BendPak to showcase eight-armed lift concept at NADA Expo; fall release planned - Transmission Digest

BendPak to showcase eight-armed lift concept at NADA Expo; fall release planned

BendPak announced that its new Octa-Flex prototype lift will first be shown in booth 4569W at NADA Expo in Las Vegas, Feb. 2-4. The Octa-Flex is a two-post lift series with eight fully adjustable, telescoping lift arms. It features two sets of arms: triple-telescoping swing arms plus all-new integrated lift-assist arms

According to BendPak, here is how it works: While the primary lift arms hold the vehicle, the Octa-Flex lift-assist arms can be used to help safely and ergonomically lift and maneuver heavy vehicle components like EV battery packs, drivetrains, tires and wheel assemblies. When they’re not needed, the powered lift-assist arms can be moved up out of the way, so the lift can be used as a standard two-post model. 

“Octa-Flex lift-assist arms act like that second set of hands you wish you had when you need to remove a 1,200-lb. EV battery or wrestle 100-lb. wheels and tires off a truck,” says Jeff Kritzer, BendPak president and CEO. “Now you don’t have to ‘put your back into it’ or grab a buddy. Our Octa-Flex lifts will help technicians get more work done with less physical effort and strain.”

The primary lifting arms have a design that enables the inner arm tubes to retract fully through the back of the arm assembly and beyond the arm pin itself to extend their reach. Plus, their lower profile and dropped-end pad receiver lets them access hard-to-reach lifting points with less chance of damage to vehicle side skirts, running boards or ground effects, BendPak said.

The Octa-Flex concept also features BendPak’s Automatic Swing Arm Restraint System (ASARS) to keep the primary lift arms in place. Its 360 degrees of forged steel teeth secure the arms in place to withstand more than 2,000 lbs. of side force that can be generated during vehicle service, the company noted.

Octa-Flex Series lifts also feature BendPak’s Bi-Metric reversible swing arms that enable the lift operator to set the lift in either symmetric or asymmetric configurations.

BendPak anticipated launching this line of lifts in the fall of this year, including models with rated capacities of both 10,000 and 12,000 lbs.

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