Installation

RW Garage Equipment are widely experienced in all forms of garage lift installation with clients including the home enthusiast, small independents to large dealerships along with commercial vehicle workshops throughout the country – a pretty comprehensive scope.

Every installation is professionally managed, compliant to current Health and Safety Regulations, with initial discussions comprising of Lift Type, Lift Location and customer expectation and responsibility. This especially important for any enthusiasts home Installation.

Our Garage Equipment Association accredited engineers will ensure that you get the best possible service and advice from start to finish. All our work is guaranteed for 12 months plus any equipment guarantees acquired at purchase.

All clients receive condition reports and installation certificates by our LOLER accredited inspectors on completion of the installation

Self – Installation

Whereas we would not recommend self installation you should be aware that should you decide to go down that route that car lifts are obviously very heavy and will require at least two people with handling equipment to safely lift the columns and platforms into place. Following which the erection would require inspection by a qualified individual to ensure its capacity and LOLER compliance as an independent installation certificate must be issued for insurance purposes.


Installation Requirements

Prior to Installation the lift will require an individual 3-phase / Single phase connection. The electrical supply to the lift should also embody an earth leakage circuit breaker having appropriate characteristics in accordance with BS 7671.
• Permanent electrical connection to be completed by a qualified electrician.

The Floor Condition
• The concrete floor should be level and of the correct strength and depth to enable the lift to be erected safely.
• The lift must be installed on a level concrete floor, having minimum thickness of 12.5cm* with a minimum grade of M25 as used in general construction situations and must be relatively smooth and levelled in all directions. *The depth of concrete can be ascertained by a simple test drilling of 12mm diameter that confirms our minimum depth requirement.
• We do not under any circumstances install lifts on asphalt.

It is imperative that the floor on which the lift is to be installed meets the above requirements.
• At the very least it will reduce the performance of the lift or incur property damage or personal injury
• Failure by the purchaser to confirm these recommended requirements may result in the lift not being able to be erected and will incur a charge of 60% of the quotation..

Electrical
• Whereas electrical testing can be under taken by RW Garage Equipment to confirm the operation of the equipment it is legally required that the final electrical installation must be undertaken by a qualified electrical engineer.
• On the assumption that this is a 240v single phase installation it must be noted that the electrical breakers should be a 32 amp ‘C’ or ‘D’ rated breaker due to the initial loading of the motor on start up as opposed to standard ‘A’ and ‘B’ rated breakers which operate up to 16 and 32 amps respectively.

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Legal Requirements

General

  • The vehicle lift should be installed taking into account its position and the accessibility of all parts so that periodic examinations, testing, maintenance and repairs can be readily and safely carried out. 
  • The suitability of the floor or surface; e.g. concrete etc., should be assessed in order to confirm its capability of supporting localized loads that are imposed by maximum loads when operating the vehicle lift.
  • Regulation 6 of LOLER [2] requires that the lifting equipment is positioned or installed in such a way as to reduce, to as low as is reasonably practicable, the risk of the equipment or load striking a person.  Therefore, in addition to the positioning of the lift, the lifting operation being carried out should be assessed before the equipment is installed.                                                                           
  • Fixed vehicle lifts should be positioned so that throughout their range of movement any moving part is either at least 600mm away from, or not more than 12mm away from the nearest fixed structure.  Fixed vehicle lifts should not be less than 600mm away from any other adjacent fixed structure throughout the movement of the lift.
  • Where a vehicle lift is being installed adjacent to any other equipment that moves vertically, the clearance between the equipment and the lift should be at least 600mm.  Consideration should be given prior to installation to the position of adjacent doorways and other possible hazards.

 

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RW Garage Equipment Ltd,

Unit R,
Nantwich Road Stanthorne,
Middlewich,
Cheshire,
CW10 0LH