Department of Defense (DOD) MEEP Evaluations

 

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U.S. AIR FORCE

MANAGEMENT EVALUATION EQUIPMENT PROGRAM

FINAL REPORT – ABOVE GROUND LIFT

PROJECT NO V90-36
BAILMENT NO 90-36

1.  Description of Project:

  • Purpose: To determine through test if this above ground lift offers sufficient advantages over current lifts to warrant Air Force adoption.
  • Equipment Evaluated: The 12,000 pound LMF-12, above ground lift was evaluated at Hurlburt Field FL. The lift is surface-mounted and avoids environmental liabilities and service problems associated with in-ground lifts. Installation is quick and easy. Twin post design allows complete under vehicle access. Lift arm length is designed to accommodate specific fleet wheel base.

2.  Discussion: As stated in our interim report dated 12 Nov 91, the 12,000 lb above ground lift was recommended for Air Force adoption because of its many outstanding features. The lift saves time in the day-to-day operations of a vehicle maintenance shop. This includes labor and reduction in vehicle downtime. Since the lift makes it easier to maneuver large tool items and large tool boxes under the chassis, this improves working conditions and boosts the morale of the technicians.

3.  Conclusion: The 12,000 lb Two Post Lift, LMF-12, was recommended for Air Force adoption. A permanent stock number, 4910-01-359-1079, has been assigned and it has been added to TA 457.

4.  On behalf of the Air Force, we wish to express our appreciation for your participation in this project. We welcome products for project consideration that have the potential for solving vehicle and equipment maintenance problems and improving civil engineering and transportation effectiveness within the Air Force.

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U.S. AIR FORCE

MANAGEMENT EVALUATION EQUIPMENT PROGRAM

FINAL REPORT – 25,000 LB ABOVE GROUND LIFT

PROJECT NO V91-78
BAILMENT NO 91-78

1.  Description of Project:

  • Purpose: The project was established to determine through field evaluation if the above ground 4-Post Ramp Style offers any advantages over the twin post lifts mounted under ground to justify Air Force adoption.
  • Equipment Evaluated: 25,000 pound above ground lift was evaluated by the 834th TRNSS Vehicle Maintenance Shop, Hurlburt Air Force Base FL.

2.  Discussion:

  • The use of the 25,000 lb Above Ground Lift makes the job easier when working on large/heavy vehicles while performing under the chassis tasks. It eliminates the use of hydraulic jacks and stands and lying in the prone position to repair under chassis jobs. There is no limit to undercarriage repair, making even the most complex transmission, rear end or driveline system repairs quick and easy. The 25K lift provides greater access in utilizing large tool items such as transmission jacks, large tool boxes or any large tool item that may be needed to do under chassis repair.
  • Advantages: The 25K Lift provides the under chassis access that is needed to repair the heavier vehicles in a timely manner. Vehicles of all sizes and types can be repaired using the 25K due to its adjustable tracks which can be arranged from 3 to 9 feet in width.
  • Disadvantages: None.

3.  Conclusion: Due to the favorable evaluation, the lift was sent through channels for cataloging.

4.  On behalf of the Air Force, we wish to express our appreciation for your participation in this project. We welcome products for project consideration that have the potential for solving vehicle and equipment maintenance problems and improving civil engineering and transportation effectiveness within the Air Force.

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U.S. AIR FORCE

MANAGEMENT EVALUATION EQUIPMENT PROGRAM

FINAL REPORT – 50,000 LB HEAVY DUTY LIFT

PROJECT NO ST98-81

PROJECT TITLE:   Heavy Duty 50,000 lb. Lift

PROJECT DATES: March 99 to September 99

PROJECT MONITORS:  MEEPMO

PRODUCT EVALUATED:  50,000 Pound Heavy Duty Lift, Model TR-50

PROJECT RESULTS:   The lift was procured by a Air Force Red Horse Vehicle maintenance unit and evaluated by vehicle maintenance technicians at an Air Force base, used to lift many different types of heavy duty vehicles and equipment. However, it was primarily used to lift 5 and 10 Ton Truck Tractors and Dump Trucks to perform preventative maintenance, and to remove, repair, and reinstall or replace clutches, transmissions, and other component parts. Due to a lifting height of 73 1/2″ and the large lifting capacity, the lift allowed technicians to perform maintenance in heavy equipment while standing upright, with complete access to the vehicle undercarriage; making it easy to perform repairs without obstructions. Most Air Force shops do not have this type of lifting capability, rather must use jack stands when working on heavy duty equipment, requiring the technicians to work in a horizontal position with much discomfort. Test site supervisors and technicians stated the Heavy Duty Vehicle Lift saved time, improved safety, and helped boost shop morale considerably due to the improved working conditions.

