FIVE NUMBERS TO CHECK BEFORE YOU BUY A HOIST
Genesis Equipment says it is important that you check these vital figures before making a purchasing decision
When it comes to picking the right equipment for your workshop, Genesis Equipment says knowing five key specs will make selecting the perfect hoist easier and ensure you can get the job done safely and efficiently.
They are lifting capacity; overall hoist height; concrete floor requirements; vehicle wheelbase length versus hoist runway length; and wheel track versus runway width.
Genesis Equipment says it is one of Australia’s most trusted suppliers of high-quality workshop equipment and is also proud to be the exclusive Australian distributor for what it says are the world’s most reputable hoist manufacturers, including Stertil Koni and Bendpak.
- Hoist Lifting Capacity
Lifting capacity is the maximum weight that can be supported by a hoist. You must choose a vehicle lift that can pick up and safely support the weight you need it to. Expert tip: The lifting capacity of a four-post hoist can be diminished depending on the vehicle wheelbase length (see point four), so do not review these numbers in isolation.
- Overall Height of the Hoist
Before investing in a vehicle lift, you will want to make sure it will fit your workshop. It sounds obvious but remember to factor in your car’s combined height and lift once raised. And for two-post hoists, do not forget that you need to allow ceiling clearance for the safety bar which sits above the car. Expert tip: Stertil Koni’s mobile column lifts can be used in outdoor environments and are IP 65 rated with a splash-proof electrical system. They are also available in a wireless option.
- Concrete Floor Requirements
Concrete floor requirements vary for different styles of hoists. Among the things you need to consider, two-post hoists must be installed on a continuous single concrete slab with specific requirements outlined for concrete thickness; spacing of rebar; and minimum compressive strength and reinforcement. It is also unacceptable to install hoists on concrete flooring which is cracked, defective or made from hand-mixed concrete.
- Vehicle Wheelbase Length vs Hoist Runway Length
A bigger vehicle lift is not always better – you need to select a hoist based on the wheelbase length of the vehicles you intend to lift. This one is easy to overlook but could significantly diminish your lifting capacity. Each hoist has a ‘sweet spot’ for wheelbase length, so to get the best return on investment, it is helpful to know the types and weights of the vehicles you want to lift. For example, Bendpak’s HDS-14 has a weight capacity of 6,350kg and the length of runway is 5,055mm.
- Wheel Track (vehicle) vs Width between Runways (hoist)
On the vehicle, the wheel track is the distance from the centre of the left-hand tyre tread of the vehicle to the centre of the tyre tread on the right-hand side. On the hoist, the width between runways refers to the distance between two runways. Compare these two numbers and ensure that the vehicle’s wheel track will comfortably sit on the hoist runways.
Genesis Equipment says it prides itself on providing fit for purpose workshop solutions, including helping you choose the correct hoist for your needs.
For more information, call the Genesis Equipment team on 1800 214 009.