Rotary Lift announced the availability of two models of heavy-duty, four-post vehicle lifts that can be used for school buses, with capacities of 50,000 pounds or 60,000 pounds, respectively.
A company spokesman told STN that the new battery-powered HDC series lifts have lengths of 35 feet by 7.5 inches for the 50,000-pound capacity model and 40 feet by 7.5 inches for the 60,000-pouind capacity model. Both models have been third-party tested and certified by the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) to meet ANSI safety and performance standards.
"Rotary Lift's Shockwave™-equipped light-duty lifts and Mach™ series mobile column lifts are popular with technicians and maintenance managers because they are built to increase productivity," said Doug Spiller, the heavy-duty product manager for Rotary Lift. "The new HDC series lifts incorporate the productivity features found on these lifts in an anchored four-post design. This provides an efficient high-capacity option for shop operators who have a bay that can be dedicated to a four-post lift."
The HDC series also offers speed and user-friendly features for operators who prefer an anchored four-post lift over mobile column. Rotary Lift added that the HDC series lifts are the first four-post lifts that can be operated from any column, allowing the user to work from the corner of the bay that is most convenient. Each post is equipped with Rotary Lift's patented control system, which features an intuitive graphic layout of the lift and real-time height reading. To maximize efficiency, the manufacturer said control panels can be preprogrammed to remember their locations even after the power is turned off.
In addition to its own control panel, Rotary Lift said each HDC series lift column includes a hydraulic cylinder since there are no cables or chains running the length of the runways and no sheaves. To further reduce maintenance needs, the company said the four hydraulic cylinders are inverted, so the chrome piston rods remain protected from debris and damage at all times.
The lifts are anchored to the shop floor using a few wedge-style anchors per column. The company said the anchors require no excavation or site preparation, saving time and money during the installation process. Electrical installation is also easy, stated Rotary Lift, as the lifts are battery powered. Each column is fitted with its own batteries and an onboard charger, requiring only a standard 110V electrical connection for charging.
"Battery power, which is the driving force behind Rotary Lift's Shockwave and Mach series lifts, offers many benefits that are now available in a four-post model," explained Spiller, who is presenting a free webinar on lift selection, maintenance and safety on June 24. "The DC-powered HDC lifts feature an industry-best rise time of just 65 seconds; they remain fully functional if the power goes out; and they use less electricity than other models."
Two runway lengths, built to handle maximum wheelbases of 28 feet or 33 feet, are available for both the HDC50 and HDC60. A low-profile runway design makes it easy to drive any vehicle onto the lifts. The HDC series lifts feature a 78-inch maximum rise to the top of the runways to provide ample working room for even the tallest technicians.
Optional accessories include 25,000-pound capacity rolling bridge jacks that lift the vehicle off its wheels for tire, brake and suspension work, and high-efficiency LED lighting for improved visibility. Rotary Lift said a shim kit is available for uneven floors, and an HDC series lift can even be converted into a mobile column lift with a mobility kit that adds wheels to the front and back of each column.
Meanwhile, the company said more than 50 members of its service network have completed the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) Lift Inspector Certification Program over the past nine months. Officials noted Rotary Lift has more ALI-certified lift inspectors within its distribution channel than any other manufacturer. Annual vehicle lift inspections are required by ANSI/ALI ALOIM-2008, the national standard covering vehicle lift operation, inspection and maintenance. Annual inspections by an ALI-certified lift inspector protect employees and maintain bay productivity by identifying any lift issues before they grow into major problems. Certified lift inspectors follow standard inspection procedures approved by ALI so they will not miss something a non-certified inspector might overlook.
The company said more than half of its distributors and installers in the service network have enrolled an employee in the ALI Lift Inspector Certification Program. That number "will grow substantially" by the end of the year, Rotary Lift said, because it is requiring each of its authorized installers to have at least one certified lift inspector on staff by 2015.