MADISON, Ind. (Nov. 25, 2013) — Vehicle lift maker Rotary Lift has added Shockwave technology to a 12,000-pound capacity lift, making it possible to more rapidly service pick-ups, work trucks and vans.
Rotary Lift, a unit of Vehicle Service Group (VSG), said Shockwave cuts the rise and descent times in half from comparable conventional lifts, Adding the technology to its SPO12 two-post lift allows the equipment to raise vehicles weighing up to 12,000 pounds to a height of 80 inches in 25 seconds and lower it in 19 seconds.
David Fischmer, marketing manager for VSG, said the SPO12 can handle a wide variety of vehicles, up to and including some Class 3 trucks. The time savings can increase service bay productivity, therefore generating greater profitability for a shop.
Rotary Lift said the SPO12 features a symmetric design that keeps a heavy vehicle's center of gravity directly between the columns for maximum stability while performing repairs.
The Shockwave technology's speed is made possible in part by its DC power unit, Rotary Lift said, as Shockwave-equipped lifts are battery operated with a built-in charger, which eliminates the need for 220V wiring. This allows the lifts to be used even during power outages, so a vehicle is never left stranded in the air.
Getting a vehicle positioned on the lift also is easier with Shockwave-equipped lifts, according to VSG, because of the company's patent-pending Spotline laser-spotting guide, which projects a green laser line into the middle of the bay. To center a vehicle, a technician simply lines up the middle of the hood or dash with the laser line and drives onto the lift.
The Shockwave-equipped SPO12 comes with adjustable frame-contact adapters for use with trucks and other body-on-frame vehicles. The SPO12 is nearly two feet taller than the standard 10,000-pound capacity SPO10 two-post lift to provide clearance for utility bodies, roof racks and other overhead equipment, the company said.