Material lifts are used by many construction professionals to lift materials up to the desired workspace height. Lifts are available in varying height and weight capacities to accommodate specific construction needs. The components of a lift include a supportive base, lifting power source, vertical beam, and lifting forks or load platforms.
Sheet metal and HVAC workers must work overhead when installing duct systems. Using duct lifts allows materials to be raised to the desired workspace without placing stress on the body. The lift supports the weight of the duct and other materials.
Material lifts have versatile applications. With the proper lift and lift accessories, materials such as metal, ventilation ducts, drywall, and electrical fixtures can be lifted to desired work heights. Many types of duct lifts and other material lifts are available. Depending on the requirements of the job, lifts can raise materials weighing up to 1000 pounds from 5 – 26 feet.
Manual, electric, pneumatic, and hydraulic lifts are available.. Manual hand cranks are available on lifts with low weight capabilities. Electric winches with automatic chargers or compressed air lifts facilitate faster lifting of materials while decreasing stress on the lift operator.
Lifts are designed for easy transport and set-up. Transport and set-up can often be accomplished by one person. Most lifts have casters and are able to roll over uneven surfaces. Many lifts also have the ability to fold or compress for ease of transport.
Many accessories are available to customize a lift for a specific job. Different base designs, including straddle bases and counterweight bases, allow lifts to straddle objects and get closer to the load destination. A variety of loading platforms provide support and cradling of odd shaped materials.