Top 10 FAQs about Magic CarpetŪ Lifts


1. How does a Magic CarpetŪ lift stack up price-wise?
The initial investment is often 2-3 times that of a handle or rope tow, yet significantly less than a chairlift for short travel distances. We are price-competitive to other belt conveyor systems on the market; however, there are a number of other considerations to take into account beyond the sales price. Overall design, rugged component selection and after sale support are just a few of the benefits that set our products and company ahead of the competition.

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2. Why a Magic CarpetŪ lift vs. traditional surface lifts?
First, a Magic CarpetŪ lift can convey three to four times the number of people per hour compared to alternate surface lifts, translating into more productivity. Second, it offers a way to better utilize the terrain, with an exit off both sides at the top. Third, we recognize that "down time" is unacceptable and the high level of reliability of the system keeps maintenance to a minimum. Fourth, this user-friendly alternative keeps beginner riders happy and shortens the learning curve, reportedly as much as 40%. This translates to repeat business, and in a much shorter time new skiers are able to graduate to a chairlift. Finally, instructors and lift operators prefer a Magic CarpetŪ lift because it's easy for even small children to ride, minimizing the need for assistance up the hill.

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3. Does a Magic CarpetŪ lift require a foundation?
No. Today's design does not require a permanent foundation. It accommodates virtually any terrain, making it easy to install with minimal ground preparation. Support legs adjust in height to allow for anticipated snow depth at the time of installation. This offers stability throughout the season and eliminates any problems inherent in systems that lay on top of the snow. The modular design and off-season portability have enhanced its versatility. Systems can be modified for length at any time.

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4. How long does it take to install?
Shipping as major component groups allows areas to install a Magic CarpetŪ lift in a matter of days, depending on the length of the system and size of the crew. Several areas have completed the installation of a 250' system in a single day. Areas are responsible for field wiring (AC power) to the lift. Pin and sleeve connections facilitate the electrical hook-up.

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5. What is Magic Carpet's commitment to safety?
Initially, in the absence of any governing codes for conveyor lifts, Magic CarpetŪ lifts designed systems to ANSI B11.19 pertaining to safeguarding machinery. We currently meet or exceed the manufacturer's safety requirements under ANSI B77, Section 7 (USA) and CSA Z98-01, Clause 9 ( Canada ), which is also being adopted by most states and provinces across North America . All drive mechanisms are fully enclosed and secured from riders.

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6. What about snow and ice buildup and high winds?
Magic CarpetŪ lifts feature a separately powered bristle brush to clean the belt on the return run (underneath) during operation of the lift. Additionally, the new proprietary MAGIC GRIP belting is designed to shed the snow when it stretches around the drive drum of the conveyor. Other methods of "point heat" (i.e. infrared or forced air) heating are another effective method to further minimize snow and ice buildup at the discharge end. Clearing overnight snowfall before daily start-up is important for successful operation of the equipment. A tarp is recommended to cover the equipment while not in operation, both overnight and off-season.
The edge guide system, which keeps the belt aligned, also prevents the wind from potentially lifting the belt from the plastic slider surface. As with other lifts, the conveyor may need to be temporarily shut down during extreme climatic conditions.

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7. How long can the conveyors be and what is the capacity?
The lift can be built to any length, in 3 meter/10 foot increments, with a single drive system at the discharge end. Rider tolerance to stand on the moving belt, available terrain and the specific application primarily dictate what the maximum length can be. Typical rated capacity is 1,500 people per hour, with capacities above 4,500 pph available.

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8. What kind of maintenance schedule am I looking at?
Aside from initial adjustments and daily housekeeping tasks, mechanical maintenance is very minimal. After initial service, lubrication intervals for bearings and gear reducers is recommended on an annual basis.

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9. How fast can you get parts?
Should spare parts be necessary, Magic CarpetŪ uses standard industry components which are readily available, often on an overnight basis. The belting life is estimated at 15-18 years before requiring replacement.

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10. How can you prove that Magic CarpetŪ will take good care of us after the purchase?
Our track record and references-spanning North America and worldwide-offer powerful proof. We are committed to customer satisfaction and encourage all potential clients to speak with our customers for their feedback. Users are listed on our web site and supplementary information is available from our Denver sales office.

Thank you for considering a Magic CarpetŪ lift as part of your area's commitment to a better skiing experience.

 

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