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Look below for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our lifts. Don’t see an answer to your question?  Contact one of our representatives here for help.

Where can I find specifications for the Forward Lift I am considering to purchase?

Take a look at the product pages of our lifts. The specifications of each lift are detailed there. Also, you have the option to download the brochure on the product pages!

What are the recommended bay sizes for Forward lifts?
TWO-POST
Forward Model Bay Size Width
I10 14′ x 24′
BP9 15′ x 24′
DP10AN 13′ x 24′
DP10A 14′ x 24′
DP10S 14′ x 24′
DP12S 15′ x 24′
DP15S 15′ x 24′
FOUR-POST
Forward Model Bay Size Width
CR14 15′ x 26′
OR14 15′ x 26′
CR30 16′ x 33′

 

What are the concrete requirements for Forward lifts?
TWO-POST
Forward
Model
Anchor
Size
Min.
Anchor
Embedment
Min.
Concrete
Thickness
Min.
Content
PSI
Min.
Edge
Distance
Anchor
Torque
Ft-lbs
I10 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ 3 1/4″ 4 1/4″ 3,000 5 11/16″ 150
I12PRO 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ 3 1/4″ 4 1/4″ 3,000 5 11/16″ 150
BP9 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ 3 1/4″ 4 1/4″ 3,000 5 11/16″ 150
DP10A 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ 3 1/4″ 4 1/4″ 3,000 5 11/16″ 150
DP10S 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ 3 1/4″ 4 1/4″ 3,000 5 11/16″ 150
DP15 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ 3 1/4″ 6″ 3,000 5 11/16″ 150
F10 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ 3 1/4″ 4 1/4″ 3,000 5 11/16″ 150
FOUR-POST
Forward
Model
Anchor
Size
Min.
Anchor
Embedment
Min.
Concrete
Thickness
Min.
Content
PSI
Min.
Edge
Distance
Anchor
Torque
Ft-lbs
CR14 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ 3 1/4″ 4″ 3,000 5″ 150
OR14 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ 3 1/4″ 4″ 3,000 5″ 150
CR30 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ 3 1/4″ 6″ 3,000 5″ 150
CR50/60 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ 3 1/4″ 4.5″ 3,000 5″ 150

 

What are the ceiling height requirements for Forward lifts?
TWO-POST
Forward Model Required Height
I10 12′
BP9 11′
F10 12′
DP10A 12′
DP10S 12′
DP15 14′ 8″
FOUR-POST
Forward Model Required Height
CR14 12′
OR14 12′
CR30 16′

 

What are the electrical requirements for Forward lifts?
TWO-POST
Forward
Model
Voltage
Single
Phase
Amps Voltage
Three
Phase
Amps Voltage
Three
Phase
Amps Motor
I10 208/230 20 208/230 20 400 & above 10 2 HP
I12PRO 208/230 20 208/230 20 400 & above 10 2 HP
BP9 208/230 20 208/230 20 400 & above 10 2 HP
DP10 208/230 20 208/230 20 400 & above 10 2 HP
DP15 208/230 20 208/230 20 400 & above 10 2 HP
F10 208/230 20 208/230 20 400 & above 10 2 HP
FOUR-POST
Forward
Model
Voltage
Single
Phase
Amps Voltage
Three
Phase
Amps Voltage
Three
Phase
Amps Motor
CR14 208/230 20 208/230 20 400 & above 10 2HP
OR14 208/230 20 208/230 20 400 & above 10 2HP
CR18 208/230 20 208/230 15 400 & above 10 2HP
CR30 208/230 50 208/230 25 400 & above 15 4HP

 

Where can I find operating manuals for my Forward Lift?

You will receive an operating manual for each Forward Lift you acquire. It is located in your hardware box and comes with the Automotive Lift Institute “Lifting It Right Manual” and the Factory Recommended Lifting Points. Should you lose any of these valuable documents – please contact your local distributor, or our Forward Customer Service Department via our toll-free number 800-423-1722 or [email protected]

Can my Forward lift be installed outside?

Although Forward lifts are designed for indoor use, they may be installed outdoors provided it is located under a covering suitable for protection from direct precipitation.

The power unit motor and electrical switches are not suitable for applications where they may be exposed to direct precipitation or any flow of water, such as a wash bay.

When installing lifts outside – all electrical must meet local codes concerning the application. This may include, but is not limited to, Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI) circuit breakers and watertight conduit and fittings.

It should be noted that any lifts installed outdoors will require additional maintenance.

For further information on outside installations, please feel free to contact our Customer Service Department via our toll-free number 800-423-1722.

What is the lead time for delivery of my Forward lift?
Two-Post
Forward Model Stock or Built to Order Estimated Lead Time
I10 Stock Item 5 – 7 working days
BP9 Stock Item 5 – 7 working days
DP10A Stock Item 5 – 7 working days
DP10S Stock Item 5 – 7 working days
I12 Stock Item 5 – 7 working days
DP15S Stock Item 5 – 7 working days
Four-Post
Forward Model Stock or Built to Order Estimated Lead Time
CR14 Stock Item 5 – 7 working days
OR14 Built to Order 10 working days
CR30 Built to Order 18 working days

 

How do I contact my lift shipping carrier?
Carrier Telephone Number
Yellow Freight 800-610-6500
Roadway 800-762-3929
UPS 800-377-4877

 

Is Thermal Overload Protection needed on my Forward lift?

As typical with power units for vehicle lifts, Forward power units do not incorporate Automatic Thermal Overloads (ATO) in the motors. This is for the following reasons:

  • The motors on vehicle lifts have relatively short periods of operation (usually less than one minute) with long periods of rest between these periods of operation. This is defined as Intermittent Duty according to the National Electric Code (NEC) as described in Article 100 – definitions.
  • According to NEC Article 430-33, a motor that is used as intermittent service is permitted to be protected against overloads by the branch-circuit short-circuit and ground-fault protection device.
  • According to NEC Article 430-33, a motor cannot automatically restart after an overload trip if personal injury can result. An ATO could cause an automatic restart by masking a failed switch that has stayed in the normally closed position. This condition would allow the motor to restart after the ATO reset.
  • With Intermittent Duty, the overcurrent protection is more likely to trip before an ATO; this renders the ATO useless.
What amount of hydraulic fluid is necessary for my Forward lift?
Two-Post
Forward
Model
Quarts/Gallons
Fluid Required
Liters Fluid
Required
I10 10.5 Qts./2.63 gal. 10 Liters
BP9 10.5 Qts./2.63 gal. 10 Liters
DP10A 10.5 Qts./2.63 gal. 10 Liters
DP10S 10.5 Qts./2.63 gal. 10 Liters
DP15 10.5 Qts./2.63 gal. 10 Liters
Four-Post
Forward
Model
Quarts/Gallons
Fluid Required
Liters Fluid
Required
CR14 11.6 Qts./3 gal. 11 Liters
OR14 11.6 Qts./3 gal. 11 Liters
CR18 11.6 Qts./3 gal. 11 Liters
CR30 14.8 Qts./3.7 gal. 14 Liters