Considering A ServerLift SL-350x ?
You May Be Aware Of Some Of Its Drawbacks
(It’s The Ones You Don’t Know Of That May Disappoint You)
ServerLift SL-350x Lifting Capacity Is Only 500 Pounds
The ServerLift SL 350x is limited to lift 500 pounds. While that may do the job for you today it won’t be sufficient in a few short years. Equipment is getting larger and heavier. RackLift™ RL600 Series are rated to 650 pounds. RackLift provides 23% more lifting capacity at almost half the cost.
RackLift Is Much Smaller Than ServerLift SL-350x
There are distinct differences among data center server lift devices. A critical concern is the size of the device – specifically its footprint. RackLift’s footprint is a mere 34 inches by 26 inches, thanks to its “tower-style” design. This allows 360° rotation in a two-tile aisle!
By comparison the ServerLift SL-350x* is 44 inches long by 24 inches wide. Think about dragging a nearly 4-foot by 2-foot trolley around your data center. Maneuvering that extra length of ServerLift through narrow data center aisles and around tight corners will be a lot more challenging than guiding a RackLift along.
The design of the ServerLift SL-350x makes it about 30 percent longer than RackLift.* (see note 1) What looks small in the advertisement is sure to be a large frustration in narrow aisles.
Safety Straps Protect Workers And Equipment During A Lift
Ratchet straps are used to temporarily fasten the RackLift frame to the cabinet when lifting or installing equipment. All equipment lifts should come with safety straps to protect workers and devices during a lift. A floor brake alone offers very little safety – especially 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-350x design does not facilitate the use of safety straps because its frame design does not facilitate strapping it to the cabinet.
RackLift Provides A 23-Inch Insertion Distance
ServerLift SL-350x Has Six Inches
With RackLift secured to the cabinet you gain the unique ability to insert your load 23 inches into the receiving rack space with great ease. The lift table is attached to military grade gliders that fully extend and hold the load securely in position during the bolt-in phase. It’s the only way one technician can completely and safely install or remove equipment unaided. The ServerLift™ SL-350x insertion is confined to six inches. The limited six-inch travel is likely to prevent toppling since the ServerLift design does not facilitate strapping in. To complete the device insertion beyond six inches the user must find a helper to push and drag it the rest of the way into the cabinet.
Why Choose RackLift Instead?
The RackLift 600 Series server lifts can be ordered as manual or electric versions. The RackLift 600C can be built to a custom height – shorter for PODs or taller for high racks.
Anyone with average physical strength can easily operate RackLift manual systems. The high-ratio gearing crank allows anyone to lift a 650 pound device and install it into a rack without assistance. Stretch your budget – unless you lift very heavy devices or lift servers frequently you probably just need a basic manual RackLift.
Each unit comes with the benefits of:
- Option for electric lifting
- Tower style design for smallest possible footprint
- Safety straps for enhanced safety
- 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-350X Server Lifter length is 30% longer than RackLift.
*(Source ServerLIFT Operators-Manual_CS_11-22-2010 from serverlift.com)
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