Three Goals – Faster, Easier, Safer
Which Is Faster?
Get your stop watch. An install begins when a ServerLIFT™ leaves its parking space and ends when returned. If you have to negotiate tight data center aisles with a ServerLIFT™ that’s 47 inches long, your trip to the rack space becomes a slow, laborious obstacle course. ServerLIFT™ is a side-loading unit nearly four feet in length compared to RackLift coming in at two feet, four inches at its widest point. Interestingly, since the publication of this page ServerLIFT™ removed length dimensions from their online spec sheets.
RackLift™ is a front-loading “tower style design” that easily spins 360˚ in a two-tile aisle making maneuverability a breeze in the tightest data center. Lifting speed is immaterial since raising the server to the desired height with either unit can be done in less than a minute – whether it is a manual or electric unit. It’s the return trip and device insertion that take up all the time.
Which Is Easier?
Two huge benefits of RackLift™ are the front-loading design and the lift table’s rack insertion capability. These factors improve ease of use which greatly reduces installation time. With RackLift™ the load sits atop a lift table that glides 24 inches into the cabinet instead of being limited to the six-inch travel of ServerLIFT™. There is no need to strain or get assistance to drag a 650 pound device into the rack. The RackLift™ table supports the load while you bolt it in.
The RackLift™ design allows you to approach the rack from either direction then turn to face the cabinet. ServerLIFT™ must be driven in forward or backward depending on which side the load is facing.
Choose a manual RackLift™ for average use or a powered unit for extensive usage. Our manual units can easily be used by anyone with average physical strength. The high-ratio gearing crank enables you to lift and install a 650 pound device into a rack without help. (See our demo video)
Which Is Safer?
When using RackLift™ to transport equipment the load is fastened down with the safety straps. The straps are then used during installation to secure RackLift™ to the cabinet for safer lifting. To our knowledge, ServerLIFT™ does not provide safety straps to fasten their units to the cabinet and according to their website*** ServerLIFT™ state, about their products “…the stabilizer brake is not to provide braking but to impart sideways stability…”
When cranking the winch to raise or lower a load with RackLift™, the user simply releases the handle to automatically lock the load at the desired height. Our electric versions also have an automatic brake that engages when the up/ down switch is released. Wheel brakes are engaged as an additional measure of stability during lifts.