Whether you’re transporting heavy furniture or unwieldy equipment, see what this lightweight but powerful platform cargo lift can do

by Brianna Crandall — January 19, 2018 — Useful for facilities managers (FMs) who need to move anything from heavy office furniture to warehouse pallets or unwieldy pieces of equipment from one location to another, National Fleet Products, a North American supplier of cargo lifting equipment, loading ramps and other aftermarket accessories for commercial vehicles, has just announced the introduction of its new ArtLift. The powerful yet compact ArtLift platform lift is available now and will be on display at the 2018 NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Platform lift attached to back of truck

The ArtLift is said to be extremely lightweight, but it boasts a 440-pound lifting capacity.

Compared to hydraulic or pneumatic systems, the ArtLift cargo-lifting solution is extremely lightweight, but it boasts a 440-pound lifting capacity that accommodates more than 98 percent of common freight, says the company. A powerful 12-volt electric motor provides the needed torque to smoothly rotate a worm gear designed to effortlessly lift appliances, furniture, industrial equipment, and a variety of other conventional and unconventional cargo items to a height of up to 3.28 feet.

Steven Peterson, president of National Fleet Products, remarked:

The ArtLift is very versatile and will serve the typical cargo loading and unloading needs of the vast majority of delivery vehicles. It also enables awkward, difficult-to-manage freight and carted items to be handled without tipping or navigating truck-mounted ramps.

The platform lift system’s compact design fits delivery vehicles of all types and is particularly well suited to vans and small box trucks. When not in use, its 33- by 29.52-inch lift platform flips vertically to slide inside the vehicle, away from weather and road debris. At just 11.81 inches, the ArtLift stores flat against sidewalls and bulkheads or behind front seats, and occupies about the same amount of space as a hand truck.

The ArtLift’s large diamond-plate platform provides ample traction for loading and unloading cargo in moist or inclement weather. The platform lift’s beveled edges make it easy to roll on loads using dollies, pallet trucks, carts and any equipment with rollers. The vehicle-side platform edge folds vertically 90 degrees to form a backstop that prevents payloads from traveling during the lifting process.

Up and down buttons control the lift action, and little training is needed compared to hydraulic and pneumatic liftgates that mount on the exterior of vehicles, are exposed to the environment, and are notorious for maintenance problems and high repair costs, notes the company. The ArtLift is said to be easy to maintain, requiring just one simple annual service procedure.

Peterson added:

The ArtLift is compact, lightweight and easy to maintain, and is the intelligent alternative to hydraulic and pneumatic liftgates. When you consider its low cost of entry, its ease of operation, its simple maintenance requirements, its powerful lifting capabilities, and the broad range of cargo it can manage, there’s nothing else that compares to the ArtLift’s ROI.

The ArtLift weighs less than 200 pounds and is engineered to be easy to install. The platform lift is designed to fit virtually any commercial vehicle with a deck height of 39.37 inches or less.

Parties interested in scheduling a demonstration of the ArtLift cargo-lifting solution may contact National Fleet Products directly by calling (763) 762-3451 or by sending an e-mail. The ArtLift is in stock now and available in the United States and Canada through the company’s extensive distribution network of convenient distribution locations. Contact National Fleet Products to locate a distributor near you.

For more information about the ArtLift platform cargo lift or to view the demonstration video (in Dutch) above, visit the National Fleet Products Web site.