Speeding truck maintenance
with vehicle lifts
Feb 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By David A Kolman
To maximize return on the purchase of a vehicle lift — as with any type of equipment — selection should be based on current and future needs, Perlstein says. The types of services the maintenance facility performs and will perform in the future are important considerations.
So are facility layout (bay widths and ceiling heights), types, sizes and weights of vehicles to be lifted, accuracy and speed at which a vehicle can be properly positioned on the lift, and safety features.
Some lift manufacturers offer free facility planning assistance, including recommendations on which lifts to install, and where, in order to maximize service technician productivity and efficiency. Ask your local distributor or lift supplier if this service is available, recommends Perlstein.
Again, as with any equipment purchase, after the type of vehicle lift is selected, shop for the lowest overall total cost of ownership, not just a low purchase price.
When comparing the purchase price of lifts from different suppliers, Perlstein suggests asking what is included in the quoted price. For example are accessories, shipping, and installation included? Costs for lifts can vary greatly between brands and suppliers.
So can after-sale support. Find out if factory-trained installers and technicians are available locally to handle all lift installation, inspection, and maintenance needs.
Since not all vehicle lifts are built to the same levels of quality, it is also advisable to look for the “gold label” that signifies a lift has received ALI (Automotive Lift Institute) certification. The certification indicates that the lift has been independently tested and verified to meet ANSI (American National Standards Institute) performance and safety standards.
“The gold label is your only guarantee that a particular lift has been third-party tested and certified to meet industry standards,” says Perlstein. “Don't put your technicians and vehicles at risk. Only buy certified lifts.”
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