If you’re looking for a comprehensive list of scissor lift manufacturers, you’re in the right place.
We compiled 32 aerial lift companies from around the world to create this list.
In it, you’ll learn about each company’s history, where they’re located, and the types of scissor lifts they offer.
Let’s dive in!
A popular name in aerial lifts, this McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania-based company was founded in 1969 as a crane manufacturer.
After company founder John L. Grove visited the Hoover Dam, he got the inspiration to begin creating mobile work platforms for workers.
Today, JLG offers an array of electric and internal combustion scissor lifts for both indoor and outdoor use, including on rough terrain.
Another familiar name in the aerial lift space, Genie was founded in 1966 and is based in Redmond, Washington.
Interestingly, the company’s name comes from their first pneumatic-powered material lift.
The machine impressed people with the ability to raise the platform from a "magic bottle" of air - just like a genie.
Genie offers “slab” scissor lifts for indoor use, along with internal combustion rough terrain scissor lifts for outdoor use.
Founded in 1985, Guelph, Ontario-based Skyjack has two claims to fame:
- They were the first to engineer and introduce the swing-out tray on scissor lifts, which generally houses the batteries, and allows for easier maintenance
- They were the first to create the 32-inch wide and 26-feet high scissor lift, now one of the most common models of scissor lift across the industry
Skyjack offers ten different types of electric, dual fuel (gas/LP), and diesel scissor lifts.
Models include both indoor and outdoor scissor lifts, with lift heights ranging from 13-feet to 64-feet.
Originally started in 1959 as a seller of aerial firefighting equipment, Snorkel eventually evolved into a manufacturer of mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs).
Snorkel sells its scissor lifts and other aerial lift equipment in 50 different countries but is based in Henderson, Nevada.
They offer both indoor and outdoor scissor lifts, with electric and diesel power options, and working heights ranging from 12-feet to 45-feet.
Founded in Mayville, Wisconsin in 1976 as the Mayville Engineering Company, MEC has two claims to fame in the aerial lift space:
- They pioneered the use of pothole protectors on scissor lifts to prevent instability on uneven surfaces
- They created the first “crossover electric mid-size rough terrain scissor lift"
After being acquired by Equipment Parts Wholesale, MEC moved to Kerman, California in 2002.
They offer ten different “slab” scissor lifts for indoor use, along with nine different rough terrain-style scissor lifts.
Hy-Brid is the brand name for the line of compact scissor lifts offered by Custom Equipment, a West Bend, Wisconsin-based company founded in 1981.
First offering scissor lifts designed for mausoleum work, the company introduced the Hy-Brid line in 2004.
These lifts were designed to fill a gap in the market for lightweight, maneuverable scissor lifts.
Today, the company is based in Richfield, Wisconsin, and offers push-around and powered electric scissor lifts, with working heights ranging from 16-feet to 25-feet.
Ballymore was founded in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania after World War II.
They’re notable for inventing the rolling safety ladder, along with being a pioneer in creating hydraulic personnel lifts in the 1950s.
Today, the company offers four types of small scissor lifts: a drivable mini, the standard/classic, and the mini manual model.
Each scissor lift is electric-powered and designed for indoor use, with the company offering no rough terrain scissor lifts.
Founded in the 1940s, Lift-A-Lift started out as a manufacturer of truck-mounted lifts designed for servicing streetlights.
Over time, the Muncie, Indiana-based company expanded its offerings to include specialty scissor lifts for airline companies, among a few other industries.
Today, Lift-A-Loft offers four models of scissor lifts, including electric, gasoline, and diesel-powered models with platform heights between 15-feet and 31-feet.
Superlift Material Handling Inc.
Founded in 2004, this Kitchener, Ontario-based company specializes in building aerial lifts for use in food, pharmaceuticals, automotive, and other sensitive industries.
Their scissor lifts are outliers on this list, as they’re high-capacity, capable of lifting 1,000 to 2,000 lbs.
And uniquely, they manufacture stainless steel scissor lifts for use in sanitary conditions.
Originally named Pinguely, this Virginia Beach, Virginia company started out as a manufacturer of steam locomotives and shovels.
Eventually, they acquired Bil-Jax, a scaffolding and event staging manufacturer, in 2008.
Haulotte offers 18-feet to 38-feet (working height) electric scissor lifts designed for indoor use, along with diesel-powered scissor lifts for outdoor use.
The privately-held LPI Inc., founded in 1981 and based in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, specializes in personnel work platforms, including scissor lifts.
They offer scissor lifts in both manually-positioned and pneumatic, hydraulic, and electric/hydraulic drive power.
