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Got Turf Equipment Lift Questions? We’ve Got Turf Equipment Lift Answers!

January 25th, 2010

The definitive turf lift buyer's guide.

It’s surprising to learn how many golf course maintenance facilities still haven’t experienced the speed and efficiency of a turf equipment lift. Turf lifts are specially engineered to aid in the repair, service and maintenance of grounds maintenance utility vehicles like mowers, sand groomers and fertilizer sprayers, as well as carts. Though the concept is hardly a new one, it’s only with the recent advancements in course maintenance technology that a turf equipment lift has become an absolute necessity for any golf course or resort maintenance team that wishes to have their grounds remain in a constant state of manicured perfection. Turf equipment lifts are extremely useful for everything from performing bed knife adjustments to whole machine rebuilding projects. With better visibility, safety and speed, turf equipment lifts have become the essential cornerstone of a well-run shop. Improvements in productivity, performance and down-time allow reasonably priced turf lifts to pay for themselves in less than a year, while simultaneously reducing stress, strain and precious wasted time. The more the turf equipment lift is used, the more benefit the operator gains from it and the quicker it pays for itself. Turf equipment lifts give you peace of mind in knowing that your mowing equipment receives the best care available and that your grass has never looked so good.

Below are a few frequently asked questions about turf lifts.


Q: I’ve been doing fine so far without a turf equipment lift, why should I get one now?
A: Remember that before 1970, golf course and ground maintenance was mostly accomplished with the aid of many, many hands performing manual labor. With the evolution of golf course equipment in the ‘70s and ‘80s, the tools became much more sophisticated. Today, a full 18-hole golf course can be run by around a dozen people—and golf courses are looking better than ever. The same can be said for turf equipment lifts. You can either have all the inefficiency of a large manual workforce or you can upgrade to a quick, lean operation with a new turf equipment lift. Many shops have discovered that with the proper turf lifting equipment, they only require one full-time mechanic to service all their mowers, sprayers and carts.

Q: How will a BendPak turf lift benefit my golf course?
A: Cut and height uniformity is directly affected by the quality of the repair. The quality of the repair is directly affected by the tools and equipment you use. When it is quick and easy to properly perform maintenance on your turf machinery with a turf equipment lift, it makes more sense to immediately fix the problem instead of adding it to your “to do” list. Equipment runs better longer when worn components and loose bolts are discovered early and repaired quickly. Only the convenience of a turf equipment lift allows you to identify the problem and work on it without obstruction or hindrance.

Q: What’s wrong with the “If it ain’t broken it, don’t fix it” policy?
A: Quite simply, when you wait for the equipment to break, you’ve now got broken equipment to contend with. However, we’re finding more and more the cost of maintenance and repair is far less than the price of fixing a broken piece of turf maintenance machinery. Owning an efficient turf equipment lift gives you the power to predict possible future problems and catch them before they begin to affect your day to day operations. A high performance specialty turf lift only takes a few moments to load and raise for easy service and examination. Your equipment receives more accurate adjustments to improve performance and critical inspections take less time, so you are never down for long.

Q: What makes BendPak turf equipment lifts better than any other option on the market?
A: BendPak turf lifts are built on the same award-winning platform as the XPR‐10CX car lift. So not only do you get a premier turf equipment lift, but you also get the flexibility of an automobile two-post lift as well. That means that you get the most versatile lawn maintenance and utility vehicle lift ever built, backed by BendPak’s 45 years of lifting know-how and fantastic support program. Our super-industrial strength turf equipment lifts have it all: leading edge technology, top of the line materials, design that’s ahead of its time and a 7,000-lb. lifting capacity. If your shop has a ceiling higher than 12’, you’ll get everything you need out of this lift.

Q: Doesn’t the overhead beam interfere with normal turf equipment lifting functions?
A: It’s extremely unlikely that you employ any turf maintenance equipment that would be in danger of coming into contact with the overhead beam. However, in the event that you do, BendPak also offers a floorplate turf equipment lift. No matter what you’re working on, BendPak always has the right tool for the job.

