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Right now as some of you know I have 1 rotary shock wave lift right now and it is BA. Towards the end of July our addition should be complete and you know how sometimes things just fall correctly into place, well I was offered a deal of 35,000 for 3 more shock wave lifts and a Rotary Y drive on alignment type that is an extended length.

 

Does anyone have any experience with the Rotary Y drive on? I really dont want a 4 post because they are wider than this one, and do you think 35000 is a good deal for all of this equipment brand new? http://www.rotarylift.com/Lifts/YA12/

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The shockwaves look great in terms of speed. However, I am nervous about their batteries wearing out long term.

 

We got our 7 rotary lifts (SP10's) slightly used for $3800/ea installed.

 

I was thinking the shockwave speed would be a big sell ... however, unless you are blasting through a LOT of quick oil changes on that lift, the additional cost didn't make sense.

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I'm running 3 rotary 9k lb lifts but I'm in a pickle, the sliders are worn out on all of them and the pulleys are pretty well rusted. To repair them means unbolting and disassembling the lifts and at that expense it seems like a no brainer to replace them. I'm worried that my 20 year old lifts might be built better than the new ones that will replace them. How do the new rotaries compare to the older ones? It seems every new piece of equipment I buy contains half as much steel as the old stuff.

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So we are still trying to get it figured out how they are going to get it fixed.

 

The worst part was they just showed up. I have access to a fork lift but it has not been run in 6months and was blocked in and dead. I had to call in the United States Army to get the job done and the truck unloaded. Being X military I still have a bunch of friends up here and they helped me on their lunch break. Keep paying those taxes fellas.

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6 lifts total. 3 are new, 2 of the old ones got rebuilt and installed in the back shop. 5 two posts and one drive on alignment rack. Four guys did the work, I asked the boss how they do them so fast he said in 30 years they installed over 10,000 lifts. That's all they do. The only thing they didn't do was some drywall work in the back shop, they had to cut out the ceiling for the back shop lifts to fit.

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