If You Are Considering A ServerLift SL-1000X
You May Already Know About Some Of Its Drawbacks
(It’s The Ones You’re Not Aware Of That Will Disappoint You)
The ServerLift SL 1000X is rated to lift 1000 pounds. That is typically far greater capacity than needed by most data centers since the majority of lifts are between 200 and 550 pounds. RackLift RL600 Series are rated to 650 pounds. RackLift provides adequate lifting capacity for almost half the cost of the ServerLift SL-1000X.
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RackLift™ Is Much Smaller Than ServerLift™ SL-1000X
There are distinct and important differences among data center server lift devices. The physical size is critical concern for any lifter – specifically its footprint, which dictates maneuverability. RackLift’s footprint is a mere 34 inches by 26 inches. This easily allows 360° rotation in a two-tile aisle!
By comparison the ServerLift SL-1000X** is 47 inches long by 24 inches wide. Think about piloting this heavy, 4-foot by 2-foot trolley around your data center. Manipulating that extra foot of ServerLift weight and bulk around tight corners and narrow data center aisles will surely be more challenging than guiding a RackLift into place.
The batteries, motors and circuitry of the ServerLift SL-1000X are positioned behind the lift “mast”. This increases the length of their unit by 51 percent more than RackLift.* (see note 1) It may look small in the advertisement but will prove to be a large frustration in narrow aisles. Their lifters all use a similar chassis to that of the ServerLift SL-1000X creating a large footprint for the entire offering.
Our Safety Straps Protect Your Workers And Equipment
Ratchet straps are used to temporarily fasten the RackLift frame to the cabinet during lifts. Every data center equipment lift should come with safety straps to protect workers during a lift. A floor brake alone does not provide adequate safety – particularly for heavy loads. According to the ServerLift™ SL-500X manual* “…the stabilizer brake is not to provide braking but to impart sideways stability…” The ServerLift SL-1000X design does not lend itself to the use of safety straps. It has no frame from which to attach to the cabinet.
RackLift Provides A 23-Inch Insertion Distance,
ServerLift SL-1000X Has Six Inches
Now that your RackLift is safely secured to the cabinet you also benefit from the ability to insert your load a full 23 inches into the receiving rack space without fear of the unit toppling. The lift table is attached to military grade gliders. They hold the load securely in position while fully extended during the bolt-in phase. It is why a single technician can completely and safely install equipment from beginning to end using RackLift™. The ServerLift SL-1000X insertion is confined to six inches. Because the ServerLift™ design does not facilitate strapping to the cabinet, the table’s travel is likely limited to six-inches prevent the unit and load from toppling over. So how does the technician finish the installation? They find a helper and together grunt, push and drag the load the rest of the way in.
Why Choose RackLift Instead?
The RackLift 600 Series server lifts can be ordered as electric or manual versions. The RackLift 600C can be built to any height you need – taller for high racks or shorter for PODs.
Anyone with average physical strength can easily operate RackLift manual systems. With our high ratio gearing crank anyone can lift a 650 pound device and install it into a rack without assistance. You can now stretch your budget. Unless you constantly lift heavy servers you probably only require a basic manual RackLift.
Each unit comes with the benefits of:
- Option for electric lifting
- Safety straps for enhanced safety
- Tower style design for smallest possible footprint
- Insertion table with 23 inch insertion distance
- Options for customization
- Lower cost
Keep It Simple – Get RackLift – A Basic Tool For A Basic Job.
*Note 1:*ServerLIFT SL-1000X Server Lifter SL1000X length increases by 51% due to motors, batteries and associates circuitry.
* Note 2: (A) ServerLIFT owner’s manual indicates, among other things, charging batteries must be done every 2 weeks regardless if the unit has been used or not, (B) changing winch oil annually by siphoning oil with a “standard pump”. (C) Full battery warranty is limited to only 90 days.
(Source ServerLIFT Operators-Manual_CS_11-22-2010 from serverlift.com)
* Note: ServerLIFT is a trademark of ServerLIFT™ Corporation