When dealing with trucks, safety is a top priority. From techs to drivers, everyone wants them to run properly and get passengers securely from point A to point B. If you’re in charge of keeping those trucks running, you know that maintenance is key. A well-maintained truck is a safer truck. And providing great repairs requires great equipment. If you’re planning a truck maintenance facility or looking to upgrade an existing one, choosing the right auto lifts is paramount. When you pick the right tools for the job, both the repairs and the buses will be safer.
Picking a Lift
A lift is a must for most truck maintenance shops, and you need one that can handle the job. There are several options available, including runway lifts and in-ground lifts. Those options both have their benefits, but they also take up quite a bit of room. We’ve found that mobile columns are a great fit for most bus maintenance facilities.
Thanks to their lower cost and flexibility, mobile columns have become the go-to, entry-level lift for many shops. Also called wheel lifts, they’re very versatile, and don’t require a dedicated bay. You can move the lifts wherever you need them and then shift them out of the way when you’re done.
What about wheel repairs? Just add a wheels-free jack stand. You’ll raise the bus with the mobile columns then lower it onto the jack stand, freeing up your wheels. Overall, mobile lifts are a convenient option that often makes the most sense for bus maintenance shops.
Before you pull the trigger, here are some questions to consider as you plan to add mobile lifts to your facility:
Wireless or wired? Wired mobile lifts are easy to set up, but wireless lifts are even faster. If speed is a priority, opting for columns that can work together without techs adding a wired connection each time is a smart move.
How many will I need? This depends on your facility, of course. How much space you have, how many trucks you need in the air at one time, etc. For reference, our PL-2980 configuration can hold up to 2,381 lbs.
How should techs be trained to use them? It all comes back to safety. As your keeping those buses safe, you’ll want to ensure your technicians are using the repair equipment properly. Make sure you get a demonstration from your distributor when they drop off the lifts, and then add mobile lift training to your overall safety plan.
When your facility is equipped with the right tools – and your techs use them correctly – everybody wins.
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