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Different Types of Lifts for Heavy-Duty Vehicles

Lifts are an essential tool in any heavy-duty vehicle workshop, providing safe and efficient lifting  solutions for trucks, buses, and other large vehicles. With a range of options available, selecting the ideal lift can be challenging. In this article, Heavylift Company NZ compares the various types of  column lifts suitable for heavy-duty vehicles, including wired or wireless, screw type or hydraulic, to help you make an informed decision. There are also platform lifts which can be divided into 4 post lifts and scissor lifts.

Overview of Column Lifts

Column lifts are vertical lifting devices designed specifically for heavy-duty vehicle maintenance. They offer a safe and efficient method for lifting large vehicles, such as trucks, buses, and construction equipment, to enable technicians to perform repairs and inspections. The lifts provide improved accessibility to the underside and other hard-to-reach areas of the vehicle.

There are two main types of column lifts: Wired or wireless and then subtypes of screw or hydraulic. Each type offers its unique benefits and drawbacks, making it essential to consider the specific needs of your workshop when selecting the right lift.

Wired Mobile Column Lifts

Wired Mobile column lifts have been a popular choice for workshops that require flexibility and portability. These lifts consist of individual columns that can be easily moved and positioned around the workshop. Each column is equipped with a lifting mechanism, allowing them to lift vehicles independently or synchronously with other columns.

The primary advantages of wired mobile column lifts include their portability, ease of use, and flexibility in accommodating various vehicle types and sizes. This adaptability makes them ideal for workshops with limited space or those dealing with a diverse range of heavy-duty vehicles.

However, wired mobile column lifts may have some drawbacks. They may not provide the same level of portability as wireless mobile column lifts, as they must have cables from one to the other to transmit power and data. Therefore, they may not be always suitable for busy workshops as the cables can cause safety issues and loss of time in setup.

Wireless Column Lifts 

Wireless column lifts are a modern innovation in the heavy-duty vehicle maintenance industry, with the convenience of wireless operation. These lifts utilise wireless communication to synchronise their lifting mechanisms, eliminating the need for physical cables and enhancing safety.

The main advantages of wireless column lifts include increased safety, as there are no cables to trip over, and ease of operation. They also offer a clutter-free environment, allowing technicians to focus on the maintenance tasks at hand.

However, there can be some potential drawbacks to wireless column lifts. They can be more expensive than their wired counterparts and require a reliable wireless connection to operate effectively. 

Wireless Mobile column lifts are more versatile in a workshop, as they can be used in any lane/part of the workshop for heavy-duty vehicles. 

One of the main advantages of Wireless mobile column lifts is the speed of setup and total portability. They are not limited to wall power plugs or cable length. Beware though as some of the bluetooth systems can take considerable time in connecting with each other. A well designed wireless system should be safe with at least 2 levels of safety from interference and take 2 to 6 seconds to startup.

4 Post Lifts and Scissor lifts

Four-post lifts and Scissor lifts are a popular choice for workshops that require drive on or drive through lifts. These lifts consist of four posts or scissors connected by two runways, upon which the vehicle is driven and supported. The vehicle’s weight is distributed evenly across the platforms, ensuring a stable and safe lifting experience.

One of the primary advantages of platform lifts is their ease of getting wheels free to service brake rotors, drums, bearings, suspension items and steering items accessed once wheels are removed. Additionally, four post lifts can accommodate a wide variety of vehicle types and sizes, making them a versatile option for busy workshops.

However, platform lifts do have some drawbacks. They require more space than mobile column lifts due to their larger footprint, and their initial cost can be higher. They cannot be parked away or nested into a corner when not in use as can columns. Furthermore, the design of platform lifts may limit access to certain parts of the vehicle, such as under body areas in line with the platforms.

Get in Touch with Heavylift Company New Zealand for Your Heavy-Duty Vehicle Column Lifts

There are various types of lifts available for heavy-duty vehicle maintenance, each with its unique benefits and drawbacks. Mobile column lifts offer flexibility and portability, while four post lifts provide drive on and/or drive through ease. Wireless column lifts bring modern convenience and improved safety.

When selecting the right column lift for your workshop, it is essential to consider your specific requirements, such as wheel size, types of vehicles you service, available space, and budget constraints. By carefully evaluating each option and its features, you can make an informed decision that best suits your workshop’s needs, ensuring a safe and efficient heavy-duty vehicle maintenance environment.

Give us a call today at Heavylift Company NZ to discuss your individual needs and the different types of column lifts and 4 post lifts we have to offer. 

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