Their scissor lifts are useful in industrial and hazardous environments, like aircraft maintenance, painting, welding, manufacturing, auto repair, and assembly.
Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and founded in 1973, MCT Industries offers specialty scissor lift platforms for a wide array of clients in the aviation and defense industries.
All their scissor lifts are made in the USA, are available in either electric or diesel configurations, and include self-propelled along with push-around models.
Additionally, they offer unique models like split deck scissor lifts designed for servicing wide-body airplanes.
Founded in 1881, Pettibone is the oldest scissor lift company on this list.
Their initial claim to fame is that they "[i]invented the first forward-reaching rough terrain handler" forklift.
Besides forklifts, the Baraga, Michigan-based company offers eight types of scissor lifts.
These include indoor and outdoor models, with working heights ranging from 18-feet to 46-feet.
Started in 1932 as a repair shop for agriculture equipment, Palfinger transitioned to building truck-mounted cranes and eventually scissor lifts in 2016.
With headquarters based in Bergheim, Austria, the company - in partnership with Chinese-based construction equipment manufacturer SANY - offers indoor and outdoor scissor lifts.
Sany-Palinfinger scissor lifts models come in working heights between 25-feet and 44-feet.
One of the world’s largest construction equipment companies, JCB was founded in Britain in 1945 and is today based in Rocester, United Kingdom.
Originally a small manufacturer of agricultural tipping trailers, the company has greatly expanded its product line.
Today, they manufacture many kinds of construction equipment, including the world’s first backhoe.
JCB also offers several scissor lift models, including 19-feet to 39-feet electric and self-propelled types for indoor use.
Loire Atlantique, France-based Manitou was founded in 1958 and is credited with inventing the world’s first rough terrain forklift.
After branching out into telehandlers, forklifts, and backhoes, Manitou began developing aerial work platforms in 1993.
Currently, the company offers nine different electric and internal combustion scissor lifts for indoor and outdoor use, with working heights spanning 25-feet to 46-feet.
The Poggibonsi, Italy-based IMER Group was founded in 1962.
The company offers a diverse range of construction equipment, including concrete mixers, pumps, and saws.
With a presence in Southlake, Texas, the company offers five models of scissor lifts, including both indoor electric and outdoor diesel/electric rough terrain variants.
Originally started in 1898 as an acetylene gas plant, the Augsburg, Germany-based KUKA became a pioneering welding technology company in the early 1900s.
Currently, the company focuses on developing industrial robots for use in manufacturing.
But besides those activities, KUKA does offer a single scissor lift: The “KUKA Triple Lift.”
This lift features unique omnidirectional wheels that allow the lift to move in any direction, along with precision controls for accurate maneuvering.
Airo, a Luzzara, Italy-based company founded in 1980, bills itself as a "manufacturer of self-propelled aerial work platforms."
Overall, their offerings include boom lifts, scissor lifts, and man lifts.
The company produces 31 models of scissor lifts, including small, push-around electric scissor lifts and diesel-powered rough terrain lifts.
Part of WernerCo, BoSS was launched in 1993 as a brand of access equipment, including mobile towers (scaffolding), work platforms, and scissor lifts.
BoSS’s offerings are designed primarily for painting, maintenance, exterior work, and construction.
Currently, the company offers two models of push-around, compact scissor lifts with working heights of 15-feet to 17-feet.
Founded in 1962 as a developer of oil derricks and aerial work platforms, the Saitama, Japan-based Aichi was acquired by Toyota Industries Corporation in 2003.
Aichi is now a popular brand of scissor lifts - especially in the United States - with five indoor models ranging from 25-feet to 38-feet working heights.
What makes Aichi scissor lifts unique - and especially reliable - is their use of AC drive motors.
These require no maintenance and consume less power than other models, resulting in longer working times and shorter charging cycles.
XCMG was founded in 1943 and boasts of being in the top 10 global equipment manufacturers.
Beginning as a crane manufacturer, the Xuzhou, China-based company branched into manufacturing construction equipment like steam rollers, pavers, and wheel loaders.
Now sold in 170 countries, XCMG offers scissor lifts designed for indoor use, with cushion tires and electric power, and working heights ranging from 25-feet to 45-feet.
Operating out of Hunan Province, China, Zoomlion was founded in 1992 and now offers over 600 products in 100 countries.
The company produces several different models of scissor lifts, including rough terrain and micro scissor lifts for indoor use.
Önder Lift Çelik
With products exported to 27 different companies, the Turgutlu, Turkey-based Önder Lift Çelik was founded in 1977 with a focus on hydraulic lifting mechanisms.
