Steel Wall Construction is utlizing Hy-Brid Lifts’ PS-1930s specifically for the unit’s non-folding rails. The Springfield-based contractor found success renting the PS-1930 through Missouri-based Superior Rents for a current retail construction job.
ANSI A92.20 standards, which went into effect June 1, require manufacturers to increase the platform rail height on their MEWPs, which means many scissor lifts will now have to fold their rails. The compact dimensions of the PS-1930 allow the unit to fit through standard doors and elevators without an operator exiting the lift to fold down the rails.
“I was using a different manufacturer’s 19-foot lift and realized it required folding rails to fit under the doors,” said Bill Shields, owner of Steel Wall Construction. “If guys have to tear down the railing every time they pass through a door, I might as well just scaffold it. They’re almost useless. I called Andy at Superior Rents and asked if he had a solution. That was when I was introduced to the PS-1930 from Hy-Brid Lifts and I’ve been very impressed. I use it for framing, sheetrock, finishing — the whole job start to finish.”
The PS-1930 features a capacity of 650 pounds and is rated for one person plus materials. The PS-1930 is 69.5 inches long and 30 inches wide, with a stowed height of 74.5 inches tall, making it compact for storage and shipping. The platform is 60 inches long by 24 inches wide, with a 30-inch slide-out platform extension, which provides plenty of working space. The lift weighs less than 2,000 pounds, which is a fraction of competitive models’ weight.
“On a project like this, door frames are put on early in the process, right after we set the walls,” Shields said. “Once the door frame is set, it’s a half inch below 7 feet, and none of the other lifts can go through that opening with their rails up. The PS-1930 saves at least 15 minutes each time an operator has to go from room to room.”