Heavy Equipment Repair Services Charlotte

Liftgate Repairs

Loading and unloading commercial trucks without liftgates is both a time and labor-intensive process. The benefits of liftgates are numerous:

Having a proper maintenance schedule for your liftgates helps prevent sudden breakdowns and consequent disruptions. We offer such a maintenance plan. We also repair and replace damaged liftgates.

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    A liftgate works by mechanisms that include hydraulic and electrical components that must work successfully together in order for the liftgate to function properly. Maintenance is required for this device

    Common liftgate problems:

    Liftgates use hydraulic systems for the lifting and electrical ones for control. Causes for failure included:

    Preventative Maintenance

    Prevention is better than cure applies to machinery just as well as it applies to medicine. In the same way, you wash your hands before eating so you don’t have to run to the doctor with a stomach bug every week, servicing your liftgate regularly helps prevent a lot of unwanted surprises.

    Preventive maintenance is necessary due to the often high costs of unscheduled breakdowns. You may not just have to pay for the repairs but for the opportunity cost of having grounded equipment and maybe even the wages of workers who showed up and had to stop work midway because the equipment broke down.

    Heavy Equipment Repair Services Charleston offers a great maintenance plan for liftgates. We also keep a maintenance log. This tracks all issues over time, making it easier to anticipate and diagnose new ones.

    Liftgate Installation

    Before installing a liftgate, you should consider:

    Hydraulic or Mechanical

    Mechanical liftgates are cheaper than hydraulic liftgates both in terms of purchase price and maintenance costs. But hydraulic liftgates can lift heavier loads and have a longer lifespan.

    The choice between the two is often a personal one and depends on your needs. You will need to think it through carefully and decide which one suits you best.

    Platform Size

    Platform size is influenced by how big your truck is and how heavy the load is expected to be. Putting a large liftgate on a small truck may not be practical. Cost also plays a role. Larger and more powerful liftgates cost more.

    Platform Construction

    Liftgates are built of either steel or aluminum. The choice between which platform to use involves tradeoffs.

    Aluminum liftgates are light (compared to steel ones), rust-free, and have a better strength-to-weight ratio than steel liftgates. The downside is that they cost more.

    Steel liftgates are cheaper than aluminum liftgates. The downside is that they’re heavier and need constant maintenance to stave off rust.

    Gate Types

    This refers to how a liftgate is stowed away when not in use. There are two kinds:

    Truck-under liftgates are stowed under the truck. They’re retracted for use and stowed away again.

    Rail-liftgates fold over the back door of the truck. They’re lowered for loading and folded again afterward.

    Heavy Equipment Repair Services Charleston installs, maintains, repairs, and replaces liftgates of all types.

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