This section provides an overview for portable lifts as well as their applications and principles. Also, please take a look at the list of 10 portable lift manufacturers and their company rankings.
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A portable lift is a labor-saving device that lifts and transports loads with forks or tables that go up and down, or maintains loads at a high level, and is sometimes also called a hand lift.
There are level lifters that maintain the height of the table even if the weight of the load changes by maintaining the height with a set spring pressure, and jib lifters used for suspending, lifting, and lowering loads.
Lifting and lowering of loads can be done manually (by gripping the handle, foot pedal, etc.) or automatically by electric power.
The most common type of mobile lifter is a manual lift called a "Bishamon," which is used to lift and transport single-sided pallets or box-shaped pallets.
Jib lifts are used for attaching and detaching heavy parts such as molds and heavy lids from above, for transporting and assembling heavy materials on processing machines, and at construction sites.
Level lifters are used when processors take parts and perform tasks, such as assembly. Since the height can be maintained at a constant level, even when the number of parts is reduced, the parts remain in the same position, reducing the burden on the worker who has to bend over.
Portable lifts are convenient and easy-to-use transportation device that can lift and transport quite important objects with a load capacity of 3300 lb or more, thus reducing the burden on people.
Lifters for heavy objects are made of heavy materials such as iron or stainless steel, and are very heavy, but some are made of aluminum and are easy to use even for people with limited strength. While aluminum lifters have the features of light weight and good portability, the payload capacity may be as small as several thousand pounds, and the lifter may fall over if the load is placed on the edge.
In the manual type, moving the prop back and forth applies hydraulic pressure to raise the forks and table, and squeezing the lever on the prop releases the hydraulic pressure and lowers the forks and table. There is also a pedal system in which the operator steps on it with his or her foot.
In many cases, only the tires on the operator's side are "free" to move freely, so care must be taken when moving them.
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