Exploring Mast Lifts
Lift tables come in all sizes and shapes for a variety of different uses. One of the main types of lift tables is the scissor lift, which uses a cross lift section to raise and lower the level of the table. A lift table is used for a variety of different tasks, from helping employees reach different levels to hauling products and machines up and down short distances.
One other form of a lift table is the mast lift table. The mast lift is unlike the scissor lift in that the table surface travels up and down on a vertical mast. Think about the lift as if it were an elevator gliding up and down along one shaft. Usually, this form of lift is used to feed and offload materials from smaller containers to a conveyor or other container. Dollies and hand cards are often used in conjunction with mast lifts to move stacks of containers on and off the mast lift. Many mast lifts alternate between a fork lift design and a solid pan design, depending on the size and use of the lift.
The main benefit of using a mast lift for loading and unloading is one of safety. Employees can raise and lower the level of the container to the most comfortable height for loading and unloading without the need for excessive stretching, reaching, or bending. The mast lift also has a compact design, which makes it take up less space than many other lift types. In fact, most mast lifts take up only a little more space than the containers that they are designed to lift.