alu-lite™ range - It works!
The Ratcliff name has been at
the forefront of tail lift innovation
since Ted Ratcliff invented and
patented the UK's first tail lift in
1948. Ted went on to establish
Ratcliff Tail Lifts, along with his
children John and Jean, in 1964
and led the way in the tail lift
industry developing new lifting
As market leaders in the design
and manufacture of commercial
and passenger lifts for over 50
years, we have a history and commitment to innovation and customer service. Among Ratcliff Tail
Lifts' innovations were an all-alu
minium lift (RQ518/RQ1008) and
the revolutionary rear frame lift
(RQR518). The first Ratcliff passenger lift hit the market in 1966
making a huge impact within the
mobility sector. “Ratcliff” has
since become the generic name
for quality tail lift solutions in the
Our commitment to providing
quality products and premium
service levels has been supported
and enhanced since becoming
part of the PALFINGER family of
companies. In the world of
vehicle-based lifting solutions the
PALFINGER brand is second to
Continuous investment in the development of our employees,
equipment, systems and processes ensures sustainable business
practices into the future.
Our success is built on a deep
understanding of our customers’
needs. Our products are engineered to offer reliable solutions
to our customers’ needs in line
with our LIFETIME EXCELLENCE
„PALFINGER Ratcliff‘s vision is to be the first choice provider of engineered lifting solutions for owners and end-users.“
„Through customer-centricity we meet our customers‘ needs, with innovatively engineered lifting solutions that exceed their expectations. Our
solutions are designed around our promise of LIFETIME EXCELLENCE,
delivering whole life support and the best total cost of ownership for
owners and end-users“
ALU-LITE™ RQ1008 (1,000kg)
ALU-LITE™ RQ518 (500kg)
TO US, “LIFETIME EXCELLENCE”
MEANS SEEING TOP PERFORMANCE
AS A MINIMUM REQUIREMENT.
LIFETIME EXCELLENCE is our promise. Our core message. Our brand essence. To our
customers, it means top performance without compromise. The most cost-effective, reliable
and innovative lifting solutions in a global network of expert service partners – for the entire
With an innate understanding of our Customers'
individual needs, we don’t just design
products, but solutions that solve their everyday
challenges, backed by the integrity and stability
of the company that makes PALFINGER Ratcliff
a dependable partner for professionals.
Our Commercial lifts are engineered via a usercentred design method that ensures the highest
levels of efficiency and reliability throughout the
products’ entire lifespan.
With a highly qualified Agent Network in
the UK and with over 1,500 Service Points
Worldwide, our Customers can be confident
of receiving the competent and courteous
after sales service they deserve.
PALFINGER Ratcliff products offer an outstanding
With premium quality components and outstanding
workmanship, they undergo high performance
testing to ensure both reliability and durability. The
result is a low maintenance lift with an optimised
total lifetime cost.
INDUSTRY LEADING LOWEST
WEIGHT FOR MAXIMUM PAYLOAD
≥ PALFINGER Ratcliff was the first to offer an all aluminium lift in
≥ Weighing from as little as 115kg, it remains the lightest lift of its
range on the market
≥ Premium finish to reduce maintenance of frame and platform
≥ Fully assembled and pre-wired
≥ Modular construction that reduces lead-time and maintenance
≥ Designed to offer maximum efficiency for end-users and bodybuilders
≥ Suitable for box bodies, drop side trucks and flat beds
PIONEERING LIGHT WEIGHT DESIGN
WITH THE BEST LIFETIME SUPPORT
RQ518 - ULTRA-LIGHT FRAME AND PLATFORM
RQR518 - NO NEED FOR REAR FRAME AND DOORS RQ1008 - TOP STRENGTH WITH LOW WEIGHT
Top of the range weighing from as little as
115kg, the ALU-LITE™ RQ518 has an anodised
aluminium frame and platform, the lightest of its
range on the market.
With a unique design, the ALU-LITE™ RQR518
replaces the vehicle rear frame and doors/
shutters, rear closure and tail lift in a single preassembled unit.
The all lightweight aluminium construction maximises payload.
For a higher lifting capacity, the ALU-LITE™
RQ1008 is made of a lightweight anodised aluminium frame and platform that prevents corrosion, increases payload,reduces maintenance
and improves fuel economy.
RIGOROUS TESTING INCREASES RELIABILITY
LIGHTWEIGHT INNOVATIVE DESIGN
PREMIUM PROTECTION FOR DURABILITY
All of our Commercial lifts undergo a rigorous
60,000 cycle testing at maximum load to ensure
an optimum performance in the field offering
the highest levels of efficiency, safety and reliability.
With an unrivalled engineering expertise,
PALFINGER Ratcliff developed the lightest lift
on the market made of an ultra-light anodised
aluminium frame and platform for increased
Our Premium Anti-corrosion Finish reduces
maintenance of frame and platform.
