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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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Mohawk Lifts’ TR 25 drive-on lift offers 6 feet of unrestricted under-vehicle access, leaving plenty of space available for technicians to complete brake jobs and other maintenance.

Mohawk Lifts’ TR 25 drive-on lift offers 6 feet of unrestricted under-vehicle access, leaving plenty of space available for technicians to complete brake jobs and other maintenance.

Lifting vehicles safely can be a time-consuming task, so features that enhance efficiency can greatly increase shop productivity.

SBF asked four vehicle lift suppliers to weigh in on lifts that provide the most safety and efficiency for the school district or bus company’s dollar. Officials told us that creating enough space for vehicle access, user-friendly lighting features and portability are important features for making maintenance easier for many bus types.

Mohawk Lifts

Because Mohawk Lifts’ TR-25 drive-on lift is surface mounted, it saves technicians valuable time. Installation is just a one-day job, Steve Perlstein, sales manager, Mohawk Lifts, says.

For additional efficiency, using a drive-on lift is fast and easy; the technician simply drives a bus onto the lift and presses a button. There is no setting up of or positioning of mobile columns, Perlstein points out.

“Hit a button [and in] 60 seconds you’re done,” he says. 

The TR-19 and TR-25 19,000-lb.- and 25,000-lb. capacity four-post drive-on lifts offer a full 6 feet of unrestricted under-vehicle access, leaving plenty of space available for technicians to complete brake jobs and other maintenance, Perlstein explains. The four-post design also allows for extra space without side obstructions such as scissor and parallelogram lifts.

The lifts are equipped with 20-foot runways, and “wheels free” rolling jacks raise the tires off the tracks for wheel, brake and axle service.

Additionally, if there is a service issue, the vehicle is entirely above ground for a technician to see and pinpoint the source of the problem.

One particular safety feature, the multi-position mechanical locks, engage as soon as the vehicle starts to go up in the air, Perlstein says.


Rotary Lift’s MACH413 mobile column lift features a battery-operated LED lighting system witha single touch operation at the control panel,providing hands-free lighting under the vehicle.
<p>Rotary Lift’s MACH413 mobile column lift features a battery-operated LED lighting system with<br />a single touch operation at the control panel,<br />providing hands-free lighting under the vehicle.</p>

Rotary Lift

Mobile column lifts, such as Rotary Lift’s MACH413, its newest mobile column lift, unveiled in 2013, have gained popularity with school bus fleets in recent years because of their flexibility. A small mobile column lift like the MACH413 allows technicians to easily pick up virtually any vehicle in the shop, Doug Spiller, Rotary Lift heavy-duty product manager, points out.

“Because it’s portable, it can be used when and where it’s needed and stored when not in use. Plus, there are no installation costs.”

The entire MACH series of mobile column lifts offers many time-saving features to enhance productivity. They are battery operated with an internal charger, and no power cords to clutter the service bay. Easy to move adjustable forks reduce setup time without the need for reducer sleeves, with an adjustment range of 6.3 inches to nearly 2 feet, to accommodate tire sizes of approximately 9 inches to 2 feet.  

An LED lighting system designed to help technicians work more efficiently is another highlight of the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) certified MACH413, Spiller says.

The lift’s batteries charge off the 110-volt outlets, so no special power requirements are needed for the lighting system, Spiller explains. “You don’t even have to charge them for most of the week. On the weekend, you can plug them in, and on Monday you’re ready to work for the rest of the week.”

Each MACH413 column features an identical patent pending control panel so technicians can easily operate the entire lift from the column that is most convenient.

The MACH413 uses three cables instead of four, forming a horseshoe, so the front or back of the lift is always open, and it is faster and easier to set up.

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

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