Vehicle maintenance: Mobile wheel lift simplifies heavy-duty wheel removal

Vehicle maintenance utility equipment safety products Rotary Lift
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Safety products: Rotary Lift’s new MW-500 Mobile Wheel Lift can remove and position any size wheel or tire weighing up to 500 pounds, making it much easier and more ergonomic for technicians to work on heavy-duty trucks, buses and construction equipment.

“The removal and installation of heavy-duty tires and wheels can be a difficult, time-consuming process that sometimes involves two or more technicians,” explains Ron Lainhart, parts & service manager for Rotary Lift. “With the MW-500 Mobile Wheel Lift, a single technician using a vehicle lift can lift the truck to a comfortable working height, raise the wheel lift to cradle the wheel, remove the lug nuts and lower the wheel to the ground without strain. A job that used to require multiple people can now be completed by one operator.”

The MW-500 wheel lift’s arms are spaced wider than those on Rotary Lift’s MW-200 light-duty wheel lift to facilitate moving heavy-duty wheels and tires. The arms feature rollers that allow the wheel to be easily rotated 360 degrees when aligning it with the hub and are mounted on an offset column to provide unobstructed access to the lug nuts.

The MW-500 wheel lift is capable of holding dually wheels to maximize efficiency. Each arm’s roller is split in half, so a technician can load two wheels onto the lift, raise them into place, and rotate the wheels independently to align them instead of repeating the same process twice with a single wheel. A tie-down strap is included to prevent wheels from falling off the wheel lift.

The MW-500 wheel lift’s rise time is just six seconds, so it does not disrupt the repair process. Since the MW-500 wheel lift is powered by air, there are never any worries about charging or replacing batteries. It comes equipped with an air hose and features an additional air tool connection on the column to reduce the number of hoses running from the compressor. The column also includes a tray for parts to keep everything organized.

A single lever is used to raise and lower the MW-500 wheel lift, which makes it easy to operate. Needle valves enable the adjustment of raising and lowering speeds, and the lift includes a pressure regulator to prevent overloading. The MW-500 wheel lift rolls on four high-quality casters built to negotiate shop floors.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, back injuries account for one in five workplace injuries or illnesses. The majority of those injuries occur when employees attempt to lift heavy or awkward objects.

“By equipping technicians with the MW-500 wheel lift, shop owners can limit their liability for worker’s compensation claims and reduce downtime due to injury,” says Lainhart.

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