We want to service our mowers inhouse and need to buy a lift. Do you have any suggestions?

Machinery lifts are an excellent idea. They can improve speed, efficiency and safety while maintaining and servicing vehicles and equipment. One of the most popular lifts used in grounds-maintenance machinery workshops is the Heftee.

Heftee lifts are available in the UK exclusively from Parts Depot UK of Colne in Lancashire and benefit from being purpose-built for grounds care. If you need to lift compact tractors and utility vehicles as well as large ride-on mowers, you should look at the Heftee 4000. This unit has a lift capacity of 1,181kg and will lift equipment into a serviceable position in around six seconds but will cost between £5,195 and £5,750 ex VAT, depending on whether you settle for the economy or the Turf Pro version.

Ride-on mowers and small tractors, up to 907kg, can be accommodated by the Heftee 2000. The lift cycle on this model is slower, taking around 30 seconds. There are economy and deluxe versions so the price varies from £3,985.25 to £4,675 ex VAT.

Parts Depot UK also supplies Heftee lifting equipment to position greens and walk-behind units into a suitable working position. The Heftee 500 has a maximum lift capacity of 225kg and will raise pedestrian greens mowers to 119cm. It costs £1,865 ex VAT. For other walk-behind mowers - especially rotaries - check out the Heftee 250. This has a 112kg lift capacity and costs £850 ex VAT. The company also offers a deck cart to assist in the removal of mower decks. Costing £451.25 ex VAT, this handy trolley will present the deck in a tipped position of 70 degs to make servicing easy.

Sally Drury has reported for HW and its forerunner GC&HTJ for 25 years, and has spent more than five years testing machinery for HW and What Kit? The advice in this helpline is independent.

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