Versatility of High Lift Wheel Dolly Boosts Safety and Performance in Vehicle Maintenance Shops
Confronted with growing requirements for added safety and performance in heavy-duty vehicle maintenance facilities, one relatively low tech solution is emerging as a key player. The high lift wheel dolly is enhancing ergonomics and versatility on the shop floor.
“First and foremost, wheel dollies are used for removal and installation of single and dual wheels on raised buses and trucks,” noted Peter Bowers, technical sales support manager at Stertil-Koni. “Secondly, Stertil-Koni’s popular WDA-500 model high lift wheel dolly has a telescopic crane arm option that turns this model into a universal lifting tool.”
The crane arm offers efficiency and stable ergonomics when lifting disc brakes, brake drums, fuel tanks, tool boxes, calipers and many other heavy parts.
Moreover, when it comes to lifting big wheels, the WDA-500 model is more than up to the challenge, with a capacity of 500 kg. That comes in handy when a technician is removing large wheels that can often weigh up to 225 kg each. The crane arm on the WDA-500, which is fitted with a 360° pivoting hook for greater range and flexibility, easily swivels aside to allow wheel removal operations to be completed without straining the technician.
“As with all Stertil-Koni high lift wheel dolly models, it dramatically lowers the occurrence of back injuries and abdominal strain because work can be completed at an altitude which is higher than floor level and in line with a technician working in a full standing position,” added Mr. Bowers.
The very popular WDA-500 can accommodate wheel sizes from 27 cm to 130 cm. The dolly stands 1.2 m high with a width of 1.15 m and length of 85 cm. It weighs 100 kg. Lifting height is 72 cm. The high lift wheel dolly can also be used with Mobile Column Lifts, platform, and inground lifts.
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