What is a car turntable? Useful tips to choose a car rotating platform

car turntable structure

vehicle turntable

A car turntable, also known as a vehicle turntable, is a rotating platform that is designed to allow vehicles to turn around within a limited space. Most suitable for the ares which has no sufficient space to turn the vehicle. It is commonly used in situations where it is difficult or impossible to reverse a vehicle out of a confined area, such as in narrow driveways, car showrooms, parking garages, and car washes.

Here are the features, working, application, and operations of turntable for car driveway:

  1. Features:
  • Usually made of steel or concrete and aluminum alloy top finishes.
  • Can be installed indoors or outdoors
  • Can be powered by electricity, voltage is can be 110v, 220v, 380v, 400v, and 415v.
  • Can be customized in terms of diameter, weight capacity, and rotation speed
  • Can be equipped with safety features, such as sensors, emergency stop buttons, and protective barriers
  • Capacity can be 3ton to max 20ton
  • car turntable size can be 3m to max 30m available.
  • Particularly suit for auto show and home use.
  1. Working:

A rotating car turntable works by rotating the vehicle around a central axis. The vehicle is driven onto the platform, and then the platform is activated to rotate, which turns the vehicle in the desired direction. The rotation can be either clockwise or counterclockwise, depending on the design of the turntable. Some turntables are powered by electric motors, while others use hydraulic systems or manual labor to turn the platform.

  1. Application:

Commonly used in commercial and residential applications where space is limited, and it is not practical or convenient to turn a vehicle around manually. It is often used in car dealerships, parking garages, and private residences where the turntable can provide a convenient and efficient way to park and maneuver vehicles.

Vehicle rotating platform are used in a variety of settings, including:

360 car turntable is a rotating platform designed to allow a vehicle to be turned around in a confined space, such as a garage or parking lot.

Private residences: To enable vehicles to turn around in narrow driveways or garages, it is residential car turntable.

Commercial buildings: To allow vehicles to enter and exit parking garages or loading docks more easily, it can be also used for rotating car display platform.

Car dealerships: To showcase vehicles in showrooms and allow customers to view them from different angles, it is used for car show rotating platform, or car show turntable.

Car washes: To move vehicles through the cleaning process and prevent damage to tires and rims

Event venues: To provide a dramatic entrance or exit for vehicles at weddings, parties, and other special events

Car turntable for driveway: To drive the car on turntable easily in a narrow space both indoor and outdoor car turntable, that can be used as car showroom turntable indoor.

Around in a confined space, such as a garage or a parking lot, turntable for car parking, and rotating driveway car turntable platform.

The turntable is typically installed in the ground, and it rotates around a central axis to allow a vehicle to be rotated into a different direction without having to reverse or maneuver in a tight space.

rotating platform

  1. Operations:

To operate a rotating car display platform, the driver simply drives onto the platform and stops the vehicle in the center. Then, the turntable can be activated using a control panel or remote device. The platform will then begin to rotate, turning the vehicle in the desired direction. Once the vehicle is facing the correct way, the platform can be stopped and the driver can drive off the turntable. It is important to follow safety protocols and to ensure that the turntable is properly maintained and inspected regularly.

Normally there are two typesmotor drive turntable, one is pin gear motor, another is friction driven, then what’s the difference between the two car turntable design?

Pin gear and friction drive motor are two different types of mechanisms used to transmit power or torque from a motor to a rotating shaft or wheel.

Friction drive motors, rely on a spinning wheel or disk that makes contact with a stationary surface, such as a tire or a belt. As the wheel or disk rotates, it creates friction against the surface it is in contact with, which causes the surface to rotate as well. Friction drive motors usually adopts 4 motor or 6 motors to work together, which depends on the plate diameter and capacity, are commonly used in applications where a high degree of precision is required, such as in bicycles, scooters, and other small vehicles.

car turntable design

Pin gears, also known as involute gears, use a different mechanism to transmit power, are a type of mechanical gear system that consists of two or more meshing gears with teeth that interlock and rotate in opposite directions. Pin gears are commonly used in machinery, vehicles, and other mechanical systems to transmit torque and power from one component to another. The teeth on pin gears are designed to engage with one another in a precise and controlled manner, which allows them to transfer rotational force with a high degree of efficiency and accuracy.

Turntable Motor

In summary, pin gears and friction drive motors are two different types of mechanisms used to transfer power and torque. Pin gears use interlocking teeth to transmit rotational force with a high degree of accuracy, while friction drive motors rely on a spinning wheel or disk to create friction and transfer power to a stationary surface.

Now let’s see the features, and working of this two type driveway turntable

A friction drive car turntable is a type of car turntable driveway that uses friction to rotate the platform. It typically consists of a stationary circular base and a rotating platform that is mounted on wheels or rollers. The platform is driven by a friction drive system that uses a motor to turn a belt or chain, which then drives the platform through friction between the belt or chain and the rollers or wheels.

The pin gear motor refers to the type of motor used to drive the turntable. It consists of a series of gears with interlocking teeth that transmit torque and power from the motor to the turntable. The pin gear motor is designed to provide a high degree of precision and accuracy, which is important for ensuring that the turntable rotates smoothly and reliably.

Here are some of the features and working of the two type car display turntable:

Precise Rotation: Both the pin gear type and friction driven car turntable uses a series of interlocking gears to transmit torque and power from the motor to the turntable. This provides a high degree of precision and accuracy, ensuring that the turntable rotates smoothly and reliably.

Easy to Use: The car turntable is designed to be easy to use. It can be operated with a remote control, which allows the user to rotate the turntable from a distance without having to get out of the car.

Space-Saving: The car turntable is a space-saving solution that allows vehicles to be turned around in a small area. This is especially useful in urban areas where parking space is limited.

