The commercial van market is enjoying a renaissance as businesses and individuals flock to new unibody models including the Ford Transit, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Nissan NV and Ram ProMaster. Technicians can efficiently service even the tallest high-roof vans with the new Rotary Lift extended-height SPO12 two-post lift introduced at the NADA Expo 2015. The new extended-height option, which increases the lift’s overall height by three feet, is available for both the standard and timesaving Shockwave™ SPO12 models.
“Some of the new European-style commercial vans are more than nine feet tall, which is considerably taller than traditional American vans,” says Jim Dirksen, vice president of light-duty lifting for Rotary Lift. “Technicians who attempt to service the new vans with standard or even older extended-height two-post lifts may not be able to raise the vehicles high enough for under-vehicle work. Rotary Lift’s new SPO12 EH3 extended-height option increases the SPO12 two-post lift’s overall height to more than 16 feet, providing the necessary clearance for technicians to position tall vehicles at a comfortable working height. With 12,000 lbs. of capacity, the lift is more than capable of picking up even the largest high-roof van.”
The Rotary Lift extended-height SPO12 two-post lift features a symmetric design that keeps the vehicle’s center of gravity directly between the columns for maximum stability. This provides an ideal setup for lifting large vehicles up to and including Class 3 work trucks and vans. The SPO12 lift is equipped with three-stage arms and adjustable frame-contact adapters for reaching a wide range of manufacturer-recommended pick-up points, and its lightweight aluminum stackable adapter inserts make setup easy.
When equipped with Rotary Lift’s patent-pending Shockwave technology, the SPO12 EH3 lift can raise a vehicle 80 inches in just 25 seconds and lower it in 19 seconds. This makes it the world’s fastest extended-height lift, with a rise and descent that’s twice as fast as other lifts, so technicians can complete more jobs each day. Positioning the vehicle on the lift is also quicker with Shockwave, thanks to the Spotline™ laser spotting guide. The Spotline laser projects a green line into the middle of the bay, so the technician simply lines up the middle of the vehicle hood or dash with the laser line and drives between the lift’s columns. As an added benefit, Shockwave-equipped SPO12-SW EH3 extended-height lifts provide an additional three inches of rise so technicians have more workspace under the vehicle.