I recently obtained some new storage servers that weigh about 100 pounds and they require two people to safely put the 4u storage servers in the racks. Are there any tools that would allow a single tech to lift and rack a server safely without damaging the server or causing a physical injury to one of the techs?
Price isn't too much of an issue but it would be nice to obtain a solution that costs less than a few thousand. Safety is the major concern.
A server lift is an essential piece of equipment to have within a data center. Genie has always been a popular brand as far as server lifts go but there is a new company that is cornering the server lift market called ServerLift USA. Their lifts are engeineered and designed with the data center specifically in mind. There is also talks that they are going to release a server lift that can plunge it's forks all the way through the depth of a cabinet. This will safely and with ease help to install heavy servers and routers that only mount with flanges without a traditional rail and slide. You will want to check their website or contact them directly to ask about that particular product.
Their lifts are counter balanced and designed to work within narrow 3' aisles of need be which is equipped with a side loader instead of a front loader like most lifts. The lifts are also convertable so that you can hoist equipment off of pallets or large containers. And then to fork them up into position.