2 tips for tail lift maintenance
During raising and closing the only thing you should hear is the sound of the hydraulic group. Any other sound (grinding, scraping) should be carefully investigated in order to prevent serious damage. Regularly check the dust covers that protect the cylinders from stone impact and the effects of weather.
We recommend that you perform a 'minor service' of your tail lift quarterly or, if this is not feasible due to time constraints, a 'major service' annually. The big advantage of performing minor service each quarter is that it significantly reduces the chance that you will have problems while under way, because developing defects will be noticed in time.
Tip 1. Lubrication plan
To keep the tail lift (the platform) in peak operating condition it is important to lubricate it regularly. A tail lift (platform) that is properly lubricated will move with minimal friction.
- The grease nipples (grease fittings) are located at the pin ends of all the pivot points.
- First clean the tail lift thoroughly so the grease nipples (grease fittings) are clean.
- All the pivot points should have a grease collar, which protects against sand and salt. A grease collar is a small amount grease emerging all around the seal.
- Before lubrication, place the platform on the ground so there is no load on the pivot points.
- Make sure all the grease nipples (grease fittings) are, in fact, passing grease all the way to the outer collar of the pivot bearings, and replace defective grease nipples.
- If an automatic central greasing system is installed, check whether all the lines and nipple connections are in good condition and are receiving enough grease.
- On slide-under tail lifts the sliding system with rectangular tubes must not be lubricated. The slide brackets with round sliding brackets must be lubricated with grease over the entire inner surface. It is a good idea to do this four times a year in normal use.
- Always use acid-free grease.
- Check the platform lock.
- Spray the slide tubes with a protective spray.
Tip 2. Weekly-, minor- and major service
Check the tail lift on a weekly basis:
- Inspection of the information code Label and other safety-related items (centre of gravity marking, etc.).
- Verify that the control switches of the outside control and the extra control properly return to the neutral position.
- Inspect the covers of the control cabinet and the hydraulic group. Are they are still present and undamaged?
- Clean the tail lift. (Attention! During the first six weeks after the tail lift is installed it should not be cleaned with a pressure washer, because this removes the grease. After cleaning with a pressure washer it is necessary to grease all the lubrication points; see lubrication plan.)
The following maintenance of the tail lift (the platform) should be performed quarterly:
- Check the hoses and replace any that have hairline cracks; this is often a sign that the rubber sheath is drying out and becoming brittle.
- Check the filter and replace if necessary.
- Check the wiring.
- Check for oil leaks.
- Check the mechanical parts; slack in pins and bushes.
- Clean the tail lift (the platform) and lubricate it thoroughly.
The following maintenance of the tail lift should be performed annually:
- Change oil and flush the hydraulic system.
- Check the hoses for hardening and hairline cracks; replace immediately if found.
- Replace the oil filters.
- Check the electrical system, including the wiring, batteries, fuses, and contact points.
- Check the hydraulic system and replace hoses and valves if necessary.
- Check the mechanical system (play in pins and bushes).Lubricate the tail lift thoroughly after cleaning.