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  • Tire Changer Upgrade Announcement First Quarter 2013
    Lifts 2 Post Lift Parts Accessories 4 Post Lift Parts Accessories Mid Low Rise Lifts Mid Low Rise Lift Parts Accessories Car Rotisserie Specialty Heavy Duty Lifts Tire Changers Wheel Balancers Tire Changer Wheel Balancer Combos Tire Changer Parts Accessories Wheel Balancer Parts Accessories Transmission Jacks Jack Stands Oil Drains Hose Reels Brake Lathes Air Compressors Popular Brands Weaver Equipment Weaver Lift Direct Lift Forward Lift K L Supply Hofmann Droptail ReelCraft Champion Compressors Our Newsletter Your First Name Your Email Address Home Press Tire Changers Upgrade 2013 Tire Changers Upgrade 2013 For immediate release Fort Worth Tx Derek Weaver Company Inc announces several new features found on the Weaver Tire Changer models W 894XS and W 898XS These two commercial grade tire changers are kicking it up a few notches with the addition of 5 new features Weaver Tire Changer model W 898XS Beginning May 2013 the new XS Models will include the following upgrades Stainless Steel Bead Breaker Cylinder for Longer Service Life Faster Bead Breaker with Quick Deflation Valves Improves Cylinder Speed from 6 seconds to 3 seconds New Bead Breaker Force is Increased by 1 5 times Larger Hex Bar Support to Resist Flex on Tough Low Profile Tires Was 36mm now 41mm doubling the strength X shape turntable provides cutouts for better visibility under the wheel when clamping the outside of the rim Stainless Steel Bead Breaker Cylinder equipped with Quick Deflation Valves The new features are noted as product upgrades to the popular W 894 and W898 series tire changers Derek Weaver states The bead breakers on these changers have always been good reliable performers Now we have a more powerful stainless cylinder that will give even longer life and cycle twice as fast as most machines on the market The mounting duckhead is also improved with a larger stronger Hex Bar to prevent flexing on todays tough low profile tires Another great addition is the new X shape turntable to provide a better view under the wheel when clamping from the outside of the rim We are proud to add these new feature upgrades to the Weaver Tire Changer brand and support it with our outstanding customer service New X Turntable with Cutouts for Better View Under Wheel About Derek Weaver Company Inc Established in 1984 and headquartered in Fort Worth TX Derek Weaver Company Inc specializes in providing lifts and shop equipment to automotive motorcycle enthusiasts car motorcycle dealers classic and collector car owners astute collectors and repair shops around the world The company sells products from the highest quality manufacturers in the industry including the Direct Lift Weaver Lift Forward Lift K L Supply and Weaver Equipment brands For more information on the W 894XS and W 898XS tire changers visit their website at www derekweaver com or call 888 560 9510 Categories Biker s Garage Motorcycle Lifts Motorcycle Jacks Motorcycle Lift Parts Accessories K L Supply Parts Accessories Motorcycle Tire Changers Motorcycle Wheel Balancers Motorcycle Tire Changer Wheel Balancer Combos

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  • Rotary Lift acquires Direct Lift
    Changer Parts Accessories Motorcycle Wheel Balancer Parts Accessories Motorcycle Tie Downs Air Compressors T Shirts Hats Garage Signs Weaver Wear Weaver Wear Rodder s Garage 2 Post Lifts 4 Post Lifts 2 Post Lift Parts Accessories 4 Post Lift Parts Accessories Mid Low Rise Lifts Mid Low Rise Lift Parts Accessories Car Rotisserie Specialty Heavy Duty Lifts Tire Changers Wheel Balancers Tire Changer Wheel Balancer Combos Tire Changer Parts Accessories Wheel Balancer Parts Accessories Transmission Jacks Jack Stands Oil Drains Hose Reels Brake Lathes Air Compressors Popular Brands Weaver Equipment Weaver Lift Direct Lift Forward Lift K L Supply Hofmann Droptail ReelCraft Champion Compressors Our Newsletter Your First Name Your Email Address Home Press Direct Lift Acquisition Direct Lift Acquisition For immediate release Direct Lift founder and co owner Derek Weaver is proud to announce the sale of the Direct Lift and Hanmecson Lift companies to Rotary Lift Consolidated Vehicle Service Group a Dover Corporation company Dover Corp is a multi billion dollar NYSE traded NYSE DOV diversified manufacturer of a wide range of proprietary products and components for industrial and commercial use RLC VSG is the largest car truck motorcycle lift manufacturer in the world RLC VSG is headquartered in Madison Indiana and will now operate 3 manufacturing facilities in Madison China and Europe This acquisition allows RLC VSG to have an ISO 9001 certified manufacturing facility on 3 continents as well as the 1 commercial grade enthusiast and residential brand Direct Lift The RLC VSG brands have long been the products of choice for professional technicians says Gary Kennon RLC VSG president This acquisition enables us to expand our efforts to also equip homeowners and car motorcycle enthusiasts with the right lifts to meet their needs ANNOUNCES AQUISITION Rotary Lift President Gary Kennon discusses his company s recent purchase of a company that produces lifts mainly used for motorcycles and auto enthusiasts The company Direct Lift and Hanmecson International is based in Fort Worth Texas and produces