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 any commitment. If you’re like Data Center Managers we’ve spoken to, you’re about to spend money from a tight budget for a server lift 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 47 inch long ServerLIFT®, 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 device insertion and then the return trip take up all the time.

Which Is Easier?

600RS With Dell Server. Smaller, Cheaper And Easier Than Serverlift

RackLift Has A Much Smaller Footprint Than ServerLIFT®

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.  Furthermore, your load, when carried by a ServerLIFT®, must travel perpendicular to the aisle.  If your devices are long, oversized devices, can you imagine the hassle just getting it to the cabinet?  The new RackLift 600RS features an open back design allowing you to center oversized loads on the lift table for safe, easy transport in-line (non-perpendicular) in the aisle.  When you arrive at the cabinet you simply rotate RackLift 90 degrees and slide the device into place.

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 also 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. 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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Do Your Really Need An Electric Lift?

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

Lifting less than 650 pounds does not require an electric lift – go manual to reduce cost.

If it will be used infrequently – again go manual.

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)

* 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.