Rotary Offers Advice on Vehicle Lift Adapters - Tire Review Magazine

Rotary Offers Advice on Vehicle Lift Adapters

Rotary Lift reminds tire dealers that after purchasing a new lift it is important to make sure to have the right adaptors.

With the profusion of vehicles currently on the road, it’s impossible to find a single two-post surface or in-ground lift that can properly pick up every light and medium-duty vehicle without the help of adapters, Rotary said. Vehicle lift adapters come in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are thread-up, flip-up, slide-on and stacking adapters. Some use polymer pads and others are designed for metal-to-metal contact.
“To do the job right, you need the right equipment,” explains Ron Lainhart, Rotary Lift parts and service manager. “Technicians are creative. If the lifts they’re using can’t reach the pick-up points on a vehicle they need to service, they’ll make due with a jury-rigged solution. This not only voids a lift’s safety certification but can also put the lift operator and vehicle at risk. The better idea is to stock the adapters technicians need to properly raise the vehicles they’re working on.”
Adapter choice is dictated by the type of lift, the vehicles to be picked up and technician preference, the company said.
Lift type: The adapters selected must be compatible with the lift on which they’ll be used. Check with the lift manufacturer for adapters available for each lift. Remember that like vehicle lifts themselves, adapters can be third-party certified to meet ANSI/ALI ALCTV-2006 safety standards. Certification ensures that the adapters meet industry standards for strength, quality, structural integrity, functionality and safety. A list of certified adapters is available from the Automotive Lift Institute at
Application: Adapters are often necessary for picking up trucks, SUVs, vans, minivans and sports cars. Certain vehicles, particularly more “exotic,” high-end sports cars, require their own special adapters. If your shop regularly works on any of these vehicles, be sure to have the appropriate adapters on-hand.

Preference: As with all tools and equipment, many technicians have personal preferences regarding lift adapters. Technicians may be more willing to use the adapters if you buy the style they prefer, Rotary said. (Tire Review/Akron)

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