FINAL ACTION:  Based on test results, the Heavy Duty Vehicle Lift, Model TR-50 is recommended for Air Force use by the testing organization.

The lift can be procured through use of established local purchase procedures.

This reports constitutes closing action for this project. We always welcome products for project consideration that have a potential to help solve vehicle and equipment maintenance or civil engineer problems or otherwise help improve shop procedures.

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U.S. AIR FORCE

MANAGEMENT EVALUATION EQUIPMENT PROGRAM

FINAL REPORT – 6K PORTABLE SCISSOR LIFT

PROJECT NO – T99-75

BAILMENT NO 99-75

PROJECT TITLE: Portable 6K Scissors Lift.

PROJECT DATES: March 00 – September 00.

PROJECT MONITORS: ACC MEEP Activity.

PRODUCT EVALUATED: Model USL-6000 Portable Universal Scissors Lift.

PROJECT RESULTS: Vehicle maintenance technicians at an Air Force base evaluated the lift in several different shops, but mostly in the tire shop. The lift was used with various type vehicles, such as S-10 Chevrolet Trucks, Dodge Caravans, Jeep Cherokees, Dodge Dakotas, Ford 6 Passengers Pick-Up Trucks, and other models that weigh 6K or less. In each case the lift operated as advertised. Its portability allows it to be used in any location where there is a smooth concrete surface. The operation/maintenance manual that comes with the Lift was very valuable in setting up and operating the Lift. The unit is self-contained, with its own motor and pump built in one unit, and excellent technical data is provided with the lift. Personnel calculated the time it takes to lift a vehicle using two lift systems, i.e.: the portable lift and traditional Jacks and stands, and realized that at least à hour was saved on each job using the portable lift. Thus saving labor money while improving work methods.

FINAL MEEP ACTION: Based on test results, the Portable Universal Scissors Lift was recommended for Air Force use by the test unit. They further recommended that this type of lift be used as a supplement to existing stationary lifts at bases where a large fleet of vehicles are assigned; and for those shops with outlying work elements where lifting capability is limited.

Product can be procured through local purchase procedures.

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U.S. AIR FORCE

MANAGEMENT EVALUATION EQUIPMENT PROGRAM

FINAL REPORT-Mohawk MP-18 Mobile Column Lifts w/optional High-Rise Jack Stands and Model TD1000 Hi-Rise Wheel Dolly

PROJECT NR-T00-36

***IMPORTANT REMINDER***

THIS REPORT WILL NOT BE USED FOR ANY PUBLICITY, ADVERTISEMENT, OR SALES PURPOSES TO OTHER THAN FEDERAL OR CIVIL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AS ADDRESSED IN PARAGRAPH 12 OF THE BAILMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AND MOHAWK RESOURCES LTD.

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS FURNISHED AS CLOSING ACTION FOR THIS PROJECT:

Project Title: MP-18 Mobile Column Lift Systems, and a Model TD1000 Hi-Rise Tire Dolly.

Project Dates: Nov 00-Nov 01.

Project Monitor: ACC Activity.

