The TechShop team attended the NADA show in Orlando Feb. 13 where Rotary Lift unveiled its Y-Lift, the first in a series of new vehicle lifts with faster speed that are designed to help improve technician productivity and increase shop productivity.
The press conference kicked off the company’s year-long 15th anniversary celebration of its SmartLift inground lift, along with the exciting announcements the Y-Lift and the company’s new tools to assist architects.
After extensive market research, Rotary developed the Y-Lift with the technician in mind.
“Technicians hate wasting time getting vehicles into position for service and waiting to unload them from the lift when they’re done,” explains Doug Brown, VSG director of new product development. “The Y-Lift drastically reduces that wait time. The lift’s unique design also eliminates the restrictive scissor arms that get in the way on scissor lifts, so technicians have full vehicle access from side-to-side and front-to-rear, as well as 20% more overall work space. This allows them to work more efficiently. As a result, productivity is enhanced, and profitability increases accordingly.”
Rotary Lift’s new Y-Lift (model YA12) is a drive-on hinged lift that uses a patented design and unique Y-shaped legs to provide faster rise/descent speeds and greater vehicle access than traditional scissor lifts. Its innovative weight-sensing control system maximizes rise speed based on the weight of the vehicle being lifted. For most vehicles, the rise time will be around 37 seconds, which is at least 33% faster than comparable scissor lifts. The faster rise time means technicians using a Y-Lift can start servicing a vehicle sooner. And when they’re done, the Y-Lift also offers speedier descent than many scissor lifts, so techs can move on to the next job more quickly.
Although it somewhat resembles a parallelogram lift, the Y-Lift provides true vertical movement. As a result, the lift has a compact footprint that fits in smaller service bays.
The Y-Lift was designed for vehicle alignments and general service work. It accommodates a greater wheelbase range than any other alignment lift, and is the only lift that enables technicians to perform four-wheel alignments on micro-cars like the smart fortwo. The Y-Lift can be used for four-wheel alignments on wheelbases as short as 71-1/2”. Competitive scissor lifts need a minimum wheelbase of 88”. Full-size pick-up trucks are no problem for the Y-Lift, either. It can be used to perform four-wheel alignments on vehicles with wheelbases up to 158” long. The Y-Lift is compatible with all leading alignment instrumentation, including new 3D and camera wheel alignment systems.
The Y-Lift has been third-party tested by ETL and ALI certified to meet ANSI/ALI ALCTV-2006 safety standards. It can be flush-mounted or recessed. Capacity is 12,000 lbs. The Y-Lift is made in the U.S.A.
For more information about the Y-Lift, contact your local Rotary Lift distributor, log on to www.rotarylift.com or call (800) 640-5438. You can also find Rotary Lift on Facebook.