its lifts in China copyright Photo by Ken Ritchie of The Madison Courier Derek Weaver adds Since founding the Direct Lift marketing model in 1999 with Ken Thompson it is a proud day to see our vision reach the top of the industry This acquisition will remove any confusion faced by lift owners in a market that has seen a few Asian companies try to compete in our arena The future of Direct Lift could not be in better hands and we expect an even better level of performance in all areas of support Derek Weaver Co Inc will continue to operate the Direct Lift sales service warehouse in Fort Worth Texas Categories Biker s Garage Motorcycle Lifts Motorcycle Jacks Motorcycle Lift Parts Accessories K L Supply Parts Accessories Motorcycle Tire Changers Motorcycle Wheel Balancers Motorcycle Tire Changer Wheel Balancer Combos Motorcycle Tire Changer Parts Accessories Motorcycle Wheel Balancer Parts Accessories Motorcycle Tie Downs Air Compressors T Shirts Hats Garage Signs Weaver Wear Weaver Wear Rodder s Garage 2 Post Lifts

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  • 2 Post Lift, Two Post Lift, Auto Lift, Car Lift - Derek Weaver Company
    the rear adapters need to have the topside of the rear adapters leaned toward the rear of the vehicle forming a V Likewise if the topside of the front adapters are leaned towards the rear of the vehicle then the topside of the rear adapters need to be leaned towards the front of the vehicle forming an A Flip Up adapters shown here forming a V with the topside of the adapters away from each other This method is used on both inground and above ground lifts with flip up adapters Wheel Contact Drive On Two Post Lift The wheel contact drive on lift is equipped with runways instead of lift arms This lift type is one which all four wheels are supported Roller jacks can be added in between the runways to provide a means for lifting the wheels free from the runways These jacks which are air or hydraulic powered are used to raise either end of the car for wheels free service work After the vehicle is raised the jack is lowered onto a mechanical safety latch When using one of these jacks keep hands clear and be sure to extend each of the lift arms an equal amount to avoid uneven loading Be sure that a wheels free jack is lowered all of the way before driving into or out of the lift When driving a vehicle onto a wheel contact lift be sure that the front tires are centered at equal distances from the edges of the ramps These lifts have secondary stops for roll off protection at the front and rear After spotting the vehicle always use manual wheel chocks to prevent the car from rolling Wheel Contact Drive On 2 Post Lift Some advantages of wheel contact drive on lifts are 1 A vehicle can be raised safely even when its engine has been removed Trying to lift such a vehicle on a frame contact lift can be dangerous because the center of gravity has been changed and the load could become unbalanced 2 The center of the underside of the vehicle is accessible This is important for exhaust system and transmission work 3 For quick easy service the vehicle requires no set up of lift adapters 4 Wheels are in contact with the wheel ramps This is necessary for wheel alignment and exhaust work Surface Mount Lifts Above ground surface mount lifts became popular in the 1970 s They are mounted completely above the concrete floor Most surface mount lifts require a minimum of 4 depth concrete with a minimum compressive strength of 3000 PSI to support the anchor bolts Lifts with higher rated capacities can require a minimum of 6 depth of concrete Anchor bolts must be torqued to the manufacturer s specification and checked periodically according to the maintenance guide in the lift s manual There are also specifications for the minimum amount of depth the anchor bolt needs to be embedded in the concrete For example most 2 post lifts up to 10 000 lb capacities will require an anchor bolt that is 5 5 length by width with a minimum embedment depth of 3 25 This means once the bolt is torqued to spec the minimum amount above the floor must be no more than 2 25 to achieve the minimum of 3 25 embedment Ease of installation is one advantage of surface mount lifts They are also relatively portable and can be relocated in another location in case a business or shop owner decides to move to another location They also do not have the problem of pollution of the ground water like an in ground lift if a hydraulic fluid leak occurs A surface mount lift is also easier to maintain or repair because it requires no excavation Surface mount lifts are also less likely to leak oil into the ground an environmental concern The most popular style of surface mounted lifts is a two post drive through frame engaging type It has two lifting carriages each one supporting two swing arms The carriages are synchronized so that they travel as level and together as possible To keep the two carriages moving together steel cables chain synchronized motors or hydraulic circuits are used The most common synchronization type in the USA is the steel cable The steel synchronization cable and pulley is shown to the right of the hydraulic cylinder The synchronizing cables and parts are attached to each post either by routing through an overhead beam or underneath a floor plate cover The overhead beam style usually requires a minimum of a 12 foot