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Car Turntable Frequently Asked Questions
Below are the answers to some of the most Frequently Asked questions we get asked regarding our Spin-It Car Turntables. If you can't find the answer to your question here, please don't hesitate to contact us.
As a general rule an area of between 4.5 and 5.0 metres in diameter is sufficient space to turn a family sized vehicle through 360 degrees. The turntable will be smaller than this in area as it only has to accommodate the footprint of the wheels of the vehicle.
In 99% of cases we supply motorised versions of our ‘Spin-it’ range of turntables. Manual turntables tend to be fitted where a developer merely has to tick the box that says the property being developed has complied with a requirement to have a turntable. This is the cheapest option.
From the point of view of someone who will be using the turntable on a daily basis, then the benefits of pushing a button in the warmth and comfort of your vehicle in comparison to pushing the car around in all weathers, far out way the cost difference.
We do not recommend this as a first choice, but yes, you can. We have many customers who have installed their own turntable with no previous experience whatsoever. If you are practically minded, fit and healthy, then a self install can be both personally and financially rewarding.
If cost is the issue then there is an option for you, or your builder, to do part of the preparatory ground work prior to our installers fitting and commissioning your new turntable.
Yes, provided that it is a ‘motorised model, it can be installed on anything up to a 1 in 12 gradient.
Manual turntables must be fitted to level areas only. This is due to the pendulum force experienced if the weight of a vehicle is unevenly distributed.
In the case of a standard aluminium topped turntable the majority of the excavated area needs to be 130mm (just over 5”). This is the distance between the compacted hardcore that the turntable sits on and the finish ground level.
There are a couple of areas that are slightly deeper where the centre bearing is secured and in the case of a motorised model, where the motor housing sits.
Our block paved model requires excavating down by a further 50mm.
If you would like a copy of our ground work specification drawing,please contact us and we will be happy to email or post one out to you.
We looked at many options of how to power our turntables before deciding on an industrial electric motor which could be supplied by a standard domestic household socket.
This method is safe, reliable, cost effective, clean and importantly environmentally friendly.
Yes you can. Providing the turntable has been installed on a relatively level plain thus reducing the risk of a ‘pendulum’ force which can occur when vehicles have uneven weight distribution (heavy engine at one end).
There is an option to disconnect the drive mechanism in a quick and simple way, enabling you to use the turntable until power is restored.
Absolutely not, we have the distinct advantage that we manufacture in quantity and then tailor each turntable package to your individual requirements.
There is no ‘middle man’ here, you are ‘buying British’ at source.
Heavy duty products, at lightweight prices.
Yes, you can. There are a number of options available. Our turntables come with an aluminium chequer plate top surface fitted as standard. By its very nature it does not rust or corrode and in time weathers down to a matt silver finish.
If you would like to colour match the turntable to the surrounding area, then we can coat the top plates to a number of ‘garden environment’ colours (see price list). It is worth noting that regardless of how tough
and resilient the coating is it will not last indefinitely due to the fact that crushing stones under the tyres of a two ton vehicle onto an alloy surface is bound to takes its toll.
The other option is to take a block paved model. This type of turntable is capable of taking not only block pavers, but also other types of stone, even gravel.
If you fit one of our turntables then certainly you can. In our design we have catered for the inevitable gravel dropping into the gap between turntable and outer skirt. With some turntables this would cause a problem where the table would jam. We have accounted for this as well as ensuring no debris can end up on the all important running track(s).
In order to be able to lay block pavers in the top tray of the turntable it is necessary to lower the the whole construction by the depth of the pavers (50mm). This requires the main construction of the turntable to be modified to accommodate this extra depth. This is what we class as a ‘Block Paving Upgrade’.
We are that confident about the reliability of our turntables that we provide a comprehensive 3 year parts and labour warranty on all turntables that we install.
When we designed the ‘Spin-it’ range we placed ‘reliability’ and ‘low maintenance’ at the top of our priority list. All moving parts have ‘Sealed for Life’ bearings and are intentionally over engineered for the job that they do, therefore keeping maintenance to a minimum.
We have turntables in car washes, handling 150 vehicles a day, 7 days a week in a particularly harsh environment, that’s reliability!