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Choosing a lift to handle medium-duty trucks

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 07:00
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Four-post lifts
A medium-duty four-post lift is basically a larger version of the same type of lift many dealerships already have in an alignment or quick-service bay.

Fixed ops managers know how easy it is to use. Simply drive the vehicle onto the runways, which are then raised to get the vehicle up in the air quickly and efficiently. This drive-on capability makes four-post lifts well suited for quick service operations such as inspections, oil changes and lube jobs.  Although the vehicle is initially supported by its wheels, rolling jacks can be added to the lift to engage the vehicle by its axles, so tire and wheel work can be performed.

Because of space requirements, four-post lifts make the most sense if you have a dedicated bay available, or if you are expanding your existing facility or building a new one.

Other advantages of four post lifts:

Can accommodate cars, vans and light trucks, as well as commercial trucks.
Can be used for most maintenance and repair tasks.
Available in a variety of lengths and lifting capacities.
Can be equipped with rolling jacks for brake, tire and suspension work.
Can be equipped to perform alignments and front end adjustments.
Can be configured as drive-through, to further enhance productivity.
Fast installation.
Some offer additional features, like the ability to run the lift from any of the four posts.
Before investing in new equipment, especially in response to OEM vehicle changes or launches, make sure the lift you are considering has been approved by the vehicle manufacturer. Many OEMs recommend or even mandate which truck lifts dealers should install. In some cases, the OEM has worked with a lift manufacturer during the vehicle design process to determine how to best pick up the vehicle, especially in situations where the lifting points are difficult to reach.
Also, always make sure the lift is third-party tested and validated by the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) to meet the current ANSI/ALI ALCTV lift safety and performance standard.
To learn more about Rotary Lift medium-duty truck lift solutions, visit, contact your local Rotary Lift distributor, or call (800) 640-5438. You can also find Rotary Lift on Facebook, and Twitter, Videos are available at

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