For repair shops with heavy-duty inground lifts that are 20 to 40 years old, escalating maintenance costs and safety concerns can lead management to conclude that it’s time for a new lift. Rotary Lift announced it offers three retrofit options to install a new certified lift in the existing pit.
Rotary Lift’s 70Q, MOD30 and MOD35 heavy-duty inground lifts are available as direct structural “frame only” replacements for all Rotary Lift standard inground lifts. “If an existing pit is still good, this strategy can save shops up to 50 percent of the cost of installing a new heavy-duty inground lift in a new pit,” according to the company. “At the same time, installing one of the new ALI-certified lifts will bring the shop into compliance with ANSI safety standards and International Building Code (IBC) requirements.”
Each hydraulic jack in a Rotary Lift heavy-duty frame-only retrofit inground lift has from 25,000 to 35,000 lbs. capacity. In most 20- to 40-year-old pits, each inground lift cylinder is rated at 18,000 lbs. Before the Rotary Lift retrofit options can be considered, the shop’s existing pit must be evaluated by a structural engineer to ensure it is in good condition and to determine how much additional load it can support, the company explained.
“The cost of a new pit is a big part of the investment in a new inground lift,” said Doug Spiller, Rotary Lift heavy-duty product manager. “We’ve found the majority of 20- to 40-year-old inground lift pits can safely handle additional lifting capacity. When that’s the case, Rotary Lift provides viable and economical choices to upgrade to a higher-capacity, certified inground lift with minimal pit modification and cost.”
Retrofit Option 1: 70Q, Rotary Lift’s recently updated traditional inground lift is the most cost-effective retrofit option. According to the company, benefits include:
• Available with two to three posts for a lifting capacity of 50,000 to 75,000 pounds.
• Simple push button controls eliminate manual equalization of handles.
• Can be built in custom lengths from 13 feet to 24 feet in 1 foot increments, to fit the wheelbase needs of all shops.
Retrofit Option 2: MOD30 benefits include:
• Available with two or three cylinders for a lifting capacity from 60,000 to 90,000 pounds.
• Ergonomic upright control console features joystick controls and technology that lets technicians access service, diagnostic and maintenance information, including up to 10 memorized wheelbase settings.
• Energy-efficient electric drive assembly requires just a half horsepower motor for wheelbase adjustment.
Retrofit Option 3: MOD35 inground modular lift benefits include:
• Available with two or three multi-stage hydraulic cylinders to provide best-in-class lifting capacity of 70,000 to 105,000 lbs.
• Patent-pending pendant-only remote control lets technicians operate the lift from anywhere around the vehicle for more efficient spotting and lifting.
• Electric console can be located up to 100 feet away from the lift, providing technicians with additional work space around the vehicle.
Retrofitting a “frame only” MOD30 or MOD35 requires excavating additional space in the floor or pit for the power unit. Both of these premier heavy-duty lifts provide these additional benefits:
• VEC Equalization and Control System allows technicians to control jacks individually for vehicle spotting and simultaneously for lifting.
• Clear floor design: All housings are recessed to provide “zero clearance” drive-through when the lift is in the down position.
• Nitrided shutter plate trench covers that automatically move to keep the pit covered at all times.