehouse with lifting and work positioning.

SMARTLIFT controls are standard on all tables. Unique to Safetech they provide automatic down-indexing. Electronic diagnostics and enhanced safety features.

  • manual and powered turntables.
  • Tilting decks.
  • varied deck sizes and surfaces available.
  • designed for safety, Smartlift scissor lift tables meet or exceed all industry standards.

Lift Table Applications




Standard Lift Options

Safetech have designed and manufactured thousands of scissor lifts and we offer a wide range of options that can be easily be added to any table.

  • Manual or automatic turntables to rotate the load.
  • Tilting decks that present the product to the operator.
  • High cycle capacity.
  • Safety bars or skirts to protect operators.
  • Varied deck construction, stainless steel, chequerplate and more.
  • Special frames to capture the load.
  • Adapted for use as personnel lifts.
  • Low height tables for use with hand pallet trucks.
  • Controls can be automated or interlocked with associated equipment

How Do Lift Tables Work?

Hydraulic Lift Tables incorporate a scissor mechanism to hold the platform level but allow it to move vertically.

A hydraulic power unit incorporating electric motor and hydraulic pump supply oil to hydraulic cylinder (s) to elevate the platform.

Most scissor lift tables utilise a single acting hydraulic system. This means that the lift table raises by oil supplied to the cylinder(s) under pressure from the pump and descends under its own weight when the down value is opened, allowing oil to be bled back to the tank. This is sometimes known as a power up gravity down system. It also means that lift tables are subject to a slow downward drift over time as oil bleeds back to the tank.

Applications for Scissor Lifts

Manual palletising or depalletising.

Loading or unloading of stillages, containers, bins, bags, bricks, tiles.

Commonly used alongside conveyor, feeding hoppers, extruders, process and production equipment.


Care must be taken to prevent entrapment of limbs either in the mechanism or under the table’s edge. A safety bar is the best protection whilst skirts are also used. The safety bar stops the downward movement of the table upon contact with any obstruction. Lift tables are often used in conjunction with forklift trucks and they can sometimes damage the table leading to operating failure or injury.


Hydraulic Lift Tables are active lifting devices and, as such, may be covered by statutory requirements similar to those applying to lifts and cranes. Hydraulic Lift tables are not ideally suited to highly accurate platform placement as may be required in automated processes because of the drift that can occur with oil bleeding back to the tank. Alternative Lifting mechanisms include screw lift tables. All Lift Tables must be appropriately specified for use in washdown, corrosive or flammable environments or high cycle applications.

Best Buying for Lift Tables

Lift table prices rise rapidly as extra lift is required – because that requires extra sets of scissors, in high cycle applications or where hand pallet truck only access demands a low height profile table. Stainless steel tables are available but expensive. As with most products lift tables are much cheaper if you can use a standard configuration. Take care with very cheap tables as they may sacrifice safety standards or durability and performance.

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