Over at Lonely Driver Club HQ (otherwise known as my garage) we have been looking into workshop/garage equipment and have come across mobile column lifts made by SEFAC USA and they seem so good that I wanted to share them with you!
SEFAC USA started manufacturing and selling lifts in the United States in 1970’s and continued to do so ever since. The mobile column lifts they produce solve a lot of issues we found with other kinds of lifts/equipment (like workshop pits and scissor lifts) while still reducing the physical stress involved in lifting a vehicle in order to work on it. SEFAC USA offer a variety of different mobile column lifts with a range of lifting capacities, because they are mobile they offer a lot more flexibility than traditionally used scissor lifts, they even do a wireless version!
The mobile column lifts made by SEFAC USA can be stored away when not in use so come in really handy in a home workshop or smaller commercial garage where space is at a premium. The company also sells axle stands which means when used in conjunction with the mobile column lift your lifting capabilities are only limited by the number of axle stands you have (and the space in your workshop/garage for cars).
The SW2 model is their most flexible, each column can lift up to 18,000lbs and is suitable for vehicles with a tyre size of between 38 and 46 inches. It is completely wireless and battery operated. The columns can be synchronised due to a wireless communication protocol and are suitable for use either indoors or outdoors, providing the ground is suitable of course. Typical vehicles used with the lifts are buses, coaches, HD trucks, civil works vehicles and garbage trucks.
The mobile column lifts manufactured by SEFAC USA use a screw/nut system rather than a hydraulic one, this has a number of advantages, one of the main advantages is that due to the angle of the screw pitch the fork will not lower without mechanical input from the motor, which basically means that the risk of the fork lowering accidentally while you’re working underneath is zero. Another advantage is that you don’t need to make any height adjustments to account for the lifting system like you would with a hydraulic one.
Because the screw is subjected to vertical rather than lateral forces the mobile column lift won’t buckle like a hydraulic one could and lets face it… a simplified design = simplified maintenance.
Each column is tested vigorously, during which it is loaded with 150% of its nominal load.
More specifications and information, including contact information for SEFAC USA can be found on their website undermobile column lifts