5 Questions to Ask Before Purchasing a Small Lift Table

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5 Questions to Ask Before Purchasing a Small Lift Table

5 Questions to Ask Before Purchasing a Small Lift Table

Are you in the market for a small lift table? If you are, you’re probably deciding which lift you should buy.

Small lift tables take up minimal space but you’ll want to make sure the table you choose has the capacity you need. Some small tables can lift more than 1000 pounds, while others cannot.

If you’re having trouble finding a lift table that can perform the way you need it to, you may need to go with a custom lift table.

Whatever you’re looking for in a lift, there are several things you should consider before purchasing. Read on for five questions you should ask yourself before making a decision.

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1. What Type of Small Lift Table Suits My Needs?

Several types of lift tables exist, and you’ll want to determine which is best for you. To do this you’ll need to consider how the table will operate.

If you’ll be working in an environment without access to power outlets, look into battery-powered lifts. Choose the power options and other functions that work for what you need.

2. How Much Weight Do I Need Lifted?

Weight requirements should always be considered when looking at small lift tables. Think of what you’ll be lifting. Whether its goods or people, you’ll need to have the right weight-lifting power.

If you aren’t sure of the weight you’ll be lifting, at least make sure the lift platform is large enough to meet your size requirements.

3. What Do I Need the Lift Table For?

When comparing lifts, consider the intended purpose of your purchase. If you only need to lift small parts from time to time, your needs will be very different from someone lifting constantly.

As you look at various lifts, ask yourself if they are feasible or if you need something else (you can always contact our expert team for help!). And, if you’ll be working in a freezer, make sure the lift has the correct fluids to work properly in that environment.

4. What Safety Features Are Required?

If you’ll be using your lift table in an industrial area, make sure you know what safety features are required in your workplace.

If you’ll be using the lift in your own workspace, consider what features you want in place. Lift tables help prevent common workplace injuries on their own, but additional safety features are never a bad idea.

5. Does the Lift Have the Working Capacity I Need?

This question is especially important if you’re wanting to purchase a small lift table. Determine what your needs are, then compare tables against those requirements.

If the lift will be used for large amounts of time each day, make sure it has the ability and power to do so without wearing down too quickly. And if you need the lift to be portable, make sure you choose one that offers that capability.

Focus On Your Needs

Whatever your needs are, keeping these questions in mind will help you choose the right lift table for your shop. Take all aspects of use and ability into consideration before making a purchase.

While many lifts will be tempting because of low prices, don’t react too quickly. Doing so may land you with a lift that doesn’t meet your needs.

To discuss your specific lift table needs, contact us today.

3 Tips For Electric Lift Table Maintenance

Despite technological advances, workplace injuries are still common. In 2015 alone, there were about 2.9 million non-fatal workplace injuries in the United States. And while some injuries are just unavoidable,  injuries caused by workplace machine failures are due to a lapse in maintenance.

If you want to keep your workplace safe, you have to keep your machines running well. And your electric lift table is no different.

1. Don’t Miss a Nook or Cranny on Your Electric Lift Table

You should do a visual check before you begin operation of your electric lift table every day. Your checklist should include:

  • Starting with the safety devices. Check the pressure relief valves, up/down limits, switches, and so on.
  • Make sure there is no debris in the way of any mechanical parts. Is the floor beneath the lift clear? When you need to lower the lift, you want nothing beneath that could hinder operation.
  • Check all of the snap rings and clips. You’ll find these on the cylinders and rollers. These should be in a secure position and not in danger of falling out.
  • Next, check for any signs of wear and tear. The rollers, pins, and bushings could show flat spots, dislodged bearings, or missing fasteners.
  • Feel all the welds for cracks. You don’t want anything structural to fail.
  • The hydraulic fittings should contain no cracks or leaks. Make sure nothing is leaking. If you do find a leak, clean up the seepage and see if any more appears after a short operation.
  • Lastly, check the electrical lines and hoses. You want the connectors to be snug and the lines and hoses free of rub spots.

2. Lubrication for the Best Results

While most parts will last the lifetime of the unit, you still should lubricate any friction points. This goes for caster wheels as well lock pedals. Some tips include:

  • When you locate the friction point, use a multi-purpose 30 weight oil. A grease gun is the easiest way to grease any joint or casters on your lift. Transversely, you will need to keep the internal components free of grease. You can do this by cleaning the guide tube.
  • Cleaning the guide tube with a degreaser is necessary every once in a while. Use a clean cloth and wipe down the guide tube thoroughly.
  • Full, clean hydraulic oil will keep your electric lift table running smoothly. But when filling the hydraulic oil, do not fill it higher than two inches above the lower guide tube’s bearing.

3. Batteries Required

If this is a battery operated electric lift, you will have to maintain the battery. This is necessary to maintain a maximum lifecycle. But, be careful, as lead-acid batteries are more dangerous than typical batteries. Read every precaution that comes with your lift battery. Some things to remember about batteries include:

  • New batteries need to be drained completely before they can be charged to their full potential.
  • You should check the electrolyte levels in lead-acid batteries every month. You might have to add distilled or purified water every once in a while.
  • The older the battery, the more often you will have to add water.

As long as you perform maintenance on your electric lift table regularly, it will last a lifetime. If you have more questions about lifts, contact us—we’re ready to help you get the most from your lift table!

