Valley Metro taps Stertil-Koni vehicle lifts to modernize bus maintenance and repair operations

March 12, 2021
The agency will utilize four hydraulic vehicles lifts at its Mesa facility.

Valley Metro has selected Stertil-Koni to provide the agency with four hydraulic vehicle lifts to help modernize its Mesa Facility operations after decommissioning several heavy-duty vehicle lifts. 

Two of the systems were Stertil-Koni’s SKYLIFT – a heavy-duty platform lift that provides a “clear floor” concept. The product’s design includes two independent runways, vertical lifting, no crossbeams, no overhang, no base frame, hydraulic technology, a safe mechanical locking system and free access to the vehicle from all sides.

"One of the SKYLIFTs we selected is a Wash Bay version – which has water-resistant, anti-corrosion, hot-dipped galvanized steel platforms. That is ideal for efficiently cleaning the chassis and undercarriages of our buses,” said Valley Metro Bus Service Delivery Manager Scott Wisner.

The other two lifts chosen by Valley Metro were versions of the inground, telescopic piston DIAMONDLIFT. With a lifting capacity of up to 35,000 pounds per piston, it is a high-pressure low-volume lift that features electronic synchronization for maximum safety, hard-chrome plated piston rods for durability, a mechanical locking system for added safety and a full-color, touch-screen control console.

"Our version of this lift has a continuous recess movable lifting system. This significantly reduces setup time while increasing safety,” said Wisner.

Matthias Lennemann, sales manager, Heavy Duty for Stertil-Koni, added, “The continuous recess feature in our DIAMONDLIFT permits the lifting bolster to move horizontally anywhere within the range of travel without having to be elevated; and the aluminum trench cover system is maintenance-free, while providing full drive over capacity. That’s powerful and convenient.”

Making it all possible was Southwest Lift & Equipment, an exclusive Stertil-Koni distributor covering southern California and Arizona. Headed by President, CEO and vehicle lift expert Dean McDonald, the company has established a reputation for delivering exceptional customer support in all aspects of vehicle lift selection, installation and service.

“Our top priority is to deliver outstanding customer service – every time. The new Stertil-Koni lifts will definitely help increase our vehicle uptime, maximize shop efficient and play an important role in achieving our near- and long-term goals,” said Wisner.