There is a lot to consider when selecting a lift gate for your business. What will you be lifting? What type of vehicle are you operating? Are there any special conditions that will necessitate special equipment? If you were thinking you could just pick out any old lift gate for your truck, think again. Here are three important things to take into consideration when purchasing a lift gate that is right for you.
3 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A LIFT GATE
1. TYPE OF VEHICLE
The type of vehicle that you are purchasing the lift gate for is vital to making the right choice. Specifically, the vehicle’s width and floor-to-ground measurement will be important to keep in mind.
Future Line offers top-of-the-line Tommy Gate and Theiman lift gates for a variety of vehicles and truck bodies including:
- Pickup Trucks
- Utility Trucks
- Cargo Van or Sprinter Vans
- Flatbed, Stake and Van Bodies
2. SIZE OF LOAD
Determining the size of your application – light, medium, or heavy-duty – is the next important step in choosing a lift gate. Ask yourself the following questions:
- How large is the cargo? – this will determine your platform size
- How much does the cargo weigh? – this will determine your capacity needed
Future Line offers a variety of lift gates that meet a range of capacities from light to heavy-duty, from 650 pounds to 6,600 pounds. According to Expense Sharer, you will have a selection of lift gates to choose from when dealing with a medium-duty application including foldaway gates and rail gates. On the other hand, a heavy-duty truck may best benefit from a slider gate, rail gate, or cantilever gate. Also, you don’t want to forget to account for the weight of the pallet, pallet jack, driver and more when determining your capacity. Learn more about all of our Tommy Gate and Theiman lift gates to find out which lift gate meets your capacity requirements.
3. DESIRED PLATFORM STYLE
You will also need to think about what material you want for your platform: aluminum or steel. Aluminum lift gates may cost more up front but are corrosion resistant giving them a longer life. Aluminum lift gates also provide more weight advantage, increasing payload capacity and decreasing fuel costs. As mentioned, the main disadvantage to the aluminum lift gate is the cost. The steel lift gate will be more affordable, however, it is susceptible to rust and corrosion from salty roads. You will need to decide if you would rather pay less out of pocket and have a lift gate with a shorter life, or pay more for a longer-lived product.
Choosing the right lift gate for your needs can be confusing, but these pointers should help. If you need further assistance with deciding on a lift gate or would like to learn more about Future Line’s lift gate options, give us a call.