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Atlas Platinum PVL-12
The reviewer appreciated the extra height and width of the lift,
as well as the weight capacity.
By Kayla Oschmann
or shop owners looking for safe,
easy-to-use lifts that are also affordable, research is a necessity.
Shop owner James Lyman of Lyman Automotive in Midlothian, Virginia, did quite a bit of research before he
found the lift that met his requirements:
the Atlas Platinum PVL-12.
"I bought Atlas lifts in the past and
was always happy with them," Lyman
says. "The price point is good, as well."
Lyman recently opened a second
shop in Powhatan, Virginia, where he
has installed the Atlas Platinum PVL-12,
along with another Atlas lift.
He and his team of technicians especially like the weight capacity of 12,000
lbs, the extra distance between the two
columns, and the added lift height. At
his shop in Midlothian, Lyman has lifts
that have a 9,000-lb capacity, but when
he opened his second shop location he
wanted lifts with higher weight capacity.
So, he purchased one that has a 10,000lb capacity as well as the two-post, overhead Platinum PVL-12.
Having the extra capacity comes
"We work on just about everything,
including trucks and SUVs," Lyman
says. "If you have a 9,000-lb [capacity]
lift and a truck weighs 9,000 lbs, to me
that's a little sketchy. I'd rather lift a
9000 lb truck on a 12,000-lb [capacity]
lift. I just feel safer about it."
The same goes for the additional height.
"If you had, let's say, a truck with a
ladder rack on it, with a normal lift you
wouldn't be able to pick it up," Lyman
says. "But with [the Atlas Platinum PVL12], because it's extra tall, you don't have
a problem lifting it and getting underneath it."
The Atlas Platinum PVL-12 is an ALI certified overhead 12,000-lb capacity twopost lift designed to accommodate both long wheel base trucks and passenger cars.
The distance between the symmetrical columns is almost 123" with a drive through
space of over 108". The lift features an Ally Hydraulic AL3500 Power Unit, three-stage
front and rear arms, professional grade arm lock restraint system, and a single point
lock release. It includes a truck adapter set and mounting hardware. The lift has a
five-year structural warranty and the power unit has a two-year limited warranty.
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Other key features that Lyman noted
about the Platinum PVL-12 were its easy
use and maintenance. The Atlas lift is
powered by a 220V motor. It takes about
two minutes for a vehicle to get set up on
the lift and then raised, and less than a
minute for the lift to lower the vehicle
back down, Lyman says.
As for initial setup, Lyman said it
didn't take any more time or effort than
other comparable lifts to install.
The lift also came with truck adapters, which Lyman and his team have
used. He says these work very well.
Lyman noted that while the lift's
large, fully adjustable arms are ideal
for lifting trucks and SUVs, they can
sometimes pose a challenge while lifting
Overall, his research paid off. Lyman says he is "very pleased" with his
vehicle lift purchase for the new shop.
Features such as the 12,000-lb weight
capacity and the additional height and
width were top features that sold this
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Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement
Know your lift
How to choose the right lift for your shop
10 steps to promote lift safety in shops
Selecting proper two-post lift accessories
Pathway to purchase
Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement - 1
Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement - 2
Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement - Welcome
Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement - Know your lift
Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement - 5
Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement - How to choose the right lift for your shop
Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement - 10 steps to promote lift safety in shops
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Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement - 9
Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement - Selecting proper two-post lift accessories
Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement - Pathway to purchase
Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement - Equipment reviews
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Vehicle Lift Guide Supplement - Products
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