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What are the safety precautions that should be taken when doing maintenance on a lift table?

When performing maintenance on a lift table all maintenance must be done by trained personnel and all electrical work is suggested to be performed by an electrician. Nobody should go under the lift table unless properly supported by the lift table’s maintenance stand. Performing maintenance on a lift table should never be done with any sort of load on platform because the maintenance stand of the lift table is only designed to withstand the table’s weight without a load on platform. To increase safety and ease of maintenance, a central lubrication option can be acquired at time of purchase to lubricate leg rollers, leg pivot points, and cylinder points at a point of easy access.

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What is a self leveling lift table?

A self leveling lift table is a table that adjusts its height automatically when weight is added or removed to the unit. Its main use is to help improve ergonomics in the work place by keeping the load at a comfortable height for the operator. Self leveling lift tables are also equipped with a rotating top to minimize reaching and provide access to any product on the table more conveniently. Options available include a rotator break, fork pockets, and accordion bellows. Self leveling lift tables are spring actuated which would be rated as a green product because there is no requirement for an incoming power supply or risk of contamination from a hydraulic oil spill.

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When would a lift table application require a powered rotating top?

A powered rotating top is often used when the load to be rotated exceeds the ergonomic guidelines; basically when it’s just too heavy to rotate by hand. Another common application for a powered rotating top occurs when rotation is a part of an automated system, no human interaction involved. Regardless of the application powered rotating tops can be specified as one direction or bi-direction, limit switches to stop rotation at predetermined positions or to be used completely under operator or PLC control.

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Why do the majority of portable lift tables have a recommended maximum 6,000 lb load capacity?

Portable lift tables typically have 2 fixed casters and 2 swivel casters equipped with either steel or phenolic wheels for mobility and ease of positioning. Manually moving a lift table with more than 6,000 lbs creates significant inertia that is difficult to stop, it’s easier to start the fully loaded lift table moving than stopping the fully loaded lift table. There are applications requiring portable lift tables with much higher load ratings, these high capacity portable lift tables are generally power driven or towed from location to location.

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What is the point of a guarded foot pedal control?

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