Auto Service Professional

OCT 2017

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59 | ASP October 2017 Technical automotive and light-duty trucks, one or more two-post lifts and at least one four-post lift is usually adequate, especially if the four-post lift can accommodate both general service and alignment tasks. Again, if floor space is available, consider additional lifts that can be used to augment fixed-location lifts, to handle small jobs and/or overflow jobs, such as low-/medium- rise lifts that offer lifting heights ideal for performing brake or suspension work on passenger cars and light-duty trucks, and that can be moved to various locations as needed. Safety vs. price Regardless of the style of lift, safety is always the number one priority. e lift must be capable of handling the weight, and the distribution of weight for the anticipated vehicles. e weight rating is of obvious importance, as is the stability of the lift when fully loaded, especially when you consider the excess rear weight of commercial box trucks. While price is always a consideration, stick with well-established brands and avoid inferior imitations that may not feature the required quality of steel and/or design and manufacturing quality. Considering the ever-expanding "globaliza- tion" of offerings, always bear in mind that the lowest price does not often go hand-in- hand with quality and reliability. If the price seems too good to be true, a red flag should pop up. e old saying still holds true — you get what you pay for. e bottom line: Stick with an established brand that has proven quality, and then worry about cutting the best financing deal. Saving a few hundred, or even a few thousand, dollars isn't worth risking your technicians' lives or your shop's reputation. One lift failure is all it takes to have a bad day. At the least, you risk damage to the cus- tomer's vehicle. Even more threatening is the possibility for worker injury. e worst case scenario could involve the loss of life. Bite the bullet and spend what it takes to buy quality. Quality is foremost. Remember: ere's a difference between price and cost. Price is what you pay to obtain the lift. Cost is deter- mined in the benefits of safety, durability and ease and speed of use. A lift that is slow to operate costs valuable time. A lift that obstructs under-body access wastes time. All things considered, the price factor is simply not important. Any lift that you buy should feature a gold label from the Automotive Lift Institute that says "ALI Certified/ETL Listed." If not, the lift is not certified to meet U.S. lift industry Rotary's twin-post in-ground lift features a floor-mounted control station which can be located in a spot deemed appropriate as needed. Photo courtesy of Rotary Lift

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