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New Forward Lift ML11 Scissor Lift Offers Versatility in a Compact Package


Forward Lift's new 11,000 lb. capacity ML11 scissor lift  provides all the versatility and ease-of-use of a traditional four-post vehicle lift with a much  narrower footprint. The lift's scissor-style lifting mechanism is located entirely under the  runways, giving the ML11 lift an overall width that is two to three feet narrower than  comparable four-post models, making it ideal for smaller bays.

"With four-post lifts, the columns are placed outside of the runways, resulting in a wider  overall footprint," says John Uhl, sales and brand manager for Forward Lift. "The ML11  scissor lift is only as wide as its runways, which means it occupies less space than a four-post lift. With an overall length of only 228.5 inches, the ML11-46 model allows customers  to create bays in spaces that competing lifts cannot fit into."

The ML11 drive-on scissor lift can be used to service compact cars, sedans and light trucks.  It is available with two runway lengths to meet varying user needs. The runways are not  connected to each other at the front or back, leaving an open work area that runs the entire  length of the lift. 

The scissor mechanism is equipped with composite bearings that do not require routine  maintenance. Synchronized hydraulic cylinders under each runway are controlled from a  separate, easy-to-use panel. When the lift is in its lowered position, ramps at the rear allow  vehicles to be smoothly driven onto the runways. As the lift is raised, the ramps  automatically pivot to form chocks that keep the vehicle in place. 

The ML11 scissor lift can be equipped for use in performing vehicle alignments. Alignment  kits are available for both runway lengths, making it possible to perform four-wheel  alignments on wheelbases as short as 68 inches and as long as 173 inches.

Other optional equipment for the ML11 scissor lift includes 4,500 lb. capacity rolling jacks  that lift the vehicle off its wheels for tire, brake and suspension work, plus LED runway  lights that improve under-vehicle visibility.

"The space-saving ML11 scissor lift has a low profile of just eight inches for the general  service version or 10 inches for the alignment version," says Uhl. "When combined with its  27-inch-wide platforms, the ML11 scissor lift is the most versatile, easy-to-use lift in its  category."

The ML11 scissor lift has been third-party tested by TÜV SÜD America Inc. and  Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) certified to meet ANSI safety and performance standards. It  will be available for shipment from Madison, Ind., in September.

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