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Outdoor Car Lifts: Can You Do It?

I was driving home from work the other day and saw this as I was stopped at a red light. An Outdoor Car Lift.
lift outdoorsIt made me sign and think of why the most common question I get asked is “Can I install my lift outside?”

People ask this for a number of reasons. They don’t have room in their shop (notice the ceiling height on the above photo), they don’t want to dedicate the space to it or they prefer to work outdoors (this is usually not the case).

Technically, the correct answer is, “You can put it outside (as in, who’s stopping you?), but should you?” Lifts are designed for indoor use, installed in a temperature-controlled environment.  Installing an Eagle lift outdoors automatically voids the warranty because it is a certainty that there will be damages to the lift caused by natural elements.

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How To Decide If You Are Buying The Right Lift!

Before you purchase a new lift, there are a few questions that will need to be answered. Ask yourself these crucial questions to figure out which automotive lift may be the best fit for you and your garage.

How tall is your ceiling?
While measuring your garage or shop, take into account obstructions such as garage door openers, door tracks, attic staircases, etc… Continue reading How To Decide If You Are Buying The Right Lift!

Turn Your 3 Car Garage into a 4 Car Garage in No Time (without any construction!)

We love to get nice emails from customers to let us know how happy they were with their Eagle purchase. This morning we got an email from Lynda, who had 5 cars and said that her neighbors were starting to give her “the look”, if you know what I mean! She ordered Eagle’s MS-8000.

Hi Andy,

I wanted to tell you how happy I am with my lift and [the installer you recommended] did a great job installing it. Everyone in the neighborhood knows me now and I am known as Lynda with the lift. Even people I have never met have heard about my lift from my neighbors.

I am so glad I did it.

Lynda

 

Fall Show

Eagle Equipment attends automotive shows because they offer us an opportunity to do business face to face with our customers instead of over the phone or through e-mail.  Our team enjoys discussing auto lifts, motorcycle lifts, tire changers, wheel balancers, and other automotive repair equipment.  Eagle has been in the automotive equipment business for almost 40 years and would love to share our product expertise with you.  Please be sure visit the Eagle Equipment booth to learn about our special show pricing.

Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet & Corral
Show Schedule:
September 29 – October 3, 2010
Carlisle Fairgrounds – Carlisle, PA
Look for us on Manufacturer’s Midway
www.carsatcarlisle.com

Guidelines for Receiving Freight

Eagle Equipment’s products are designed to be shipped via common carrier freight lines and we recommend that customers pick up their products at a freight terminal.  Having a product shipped to a business address or freight terminal is also less expensive than shipping to a residential address because of carrier restrictions on residential delivery.  Freight companies have terminals located throughout the USA and our sales team will help find the one closest to you.  Eagle does everything possible to ensure the timely arrival of your automotive shop equipment.  Customer service will call you after your order has shipped with an estimate as to when you should receive your equipment, but we cannot guarantee it will be delivered on this date.  After a product leaves the warehouse, the delivery process becomes the responsibility of the freight carrier.

Once the product arrives at the freight terminal, the dispatcher will contact you to arrange a pick up time.  Any and all products should be picked up within 48 hours of this notice.  One of the benefits of receiving freight at a terminal is having their staff to load the product onto your trailer or truck. When freight is received at a business or residential address it is always the customer’s responsibility to unload the product from the back of the truck.  Sometimes two people can unload the equipment by themselves.  However, lift gates, forklifts, roll back trucks, or similar equipment will often be needed in order to complete this task.  Lift gates can be used for unloading products such as tire equipment and motorcycle lifts.  Larger equipment such as two post and four post car lifts require a forklift to offload from the truck.  Lifts will also require a trailer to be transported to their final destination.

For convenience, we will allow customers to pick up their equipment from our warehouse within the following guidelines.

Customer Pick-Up Guide Lines

  1. All orders picked up will be subject to applicable North Carolina sales tax unless buyer has provided a NC Sales Tax Exemption Certificate.
  2. Customers are not allowed in the warehouse area without a salesperson.  Customers may not assist or interfere with the loading of the equipment.
  3. Customer is responsible for any damages to the equipment and/or their vehicle resulting from the loading and transporting of the equipment.
  4. Vehicle weight restrictions will be strictly observed.  Customers may be asked to provide weight restriction information on trailers.
  5. Eagle recommends side loading of lifts onto vehicles.  When this is not possible, the equipment will be rear loaded.  Eagle will make its best effort to center the load weight.  However, customers will be responsible for any shifting or falling of equipment or off-centered load that results in damage.
  6. Equipment will only be loaded right side up.
  7. Customers are responsible for strapping down their equipment on the vehicle.  No load will be allowed to leave the premises without being strapped down.
  8. Pick up vehicles must have sufficient width and length to insure that the equipment does not protrude illegally from the vehicle.  Trucks with tailgates must be able to fully close the tailgate with the equipment inside.
  9. Lifts will not be loaded onto pick-up trucks.
  10. Equipment will not be loaded onto vehicles that appear to be unsafe or lack proper equipment.  This will be determined at the sole discretion of the Eagle warehouse supervisor.

