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Vehicle lifts that promote shop safety, productivity

Features such as mechanical locks, remote control, LED lighting and lighter weights for more portability make servicing buses even safer and more efficient.

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SEFAC’s S1 is lighter in weight, making it more portable. It also comes standard with a pendant control, which allows technicians to raise or lower the vehicle while standing away from the lift.
<p>SEFAC’s S1 is lighter in weight, making it more portable. It also comes standard with a pendant control, which allows technicians to raise or lower the vehicle while standing away from the lift.</p>

SEFAC

At 12,000 pounds per column, totaling 48,000 pounds of lifting power, the S1 lift, unveiled in 2012, is lighter in weight but still offers plenty of capacity for school buses, Gary Mason, vice president, SEFAC, says.

“The S1’s weight makes it easier to move around the shop,” he adds. “It has true one-person portability.”

For greater lifting capacity, SEFAC’s S3 offers lifting power of 18,000 pounds per column.

SEFAC includes an Acme-threaded screw product in the S1, which adds even more stability. “It provides safety because the load nut is in constant contact with the screw, meaning that the vehicle is not going anywhere,” Mason explains.

Another safety feature of the S1 is that it comes standard with a pendant control, which allows the technician to raise or lower the vehicle while standing away from the lift, so that he or she can move around the vehicle rather than standing by one of the columns.

“If you are standing at one of the mobile columns, operating it, then you can’t really see, but if you’re standing 8 feet back, you can get a much better idea of what is happening around the vehicle,” Mason says. “The [technician’s] always got to be aware of his environment, the height obstructions and people in the bays.”

SEFAC also provides training to any customer who requests it.


With its original double-scissors design, the ECOLIFT is ideal for working on low-floor vehicles, which are showing up in greater numbers in school bus fleets.
<p>With its original double-scissors design, the ECOLIFT is ideal for working on low-floor vehicles, which are showing up in greater numbers in school bus fleets.</p>

Stertil-Koni

With its original double-scissors design, the ECOLIFT is ideal for working on low-floor vehicles, which are showing up in greater numbers in school bus fleets because they provide more access to riders with disabilities, Peter Bowers, sales support manager, Stertil-Koni, says. 

The ECOLIFT, which has been on the market since 2006, is the industry’s first U.S. patented, ultra-shallow, full-rise axle-engaging, in-ground scissor lift, according to Stertil-Koni.

Available in a two-scissor or three-scissor configuration, total lifting capacity is 60,000 lbs. and 90,000 lbs. respectively, at 30,000 lbs. per scissor.

Efficiency benefits of ECOLIFT include high pressure, low-volume hydraulics, with only 3.5 gallons per scissor; a shallow pit of only 34 inches, which enables quick installation; and easy maintenance and service, as all power units and control components are located above floor level.

For extra safety, the ECOLIFT includes mechanical locks that are designed to allow the lift to park on the locks. The lift is also electronically synchronized for maximum safety and convenience.

In addition, the ECOLIFT is certified by the ALI and gained Intertek’s ETL Listed Mark, Bowers says.

Lift options include a detachable, wired remote control; biodegradable hydraulic fluid; and automatic wheel base positioning.


For more vehicle lifts from companies other than those mentioned in this article, visit ARI-Hetra's website at www.ari-hetra.com.

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I would like more info on bus lifts including pricing, and height resrtictions

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