Lift tables are a type of equipment used to raise, and position work items for ergonomic access. Typically, this type of lift is excellent for positioning material, positioning load, and of course, lifting. Designed as a work platform that can lower and raise material, while loading work pieces and positioning work makes this something most people wish they had.
Lift tables are used for a number of purposes but especially for garage and auto service, construction, telecommunications, manufacturing, power and electrical service, wire and cable industries, inventory management, painting, and so on. Anywhere that access is needed for above ground locations is where you would benefit from a lift table.
If you are in the process of buying a lift table, there are a number of things to consider including the width and length of the platform, the lift capacity, and vertical lift travel. Each of these should be added in determining the perfect lift table for your specific needs. With the width, this would be the narrow dimension on the platform. Then for the length, this is the long dimension. Additionally, the lift capacity represents the maximum force or load that the lift can accommodate and finally, the vertical lift travel is the difference between the fully raised and fully lowered positions.
For a lift table to be raised, a screw mechanism goes to work. Then, the rack and pinion lifting function works with a drive gear, which drives the straight-toothed rack in lifting the load. Depending on the type of lift platform you buy, it will be actuated by screw drives, hand cranks, pneumatic air cylinders, air motors, foot pumping and ratcheting, or electrical motors.
Although lift tables are designed with a number of excellent features, some that you would typically find on most models include the following:
To explain a few of these, the counterbalance feature is where the loads are balanced to ensure they do not overturn. Then, the wheels provide convenience to move the load around and position, and obviously, the safety rails are featured to provide safety so the load does not slide or fall off.
- Safety Rails
- Truck Mounting