Designing your shop to increase profits without increasing square footage

When it comes to your shop, size matters. Bigger is better. And bigger often means the difference between your shop shutting its doors and your shop thriving well into the future. Just ask one of the 6,000 smaller shops that closed between 2008 and 2014. That’s right. Around 6,000 shops went out of business in less than six years. Here’s something even more mindboggling: During that same time, the number of bays in repair shops across the country grew by around 13,000.

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Lifts 101: The Basics of Low-rise Lifts

Inground or four-post auto lifts offer a lot of pick-up power and height, but sometimes a low or midrise lift is exactly what you need. These light-duty lifts are perfect for quick service work like brake and tire jobs, body repairs, or estimating, usually lifting vehicles two to four feet off the ground. Lifts in this category offer productivity benefits over jacks without the financial commitment of other lifts, and there’s a lot to love about them:

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Our latest scissor lift cuts through the competition.

Typically, we bring you good advice and tips for running your shop. Today is no different. It’s just that the best advice and biggest tip we can give you right now is to check out our new low-profile, double scissor lift with the industry’s most innovative equalization and locking systems—the Rotary Lift RLP77 Double Scissor Lift.

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90 Second Know Hows

How many times have you found yourself Googli ng, “how to change the element in your hot water heater”, or “easiest way to peel a boiled egg?” How great is it when a video pops up with a person to give you step-by-step instructions? Well we feel the same way. In fact, we have taken everyone’s love for how-to videos and made our own library. Rotary is continuing to build on our video series called “ 90 Second Know Hows.”
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Right-Size Your Two-Post Car Lifts

Safety is important in every industry, but for some the stakes are a little higher. Repair technicians face serious risks, and one of them comes from using the wrong lifts for the job. When your equipment suspends a car above your head, you want it to stand strong. Here’s how to choose a two-post car lift that will hold up under the tasks in your shop.

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Is a Drive-On Car Lift Right for Your Shop?

Drive-on car lifts are a great fit for many shops, but are they right for yours? Making sure you invest your dollars in the right equipment is important, so let’s take a look at who would benefit most from a four-post, drive-on lift.

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Product Spotlight: Smartlift SL210

If you are new to the auto repair industry, you may not be aware of the inground lift’s long history. Their sleek design, smooth operation and space saving footprint make them a terrific option for all kinds of service facilities. Though they’ve been around for decades, there have been many recent updates that put them on equal footing with their two and four post cousins.  An inground lift, like the Smartlift® SL210 is a modern and efficient addition to any shop. So if you require an easy to use, fast, environmentally friendly and durable lift to fill a high volume bay, all while providing a great looking shop floor, then the SL210 is the way to go.

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Car Lifts Designed For Small Garages

If you're in a large city then space is most likely at a premium. Options for shop growth inside the major metropolitan areas across the country are limited. So... what are your options? Well, you could relocate, but that is a road most don’t want to take - whether it be financial, or the disruption the move itself would cause the business. Is there an easier option that will save you the space you need and help you keep costs low? It's actually a simple answer - yes. Instead of looking for more space outside your shop, take a look inside your shop.

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4 Common Questions We Hear About 4-post Lifts

It’s important to understand how a piece of equipment will fit in your shop before you buy it. Your employees are counting on you to make the right call, and it can have a big impact on your bottom line, too. Every day, our distributors answer questions about how our lifts work as shop owners try to make sure they’re buying the right one. To help you make the right decision about choosing a 4-post lift, let’s explore some of the most common questions we hear: 

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Increase Versatility with Four-Post Lift Accessories

Four-post lifts are a staple in some shops. They accommodate vehicles and repairs that might be more difficult to do on a two-post lift, and they’re very easy to use. It’s simple for techs to line up with the runway, drive on and lift. This makes them perfect for general inspections, simple maintenance, etc. And with the addition of some accessories, you can do even more.

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