Q: What about claims that car lifts and maintenance equipment do not mix?
A: This is largely a myth spread by turf lift companies that, more or less, only manufacture and sell turf equipment lifts. Generally, they assume that a turf equipment lift manufactured by a company that also designs and manufactures automotive lifts will be using the same swing-arm assemblies on every lift. They also argue that improper use of these arm assemblies violate OSHA by presenting an unguarded pinch point for feet. While that might be true of other turf equipment lift manufacturers, BendPak turf lifts use a specialized lifting deck that cradles the wheels—not nonexistent lifting points. The lifting deck is designed to lift ONLY mowers, carts, sprayers and similar equipment, but the lift itself can easily be adapted to lift automotive vehicles as well. The best part is that you don’t need any strange specialized tools to accomplish the task. We don’t understand how anyone would paint this incredible versatility as a potential flaw.


The bottom line is that BendPak turf equipment lifts are powerful and secure, and they greatly increase the speed of maintenance repair work on all popular sizes of turf maintenance equipment. Their wheel pans and fork assemblies fit an incredible array of wheel arrangements for open access to the gear box, blades, reels and other components for increased shop efficiency. With a 7,000-lb. maximum capacity, easy-to-use dual-synchro equalization system and user-friendly controls, BendPak turf lifts are the most versatile lawn maintenance and utility vehicle lifts in existence. Consider this—when the U.S. Department of Defense with its infinite resources needed a turf lift to keep their manicuring equipment in top form, they bought a BendPak turf equipment lift. If that doesn’t convince you, we don’t know what will. Make sure the grass is always greener on YOUR side of the fence.

Have more questions about turf lifts? Click to see the turf equipment lift product page or just leave a comment below.

The Ranger R980X Tire Changer First Look

January 22nd, 2010

R980X Tire Changer Early Shots - Click Here!

At the end of December, we blogged about the big upgrades coming to Ranger Tire Changers–specifically the Ranger R980X Rim-Guard™ Tire Changer with its huge clamping range and full 2.0 HP motor. Following up on that, we finally got the opportunity to snag a couple pictures of this beautiful tire changing machine.

Service professionals and automotive fans of all ages, we present to you this sneak peek of one of the best rigid-tower tire changers in the world: the Ranger R980X. Check out the official BendPak Flickr page for this exclusive tire changer sneak peek.

BendPak.com Integrates Chat Function for International Customers

January 20th, 2010

Click here to chat live with the BendPak / Ranger International Sales Dpt.

We’ve got some exciting news for our international customers. Today we implemented an “International Sales” chat function on the BendPak website. So it doesn’t matter where in the world you are, you can easily get up-to-date sales information about BendPak / Ranger two-post car lifts, four-post car lifts, parking lifts, specialty lifts, compressors, benders, tire changers, floor jacks, wheel aligners, wheel balancers, tool boxes, motorcycle lifts, garage equipment and more—all from the convenience of your home computer screen. And you don’t even need to make an international call to California to do it.

We hope this makes everyone’s purchasing experience that much easier. Our knowledgeable sales team is waiting on the other end of that chat window every weekday from 8:00 to 16:30 PST.

We can’t wait to hear from you. To try it out, click the button below, which can also be found on every product page and product category page.

Click here to start an online chat session!

Ranger Wheel Service Equipment Spotted on Adam Carolla CarCast

January 5th, 2010

Adam Carolla and Sandy "The Professor" Ganz want to give you a tour of their playground...

This week on Adam Carolla’s CarCast, Adam and Sandy take you on a tour of the garage where they hone their beloved craft. And what is revealed once the curtain is pulled back? A Ranger DST Series Wheel Balancer and a Ranger R26EX Tire Machine!

Naturally, we’re only too happy to see Ranger equipment making garage life better. Here’s some of the things Adam and Sandy have to say about owning Ranger wheel service equipment (from about 19:14 in the podcast).

Ranger equipment exactly where it belongs, in a garage or shop like yours

Sandy: “We got tired of idiots wrecking our rims and leaving blobs of goo. You’ve got to have this kind of equipment.”

Adam: “And you use it no problem.”

Sandy: “Yeah. I remember I was thinking I only have to change like 6,000 tires to break even but it’s the satisfaction of knowing that some jerk-off isn’t going to smash my three-piece rims or put on a whole bunch of tire goo…”

Adam: “Or just waiting in line and doing that thing where the guy tells you to come back in an hour and you come back in an hour and a half and it’s still not ready.”

Sandy: “And the guy is the dirtiest guy in the world. Not discounting the guys that work hard but, eh, enough of that.”

They go on to promise that they will do a tutorial on how use a tire changer sometime in the future. We’d love to see that.

But what are you reading this stuff for? Go listen to the Adam Carolla CarCast now if you haven’t already. Or just click on the video below to get the grand tour.

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