Screven County School System in Sylvania, Georgia, has selected Stertil-Koni’s Diamond Lift system for use in its recently completed school bus maintenance facility.

The new service center supports a fleet of nearly 50 school buses, which travel a combined average of more than 1,400 miles daily and transport approximately 2,600 students.

The Diamond Lift is a high-pressure, telescopic in-ground piston lift manufactured in Streator, Illinois, with a capacity of 64,000 lbs. for a two-piston configuration or 96,000 lbs. for a three-piston model, company officials said.

The Diamond Lift series has been designed to overcome the limitations of legacy in-ground piston lifts by applying engineering and environmental focus to ensure that hydraulic fluid always remains fully contained and above ground — in a free-standing console that is easily accessible, according to the supplier.

“The Diamond Lift was chosen by Screven County School in part because it provides wheels-free access and doesn’t require additional accessories to perform various service tasks,” said Brett Martin, director of operations for Screven County School System. “It also features an automatic wheelbase positioning system that enables users to program up to 16 unique vehicle wheelbases into the lift’s memory, thereby enabling adjustments through the simple touch of a screen.

“The Diamond Lift delivers quick, wheels-free access to the vehicles we are servicing, and that makes routine maintenance, such as servicing brake systems, much easier to complete,” Martin added.

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