Remote Control: The car turntable is typically operated with a remote control. The remote control allows the user to rotate the turntable from a distance, which is especially useful for tight spaces when the user are not easily get in or out.

Other Features:

Clockwise and Anti-clockwise direction

Multiple choice surface mount car turntable

Pit installation or ground mounted with ramp around

Aluminum plate on the top

For friction driven car turntable, it is 4 pcs motor working at the same time, the turntable can still work even one motor broken.

The pin gear type car turntable uses a motor and gear system to drive the rotation of the turntable. The motor is typically an electric motor that provides the torque and power necessary to rotate the turntable.

Car turntable size can be customized

Rotating Platform: The turntable is a circular platform that is mounted on a central axis. The gear system is connected to the underside of the turntable, which allows it to rotate when the motor is activated.

turntable finishes

For the car turntable price, these two types are almost the same, price ranges from $4500-$6000 for a 3.5m diameter with 3t capacity. That’s do not say they are the same cost, the pin gear type car turntable cost maybe a little higher due to the later maintenance, because the friction drive car turntable maintenance is quite easier.

If you choose the different car turntable top finishes, diameter, and weight capacity, the price is also different.

What should we pay attention to before the car turntable installation?

The final look of the installation is highly dependent on the consistency of the gap and elevation between the turntable and the adjacent non-rotating floor. From our experience, we have found that forming a perfect circle to a precise diameter and then pouring that it is perfectly flat around that circle is quite ambitious. Very few concrete sub-contractors succeed in doing so on a consistent basis.

The leveling of the turntables can be done by height-adjustable support wheels and center bearing. The pit floor should be kept +/- 1 cm within the specified pit depth. However as a result, the concrete pit need not be perfectly flat. Before installation, we recommend taking the time to verify that the pit is completely flat and poured to the correct depth, diameter, drainage and conduits are checked again. This will avoid delay and waste of money.

car turntable installation

Installation normally is completed within one or two working days. To ensure a smooth installation and to be ready for our installation crew please prepare the pit as follows:

  1. Please be sure that the pit is clean and free of concrete remains. The turntable equipment should be placed as close to the pit as possible. This will save time and avoid unnecessary physical strain of the crew.
  2. If the turntable is to be installed flush with a flooring treatment such as wood or tile which is not yet installed, please let us know this detail.
  3. On the installation day, please have your electrician on site to mount the control box and to make the final connections to the drive motor and control box, as early as possible.
  4. The motor does not need to be anchored for connections to be made. All connections can be made before turntable installation. This allows for testing and adjustments to take place earlier in the day, assuring that all issues can be sorted out immediately and a proper operation will be guaranteed.
  5. The installation of all electrical components have to be connected according to the valid regulations and they have to be appropriate for outdoor use.
  6. Permanent power is required for operation of the turntable. Temporary power from generators will not work due to the presence of a VFD in the control box.

Installing a vehicle turntable into a pit involves the following steps:

rotating platform

Excavate the pit: Excavate a pit in the ground that is large enough to accommodate the car turntable. The depth of the pit will depend on the height of the car turntable and the desired ground clearance.

Pour the concrete foundation: Pour a concrete foundation in the pit that is level and flush with the surrounding ground. The foundation should be at least 6 inches thick and reinforced with steel rebar.

Install the car turntable base: Place the car turntable base onto the concrete foundation in the pit. The base should be centered and level on the foundation.

Connect the power supply: Connect the power supply to the car turntable motor according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This may involve running electrical wiring through conduit or underground.

Install the turntable platform: Place the turntable platform onto the base, ensuring that it is centered and level. Secure the platform to the base according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Test the turntable: Test the turntable to ensure that it is functioning properly and rotates smoothly. Make any necessary adjustments or repairs as needed.

Finish the pit: Finish the pit by installing drainage and cover plates as necessary to protect the turntable and prevent debris from entering the pit.

It is recommended to consult with a professional installer or the manufacturer’s instructions for specific details and guidance on installing a friction drive car turntable into a pit.

Functional Testing: This involves checking that all components of the turntable, such as the motor, gearbox, sensors, and control system, are functioning correctly. Each component is tested individually and then as part of the overall system.

Load Testing: The turntable is tested under the maximum load it is designed to carry to ensure that it can safely support a vehicle’s weight and rotate smoothly.

Safety Checks: All safety features of the turntable, such as emergency stop buttons, safety locks, and sensors, are tested to ensure that they are functioning correctly and can prevent accidents.

Electrical Testing: The electrical system of the turntable, including wiring and connections, is tested to ensure that it meets electrical safety standards and regulations.

Commissioning: Once the testing is complete and any issues have been addressed, the turntable is commissioned. This involves calibrating the system, configuring the control settings, and verifying that the turntable is operating as intended.

Handover: The turntable is handed over to the client or end-user, and any necessary training is provided on how to operate and maintain the system.

Daily maintenance of garage car turntable

  1. After the working finished, the platform should be restored to the stop state, cut off the power.
  2. Prevent rain erosionon control box.
  3. Please be sure the wheels and rails are clean, or there will be noise during turntable running.
  4. Kindly check the top platform flat or not, check every 6 months, or according to running frequency.

Then please adjust the support wheels to make sure platform flat.

  1. Check if each supporting working well, adjust the support wheels to make sure platform flat and each wheels working good.
  2. Check if each motor working good, not vibrative or noisy.
  3. Check if the structure or platform loose or not, please tighten the screws.
  4. Check if the support wheels has any abrasion, please replace the new one for heavily abraded wheels.

If you want to buy a car turntable, or to know the car turntable price, please contact sales@nosteclift.com now to get official quotation.

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