Service and repair

Rotary Lift debuts retrofittable heavy-duty inground lifts

09-28-16-rotary-liftRotary Lift introduces three retrofit options for service providers looking to upgrade older heavy-duty inground lifts.

Rotary Lift’s 70Q, MOD30 and MOD35 heavy-duty inground lifts are available as direct structural “frame only” replacements for all Rotary Lift standard inground lifts, as well as most competitive inground lifts of this vintage. If an existing pit is still good, Rotary Lift says this strategy can save shops up to 50 percent of the cost of installing a new heavy-duty inground lift in a new pit. At the same time, installing one of the new ALI-certified lifts will bring the shop into compliance with ANSI safety standards and International Building Code (IBC) requirements.

Each hydraulic jack in a Rotary Lift heavy-duty frame-only retrofit inground lift has from 25,000 lbs. to 35,000 lbs. capacity. In most 20- to 40-year-old pits, each inground lift cylinder is rated at 18,000 lbs. Before the Rotary Lift retrofit options can be considered, the shop’s existing pit must be evaluated by a structural engineer to ensure it is in good condition and to determine how much additional load it can support, the company says.

“The cost of a new pit is a big part of the investment in a new inground lift,” says Doug Spiller, Rotary Lift heavy-duty product manager. “We’ve found the majority of 20- to 40-year-old inground lift pits can safely handle additional lifting capacity. When that’s the case, Rotary Lift provides viable and economical choices to upgrade to a higher-capacity, certified inground lift with minimal pit modification and cost.”

70Q: Rotary Lift’s recently updated traditional inground lift is the most cost-effective retrofit option.

Benefits are said to include:

  • Available with two to three posts for a lifting capacity of 50,000 to 75,000 lbs.
  • Simple push button controls eliminate manual equalization of handles.
  • Can be built in custom lengths from 13 ft. to 24 ft. in 1 ft. increments, to fit the wheelbase needs of all shops.

MOD30: The industry’s original and best-selling modular heavy-duty inground lift.

Benefits are said to include:

  • Available with two or three cylinders for a lifting capacity from 60,000 to 90,000 lbs.
  • Ergonomic upright control console features joystick controls and technology that lets technicians access service, diagnostic and maintenance information, including up to 10 memorized whellbase settings.
  • Energy-efficient electric drive assembly requires just a half horsepower motor for wheelbase adjustment.

MOD35: Shops also can increase lifting capacity and add the latest technology with the Rotary Lift MOD35 inground modular lift.

Benefits are said to include:

  • Available with two or three multi-stage hydraulic cylinders to provide best-in-class lifting capacity of 70,000 to 105,000 lbs.
  • Patent-pending pendant-only remote control lets technicians operate the lift from anywhere around the vehicle for more efficient spotting and lifting.
  • Electric console can be located up to 100 feet away from the lift, providing technicians with additional work space around the vehicle.

Rotary Lift also says retrofitting a “frame only” MOD30 or MOD35 requires excavating additional space in the floor or pit for the power unit. Rotary Lift says both of these premier heavy-duty lifts provide additional benefits, such as VEC Equalization and Control System that allows technicians to control jacks individually for vehicle spotting and simultaneously for lifting. The lifts also enable clear floor design, as all housings are recessed to provide “zero clearance” drive-through when the lift is in the down position, and a nitrided shutter plate trench covers that automatically move to keep the pit covered at all times.

Additionally, all Rotary Lift inground lifts feature an exclusive EnviroGuard coating, a quarter-inch thick polyurethane sealant that protects both front and rear jacks from electrolysis and harsh contaminants. Rotary Lift’s patented universal saddle adapter can be used with any of the company’s heavy-duty inground lifts to provide faster and easier setup, the company says.

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