ceiling height and leaves the floor clear between the columns The floor plate design is usually used with a lower ceiling height Most floor plate designs will fit under a 10 foot ceiling The cables do not carry the lift load they are only used for equalization of the hydraulic cylinders The load is borne by the cylinders carriages and lift arms Adjusting the cables allows the safety locks in each column to be level and engage at the same time The hydraulic system consists of an electric power unit hydraulic hoses and the two cylinders one in each column The power unit includes the electric motor pump and reservoir tank all in one unit Electric Hydraulic Power Unit The electric motor requires 220 volt power on a 30 amp circuit Most shops will prefer to drop the power down from the ceiling for hookup to the motor switch box as per local code The hydraulic pump is mounted between the motor and the reservoir tank The pump is equipped with valves that have preset pressure limits to prevent lifting over the rated capacity DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ADJUST THE FACTORY SETTINGS OF THE PRESSURE VALVE When the up button is pressed the fluid is pressurized and sent along the hoses to the cylinders to provide lift to the carriages and arms The pump also has a lowering valve that is

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  • 4 Post Lift - Four Post Lift - Derek Weaver Company
    Roller Jacks On a wheel contact lift the wheels are supported unless a wheel free roller jack is used These jacks which are air powered and or hydraulic are used to raise either the front or rear of the car for wheels free work After the vehicle is raised the jack is lowered onto a mechanical safety latch When using one of these jacks keep hands clear and be sure to extend each of the lift arms an equal amount to avoid uneven loading Be sure that a wheels free jack is lowered all of the way before driving into or out of the lift OR 14 Four Wheel Alignment Lift with Open Front Design Front Turntables Rear Slip Plates and 2 RJ 70 Roller Jacks Surface Mount Lifts Above ground surface mount lifts became popular in the 1970 s They are mounted completely above the concrete floor Most surface mount lifts require a minimum of 4 depth concrete with a minimum compressive strength of 3000 PSI to support the lift columns and or anchor bolts Enthusiast style lifts do not require anchoring but can still be anchored if desired Lifts with higher rated capacities can require a minimum of 6 depth of concrete Anchor bolts must be torqued to the manufacturer s specification and checked periodically according to the maintenance guide in the lift s manual There are also specifications for the minimum amount of depth the anchor bolt needs to be embedded in the concrete For example most 4 post lifts up to 14 000 lb capacities will require an anchor bolt that is 5 5 length by either ⅝ or width with a minimum embedment depth of 3 25 This means once the bolt is torqued to spec the minimum amount above the floor must be no more than 2 25 to achieve the minimum of 3 25 embedment Follow the particular lift models manual for exact dimensions Ease of installation is one advantage of surface mount lifts They are also relatively portable enthusiast models are portable without anchors and can be relocated in another location in case a business or shop owner decides to move to another location They also do not have the problem of pollution of the ground water like an in ground lift if a hydraulic fluid leak occurs A surface mount lift is also easier to maintain or repair because it requires no excavation Surface mount lifts are also less likely to leak oil into the ground an environmental concern One of the most popular types of surface mounted lifts is the four post wheel engaging type It has four posts two lifting crossrails each one supporting two drive on runways The crossrails are synchronized so that they travel as level and together as possible To keep the two crossrails moving together steel cables chain synchronized motors or hydraulic circuits are used The most common synchronization type in the USA is the steel cable The hydraulic cylinder steel lifting cables and pulleys

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  • Auto Lifts Features and Functions Auto Lift - Derek Weaver Company
    for both lifting methods and drive through clearance For Loading The arms are positioned parallel in the front and parallel in the back allowing the vehicle to enter with the most drive through clearance Once the vehicle is in position the arms are swung in to reach each lifting point under the vehicle with equal weight on each arm SuperSymmetric Lift Arms with Symmetric Columns Baseplate and Overhead Lift Designs Baseplate 2 Post Auto Lifts offer features that allow the lift to be installed under lower ceiling heights than overhead models Most baseplate designs can be installed under a 10 foot ceiling because of the shorter column height The typical baseplate column is 9 3 in overall height Note The ceiling may become the height limitation for lifting some vehicles because the vehicle could travel up higher than the columns The baseplate style utilizes a floor plate to cover the hydraulic hose and cables that run between the 2 posts This plate hence the name baseplate is only 1 in height and has become lower and lower over time to