The new Retrofit 60 inground lift enables fleets to replace their failing heavy-duty inground lifts with new, high
-capacity models using their existing pits. From Rotary Lift, the retrofit offers a “significant upfront saving in
expense, installation time, and shop downtime.”
Old traditional-style inground lifts were installed with the rear piston unprotected in the ground, and the front
piston located in a concrete vault/pit. To replace these lifts with modern inground lifts other than the Retrofit
60, the existing pits must be demolished and replaced with new concrete. This usually costs at least $20,000 to
$30,000 per pit, says Rotary.
To increase the life of the Retrofit 60, the rear piston is installed in its own housing. This protects the piston
from the two biggest enemies of hydraulic cylinders: corrosion and electrolysis. The front piston is located in the concrete vault.
Upgrading from an antiquated inground lift to a Retrofit 60 is said to offer a number of performance improvements
as well. For one, it can lift up to 60,000 lb, while most old inground types max out at 36,000 lb. Also, since its
front superstructure fully retracts, the lift can accommodate lower-profile vehicles that have limited ground
clearance, including trucks with snowplows and those using wide-single tires.
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