Auto Service Professional

OCT 2017

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58 | ASP October 2017 Technical Lift overview ey're more than just a riser with muscle By Mike Mavrigian T he decision-making process involved in purchasing a new lift involves a number of factors in order to suit your specific needs: • Types, lengths and weights of vehicles to be serviced • Available floor space • Lift contact at tires or at frame • Lift height requirement • Access to under-carriage • Weight capacity • Availability of optional add-ons • Lifting/lowering speed • Warranty • Lift ergonomics It should go without saying that you should only consider lifts made by established and reputable manufacturers, featuring quality construction. With that said, one of the primary considerations involves lifting capac- ity. Each style and model of any given lift carries a maximum weight rating. e rule of thumb: If in doubt, always go with a higher weight rating. While your shop's "normal" service work may involve vehicles with a maximum weight of, say, 8,000 pounds, there may be instances where a heavily loaded commercial box truck will enter the shop, where weight might be in the 12,000 or 14,000 pound range. If your lift is not rated with a high-enough capacity for a given vehicle, NEVER attempt to place that vehicle on that lift. You'll need to carefully make the decision with regard to being able to handle these heavier loads and the lift that you choose. Turning away perhaps three or four jobs per year because your lift won't handle a certain load is one thing, but being forced to turn away a dozen or more jobs per year is a differ- ent matter. You really need to think about the lift capac- ity that will handle the vast majority of your potential jobs and buy the appropriate lift. Of course, if your shop has the available floor space, one or more 10,000 lb.-rated lifts to cover your routine jobs and one heavy-duty lift to handle the big jobs would be ideal. If you're dealing with heavy and long appli- cations such as buses and tractors (possibly with trailer), long parallelogram or mobile column lifts are available to meet those needs. An advantage of mobile column lifts is that each lift tower can be moved to both required floor locations and to critical lift points on the vehicle, using as many individual columns as needed for a given task. For the majority of shops that cater to Vehicle lifts are critically important pieces of shop equipment and deserve to be addressed on a routine basis. There are many aspects that need to be exam- ined so that you make the best buying decision when it's time to add a new lift to your service bays. The lift's function and design have a direct impact on your profitability and capability.

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