Rotary Lift has introduced heavy-duty four-post vehicle lifts that it says are both fast and user friendly. The battery-powered lifts are easy to install and operate, economical to maintain, and can raise a vehicle in 65 seconds.
The new HDC series four-post lifts are available with capacities of 50,000 and 60,000 pounds for servicing a variety of heavy trucks and buses. They use designs from easy operating mobile and light-duty models in heavy-duty products meant for dedicated service bays, according to Doug Spiller, Rotary’s heavy-duty product manager.
HDC series lifts can be operated from any of the four columns so the user can work from the corner of the bay that is most convenient, he said. Each post has a hydraulic cylinder and a patented control panel, which features an intuitive graphic layout of the lift and real-time height reading. The panels can be preprogrammed to remember their locations even after the power is turned off.
Electrical installation is easy because the lifts are battery powered. Each column is fitted with its own batteries and an onboard charger, requiring only a standard 110-volt electrical connection for charging.
“Battery power, which is the driving force behind Rotary Lift’s Shockwave and Mach series lifts, offers many benefits that are now available in a four-post model,” Spiller said. “The DC-powered HDC lifts feature an industry-best rise time of just 65 seconds; they remain fully functional if the power goes out; and they use less electricity than other models.”
Two runway lengths, built to handle maximum wheelbases of 28 feet or 33 feet, are available for the HDC50 and HDC60. A low-profile runway design makes it easy to drive any vehicle onto the lifts. The HDC lifts feature a 78-inch maximum rise to the top of the runways to provide ample working room for even the tallest technicians.
Because there are no sheaves and no cables or chains running the length of the runways, an HDC lift is easier to maintain than a traditional four-post lift. To further reduce maintenance needs, the four hydraulic cylinders are inverted, so the chrome piston rods remain protected from debris and damage at all times.
HDC series lifts are anchored to the shop floor using just a few wedge-style anchors per column, Spiller said. The anchors require no excavation or site preparation, saving time and money during the installation process.
Optional accessories include 25,000-pound-capacity rolling bridge jacks that lift the vehicle off its wheels for tire, brake and suspension work, and high-efficiency LED lighting for improved visibility.
A shim kit is available for uneven floors, and an HDC series lift can be converted into a mobile column lift with a kit that adds wheels to the front and back of each column.
Both models have been third-party tested and certified by the Automotive Lift Institute to meet industry safety and performance standards.