become less of an obstacle than in early years The baseplate is ramped on each side to allow for easy rollover for vehicles jacks tool boxes and other shop equipment Baseplate Style 2 Post Auto Lift with SuperSymmetric Arms Lift arms used on baseplate lifts are typically symmetrical due to presence of the baseplate Using asymmetric arms is not available because the baseplate will not allow the asymmetric front arms to fold back towards the rear for loading However SuperSymmetric arms have become a popular choice because the 3 stage front arms are shorter and can still lift asymmetrically on some vehicles Note Using SuperSymmetric arms on a baseplate lift does not mean you can load any vehicle asymmetrically Pay attention that the weight is place equally on each of the 4 arms Overhead Style 2 Post Auto Lifts are available in many variations and heights The most common height for overhead lifts will allow the lift to fit under a 12 ceiling Thus the overall height is typically around 142 or 11 10 Some models offer the ability to be raised during installation to a secondary height setting if more ceiling height is available This higher setting can help on some taller vehicles but most common trucks and vans are fine with the lower setting If you have the space you might as well use it right Overhead lifts can also be as tall as 14 in higher capacity models used for utility and heavier service trucks With the overhead design the hydraulic hose and cables are ran through the overhead beam to each column One benefit in doing this is it leaves a clear floor between the columns This leaves the floor clear of obstructions for rolling jacks tool boxes and other shop equipment between the lift columns The overhead beam will also have an overhead shut off bar or cable mounted just below the beam This device

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  • Car Lift Understanding Set Up and Routine Maintenance
    information When marking the spot for the columns to be bolted down determine where they will be in relation to your largest vehicle The center of gravity will typically be based on whether the vehicle is front wheel drive or rear wheel drive and if the lift is asymmetric symmetric or supersymmetric According to the Automotive Lift Institute On rear wheel drive cars the center of gravity is usually below the driver s seat On front wheel drive cars the center of gravity is usually slightly in front of the driver s seat beneath the steering wheel This may help guide you to determine the proper column location Determining the Center of Gravity Helps to Locate Lift Columns Electrical Hook Up Proper electrical planning is very useful when positioning the lift Considering the electrical hook up before the lift is placed can save you a lot of time Most car lifts today have columns that face each other squarely as opposed to being turned on angle When the columns are straight and square to each other it means you can place the front lifting arms on either side of the lift or approach the lift from either direction depending on your needs This gives you the added flexibility to place the column with the power unit mounting bracket on either side because you can arrange the arms to enter from either direction So if it is easier to run your electrical drop to one side versus the other just place the power unit column on that side Note It is common practice for commercial shops to place the power unit column on the passenger side of a 2 post car lift Doing so allows the operator to position the car get out and set the arms on the drivers side walk to the passenger side and set those arms stand up and use the power unit to raise the lift Can be a real step time saver Bleeding The Hydraulic Cylinders Once the lift is installed and before you have raised a vehicle it is important to remove any air that has been trapped in the hydraulic system For 2 post car lifts that have direct drive hydraulic cylinders there will be a bleeder screw on top of the cylinder Use the following steps to bleed the air out Raise the lift about 12 off the floor and locate the bleeder screw on top of either cylinder Loosen the bleeder screw slightly to let the air escape without removing the screw Tighten the screw back when only fluid is coming out and no air Repeat the process for the other cylinder Next lower the lift all the way down and then raise the lift up and down 1 full cycles This will help any remaining air to flow back into the cylinders Lower the lift back down and then raise to about 12 Repeat steps 1 and 2 to remove any remaining air For chain over cylinder car lifts simply

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  • Car Rotisserie Restoration - Derek Weaver Company
