We’ve talked before about the versatility of mobile column lifts — how they can help you save space, work outdoors, or change the layout of your workshop on the fly.
But there’s a lot more to mobile column lifts than the everyday lifting of standard commercial vehicles. And with a fresh perspective (and some supplementary tools), you can squeeze even more value out of what was already one of the best investments your workshop can make.
Here are the alternative uses for your mobile column lifts that you probably didn’t know about:
Our Totalkare Mobile Column Lifts are primarily built for heavy-duty vehicles — from trucks and coaches to HGVs.
But if you’re only using them for the largest of vehicles, you’re not using them to their full potential.
With a simple add-on to your existing column lifts, you can turn two of your columns into a safe and efficient Forklifter System — allowing you to raise forklifts of up to 8,000kg for repairs, maintenance, and the replacement of major components.
Our add-on ramp system turns lifting forklifts into a simple, one-man operation that works with both 3-wheel and 4-wheel forklifts — at a fraction of the cost of buying an entirely new dedicated lift.
And the best part?
It’s a fast and simple attachment that can be changed on the fly. So when you’re finished with your forklifts, you can remove the ramp system and go straight back to raising heavier vehicles — which is a huge boost to both your flexibility and throughput, and the ROI of your mobile column lifts.
Lifting modular buildings
When you spend decades refining the design of a reliable and powerful piece of kit for one industry, it’s only natural that other industries start to take an interest.
And that’s exactly what’s happening with the modular construction industry:
With a special attachment designed for flat-bottomed objects, you can use the high capacity and stability of our mobile column lifts to raise modular components for modular buildings — helping you to load up your structures onto flatbed trucks and trailers so they’re ready for delivery to your construction site.
Our specially designed infill plates give each column a lifting capacity of 5,000kg. And with lifts configurable in sets of 4, 6, or 8, that gives you a total lifting capacity of 20,000kg – 40,000kg — which is more than enough for the majority of prefabricated modules used in construction today.
Lifting small-wheeled vehicles
For lots of smaller workshops, a set of mobile column lifts is often the best choice — especially if they’ve only got the budget or the space to invest in a single lift.
But for a company that’s using an older model of lift (or one of our fully refurbished Pre-owned Mobile Column Lifts), they might not have the adjustable wheel forks that come with our newer models. And that can make it impossible to lift smaller vehicles with smaller wheels.
Luckily, there’s a simple attachment to convert older column lifts so they can lift small-wheel vehicles:
With a Totalkare Small Wheel Adaptor, you can overcome the limitations of your older column lifts to start lifting minibuses and smaller vans — without the extra investment of upgrading or replacing your lifts.
Just like with our forklift system, it’s a quick and easy attachment that’s completely removable — which means you can switch back and forth between larger vehicles and smaller vehicles without losing time or efficiency.
Turning one lift into two
There are all sorts of reasons why a mobile column lift is one of the most flexible and versatile options for your workshop: from pure mobility to freeing up space.
But there’s a whole other aspect to using sets of mobile column lifts — and that’s how you’re essentially getting two lifts for the price of one.
Our mobile column lifts work in configurations of 4, 6, or 8 columns. And if you’re investing in the full set of 8, that opens up new possibilities with the way you create your sets.
You can use 8 columns together to lift some of the longest and heaviest vehicles around — and then divide those 8 columns into two sets of four.
Because each column can be operated independently (and linked together into smaller sets), you’re effectively splitting one large vehicle lift into two smaller lifts that can be used to raise two smaller vehicles in different places at the same time.
In practice, that means you’re getting the option for two completely separate vehicle lifts — without any additional cost.
So if you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, a full set of mobile column lifts could be the wisest financial decision you make.
Want to know more about mobile column lifts?
We’ve been supplying mobile column lifts to UK companies for over 40 years — continually refining and improving our designs, and adding new features with every new iteration.
And that means we know a thing or two about how you can get the most out of them.