July 3, 2007
PORTLAND, ME Southworths portable Lift-Tool is an economical alternative to variable-height workbenches. The simple yet versatile device facilitates a

PORTLAND, ME — Southworth’s portable Lift-Tool™ is an economical alternative to variable-height workbenches. The simple yet versatile device facilitates a wide variety of lifting and positioning jobs and requires only a cordless drill to move the platform up or down. It is ideal for electronics assembly, quality control/inspection, packaging, hobbies, and many other applications.

At a workbench, the Lift-Tool helps improve the user’s posture, reducing fatigue and back strain and thus improving his or her concentration and productivity. For a shift change at a shared workbench or simply to alternate between sitting and standing during repetitive-motion tasks, a worker can quickly and easily adjust the platform within a vertical range of 14¼” to accommodate the work at hand.

Fully raised, the Lift-Tool’s 22” x 23” platform is 17¾” high. With a load capacity of 300 pounds, it holds nearly 10 times its own weight, which is only 32 pounds, and is only 3½” high when lowered. The user smoothly raises and lowers the sturdy aluminum platform with an electric drill — a socket in the unit’s durable steel screw-jack mechanism accepts a hexagonal bit. With a cordless drill, no other power supply is needed, so the Lift-Tool is truly portable and ideal for outdoor as well as indoor use.

The Lift-Tool is a welcome addition to repair shops, garages, assembly plants, service vans, construction sites, workshops, art studios, etc. The patented device can be carried easily or mounted to the side of a maintenance cart.

For positioning/steadying certain heavy objects, such as in the installation of a cabinet or microwave oven over a range or sink, the Lift-Tool allows one worker do a job that once required two. The Lift-Tool’s slotted platform allows for the use of straps and other workholders to securely fasten loads. A plastic cover (included) can be placed on top to protect delicate items or underneath the base to protect work surfaces. For jobs requiring broader support, the Lift-Tool can be supported by an optional, adjustable straddle frame. Other options are a turntable and a slanted “assembly easel” that positions work at 25°.

For more information, contact Brian E. McNamara, President, Southworth Products Corp, P.O. Box 1380, Portland, ME 04104-1380, TEL: (207) 878-0700, FAX: (207) 797-4734, e-mail: [email protected],