Let’s Compare RackLift™ To ServerLIFT™ with info collected from serverlift.com

ServerLIFT™ Comparison To RackLift™

Although ServerLIFT™ make pretty good products you need to ask yourself, “Is ServerLIFT™ the right design for your data center?”

Stay open minded and stay with us for two minutes to learn facts you’ll want to consider carefully before you make a commitment. If you’re like the data center managers we’ve spoken to, you’re about to spend money from a tight budget for a ServerLIFT™ with the objective of making installs faster, easier and safer for your people.

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.

RackLift compares favorably to ServerLift.

*Note 2: ServerLIFT™ Length Is 51% Longer Than RackLift™

The choice between ServerLIFT and RackLift becomes obvious. Competitive information was gathered from www.serverlift.com (January 2016)***

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Choosing Electric Or Manual

Deciding on the right lift for your data center should be made using these logical criteria:

Lifting less than 300 pounds does not require an electric lift – go manual to reduce cost.

If it will be used infrequently – again go manual.

Lifting over 500 pounds on a regular basis could justify a battery powered RackLift™ for ease of use and convenience.

If you need multiple units you can purchase 2 manual RackLifts™ for about the cost of one powered ServerLIFT™.

Affordability must incorporate total cost of ownership. A major drawback of ServerLIFT™* is the battery warranty. It is limited to only 3 months. *(see Note 1) RackLift™ batteries are warranted for a full 2 years.

 
* Note 1: ServerLIFT™ owner’s manual indicates, among other things, (A) you must charge batteries every 2 weeks regardless if the unit has been used or not, (B) change winch oil annually by siphoning oil with a “standard pump”.

Oil or hydraulic fluid is generally not recommended to be used in data centers.

(Source ServerLIFT™ Operators-Manual_CS_11-22-2010 from serverlift.com)

* Note 2: Length of ServerLIFT™ Is 51% Longer Than RackLift™.

Sources – ServerLIFT™ SL-1000 Specification Sheet, ServerLIFT™ FAQ at www.serverlift.com (January 2016)***

ServerLIFT™ is a trademark of ServerLIFT™ Corporation.