Lift Installation

The Quakermayd Lift is easy to install. You can also contact Quakermayd for any installation questions and support. Click here for PDF/Print-friendly installation instructions. The following are procedures for installation of the 4″ and 5″ Quakermayd Lift:

  1. Dig a hole approximately 18″ in diameter, 63″ deep for a 4″ cylinder ,and 70″ deep for as” cylinder .
  2. Cut 2 pieces of 2″ x 4″ lumber about 24″ long to reach across hole in floor, and drill a 3/8″ hole in center of length and 3/4″ from edge. Remove any 2 bolts in gland directly across from each other. Bolt the 2 x 4’s onto the cylinders with two 3/8″ bolts and’ flat washers (8″ long bolts for a 4″ cylinder and 10″ long bolts for a 5″ cylinder). This is to hold the cylinder upright in hole in order to measure for piping.
  3. Insert cylinder in hole, making sure that top of ram is at least 1″ below floor level.
  4. Position tank where necessary and connect air valve, oil valve, and piping from tank to cylinder using 3/4″ galvanized pipe. Make final connection using union where applicable. Oil may now be put into tank.
  5. Make sure that oil valve is closed, handle must be perpendicular with valve body. Apply air pressure and raise cylinder slowly with oil valve to end of stroke and make sure it is plumb. Close oil valve.
  6. Remove bleeder screw on top of cylinder and install 1/8″ bleeder pipe and valve assembly, making sure valve is closed. With oil valve at tank closed, fill tank with air and open valve slowly. Place a container under bleeder valve and open valve slowly, letting air escape, until oil starts flowing and a steady stream is noticed. Then close bleeder valve and then oil valve. Exert side pressure on cylinder so it won’t go down while removing bleeder pipe assembly and replace bleeder screw. Oil valve may now be opened letting cylinder go down. S0me weight may be required.
  7. Put about 8″ of fairly stiff concrete in bottom of  hole,  making sure it gets under cylinder.
  8. Fill remainder of hole with 1/2 or 3/4″ stone to about 20″ from top of floor.
  9. Cut a piece of paper tube about 16″ in diameter and about 20″ long for a form used at top of hole. (Empty oil bucket may be used if bottom is cut out.)
  10. Place this form around the cylinder (a piece of 1″ pipe may be placed in form for a dram) and fill inside with concrete to about 3″ from bottom of gland making sure the tube or barrel is centered around cylinder. Fill remainder of hole on outside of barrel to meet floor level and also fill trench covering pipe to oil tank. Make sure to clean any concrete off cylinder before it hardens.
  11. After about 48 hours install plate on top of cylinder and tighten set screws firmly. The Lift is now ready for use. If cylinder seems to lower or raise too slowly, loosen 6 cap screws-about 1/2 or 3/4 turn. Then tighten allen head screws.  If leakage occurs, reverse procedure in about 1/2 turn increments.


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