Equipment Evaluated: Mohawk MP-18 Mobile Column Lifts w/optional High-Rise Jack Stands and TD1000 Hi-Rise Wheel Dolly

Project Results: The above equipment was evaluated by a Red Horse unit at an Air Force base that specializes in heavy equipment repair. Technicians at the test base, vehicle maintenance flight, used the Mobile Column Lifts weekly to accomplish jobs such as transmission work, remove fuel tanks, oil and filter changes, steering component maintenance and tire removal and replacement. The optional Hi-Rise Jack Stands were only used when the Column Lifts were needed in another bay or shop. The Jack Stands were also used on other types of maintenance such as supporting heavy forklifts arms during hydraulic system repairs. The optional TD1000 Hi-Rise Tire Dolly was used to remove large wheels for tire replacement and also used to remove large wheel and hub assemblies during wheel bearing and brake repair. The Mobile Column Lifts were a shop morale booster, every technician that used them like them, simply put, these lifts are designed to help a shop work smarter instead of harder. All the equipment performed exceptionally well as the manufacturer advertised with no safety or operational problems encountered.

NOTE: A great feature of the MP-18 Column Lifts is the optional fork truck lift pads and approach ramps that will allow 2 columns to service fork trucks with wheels hanging free.

Also the optional automotive frame contact pads for use with 2 columns, which gives you added lift capability for cars and light trucks.

Advantages:
a. The MP-18 Mobile Lift provides the shop a lift that can be stored when not in use, a feature that frees up valuable floor space.

b. The lifts are mobile and can be taken to the vehicle instead of vehicle brought to lift.

c. The lifts can be operated independently.

d. No more drive on ramps as with traditional fixed or stationary, the Mobile Column Lifts frees up space between the vehicles wheels allowing free movement of transmission jacks and waste oil buggies.

e. The lifts allow the user to compensate for differences in wheelbase, whereas a fixed lift has a standard set of limitations on the lengths and widths of vehicles it can accommodate.

f. The lifts can easily be transported to a deployed location and requires no set-up; all you need is the proper power source.

g. These Mobile Lifts provide deployable units with a lift capability anytime and anywhere.

h. Another great feature of these lifts are the adjustable forks that accommodate the widest range of wheels from 13″ up to 24″ for easy use with floatation tires or tires up to 48″ diameter (standard model). Made to fit smaller tires vehicles without adapters or reducer sleeves.

i. The Hi-Rise Jack Stands telescope from 30″ to 75″ and have an internal spring assist which easily allows raising and lowering the stands into position, you actually have to apply light pressure to retract them to the down position eliminating the chance of pinched fingers or hands.

j. The Hi-Rise Tire Dolly used in conjunction with the column lifts easily allows technicians to remove wheels/hubs to perform brake work or tire changes without ever bending over.

Disadvantages: Each time the Mobile Column Lifts are used you have to reposition them which requires approximately 5 feet of space on each side of the vehicle to maneuver into position, however they can be pushed into place and ready for use in less than 10 minutes. The disadvantage experienced is minor and may appear to be time consuming, however this disadvantage is far outweighed with the mobile capability and especially with the non-restricted wheelbase that the lifts will accommodate.

Final MEEP Action: Based on the test results, the “MP-18 Mohawk Column Lifts w/optional Hi-Rise Jack Stands and the TD-1000 Tire Dolly” was recommended for Air Force use and adoption. Also it is recommended that the MP-18 Mohawk Column Lift be assigned a National Stock Number and added to AS 457 with a BOI of one set of four per vehicle maintenance flight. The TD-1000 Wheel Dolly and Hi-Rise Jack Stands should be coded local purchase.

Project Closed.

THIS REPORT CONSTITUTES CLOSING ACTION FOR THIS PROJECT. ON BEHALF OF THE AIR FORCE WE WISH TO EXPRESS OUR APPRECIATION FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROJECT. WE ALWAYS WELCOME PRODUCTS FOR PROJECT CONSIDERATION THAT HAS A POTENTIAL, TO HELP SOLVE VEHICLE MAINTENANCE OR CIVIL ENGINEER PROBLEMS, OR OTHERWISE HELP IMPROVE SHOP PROCEDURES.

