October 3, 2011

Rotary Lift unveils 3 new heavy-duty bus lifts at EXPO

The EXPO will feature the transit industry debut of three lifts from Rotary Lift, including the new Rotary Lift EFX60 heavy-duty inground scissor lift.

The EXPO will feature the transit industry debut of three lifts from Rotary Lift, including the new Rotary Lift EFX60 heavy-duty inground scissor lift.

 

Rotary Lift is bringing a full line of new and updated heavy-duty vehicle service lifts to EXPO.

The manufacturer will unveil to the transit industry its new Rotary Lift EFX60 inground scissor lift, Wireless Mach 4 mobile column lift, and updated MOD30 modular environmentally friendly inground lift. All of these lifts are made in the U.S. and will be displayed in APTA Booth #4633.

“These new lifts were designed to improve service technician productivity and reduce bus downtime,” says Doug Spiller, Rotary Lift heavy duty product manager. “They are faster and easier to set up and use than other lifts, and can accommodate the wide variations in bus designs that exist today in transit fleets throughout North America.”

The EFX60 uses Rotary Lift’s patented universal style lifting saddle with flip-up adapters to make lift set-up a breeze. The lift is compatible with the industry’s widest selection of third-party-certified lightweight adapters (the same adapters used with the popular MOD30 inground lift).

This lift also has an infinite adapter adjustment range, enabling technicians to precisely position adapters exactly where they’re needed for proper lifting. The adapters also swivel, making it possible to pick up vehicles by either the frame or the axle. As a result, technicians using the EFX60 can properly lift and service virtually any bus weighing up to 60,000 lbs.

Additionally, this lift uses heavier, larger centering links that are 33 percent stronger than those on comparable lifts. Its heavier pivot pins are 37 percent stronger and offer 12.5 percent more bearing surface area for extended service life. The pins are also protected by Rotary Lift’s exclusive Smartguard corrosion protection.

Finally, the EFX60’s reinforced cover plates are 59 percent stronger than those used by other inground scissor lifts. Because technician safety is paramount, the Rotary Lift EFX60 also features a patented locking system.

Using patented technology, Rotary Lift’s new Wireless Mach 4 mobile column lift eliminates the most vulnerable aspects of mobile column lifts: power cords and communication cables. Each Wireless Mach 4 column is powered by batteries and communicates with the other columns wirelessly. As a result, technicians no longer have to worry about knocking the lift out of service by running over the cords or getting one hooked on a vehicle as it’s being lifted.

Technicians can operate the entire lift using the patent-pending control panel on any of the columns. The panel features an intuitive graphic layout of the column set-up, on-board diagnostics, easy-to-read LEDs and one-touch controls. Wireless Mach 4 lifts are equipped with back-up communication cables that can be used in place of the wireless system with the flip of a switch, for virtually zero downtime. The wireless system can also be retrofitted to existing Mach 4 mobile column lifts.

The Rotary Lift MOD30 inground lift has been a best-seller since its introduction at the APTA EXPO 2002. It was the first lift to eliminate the environmental and safety worries that had prevented transit agencies from buying new inground lifts in the past.

With more than 1,000 installed over the last 10 years, the MOD30 remains a top choice of transit agencies across North America. The MOD30 provides greater and faster access to more service areas on a bus than any other lift style. It uses half the hydraulic fluid of traditional inground lifts, and the entire system is contained in a six-foot deep enclosure that’s coated inside and out with Rotary Lift’s exclusive EnviroGuard coating, a quarter-inch thick polyurethane sealant that protects against electrolysis and harsh contaminants for the 30-year life of the lift.

Only the MOD30 meets the environmental standards of underground storage tanks (USTs), including lead detection, fluid monitoring, fluid extraction and an alarm system. The MOD30 is energy efficient, requiring just a ½ horsepower motor for wheelbase adjustment, while other lifts need between two and 10 horsepower. The MOD30 has been updated with an ultra-low profile superstructure transit package that provides maximum flexibility and versatility for lifting most low-floor and kneeling buses.               

The Rotary Lift EFX60 heavy-duty inground scissor lift, Wireless Mach 4 mobile column lift, and MOD30 environmentally friendly inground lift have all been third-party tested by ETL and ALI certified to meet ANSI safety and performance standards.

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