Lightweight and cost- effective – The ALU-LITE™ Range by PALFINGER Ratcliff is the industry pioneer in light weight design, built to increase payload and decrease fuel consumption.
Since 1998 PALFINGER Ratcliff has led the way in producing the lightest lifts on the market, when reducing fuel consumption and concerns about increasing vehicle payload were not as high a priority as now.
The three models that are part of the ALU-LITE™ range, RQ518, RQR518 (500kg) and RQ1008 (1,000kg) were designed to offer maximum safety and operational efficiency for end-users.
Flexible and suitable for box bodies, drop side trucks and flatbed vehicles, the ALU-LITE™ RQ518 is fully assembled, always pre-wired and built with a modular construction to reduce installation time and support ease of maintenance.
All of our Commercial lifts undergo High Performance Testing of 60,000 cycles at maximum load to ensure that safety is never compromised and the durability of the lift remains the best on the market.
Each of the three models has special characteristics. The ALU-LITE™ RQ518 has a unique design that replaces the vehicle rear frame and doors/shutters with rear closure and tail lift in a single pre-assembled unit. It’s made of an ultra-light, corrosion resistant anodised aluminium frame and platform to reduce maintenance. This is a huge advantage to bodybuilders as the rear frame is fully integrated into the sides of the vehicle body.
With a lifting capacity of 1000kg, the ALU-LITE™ RQ1008 is another lightweight option, offering the same anti-corrosion protection and higher payloads due to the aluminium design.
Special features like the uniquely constructed platform made of anodised aluminium planking offers additional strength. The tongue and groove assembly enables individual damaged planks to be easily replaced.
Additional features such as the anti-slip surface option, mesh style platform and a variety of gates can be made to order to Customer’s operational needs.
About PALFINGER Ratcliff – EST. 1964
The RATCLIFF name has been at the forefront of tail lift innovation since Ted Ratcliff invented and patented the UKs first tail lift in 1948. Ted went on to establish Ratcliff Tail Lifts, along with his children John and Jean, in 1964 and led the way in the tail lift industry developing new lifting solutions.
As market leaders in the design and manufacture of commercial and passenger lifts for over 50 years, we have a history and commitment to innovation and customer service. Among Ratcliff Tail Lifts innovations were an all-aluminium lift (RQ518/RQ1008) and the revolutionary rear frame lift (RQR518). The first Ratcliff passenger lift hit the market in 1966 making a huge impact within the mobility sector. “Ratcliff” has since become the generic name for quality tail lift solutions in the UK.
Our commitment to providing quality products and premium service levels has been supported and enhanced since becoming part of the PALFINGER family of companies. In the world of vehicle-based lifting solutions the PALFINGER brand is second to none.
Continuous investment in the development of our employees, equipment, systems and processes ensures sustainable business practices into the future.
Our success is built on a deep understanding of our customers’ needs. Our products are engineered to offer reliable solutions to our customers’ needs in line with our LIFETIME EXCELLENCE brand promise.
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