Lifts are an essential fixture of every service and repair bay. They’re used more times a day than just about any other piece of equipment. The right lift will make your shop more productive and profitable, plus keep your techs safe and more satisfied with their jobs. So, when you’re shopping for a new lift, it’s important to get it right.
There are four main things to consider when buying a new lift.
- Types, sizes and weights of the types of vehicles you need to lift. It’s about more than choosing between in-ground, two-post, four-post or another style. Depending on the vehicle types you’re lifting every day in the shop, you might need a large weight capacity. You might also want a lift that’s compatible with accessories needed to do specific types of work.
- The types of services your techs perform. Are you performing rapid-fire oil changes and inspections? What about alignments and other wheel services? You want to be certain that the lift you choose will make it easy for your techs to do what they need to do – safely and efficiently.
- The layout of your facility or shop. Every shop is different, so it’s important to consider whether or not the lift you want will actually fit in your space. You’ll want to check the lift dimensions against the dimensions of your bays, but you should also work closely with a local distributor to make sure you’re making the right choice.
- Budget. It’s about more than just the purchase price. Consider the total cost of ownership including repairs and inspections. A lower upfront price won’t be as appealing when your lift needs maintenance and you lose revenue until it’s fixed.
Proper management of waste oil, used oil that now contains chemical or physical impurities, has never been more important. Each year, Americans use nearly 1.3 billion gallons of motor oil, but less than half is reprocessed by recyclers. Oil spills can cost businesses and municipalities at least $20,000 for cleanup and fines levied by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plus state or local agencies.
Clean water is increasingly viewed as one of our most precious natural resources, yet used motor oil is the largest single source of oil pollution in our lakes, rivers and streams. It takes only one quart of oil to pollute ground or surface water sources and make 250,000 gallons of water unfit for drinking.
Removing oil from a vehicle and placing it in a bulk storage tank sounds easy, yet spills can and do occur all too often. Some spills result when waste oil is added to an already full bulk oil tank that no one knew had reached capacity.
STEPS FOR PROPER DISPOSAL OF WASTE OIL
- Carefully drain engine oil into a barrel with a capture funnel or drain cart.
- Use a good-quality pump, hose and control valve system to pump the waste oil from the barrel or drain cart directly into a bulk waste oil tank.
- Always use separate containers and pump systems for waste oil and antifreeze to prevent them from being contaminated. Clearly label each.
- Use an automatic tank level monitoring system to prevent the bulk waste oil tank from reaching capacity and possibly overflowing. Look for a pump system that automatically shuts off when the tank is full to prevent overflow accidents.
- Be prepared for a potential waste oil spill by having sorbent materials on hand to promptly contain and clean up any spills that occur.
- Train employees and communicate the importance of safe waste oil handling best practices to help prevent oil spills and ensure a safer work environment.
It’s more important than ever to carefully capture and properly transport every drop of waste oil in fleet maintenance facilities. The consequences of not doing so are steep fines, polluted surface and ground water, and potentially a damaged reputation for the company or municipality involved in an oil spill.
If you have questions or need more information on pumps, drain carts or bulk waste oil tank monitoring systems, please contact us.