After several decades, the company began manufacturing lifting platforms in 1998.
Overall, Önder Lift Çelik offers diesel and electric self-propelled and manual-style scissor lifts, including models designed for rough terrain.
A relatively new company, Boonai was founded in 2015 and is based in Suzhou, China.
The company offers a range of material and personnel work platforms, including scissor lifts.
Their scissor lift offerings include push-around and self-propelled electric scissor lifts for indoor use.
RY Lift Trucks
RY Lift Trucks is a material handling company that specializes in manufacturing forklifts, pallet jacks, and stackers.
Founded in 2010 and based in Jiangsu, China, the company began offering scissor lifts in 2017 and now exports to 130 different countries.
Their scissor lift line includes electric, self-propelled scissor lifts for indoor use, with working heights ranging from 21-feet to 45-feet.
Unfortunately, Masif Machine’s website offers little about the history of the company.
What is known is that their only manufactured product is a line of scissor lifts.
The Konya, Turkey-based company offers electric, self-propelled scissor lifts designed for indoor applications.
Lift heights for their machines range from 19-feet to 39-feet.
The Zhejiang, China-based NobleLift is a material handling manufacturer specializing in pallet trucks, stackers, and sit-down forklifts.
Their products are sold in over 100 countries across the world, and they boasted revenues of $350 million in 2017 alone.
NobleLIft also offers scissor lifts, with electric indoor-use models featuring working heights between 16-feet and 52-feet.
Beginning as a manufacturer of tractor attachments, the Punjab, Pakistan-based Javaid was founded in 2001.
Eventually branching out into material handling equipment, the company today offers several models of scissor lifts.
Their products include manual (push) scissor lifts and electrically-propelled scissor lifts designed for indoor or outdoor use, and with lift heights up to 50 feet.
Çağsan got its start in 1983 manufacturing ladders, scaffolding, and work platforms.
The Kocaeli Province, Turkey-based company now offers a range of electric push and self-propelled scissor lifts, with working heights of 21-feet to 68-feet.
Officially called Jinan MORN Technology Co., Ltd, this Jinan, China-based company operates the Morn Lift brand of lifting equipment.
Founded in 2001 and with products present in 80 countries, Morn Lift offers six types of scissor lifts designed for indoor and outdoor use.
One unique model is their “steering” scissor lift, which features a stand-up driver's platform for steering the scissor lift with a steering wheel.
This feature allows for easier maneuverability over the traditional joystick steering on most scissor lifts.
Another new company, Tamilnadu, India-based Alpha Lift is part of Nithin Technovations and was started in 2018.
The company targets the Indian market specifically and offers a range of material handling equipment, including reach trucks, order pickers, forklifts, tow trucks, and pallet trucks.
Alpha Lift only offers a single scissor lift chassis, which it calls a “Maintenance scissor lift.”
This model can be outfitted with manual, semi-electric, or fully electric power sources, and lifting heights between 19-feet and 39-feet.
There you have it: the complete list of scissor lift manufacturers.
Now we’d like to hear from you.
Do you currently own or operate a scissor lift manufactured by a company on this list?
Or maybe we missed a manufacturer?
Either way, let us know in the comments below!
John J says
I think you missed LGMG (Lingong Group) – http://en.lgmg.com.cn/
Alex Hilke says
Thanks for the tip – we’ll be sure to add LGMG to the list!
Hello, I think the statement about LPI, Inc. is a little incorrect. The blog states, “Their offerings are unique in that none are traditional, self-powered scissor lift models like most other manufacturers on this list.”
That statement is incorrect as LPI DOES offer powered lift solutions in addition to manually positioned scissor lifts. Many of our manually positioned lifts also have options for Pneumatic/Hydraulic or Electric/Hydraulic drive power. These types of power sources are ideal for industrial and/or hazardous environments.
Just thought I’d make that clarification. Thanks!
Alex Hilke says
Thank you for pointing that out – I corrected the LPI entry accordingly. Cheers!
Brad Fronberg says
A friend wants to sell me a scissor lift and I cannot find any information on it. It is a “Hunter Lift” model #2035, capacity of 750lbs, S/N 00018, with a lift range of 20 feet.