CHARLES F. BATCHELOR
Chief, Air Force MEEP

Effective 7-24-04, Model MP-18 4-72 has been assigned National Stock Number (N.S.N.) 4910-01-503-3086

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U.S. AIR FORCE

MANAGEMENT EVALUATION EQUIPMENT PROGRAM

FINAL REPORT – MP-18-518-4 Mobil lift

PROJECT NO. V08-02

***IMPORTANT REMINDER***

THIS REPORT WILL NOT BE USED FOR ANY PUBLICITY, ADVERTISEMENT, OR SALES PURPOSES TO OTHER THAN FEDERAL OR CIVIL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AS ADDRESSED IN PARAGRAPH 12 OF THE BAILMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNTIED STATES AIR FORCE AND MOHAWKS LIFT PRODUCTS.

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS FURNISHED AS CLOSING ACTION FOR THIS PROJECT:

Project Title: Mohawk Battery powered lift system, 24VDC

Project Dates: Feb thru Aug 2008

Project Monitor: Air force element VEMSO

Project Evaluated: Mohawk mobile column lift MP-18-518-4, 24 VDC, 68K cap, 15” forks on 1 and 2, 22” on 3 and 4, 4 ea weight gauges, 1 each HMMVW lift adaptor 1 each, pendant control, 4 each, MJS-47-72, high rise mobile jack stands.

Project Results: The above equipment was evaluated by 316 LRS/LGRVM vehicle maintenance heavy equipment shop. The lifts were used weekly in a heavy equipment shop to accomplish jobs such as transmission work, clutch adjustment, scheduled maintenance, and various under-body repairs. Lifts were used on different types of equipment to include snow removal trucks, dump trucks, mower tractors, and fire trucks. The optional Hi-Rise jack stands were well designed and easy to use. All the equipment used performed well with no safety or operational problems encountered, but added no capabilities that were not already available in this particular shop.

Note: a great feature of the MP-18 column lift is it can be stored when not in use, a convenient feature that frees up floor space when not in use. Additionally, since the units are mobile they can easily be moved to accommodate location of vehicle.

Final VEMSO action: The Mohawk lift MP-18-518-4, 24 VDC is recommended for air force use at this time.

Project closed.

THIS REPORT CONSTITUTES CLOSING ACTION FOR THIS PROJECT. ON BEHALF OF THE AIR FORCE WE WISH TO EXPRESS OUR APPRECIATION FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROJECT.

Joshua M. Schaad, capt, USAF
Chief, Afelm VEMSO

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U.S. AIR FORCE

MANAGEMENT EVALUATION EQUIPMENT PROGRAM

FINAL REPORT – Two-Post Lift Drive On Adapter

PROJECT NO. TO2-35

***IMPORTANT REMINDER***

THIS REPORT WILL NOT TO USED FOR COMMERCIAL PUBLICITY, ADVERTISEMENT, OR SALES PURPOSES OTHER THAN FEDERAL OR CIVIL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AS ADDRESSED IN PARAGRAPH 12 OF THE BAILMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AND MOHAWK RESOURCES, LTD.

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS FURNISHED AS CLOSING ACTION FOR THIS PROJECT:

Project Title: Two-Post Lift Drive On Adapter

Project Dates: Feb 2003 to Aug 2003

Project Monitor: Air Force MEEP

Project Evaluated: Speedlane, Two-Post Lift Drive On Adapter

Project Results: The Speedlane was tested by technicians at two Air Force installations. The Speedlane was used 100 times (combined) during the test period. operators at both test sites stated the Speedlane performed as advertised with few problems. The Speedlane accomodated 95 percent of the general purpose vehicle fleet.

Problems: The following problems were encountered: The 1987-92 full size Dodge Vans, 1990 model Ford Rangers, and 1997 model F150 Ford Pickup would not fit on to ramps.

Advantages: Less set-up time required for lifting uni-body vehicles and eliminates the need to manually position the swing arms under the frame.

Final MEEP Action: Based on the test results, the Speedlane, manufactured by Mohawk Resources LTD, 65 Vrooman Ave, Amsterdam, NY 12010, is recommended for Air Force use and adoption. Local purchase is the preferred method of procurement.

Project Closed.

THIS REPORT CONSTITUTES CLOSING ACTION FOR THIS PROJECT. ON BEHALF OF THE AIR FORCE WE WISH TO EXPRESS OUR APPRECIATION FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROJECT.

CHARLES F. BATCHELOR
Chief, Air Force MEEP

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