PATRIOT LIFT CO
ON-LIFT & ON-LOAD AUTOMATION
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1) Where is Patriot Lift Co located?
Answer: Patriot Lift Co. is a USA Company located in the York Maine. Made in America. Website www.patriotlift.com
2) What is the technology of the On-Lift automated landing gear?
Answer: The patented technology is based a air supplied from the Emergency Brake system that operates a durable high quality precision pneumatic motor system at a speed of 220 rpm to safely and efficiently raise or lower landing gear and rear stabilizers on tractor trailers. There is no auxiliary power i.e. batteries, hydraulics etc required.
3) Where can I purchase the Product?
Answer: Visit our website www.patriotlift.com to check a dealer nearest you.
4) Does the productivity with allow for a good payback on the investment?
Answer: We have provided on our website a saving calculator to determine your fleet's individual saving for both productivity and landing gear damage.
With daily drop & hook of 3 or more fleets can recognize a saving payback of less than 4 months. If the unit is leased a positive cash flow and benefit is recognized immediately.
5) Does On-Lift operate on all landing gear systems?
Answer: Yes On-Lift performs on all landing gear systems.
It works most efficiently with speed and weight on the Holland Binkley landing gear.
6) What is the weight of an On-Lift system?
Answer: The system weight is less than 15 lbs. Hydraulic / electric systems can weigh in excess of 100 lbs
7) Is the installation of an On-Lift difficult and timely?
Answer: The system can be installed in 1-2 hours in most applications.
8) Can a Fleet save parking space with On-Lift?
Answer: On-Lift can enable a fleet or distribution center to park 5 trailers in the space of 4 (a 20% improvement)
9) Does On-Lift reduce damage to equipment?
Answer: On-Lift enables the landing gear to easily be at the proper height thus significantly reducing Landing gear damage and damage to 5th wheel. See our savings calculator on the website to figure your own savings.
10) Does On-Lift require Auxiliary power?
Answer: On-Lift power source is air from the Emergency Brake System and requires NO auxiliary power (i.e. battery, hydraulics etc)
11) Does On-Lift require much effort to operate?
Answer: On-Lift requires a force of less than 1/2lb to raise or lower the landing gear vs. a manual operation that requires over 50 repetitive cranks at forces from 50 to 100 ft-lbs
12) Is On-Lift easy to operate?
Answer: On-lift operation involves simply turning an air valve and then pressing the control valve to raise or lower to the proper height.
For speed or lift ability just shift the landing gear shaft to high or low speed.
13) Is On-Lift reliable or require maintenance?
Answer: On-Lift is very reliable and tested to over 30,000 cycles under load (over 20 years operation with 5 drop & hook /day)
There is virtually no maintenance issues with On-Lift and only requires checking the lubrication bowl periodically.
14) Does On-Lift work in all weather conditions?
Answer: On-Lift being a pneumatic operation should work in all temperature conditions that a trailer is subjected to.
15) Does On-Lift improve safety?
Answer: On-Lift eliminates the repetitive motion as well as the high torque requirement of a manual cranking operation.
Thus reduces muscular skeletal injuries common to this type of activity. This should potentially reduce worker's compensation costs.
16) Does On-Lift improve productivity?
Answer: The raising and lowering of landing gear can be performed in fewer than 10 seconds vs. 5 to 10 minutes for a manual cranking operation.
17) Does On-Lift raise a fully loaded trailer?
Answer: Model 2000 On-Lift will lift up to a 60,000 lb trailer.
Model 2000 HD will lift up to a 100,000 lb trailer
18) Is there a locking mechanism on the unit which prevents the landing gear from coming down by itself?
Answer: The design of the landing gear itself prevents the leg from coming down without human intervention.
On-Lift has an air on/off switch inside the control box which when turned to the off position will prevent air from reaching the control valve, therefore the leg can't be moved up or down other than bypassing the leg operation with a crank.
19) When the trailer is disconnected from the truck's air supply, is there anything on the system that prevents someone from dropping the trailer down on the king pin?
Answer: The trailer can still be dropped onto the kingpin even when air is disconnected from trailer by mechanically operating the landing gear with a crank, bypassing the unit. Also, if there is auxiliary air tanks mounted on the trailer these could have enough air in them to operate the unit.
20) If the unit for an unlikely reason does not operate is there a way of raising or lowering the landing gear?
Answer: The landing gear can be raised or lowered manually with a crank if so required.
21) Is the pricing for the On-Lift competitive?
Answer: The pricing for On-Lift is very competitive and is less than ½ the price of the Hydraulic units that fraught with reliability and maintenance issues. The On-Lift weight is less than 15 lbs vs. a hydraulic unit weighing several hundred lbs.
22) Is it safe to get the air from the emergency brake system?
Answer: The position of the FMCSA is that the use of the air from the emergency brake line on a trailer is safe, reliable and efficient, for powering the Patriot Lift automation. The installation of On-Lift adheres to the FMVSS Title 49 Section 121 standards for trailer manufacturers.
In all the years that we have had this product in the market place we have never had an issue related to the use of the emergency brake line for this purpose.
Reliability- the emergency brake system is the most reliable source of air available to operate our unit since it insures that air is always available, maintaining constant pressure.
Efficacy- using the emergency brake line is also efficient since it has constant pressure and when a trailer is parked the use of the system does not effect operation of the trailer.