These requirements have been established to help insure the safety of you, your vehicle, and your equipment.  If your vehicle does not meet the above requirements, we suggest that you let our logistics department obtain the best shipping quote possible for your equipment.

Please call Eagle Equipment at 1-800-336-2776 for more information on receiving freight.

Lift Selection for Load Capacity

The maximum load limit of a lift is one of the primary considerations in the buying process.  Automotive lifts are available in several weight limit ratings from as low as 7,000 pounds up to 18,000 pounds.

When purchasing a non-ETL certified lift it is important to know that the weight limit of the lift is the maximum load based on the strength of the steel in the lift and the stress placed upon the lift.  For this reason, Eagle recommends that the gross vehicle weight (GVW) of the vehicle being lifted be no more than 80 to 85% of the maximum lift load.  This allows a safety factor for cargo, fuel, and any other weight impacting factors.  The table below shows recommended maximum GVW for non-ETL certified lifts.

–  7,000 lb. lift                  5,600 to  6,000 GVW
–  8,000 lb. lift                  6,400 to  6,800 GVW
–  9,000 lb. lift                  7,200 to  7,700 GVW
-10,000 lb. lift                  8,000 to  8,500 GVW
-11,000 lb. lift                  8,800 to  9,400 GVW
-12,000 lb. lift                  9,600 to 10,300 GVW
-14,000 lb. lift                11,200 to 12,000 GVW
-15,000 lb. lift                12,000 to 12,800 GVW
-18,000 lb. lift                14,400 to 15,300 GVW

To earn an ETL certification, a lift must be capable of lifting a load above the weight limit of the lift.  Therefore, an ETL certified 10,000 pound lift can safely lift a vehicle with a GVW of 10,000 pounds.  The safety factor for cargo, fuel, etc. has been accounted for by the ETL testing process.

Determine the lift weight rating needed by evaluating the types of vehicles that will be lifted. GVW’s are available over the internet.  One rule of thumb is to over estimate your needs to insure that the lift purchased will do the job.

Proper Lift Installation—Floor Requirements and Preparation

At Eagle Equipment, ensuring our customers’ safety is our primary concern.  Your automobile lift was designed and built with safety in mind.  However, safety relies on proper installation and training.  Prepare for a successful installation by making sure your floor meets specific requirements.  We would like to emphasize the following floor requirements for installing 2 Post and 4 Post auto lifts.

Site Selection
Before installing your auto lift, check the following:
• Lift Location: Always use architect’s plans when available.  Check layout dimension against floor plan requirements making sure adequate space is available.  Your lift
requires a 220v, 30amp, single phase, grounded electrical source.  There should be room enough to operate the lift in a safe manner and without restrictions.
• Overhead Area: The area where the lift will be located should be free of overhead obstructions such as heaters, building supports, electrical lines, doors, lights, etc.
• Floor Area: Visually inspect the site where the lift is to be installed and check for cracked or defective concrete.

Floor Requirements
• A level floor is suggested for proper installation and level lifting.  Small differences in floor slopes may be compensated for by proper shimming.  If a floor is of questionable slope, consider a survey of the site and/or the possibility of pouring a new level concrete slab.
• New concrete must be adequately cured for at least 30 days.

 

DO NOT install auto lift on any asphalt surface or any surface other than concrete.
DO NOT install auto lift on expansion seams or on cracked or defective concrete.
DO NOT install auto lift on a second/elevated floor without first consulting building architect.
DO NOT install auto lift outdoors unless special consideration has been made to protect the power unit from inclement weather conditions.

Concrete Specifications
All models MUST be installed on 3,000 PSI reinforced concrete only.  Additional concrete requirements will vary by lift.
For example:
MTP-9A, ECL-10AS (4″ Minimum Thickness)
MTP-12F, MTP-15 (6″ Minimum Thickness)

Specifications of concrete must be adhered to. Failure to do so could cause auto lift failure resulting in personal injury or death. All of our automobile lifts include a manual with floor and concrete specifications .  Adhering to these specifications will ensure a safe and successful installation.

Please visit the Eagle Equipment site for more information and online product manuals.

Eagle Equipment at the Carlisle Car Show in PA

Eagle had a very successful showing at the Carlisle Car show in Pennsylvania last week!  The weather was perfect and attendance was great.  Most of the 8100 vendor spaces were occupied making for a busy and fun car show.

Eagle displayed a GLO-7000 Car Lift and a ML-1000 Motorcycle Lift  and also offered show specials.

Many of our customers that had purchased car lifts from us at other shows stopped by to let us know how pleased they were with their purchase.  This was very rewarding.  They even recommended our products to potential customers we were talking to!

We will be at the Good Guys Southeast Nationals Show at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC.  Stop by and see Andy for show specials!  This show begins Oct 30th.

If you have some testimonials or comments on our products, please post them.  We love to hear from you.

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