Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does the C-Lift A Series provide a container weight and VGM?

    Yes, we can fit the C-Lift A Series with sensors that wirelessly transmit the load on each leg to the VGM App. The App displays the gross container weight (or VGM) on your smartphone. The VGM App can also confirm the container's load distribution and allows users to take photos, record essential shipment details, email a signed VGM certificate and log a detailed digital container weight record.

    This weighing instrumentation is an optional extra. It is not "legal-for-trade" approved. However it does provide an accurate container weight to within +/- 2%. Whether you can use this weight indication for SOLAS VGMs depends on the VGM rules in your country. Contact us and we will help you answer this question in your country. 

  • What ground surfaces does the C-Lift work on?

    The ground surface must be solid, stable and compacted. If you have any doubts, test the ground while lifting the container a short, safe height.

  • How level does the ground have to be?

    The site should ideally be level (within about 2°), however C-Lifts can accommodate ground with a small degree of unevenness. The A Series has an articulated footplate, simple wedges and a levelling indicator, so users can adjust the angle of the legs on uneven ground so they are 100% vertical and stable.

  • What container types and sizes do they lift?

    The A Series can be used to lift any length of container; 10’, 20’, 40’, 48’, 53’ and even 60’. Longer electric cables are required if you want to lift containers longer than 40'. If you plan to lift longer containers, let our team know when you speak with them.

  • Do they lift high-cube containers?

    Yes, our C-Lifts can lift 9'6" high-cube containers.

  • What is the lift capacity of your C-Lifts?

    The C-Lift A32 has a rated lift capacity of 32 tonne (70,000 lb).

     

  • How many people are needed to operate C-Lifts?

    The C-Lift A Series can be safely operated by one trained operator. Container transfers can be completed more quickly if more people are available.

  • How long does it take to set up and lift or lower a container?

    The operating time for the A Series depends on many factors, including: (i) experience and number of operators, (ii) size of the container, (iii) site conditions, and (iv) available power supply. As a general indication, the entire process - to position the C-Lift, attach to container, lift container, move truck and lower container to ground or chassis - will take two operators 15 - 20 minutes with the C-Lift A Series. 

  • How high is the container elevated?

    The C-Lifts A Series lift the container to a maximum height of 165 cm (65 in). We can manufacture and supply taller lifting legs on special request.

  • Are these C-Lifts safe?

    All C-Lifts are safe, provided the recommended operating instructions are followed. We recommend all operators are trained in how to use BISON C-Lift equipment prior to using. Like all material handling equipment, C-Lifts present risk if not used properly. Safety ultimately relies on the care and competence of the operators.

    BISON supplies a comprehensive Operating Manual and Training Videos (with subtitles that auto-translate to all languages) detailing essential safety information. All legs are made from high strength steel and proof tested to 1.5 times their rated load before leaving the factory. Safety Notices and a Safety Checklist are clearly marked on all legs. The hydraulics feature integrated counter balance valves, which ensure the container will not fall unexpectedly in the event of a hose burst or electrical failure.

  • What is stopping the trailer from hitting the legs?

    Provided the driver is competent and takes reasonable care, the risk of the trailer hitting the legs can be safely managed. The following basic steps are recommended in the operating and training material:

    1. Only use the C-Lift on sites where the truck and trailer can line up directly with the elevated container.
    2. Check that the container is sufficiently elevated before moving the vehicle under the container.
    3. Make sure no twist locks are protruding from the trailer.
    4. Drive slowly.
    5. Always use an observer or "spotter", in communication with the driver.
    6. Use reversing aids, such as simple visible lines on the ground and/or reversing cameras if desired
  • Do I need any special training to operate C-Lifts?

    For safety reasons, we recommend that only trained personnel use your C-Lifts. BISON provides detailed Operating Manuals and Instructional Videos for training purposes.

  • How is the C-Lift A Series powered?

    The A Series is driven by electric powered hydraulics and controlled with integrated electronics. A hydraulic power unit is housed on each leg and runs off single-phase electric power, supplied externally by mains supply or a generator. Electric cables connect the four legs.

    Alternative power options are possible. Contact us to discuss the power options that best suit your operations.

  • Can I use a mains power supply?

    Yes, the C-Lift A Series is designed to be run from the mains electrical supply.

  • What is the expected lifecycle?

    The design life is 10 years. Provided the equipment is well looked after and properly maintained, it will deliver many years of service.

  • What is the difference between the C-Lifts A Series, P Series and M Series?
    Model A Series P Series M Series
    Capacity 32 tonne 32 tonne 20 tonne
    Speed Fast Medium Slow
    Operation Automated Semi-automated Manual
    Operators 1 2 2 - 4
    Portable Yes Yes Yes
    Leg weight 320 kg (700 lb) 130 kg (286 lb) 130 kg (286 lb)

Training Videos & Operating Manual Available August 2018

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