    Parts Accessories Transmission Jacks Jack Stands Oil Drains Hose Reels Brake Lathes Air Compressors Popular Brands Weaver Equipment Weaver Lift Direct Lift Forward Lift K L Supply Hofmann Droptail ReelCraft Champion Compressors Our Newsletter Your First Name Your Email Address Home Learn Car Rotisserie Car Rotisserie Restoration with an Car Rotisserie Car restoration is a painstaking process for sure but there s no other hobby that s quite as rewarding Because when you are finished you can get behind the wheel and drive your handiwork around for everyone to see You become one with the very parts that you yourself brought back to life and the satisfaction that you feel is absolutely amazing Whoever claimed you can t get no satisfaction had never restored a car The passion for the car we once owned or the one a friend or family member had is what drives our desire to restore and keep those fond memories alive There is a special feeling we get when we are in the presence of a cool ride that is in pristine condition When we see an older model car that looks so good that it appears as new it can only mean one thing it has been totally restored by means of a rotisserie Weaver Car Rotisserie shown with Hydraulic Package 5 Poly Casters and Rotator Handle A rotisserie restoration is when we totally disassemble the car and the body is taken off the frame The body and or frame is then placed on a car rotisserie Once balanced and raised to the proper height it can be turned or rotated to show every space on the car Any type of service that the body frame needs can be accomplished while mounted on the auto rotisserie It can be sandblasted to the bare metal have any type of body work completed primed painted and reassembled the same way the factory did it with every angle accessible at a comfortable working height Camaro Body Mounted on a Car Rotisserie The rotisserie is truly the key to obtaining an as new condition for any restoration project It is important to note that there is a variety of adapters to have when using this piece of equipment Certain adapters such as Valance Brackets allow easy hookup to valance support Universal Door Bars used to support brace the door jams when door is removed Universal Body Brackets customizing plates for matching body mount holes and Leaf Spring Brackets for easier spring mount hookup can make the task of mounting the body frame a much easier job As with any job the right equipment and tools can make all the difference and save valuable time Universal Door Bars and Universal Leaf Spring Brackets Universal Body Brackets and Valance Brackets When selecting an auto rotisserie for your next project it is important to note Some equipment distributors charge extra for each adapter while others may choose to include the most popular adapters as standard equipment Some suppliers also charge extra

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  • Certified Car Lifts - Behind The Gold Label
    requirements to achieve CE marking which allows free movement and sale of the product throughout the European Economic Area not the USA Nowadays a more common sentiment we hear from informed shop owners is My insurance company wouldn t cover it if it wasn t Certified or Our local building code required our lifts to be Certified It is important to understand that the lift industry in the USA is a self regulated industry One can purchase a lift that is certified as well as non certified Non certified lifts must be scrutinized very closely to determine their quality and overall value Derek Weaver Company sells both lift types and is only engaged with quality manufacturers There s a lot that goes into earning this label so we felt obligated to share the following article with you to gain a better understanding about what the certification means Behind the Gold Label By Bart Patton The vast majority of building code enforcement agencies now require all vehicle lifts installed within their jurisdictions to be certified WHAT DOES CERTIFICATION MEAN You may have noticed a gold label on the lifts you use but do you know what that label represents and what it means to you In basic terms a certified lift is one whose design has been tested and continuously inspected by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory or NRTL as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA The gold label certification mark on your lift whether it is a heavy duty in ground model used to service a fleet of buses or a modest four post product built for the weekend wrencher means the lift meets a consensus standard for safety The standard used by all prudent lift manufacturers to design and construct their lifts is ANSI ALI ALCTV Standard for Automotive Lifts Safety Requirements for Construction Testing and Validation current edition 2011 That s a lot of letters but each is an important part of the whole that ensures a certified lift meets minimum requirements Let s break it down ANSI ANSI stands for the American National Standards Institute which oversees the issuance of more than 35 000 standards in the U S ANSI standards cover everything from abbreviation to zinc plating and address safety performance materials procedures and testing ANSI also grants accreditation to certification programs like those offered by the Automotive Lift Institute ALI and administered by Intertek which is an NRTL for hundreds of different safety standards ALI ALI is a trade association of North American based lift manufacturers Its mission is to promote the safe design construction installation inspection and use of vehicle lifts In doing so ALI aims to reduce lift related accidents damage and injuries ALI developed the first commercial standard covering vehicle lifts in 1947 Today ALI sponsors several national lift safety standards and offers third party certification programs for vehicle lifts and lift inspectors ALCTV 2011 ALCTV is the standard for Automotive Lift Construction Testing and Validation The consensus body

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