How to Use Your Lange Lift Table: Manual and Electric Lift Tables

Lange Lift Tables are built to be durable, dependable, and easy to use. Respected for their quality, sturdiness, and minimal maintenance, the original design continues to be a mainstay in industrial environments. Trusted by small fabrication shops to large aerospace manufacturers and beyond, our ergonomic lift tables are a beloved material handling tool for workers. Lange Lift is proud to deliver our quality lift tables in a variety of styles to meet any applications, including manual lift tables and electric lift tables.

With their intuitive operation, Lange Lift Tables are easy to use for everyone in your plant. There isn’t much a learning curve when it comes to lifting, lowering, and rotating your Lange Lift Table, but by following these simple instructions, you’re sure to get the most out of it.

Lange Manual Lift Tables

Lange Manual lift tables easy of operation allows for vastly improved ergonomics without the need for a power source. To lift the table, simply push down the lift pedal. Each complete pump of the pedal will raise the lift table until the deck has reached its maximum raised height of 45″ from the top of the deck to the floor. A built in bleeding mechanism protects the table so that over pumping will not damage it and allow it to settle at 45″.

Lowering the table is simple as well. Push and hold down the lower pedal, and the lift table will lower until the deck has reached its minimum lowered height of 27″, or until the pedal is released. Exercise caution when lowering, and remember that a lift table under load will lower more quickly. Always use proper safety precautions required by your environment.

To rotate the deck, loosen the lock handle under the deck and rotate the deck 360º degrees in either direction at any height. Tighten the lock handle to lock it in place. Some movement is intended to protect the bearing. Be careful to not over-tighten the lock handle, and position the
lock handle arm towards the floor to prevent possible damage.To lock your lift table to the floor, ensure the table is on a flat surface and free of debris so the floor lock can make full contact with the floor. Using your foot, push down on the large pedal until it locks. To release, press up on the small pedal until the large pedal snaps up.

Lange Electric Lift Tables

Lange electric lift tables are designed to be powered from a 120V AC outlet with an industrial grade extension cord connected to the lift’s electrical box. To lift an electric lift table, push and hold down the lift switch until the deck has reached its maximum raised height of 45″ from the top of the deck to the floor. As with a manual lift table, a built in bleeding mechanism will prevent over raising. To lower, push and hold down the lower switch. The lift table will lower until the deck has reached its minimum lowered height of 27″ or the switch is released. Adjust the onboard flow control by hand to adjust lowering speeds, and always use proper safety precautions required by your environment.

Deck Rotation is done in the same way as manual lift tables, by loosening the lock handle under the deck and rotating the deck 360º degrees in either direction at any height. Don’t forget to tighten the lock handle to lock it in place, and position the lock handle arm towards the floor to prevent possible damage. The floor lock also operates in the same way as the manual version, requiring you to push the pedal down until it locks, and is released by pressing up on the small pedal until the large pedal snaps up.

In our next post, we’ll cover the operation of the Lange Lift battery lift tables and air lift tables.

Contact us today to learn more

Since 1934, Lange Lift has been manufacturing high ­quality hydraulic lift tables, scissor lifts, and custom lift ­products for material handling in a wide array of industries across the world. Contact us today to learn more about what our great products can do for your business.

Electric Powered Lift Tables: Strong, Easy to Use, and Dependable

In 1934, the founder and creative talent behind Lange Lifts, Anthony Lange, developed a hydraulic lift table with exceptional functionality and longevity. He was truly ahead of his time, as revolutions in the science of ergonomics and human factors were still decades off. However, the workers who were fortunate enough to use a Lange lift table knew that this product was a game changer.

As years passed and Lange Lifts grew, we embraced new technologies and efficiencies and integrated them into our products. One of the first logical next steps for the design of the hydraulic lift table was to add electricity. Enabling workers to raise and lower their work surface with the touch of a button was another game changer, allowing complete and easy adjustability and smooth operation for modern machinists, welders, and other hard-working individuals.

Today, Lange Lifts uses modern technology to build the best electric powered lift tables on the market. Electric powered lift tables are ideal for stationary applications where raising and lowering speeds are crucial for maximum efficiency. No need for manually pumping the table, simply press down the foot switches for quick, ergonomic performance. Not only does this save valuable time in the manufacturing or repair process, but the smooth motion enabled by electric operation makes an electric powered lift table useful in extremely delicate work that may not be appropriate for manual lift tables.

With a formed and welded 1/4″ thick flat steel deck and 360 degree continuous rotation with lock handle, our electric lift tables are built to handle any situation. Below the deck, formed steel legs and welded steel frame rest on 5 inch diameter cast iron rigid or swivel casters and a foot actuated floor lock, enabling hands-free operation. Deck sizes range from 24” x 24” to 48” x 48”, and capacities from 1000 lbs to 5000 lbs. With 18 full inches of vertical travel, from 27” to a height of 45”, and a durable Machine Green finish (with custom colors available), Lange Lift electric powered hydraulic lift tables are built to exceed expectations.

Contact us today to learn more

Since 1934, Lange Lift has been manufacturing high ­quality hydraulic lift tables, scissor lifts, and custom lift ­products for material handling in a wide array of industries across the world. Contact us today to learn more about what our great products can do for your business.