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Ancra Lift-A-Deck II FAQ's
1. What is my expected ROI with the Lift A Deck II deck system?
This depends on the fleet’s application and how the trailer is loaded. The ROI could be as fast as two to three shipments. When making the decision to purchase a deck system the following questions need to be asked:
a. What will I get out of my purchase?
b. How much will the purchase cost?
c. How long will it take to begin making money off the investment?
d. Is this the best solution?
Contact an Ancra Decking System Specialist to learn more about our "3 Steps to Increase Profits" Program. The Decking System specialist can assist you in determining your savings or ROI when installing the Lift A Deck II.
2. How is important is training? Proper training is very important to the fleets ROI.
Training helps educate operators to properly and safely load the trailer when using the Lift A Deck II system. Training will also help to reduce damage to the deck system and product being shipped that is incorrectly loaded.
3. Do I need to lubricate the Lift A Deck II tracks?
No, this should not be necessary.
4. Do I need to lubricate the Lift A Deck II foot assembly?
No, do not lubricate the foot assembly. Lubricating the foot assembly could cause the assembly to collect dirt and debris affecting the movement of the Lift A Deck beam.
5. How much weight should be placed on each Lift A Deck beam or deck?
Standard beams have a decking working load limit of 2,200 lbs. Due to dynamic forces during transit Ancra recommends loads on standard beams should not exceed 550 lbs. Heavy-duty beams have a decking working load limit of 3,000 lbs. Due to dynamic forces during transit Ancra recommends loads on heavy-duty beams should not exceed 750 lbs. (ex. A deck built with 4 beams would have a rated capacity of 3000 lbs.)
6. Where should the heavier objects/pallets be placed? Floor or deck?
Heavier objects should be placed on the floor.
7. Can the trailer become top heavy?
Yes, this is why we recommend the heavier pallets be placed on the floor.
8. What is the procedure if I damage or discover a damaged Lift A Deck beam?
Remove the beam stop, then lower the beam down through the insert slot at the bottom of the track and remove. Simple and easy yet still prevents easy theft. To insert a beam into the track, raise the beam into the track through the insert slot at the bottom of the track and replace the beam stop.
9. When should the straps be used?
When needed to insure a pallet does not slide off the deck beams. This can be accomplished by using an Ancra Lift A Deck strap assembly. The pallets can either be secured to a sidewall with the strap assembly or the strap can be secured from each side wall keeping the pallet from moving forward or backward. Refer to page 3 and 4 in the Ancra Lift A Deck catalog #B233 or the Ancra Lift A Deck training video.
10. What is a beam stop?
The beam stop is used to make it more difficult for the beams to be stolen or removed from the trailer. The beam stop is inserted and tightened or loosened by using an Allen wrench not a regular screw driver. When the operator needs to remove a Lift A Deck beam this can be accomplished quickly and efficiently.
11. Can the LAD II adjust to have make multiple deck heights in a trailer?
Yes, refer to page 4 and 6 in the Lift A Deck II catalog #B233.
12. When entering the trailer on a forklift and transporting pallets, what should I be aware of?
The height of the Lift A Deck beams below the overhead door track or at the rear of the trailer. The forks or pallets should always be as close to the floor as possible assuring the forklift mast will not hit the Lift A Deck beams at the rear of the trailer.
13. Where should the Beam Release tool be stored?
In the beam release tool holder.
14. Can I use a tool such as a dock hook to lower the decking beams?
No, this is not suggested and could void the warranty.
15. Can I use the beam release bar to lower two beams at the same time where applicable?
Yes, the beam release tool is designed to lower two beams in the double row track at the same time.
16. Where should the Lift A Deck beams be stored when not in use?
In the storage slots near the top of the Lift A Deck track. This locates the Lift A Deck beams right below the trailer ceiling or roll-up door track.
17. Can I use the forklift to raise the beams when loaded or unloaded?
No, this could damage the Lift A Deck system or cause personal injury.
18. Can the Lift A Deck beams be set into position so the beam is resting on top of the beam stop?
No, the beam stop is not designed to carry the load.