Alex Hilke says
From what I can tell, Hunter Lift is an older, discontinued scissor lift brand. Unfortunately, I’m not having much more luck finding anything on them either. I’m not sure what information you’re looking for specifically, but hopefully you find one of the following helpful:
– If you’d like to have the lift inspected before you buy if, have repair work done, or you want to order parts or tires, we can help you directly or recommend reputable you companies for those services. Just head over to our Services page at https://www.conger.com/shop/services/. Click on the service you need, fill out the form, and we’ll get you where you need to be
– Anytime you buy a used aerial lift, it’s a good idea to have an inspection done. You can learn more about aerial lift inspections here: https://www.conger.com/aerial-lift-inspections/
– If you’re looking for a simple set of used scissor lift buying tips, check out Hy-Brid Lift’s page at https://www.hybridlifts.com/ansi/GoHyer/2021/5-Tips-for-Buying-a-Used-Scissor-Lift.htm
I hope this helps!
You missed Omega.
a dutch manufacterer of high capaciteit mewps.
Alex Hilke says
Thanks for the suggestion, we will add it!
aaron franklin says
ive got anACCESS 20E i inherited it with the job it was bought from a rental company before my time works ok but cant find any other plates or specs on it do you have any info
Alex Hilke says
The Access 20E appears to be a 20-foot electric scissor lift — but I’m sure you knew that already! 🙂 I can’t say this is true for sure, but I suspect that the Access brand was discontinued in the 1990s and became part of another major scissor lift brand on this list (but where the name “Access” isn’t used any longer). If you need help finding parts, tires, etc., feel free to fill out our online form and we’ll get you in the right direction: https://www.conger.com/locations/green-bay-wisconsin/
Thanks for reaching out!
Janice Davies says
Hello. Can you please tell me who supplies SPACE Scissors lifts in the UK?
Alex Hilke says
From what I can tell, the Dover Corporation owns Space scissor lifts (among other entities, as Dover is a conglomerate). Space is the brand, and they manufacture automotive tools including scissor lifts for lifting vehicles. They are located in Trana, Italy, and are distributed by Straightset in the UK (though others may sell them as well). I’ve included the links I came across while researching your question below:
I hope that helps!
Ralph Stott says
looking at a used Upright scissor lift don’t know much about this brand any suggestions good or bad?
Alex Hilke says
Upright doesn’t appear to manufacture powered scissor lifts anymore (they were sold to a different company about 15 years ago). Instead, their focus is on non-powered scaffolding under the name “Instant Upright.” As far as buying a used Upright scissor lift, I think the biggest thing to be aware of is that you may have some difficulty getting replacement parts. Per their website, you can find Upright parts through Equipment Parts Plus, but that may be the only place to get them. I hope that helps and thanks for reaching out!
robert heck says
Hi, I’am trying to find anything on a scissor lift called Alphalift its older and not part of the one on your lis. its a model 2560 EA 24 volt. Any info of where they were manufactured and what happened to them?
Alex Hilke says
I can’t say this with 100% certainty, but my best guess is that Alpha is a defunct brand that is currently a part of Genie/Terex. This is based on a few things. First, how similar in color and design Alpha lifts appear compared to Marklift.
See Alpha here: https://auctionresource.com/auctions/6278/april-monthly-auction—day-1/1368006/alpha-lift-scissor-lift-20er05
See Marklift here: https://www.purplewave.com/auction/170706/item/DA6161/Mark_Lift-Aerial_Lifts-Scissor_or_Vertical_Lift-Oklahoma
Second, Marklifts were made by Mark Industries (src: https://store.hgmforkliftparts.com/marklift-aerial-lift-parts/model-category-index.). From what’s available online, Mark Industries (which is no longer around) has an address that’s associated with Terex. Terex is the company that owns Genie lifts. Indeed, Genie’s website lists Marklift parts manuals: https://manuals.genielift.com/Parts%20And%20Service%20Manuals/PartsMarklift.htm).
I hope that helps/gives you some more direction. Thanks for reaching out!
I purchased a CMHC (assume this is Clark Material Handling Company) CSL 20N scissor lift recently. The color of machine matches the Clark brand of forklifts. However, there is no mention of this ANYWHERE on the internet. Any information on that?
Conger Staff says
I did some digging and found a CLARK CSL 20N scissor lift with a data tag that shows it was made by CLARK Material Handling at their Waverly, Iowa facility. It’s interesting to note that CLARK went through some changes in the 90s, being sold to and later resold by Terex. The second time, CLARK formed a new independent structure. But it seems the CLARK line of scissor lifts didn’t continue with them.
Regarding your scissor lift, if you need help with parts, service, or anything else, I suggest reaching out to your local CLARK dealer. You can also drop us a line via our locations page. Please be sure to have the serial number (and even a picture of the data tag, if possible). That way, we can better assist you and point you in the right direction.
P.S.: I’ve included links to the articles I found: