Things to consider when you're thinking of buying a lift:
1. Are they built to the latest ANSI/ALI-ALCTV Standards?
Most people can just tell using their own intuition that there's something not right about a lift they are looking at. That's the quick feeling you get when you start to walk under something questionable and say to yourself "I don't know about this".
You can have peace of mind if you see GOLD. Above all, if it is backed by the ALI Gold label you can be sure it was third party tested to at least 1-½ times the capacity it says on the sticker. Next it's been certified to meet all the requirements for ANSI/ALI-ALCTV-2011 Which is the American National Standard for safety requirement Automotive Lift Construction Testing and Validation.
2.Is the design structurally sound?
Your employees work under the lifts all day every day, wouldn't you want to have the comfort of knowing their lift is built right and to a specific safety standard, with structural tests behind it? Yes, there are lifts out there that cannot lift what they say they can lift.
Have to look at the lift structure and ask:
a) Are the columns, are they made of sturdy forklift mast channel with bearings or, is the column made of thin, formed metal channels?
b) Is the carriage made with thick tubes and gussets?
c) Do they use load-bearing wire-ropes that stretch over time, or is it a direct drive cylinder system?
d) Does the lift system have components that have the potential to wear such as chains, gears, screw-drive, bushings, etc? OR does the lift have bearings, guide blocks and direct drive pistons?
e) And finally... You can tell a company is confident in their structure by the warranty they provide for it. How are the warranty terms on structure? Is it a 25 year structural warranty? Are the main driving components such as Stainless steel bearings and cylinders backed with a lifetime warranty?
3. Where was this lift manufactured?
a) ALL STEEL IS NOT ALIKE, Why would you buy a lift that is made with steel from another country that doesn't have strict requirements and certifications for their metals? You may have thick steel, but if the steel doesn't meet up to North American standards and is not certified, how can you be sure it won't bend like rubber, or snap like a brittle stick?
b) If you needed parts, support and even service, having a manufacturer that is located close to you is very logical, right? How long does it take for parts to get to you from overseas? You don’t run into that problem with local manufacturers. We provide expert training, overnight parts if needed and live tech support.
c) The price of a shipping a container overseas is based on weight, so the more lifts you can pack into a container the better, what is that doing to the quality of the lift... Bare minimum design, bare minimum steel, bare minimum safety systems, plain and simple.
d) Are the parts made somewhere else and assembled here? Are the power units 100% North-American made? Cylinders? Welded by certified welders? PKS can say yes, yes and yes! We are one of the few companies that is proud to say, "We supply lifts that are designed tested and manufactured in North America."