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An Update on the Whiffletree Lift
While doing routine checks of the Whiffletree lift today, our lift maintenance crew encountered an abnormal noise coming from the lift's gear box. Consequently, the lift was put on a mechanical hold until the source of the noise could be determined.
Upon a closer inspection, they discovered metal filings in an oil sample from the gear box, indicating abnormal wear on one or more of the gear box's components. At this point the lift was placed on mechanical hold for the remainder of the day, while mechanics worked to determine the source of the filings.
Currently, indications point to a blown bearing in the gear box. No damage to the gears themselves is apparent, which is good news in terms of a repair timeline. A bearing is a far simpler fix.
The Whiffletree gear box was completely rebuilt by an outside contractor this past summer, and was just installed this past Christmas. Our lift mechanics have been in touch today with the company that rebuilt the gear box, and they have an engineer en-route to assist with the repair.
Our team is currently weighing options for repairs, and the estimate at this point is that the lift will be closed for the next 3-4 days. We will provide any updates right here as soon as they're available.
Fortunately, this problem was discovered early and our team is taking the proper steps to ensure that it does not become a larger problem further down the road.