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    Looking for some advice on hanging ceiling drywall in a big open garage. I can use an electric scissor lift for cheap/free. I am debating using the scissor lift instead of a true drywall lift (the scissor lift would lift the sheetrock). Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Am i better off just getting a drywall lift and using the scissor lift for lifting myself? What if I can only have one of the two, would the drywall lift work better? It is a 10' ceiling height. Do drywall lifts serve any purpose for the walls? Thanks in advance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swiver View Post
    Looking for some advice on hanging ceiling drywall in a big open garage. I can use an electric scissor lift for cheap/free. I am debating using the scissor lift instead of a true drywall lift (the scissor lift would lift the sheetrock). Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Am i better off just getting a drywall lift and using the scissor lift for lifting myself? What if I can only have one of the two, would the drywall lift work better? It is a 10' ceiling height. Do drywall lifts serve any purpose for the walls? Thanks in advance.
    Drywall lifts are great. I have used for drywall and osb on ceilings and walls many times. It one of those things, you find other uses. I have even used to mount an attic stairway couple of times.
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    I've never used a drywall lift because we were young and dumb. I have however done it with a scissor lift and it does work. Just be careful you don't go up too hard and fast and break the sheetrock...then you've got more to tape

    I also did an entire basement 25x40 once using just step ladders. That sucked. If I ever do sheetrock again I'll buy or rent a nice sheetrock lift.
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    Swiver,

    I would use the drywall lift over the scsissor lift for hanging sheetrock. You are better able to position the sheet where it needs to be with the drywall lift. You will have to work from step ladders to secure the sheets, but you will get the hang of that rather quickly. And yes, you can use it to hand sheets on the vertical wall surfaces as well.

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    Yep! Drywall lift is the cat's meow for sure!
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    I used a drywall lift and rolling scaffolding to do mine in OSB. Worked like a champ.

    I bought it at Northern Tool. Had a $20 off coupon, got it shipped to store for $100. Sold it for $100 when I was done with it.

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    to me a Drywall lift makes it a 1-2man job vs 2-3man job via sissor lift ........and still have to lift sheets onto sissor lift and support
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    Thanks everyone. That’s what I figured, but I am glad to have heard it from experienced individuals!
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    It's going to be a whole lot easier to load the sheets on a drywall lift because it can get so much closer to the floor, load height is about 3 feet on my lift and the sheet table drops down to just short of vertical so you can just carry the sheet up and set it right on the lift and then lay it flat. I can load 8' sheets by myself but 12' it's a lot easier with a helper.

    With a scissor lift you'd have to build a support above the lift platform to allow room for you to get on, raise it up and fasten the sheet. You would then have to get each sheet way up on top of that. On my skyjacker that would be 7-8 feet above the floor. I've installed liner panel that way and it works ok but that's a whole lot lighter than drywall. When you are doing this over and over with 12' sheets of drywall it's gonna suck. The drywall lift is really easy to control you can cinch the sheet right up against the ceiling and still be able to shift the position.

    If it's a big area I'd vote for both, the scissor for you and the drywall lift for the rock. Couple years ago I hung eighty some 12' sheets on an 11-12' ceiling. Used my Telpro lift and an electric scissor lift, made it much easier. For eight foot ceiling I'd use a short step ladder, ten foot will require a lot of up and down, 12' will kick your butt after a long day of going up and down the ladder. Small room no problem with a ladder, 4000 sq foot is a whole different cat.

    As a bonus you can use the drywall lift to lift the wall sheeting too, it saves a ton of work when you have tall ceilings.
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    A drywall lift also tilts so there is some benefit to doing the side walls.

    My recommendation is to watch Craig's list unless you are in a rush. Then sell it for what you bought it for.
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