UNIQUE ALUMINIUM PLATFORM CONSTRUCTION POWER PACK IN BEAM
Constructed from unique anodised aluminium
planking, for additional strength. Tongue and
groove assembly enables individual damaged
planks to be replaced.
Reduces installation time. Eliminates need to
find ‘suitable’ position on the chassis of small
3.5 tonne vehicles to mount the power pack.
Protected from damage by road spray.
On many occasions, a "one size fits all" is just
not good enough and part of our company's
mission is to find solutions to our Customer's
everyday operational challenges. Our Engineered Solutions team can work with you on
special projects developing tailor-made lifts to
your specific needs.
24-365™ AGENTS NETWORK1
WORLDWIDE SERVICE NETWORK2
FULL MAINTENANCE PACKAGES AND
Nationwide network with the highest industry
leading levels of first-time fix rates, available 24
hours a day, 365 days a year. Our highly trained
and well stocked Agents target to arrive at all call
outs within 60 minutes from the time if assignment. Through our first class dedicated Parts
team, we guarantee next day delivery, knowledgeable technical support and reduced VORs.
With over 1,500 Service Points, our Worldwide
Service Network gives you confidence that you
will receive the highest service levels provided
by our skilled Agents.
Our Service Agents receive regular product and
technical training to reduce vehicle off roads
and future maintenance costs.
Our lifts are built to last under the LIFETIME
EXCELLENCE brand promise, and for additional
peace of mind, a range of Full Maintenance
Packages and Extended Warranty are available to suit your individual needs. With clearcut Terms & Conditions, no hidden charges or
catches, you can be sure that you are not receiving empty promises with your Warranty.
CERTIFICATE NO. FM11888
HIGH MANUFACTURING STANDARDS
ENGINEERED FOR LIFETIME EXCELLENCE
A customised face to face Operator Training is
available to suit customer needs.
A comprehensive Operators Instruction Manual
and labelling also accompanies every lift.
As a BSI Certified company, we comply with
the strict Quality Management System - ISO
Suppliers of safety critical items such as rams
and power packs also operate to QA Standards,
ISO9001, ISO14001 and CE Marking.
As the inventors of the tail lift in the UK and with
over fifty years expertise in designing and manufacturing lifting solutions, PALFINGER Ratcliff
never compromises on safety and quality so our
Customers can benefit from increased product
efficiency to solve their everyday challenges.
Please note that the 24-365™ Agents Network is a UK only service, hours in other countries may vary.
Please contact PALFINGER Ratcliff for further information or check with your local Customer Care for country specific service coverage.
ENGINEERED FOR EFFICIENCY
STEEL MESH PLATFORMS
ANTI-SLIP PLATFORM SURFACE
UNIVERSAL STOW LOCK
Fits neatly into the power pack.
Avoids inconvenience of a flat
battery due to tail lift usage by
monitoring battery voltage.
Alarm gives warning before
power supply to lift is cut off.
To minimise drag and improve
fuel consumption, the steel
mesh platform and frame are
available in aluminium or steel.
The lift frame can be galvanised.
With “Protecta Kote” surface,
our anti-slip provides extra operator safety and load security
at all times, especially useful
during damp weather conditions.
Tried and tested unique
designed stow lock, holds platform securely in stowed
position during transit.
Design gives improved
durability in day to day use and
is less prone to
*HINGED SAFETY GATES
Created to suit Customer's requirements to offer light weight
and flexible operation, the
Folding Gates can be stowed
away when not needed.
Drop-in Safety Gates and All
Round Safety Gates are available to ensure the complete
safety of both Operators and
These popular gates are hinged
to the platform edge and stow
flat against the platform. The
lift cannot be used without the
gates being erected, ensuring
operator safety. Drop-In and
All Round Safety Gates are also
available as optional features.
Roll stops provide extra load
security and are especially useful for roll pallets.
With fixed ramps they are suitable for 1050mm and 1125mm
deep platforms only.
NO OFF THE ROAD VEHICLES
ENGINEERED FOR RELIABILITY
Width over columns
in mm (A)
columns in mm (B)
centres in mm (C)
floor height in mm
body panels in mm
Floor to underside of
roof skin in mm
width in mm
Dead weights from
depth in mm “D”
floor height in mm
Dead weights from
Dead weights from
depth in mm
Note 1: all measurements in mm unless otherwise stated - maximum ground clearance all models - 420-550mm
Note 2: Total lift weights include power pack and oil.
FLE - Fixed Leading Edge
RTFS - Ramps to Form a Stop
STRONGEST MAN OF GERMANY
Big tasks need a strong partner: PALFINGER Ratcliff products
prove their strength every day, without exception. They deliver
the very highest reliability, performance, quality and customercentred service – for the lifetime of the product.
“Lifetime Excellence” – Our promise toward the utmost success
for your company.
Lifts shown in the brochure are fitted with some optional extras and do not always correspond to the standard version. Country-specific regulations must be observed.
Dimensions may vary. Subject to technical changes, errors and translation mistakes.