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Old 09-02-2008, 02:47 PM   #1
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Scissor Lift - How Much Weight???


I need to rent a scissor lift to change out some chandeliers. The floor surface is concrete with 18" tile. The lift weighs around 750LBS and has 4 tires to distribute that weight.

Will the tile be safe with that weight?
I would assume YES, as that is around 200 LBS per corner.

What is the MAXIMUM weight a tile floor like that can hold? They had a scissor lift that weighed 2,000 LBS. But I think that is TOO MUCH weight...

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i'm in agreement it SHOULD be ok, but if you start rolling it in and hear *crack-crack-crack*, we could be wrong. on cement they should be solid enough to take it though. the soft tire spreads the weight more too.

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There's a lot of what-if's on this one. Lots of variables to do with the tile installation. Properly installed on concrete, I doubt you'll have a problem.

Just for good measure, it might be a decent idea to lay down a couple sheets of plywood to drive on.
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Rather then plywood, use long 2x12's if the room permits. I have done it similarly with scrap carpet under the 2x's. 750# for the lift, plus you = 200# a tire....should not be a problem.
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Ooh, good idea Joasis.
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REAL good idea, yeah. maybe use carpet under the 2x's just to keep it clean and prevent any possible scratching of the tiles from dirt?
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Unless some attic stock on the tiles and some of the original grout is available....I wouldn't.. or if your ready to replace the tile anyway.. go for it.

RISK... is this one you want or have to take. "were "all" the tiles installed correctly".

yep, scissors lift sounds easy.... not everything goes per plan.

I would scaffold... or write in a hold harmless clause or the price of a new tile floor in my contract.
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it really depens on the subfloor and like was mentioned before how it was installed.I have tile on a concret slab and have over 1000 lbs of ovens sitting on it also in another spot an 800 refrig and a 800 stove with no cracking of tile but if it was done right I would say it will not hurt it
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Well, I used the lift, it weighed in at 800 LBS + me (180LBS) for a grand total of 980 LBS.

Not a single problem. The tiles are A-OK.
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good deal then.

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