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Get It Right

Selecting the correct hoists for lifting four-wheel drive vehicles isn’t just about getting the lifting capacity correct.

If you are buying a 4.5 tonne capacity hoist and lifting a 4-tonne vehicle it could still fall outside of the hoists design parameters. This could lead to premature wear in a best-case scenario and a fallen vehicle in a worst-case scenario.

It’s important to understand where is the centre of gravity of the vehicles you intend to lift. An example might be a four-wheel drive ute with a tool tray body full of tools. The weight bias is rearwards, so a symmetrical arm design is very important and so too is ensuring the hoist is capable of lifting an off centre weighted vehicle. For this reason, it may be worth considering a five tonne two post hoist when lifting a four tonne vehicle. The post and carriage structure is designed to cope with heavier vehicles. A symmetrical arm design will ensure a more stable lift.

Interequip is the sole Australian importer of the Powerrex range of heavy duty two post lifts. The Powerrex range is available in either four or five tonne capacity and inan extended height version. The Korean made hoist has been a very popular choice in Australia for the past 20 years. The SL2900 4 tonne range and the SL25 5 tonne range have long been the professional’s choice.

Interequip also imports a range of four and five tonne lifting capacity hoists from a more cost effective supplier, again available in extended height configuration. The BulletPro JL35A-M and the BulletPro JL50 hoists are a great economical alternative.

The REAL heavy lifter is their 6 tonne extended height two post lift from REAL. With a maximum height of 5.5 metres, this hoist is capable of lifting a 3.3m high roofed vehicle to a full 2 metres. Each arm has a maximum radius of over 1800mm making a total arm spread of 3.6 metres. This gives the flexibility of the vehicle placement on the hoist ensuring even a four-wheel drive with a heavy rearward weight bias can be safely lifted.

The entire range is in stock and available for immediate delivery.

For further information please call 18000 EQUIP (1800 037 847) or visit
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