Pentalift Blog - Custom Lifts

What Information Does a Lift Table Provider Require?

When a customer gets in contact with a lift table provider, there are a minimum of 5 questions the customer should expect to get asked. The questions are: How much vertical travel would you like the lift table to have? What platform size would you like the table to have? Is this table going to be installed on the floor or installed in a pit? What voltage is available to run this table? Can I have a brief description of your application? These 5 questions are the basics of putting together a simple lift table quote. Each answer can lead to another question. For example, if a customer wants to install a lift table in a pit, the appropriate safety features must be applied to the table. If the table is going into a pit, the provider will generally ask if the customer would prefer bevel toe guards or toe sensors to minimize shear points around the whole table. Generally, the more unique the application is, the more information a provider needs to get. 

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Why is There Low Profile Dock Lifts and Conventional Pit Model Dock Lifts?

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“Pentaflow Cylinders vs. Regular Cylinders”

Pentaflow lift cylinders are unique. In the base of the cylinder piston there is a port. This port is sealed by a ball to prevent oil from passing through. When oil is pumped into the cylinder, the cylinder extends. When the cylinder is at full extension, an actuator pushes the ball off the port which allows oil to return to the reservoir. This prevents the cylinder from dead ending. This also helps bleed any air inside of the hydraulic system. When the cylinder retracts, it siphons hydraulic oil into the top of the cylinder keeping all components of the cylinder lubricated.

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When Working With Hydraulic Lifts, What’s the Difference Between a Hinged Bridge Plate, a Hinged Lip, and an Approach Ramp?

A hinged bridge plate and a hinged lip is actually the same thing. The most common industry term is a hinged bridge plate. Hinged bridge plates are a transition plate from the lift platform to either a truck bed or an upper elevation. An approach ramp has a significantly different purpose. The purpose of an approach ramp is to transition typically from the floor onto the platform. For example there is a series of dock lifts that have both an approach ramp and a hinged bridge plate. The approach ramp is for the pallet truck or cart to transition from the floor to the lift platform. With the pallet truck on the platform, the dock lift raises to the truck height. The hinged bridge is then positioned on the bed of the truck, which allows the pallet truck to move on and off of the delivery truck. The hinged bridge plate is then raised to the stored position, the platform lowers and the pallet truck exited via the approach ramp.

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Are Drive On Lift Tables Available In Custom Sizes?

As standard, No Low lift tables are available in 3 different capacities: 2,500 lbs, 4000 lbs, and 6000 lbs are the different capacities you can choose from. Standard platform size range is from 44”Wx48”L to 50”Wx54”L and standard vertical travel is 35”. There are applications that do need a bigger platform size, more capacity, or a higher vertical travel. Also as standard, No Low lift tables have a back stop meaning you can only take a load on and off of the lift from one end. It is possible to get an application where the No Low lift table does not have a back stop. This therefore allows the operator to pick up the load from the front or back of the lift table.

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