Next Generation Material Lift Debuted at The Rental Show
The MLC Construction Pro Series from LiftSmart, Oceanside, Calif., is the next generation of material lifts. Although this product class has a long history in the construction, industrial, and rental markets, the company has taken the design forward, offering better load capacities, dual handles, and a shift-on-the-fly, two-speed winch that will raise the load faster.
The MLC Series comprises three models: the MLC-12, MLC-18, and MLC-24, with lift heights ranging from 13'3", 18'6", and 24'4", respectively. When stowed, all three units measure 7'2.75" in height and 2'8" long. The MLC-12 weighs 236 pounds, the MLC-18 weighs 315 pounds, and the MLC-24 weighs 359 pounds. Depending on the load center, the maximum load capacity ranges from 175 to 800 pounds.
The MLC Series can roll through a single-wide door, and the dual-height handles at the top of the mast help move the machine when it is tilted. Other unique features include the Smart-Set pin-less height adjustment system for the steering and loading wheels, and foot clearance between the rear transport wheels, which the company calls Clear-Path. Options include adjustable and non-marking forks, fork extensions, load platform, pipe cradles, stabilizers, and a mast brake.
Speaking with Steve Citron, managing director of LiftSmart, last week at The Rental Show, he explained the company's philosophy is to incorporate U.S.-made components to do its part in improving the American economy. When he had the choice between a U.S-made component and a product made overseas, he selected the American part. From a cost perspective, the American-made product cost only slightly more and often was a more robust item, he said. He pointed out in particular the American-made construction-grade, cast metal cable pulleys and the Colson Performa non-marking casters, which are expected to provide superior durability and extend service life.
The MLC Construction Pro Series is manufactured in the United States.