Fleet Maintenance - S15

EQUIPMENT REVIEW

Rotary Lift Flex Max

The reviewer was impressed by how much
the lift increased his shop's efficiency.
By Emily Markham

THE REVIEW

I

f you want to improve on your
shop's efficiency and save time on
repairs, reviewer Kevin Cromley,
owner of Cromley Truck
and Trailer Repair in Milton,
Pennsylvania, recommends adding
Rotary Lift's Flex Max to
your shop.
The shop owner says
the wireless mobile column lift "increased our
efficiency more than I
could have expected."
Cromley and his
employees were
fortunate enough
to have their tool
dealer, Turner Hydraulics, give them
a demo of the lift,
but Cromley says the lift's simplicity
makes it so anyone can use it.
"[The Flex Max lift is] very easy to
set up and use. It's all self-explanatory [with] your codes on the side of the
box," Cromley says. Everybody in his
shop is able to operate the lift without
the use of the remote and lift manuals
that came with it.
In the shop, they use the lift to perform oil pan service, suspension work,
transmission work, and rear-end work.
Cromley says he didn't buy any accessories or adapters for different vehicle
types because he bought the Flex Max
lift for service jobs.
"It works on everything we do. We
work on semi-trucks, straight trucks,
buses ... [and] it's nice to have that capability to lift almost 90,000 lbs," he says.
Without the lift, Cromley's shop
wouldn't be able to do many jobs because "these new trucks have so much
flaring on them that you can't even get

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
The Rotary Lift Flex Max is a wireless
mobile column lift, powered by RedFire,
that can be operated exclusively by remote control or via controls located on
every column. The Flex Max is available
in configurations of two, four, six, or
eight columns and offers lifting capacities of 14,000 or 18,800 lbs per column.
The lift can be used to raise most cars,
pickups, work trucks, garbage trucks,
buses, and other vehicles. Flex Max
comes equipped with Rotary's LockLight technology that shows
whether the lift is resting
on its mechanical loadholding locks.
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under them," he says.
When looking into buying the Flex
Max, Cromley considered many different lift options and even alternatives to
lifts such as a pit, which was quickly
ruled out due to the increase in insurance rates, and a ramp, which is not
nearly as efficient as having a lift.
When considering specific features,
such as corded versus cordless, Cromley chose cordless. The Flex Max lift's
portability is one of his favorite features.
"We can move them anywhere in the
shop to run multiple jobs at one time
while we're waiting on parts, [which]
cuts down on service times on trucks,"
he says.
Lifting and lowering a vehicle only

takes around two or three minutes after
you turn the lift on.
"We shut ours off when we're using
them, that way we're not draining the
batteries. A lot of times when we're doing a long job, we just lock them and
leave [the truck] set on the lifts," Cromley explains.
Overall,
Cromley
is
very
pleased with the Flex Max equipment. He's even considering buying a second set before the end of
the year.
"I look at it this way, " he says. "It's
an investment to the company when
you buy equipment like this. They may
not be the cheapest, but ... they're worth
every penny."
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