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Rotary Lift introduces the Y-Lift

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Rotary Lift introduces the Y-Lift

Rotary Lift has unveiled the Y-Lift, the first in a series of new vehicle lifts with fast rise/descent speeds to help improve technician productivity and increase shop productivity.

“Rotary Lift is helping shop owners boost the bottom line by designing products like the Y-Lift that enable technicians to work more efficiently,” says John Podczerwinski, Vehicle Service Group (VSG) general manager for North and South America. “And, over the next 12 months, we’ll launch even more models offering faster rise and descent times, as well as new productivity features.”

Model YA12's drive-on hinged lift design and Y-shaped legs provide faster rise/descent speeds and greater vehicle access than traditional scissor lifts, the company says.

Its 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 company notes.

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.

Doug Brown, VSG director of new product development, says, “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.”

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, notes the company.

The Y-Lift was designed for vehicle alignments and general service work. It accommodates a wide range of wheelbases, and enables technicians to perform four-wheel alignments on micro-cars. The Y-Lift can be used for four-wheel alignments on wheelbases as short as 71½ inches. Competitive scissor lifts need a minimum wheelbase of 88 inches.

Full-size pickup 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 inches long.

The Y-Lift is compatible with all leading alignment instrumentation, including new 3D and camera wheel alignment systems.

The Y-Lift incorporates a number of design features to provide overall durability and a long useful life. For example, the hydraulic cylinder, locking mechanism and position sensor are all located inside the Y-Lift’s runways, to protect them from corrosives and physical damage. Protecting the integrity of these components reduces lift downtime.

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 pounds.

For more information about the Y-Lift, see the company's Web site at or call (800) 640-5438.

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