BendPak Eight-Armed Car Lift Concept - Engine Builder Magazine

BendPak Eight-Armed Car Lift Concept

Octa-Flex improves technician productivity, convenience, and ergonomics.

BendPak is advancing the car lift industry again with its patent-pending Octa-Flex concept, a radical new two-post lift design that features two sets of arms: triple-telescoping swing arms plus all-new integrated lift-assist arms. Octa-Flex is the world’s first two-post lift series with eight fully adjustable, telescoping lift arms. The EV12DPS Octa-Flex prototype makes its global premiere in booth 4569W at NADA Expo in Las Vegas, Feb. 2-4, 2024.

Octa-Flex offers all the functionality of a traditional two-post lift, while enabling technicians to do things they could only dream of in the past, like tackle cab-off repairs without the help of additional component-handling equipment or a second tech. While the primary lift arms hold the vehicle, the unique Octa-Flex lift-assist arms can be used to help safely and ergonomically lift and maneuver heavy vehicle components with precision, ensuring seamless workflow while reducing the risk of workplace injuries. When they’re not needed, the powered lift-assist arms can be moved up out of the way, so the lift can be used as a standard two-post model.

While the Octa-Flex’s one-of-a-kind assist arms are the showstoppers, its primary lifting arms are stars in their own right. These three-stage arms extend and retract further than any other thanks to a patent-pending design that enables the inner arm tubes to retract fully through the back of the arm assembly and even beyond the arm pin itself, providing unfettered access to a wide range of vehicle lifting points. Plus, their lower profile and dropped-end pad receiver lets them access hard-to-reach lifting points with less chance of damage to vehicle side skirts, running boards or ground effects, even on low-slung cars.

The Octa-Flex concept also features BendPak’s patent-pending Automatic Swing Arm Restraint System (ASARS) to keep the primary lift arms in place. ASARS provides twice as much holding grip as traditional systems. Its 360 degrees of forged steel teeth secure the arms in place to withstand more than 2,00-lbs. of side force that can be generated during vehicle service. This adaptive system requires minimal operator involvement to set and release, while providing maximum peace of mind.

The Octa-Flex concept is a clear-floor design delivering unobstructed floor space for moving toolboxes, transmission jacks and other equipment under elevated vehicles. It is built to deliver long service life with single-piece columns for strength, ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene load bearings that never need lubrication, super-tall lift carriages to minimize stress on components, and industrial-grade hydraulic cylinders.

Designed for versatility, Octa-Flex Series lifts feature BendPak’s Bi-Metric reversible swing arms that enable the lift operator to set the lift in either symmetric or asymmetric configurations.

BendPak is committed to further enhancing the Octa-Flex concept in the coming months. Anticipated for fall 2024, the global launch will encompass models with rated capacities of both 10,000 and 12,000-lbs.

Learn more and check out the EV12DPS Octa-Flex prototype at NADA Expo booth 4569W at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Feb. 2-4, 2024, or visit bendpak.com/octa-flex-preview, or call (805) 933-9970.

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