Rotary Lift Slashes Heavy-Duty Inground Lift Installation Time

Rotary Lift’s replaces poured-in-place vaults with precast vaults. These vaults are made in advance to Rotary’s exact specifications and delivered to the job site ready to install. Installation time can drop from a week or more to less than two days per lift. Rotary Lift’s replaces poured-in-place vaults with precast vaults. These vaults are made in advance to Rotary’s exact specifications and delivered to the job site ready to install. Installation time can drop from a week or more to less than two days per lift.

Madison, Ind.– Rotary® Lift has developed a patent-pending installation method for heavy-duty inground lifts that drastically reduces installation time, can improve environmental protection and makes it possible to install the lifts in areas that were previously unavailable due to soil or groundwater issues. It can be used for new construction and lift replacements. 

Heavy-duty inground lifts are typically installed in concrete vaults that are poured in place using temporary forms for each lift. Even modular lifts with their own containment vessels may be installed in concrete vaults in some areas, such as certain seismic hazard zones. Pouring these huge concrete containments on-site requires considerable investment in highly skilled personnel, time and construction material.

Rotary Lift’s new installation method eliminates the need to pour vaults in place by using precast concrete vaults instead. These vaults are made in advance at a concrete production facility where concrete is poured into a reusable mold and cured in a controlled environment to Rotary’s exact specifications. The finished vaults are then delivered to the job site ready to install.

The precast solution takes less than two days per lift installation instead of seven because there is less prep work required and no curing time or rework needed. It also reduces excavation requirements and improves safety since no one needs to enter the pit at any time during construction. Bad weather can cause major delays to cast-in-place projects, but precast vaults can be installed regardless of weather.

“Rotary Lift’s founder invented the vehicle lift back in 1925,” says Larry Kendall, CSI, facility planner with Rotary Lift parent company Vehicle Service Group. “For more than 90 years, we’ve continued to evolve and improve on all aspects of lift design, installation, use and maintenance to help our customers be more productive and efficient. Our new heavy-duty inground lift installation method addresses concerns our customers have about downtime during construction. It also provides peace of mind, since each vault is built to our precise specifications and comes with a certificate stating its strength and composition upfront.”

Customers can choose optional coatings for the inside and outside of their precast vaults to further protect the lifts against water, electrolysis and chemical attack.

The precast vaults can be used in areas with high water tables and some soil issues where pour-in-place installation is not possible, enabling customers to add inground lifts to these areas for the first time.

Rotary’s new installation method offers additional benefits for organizations seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for their new or remodeled facilities. This installation method can be worth up to five LEED points: one for less site disturbance (because excavation is reduced), two for recycled material (used in the precast vaults) and two for construction waste management (eliminating the need for wood forms and other on-site construction materials)

Rotary’s exclusive precast installation method is available for virtually any heavy-duty inground lift, including Rotary Lift EFX60 scissor liftsMOD Series modular inground lifts and traditional hydraulic lifts.

For more information about using a precast installation for your next heavy-duty lift project, contact Larry Kendall at (800) 650-5438 ext. 5627 or Doug Spiller, heavy duty product manager, at ext. 5526.

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About Rotary
Rotary is the leading brand of vehicle lifts and wheel service equipment in North America. Rotary was founded in 1925 by the inventor of the first automotive hydraulic lift and now offers the broadest line of lifts and wheel service equipment for use in professional automotive service, commercial truck and transit applications. Its products include two-post, four-post, inground, scissor, mobile column, parallelogram, and platform lifts, as well as alignment lifts and instrumentation, tire changers, and wheel balancers.

Rotary is a Vehicle Service Group (VSG) brand. VSG is a strong, diverse and dynamic global leader in the vehicle service industry. It comprises 13 major vehicle lifting and collision repair brands: Rotary, Chief®, Forward®, Direct-Lift®, Revolution®, Hanmecson®, Ravaglioli, Elektron, Blitz, Nogra, Butler, Space and Sirio. With its American headquarters in Madison, Indiana, VSG has operations worldwide, including ISO 9001-certified manufacturing centers in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Rotary products are available through GSA contract #GS-07F-8953D, and several other government procurement programs, including NASPO ValuePoint (formerly WSCA-NASPO), NJPA, HGACBuy, CMAS, TXMAS, KCRPC and OGS.


Last modified onMonday, 19 June 2017 14:00