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|1. How many "standard" Shank's® Tables are made?|
|2. Which Shank's® Table is the most popular model?|
|3. Which Shank's® Table is the most versatile?|
|4. Is the padding on a Shank's® Table enough padding to protect the horse from
blood poolinglmyopathy during surgery?
|5. Which Shank's® Table is the best choice for a clinic just starting
that does very few surgeries each week?
|6. Are Shank's® Tables made of stainless steel?|
|7. Do all. Shank's® Tables support a horse in dorsal recumbency (on
its back) and lateral recumbency (on its side)?
|8. Are Shank's® Tables battery operated?|
|9. How long does it take to get a Shank's® Table?|
|10. What is the life expectancy of a Shank's® Table?|
|11. What kind of maintenance is required on a Shank's® Table?|
|12. What kind of warranty is available on a Shank's® Table?|
|13. Can an old Shank's® Table be traded in?|
1. How many "standard" Shank's® Tables are made?
There a four (4) basic tables that are on wheels and movable within a clinic setting. The Floor Table has a flat rectangular shaped top and comes in two different models - Portable Floor Table and Modified Portable Floor Table. The basic difference between these two models is the hydraulic functions. The Modified Portable Floor Table is the least expensive table we manufacture and has 1 basic hydraulic function - raising and lowering. The Portable Floor Table has both hydraulic lift and 2-way tilt via hydraulics. Either model can be ordered with a 72" or 84" long top. The Dorsal/Lateral Table has a center section and 6 hinged adjustable wings and comes in two different models - Scissor Base and Cylinder Base. The basic difference between these two models is the hydraulic functions. The Cylinder Base Table has 4-way tilt positioning via hydraulics and the Scissor Base Table has 2-way tilt positioning via hydraulics. There is a fifth standard table that is made, and that is designed to be placed in a recessed pit, where the practitioner has combined both surgery and recovery into the same room. This model is the Stationary Floor Model Table. This model can be ordered with a 72" or 84" long top.
2. Which Shank's® Table is the most popular model?
The most popular model sold is the Dorsal/Lateral Scissor Base Table. We feel it is the most popular because both of its table top configuration, and it's lowered height.
3. Which Shank's® Table is the most versatile?
The most versatile table made is the Dorsal/Lateral Cylinder Base Table. This table is mobile (in a clinic setting), and can tilt 4-ways via hydraulics. However, this table also has the highest lowered height at 22-1/2" (57.15 cm). Depending on how the horse will be loaded onto the table, this lowered height may not allow for enough overhead clearance to lift the horse onto the table. All factors impacting loading of the sedated horse onto the table (ceiling height; hoist or lifting mechanism; lifting hobbles; surgery table lowered height; additional table padding/cushioning) should be taken into account when determining which model Shank's® Table would best meet your needs.
4. Is the padding on a Shank's® Table enough padding to protect the horse from blood pooling/myopathy during surgery?
The padding on all Shank's® Tables would be sufficient only in a very short procedure and only in dorsal recumbency. In all other instances, it is necessary to use additional padding or cushioning. We fabricate and sell a variety of foam pads that can be used in dorsal or lateral recumbency to provide adequate support. However, water or air mattresses can be used as well.
5. Which Shank's® Table is the best choice for a clinic just starting that does very few surgeries each week?
The most cost effective model would be the Shank's® Modified Portable Table, based solely on its overall cost.
6. Are Shank's® Tables made of stainless steel?
No, all standard Shank's® Tables are made of mild (structural carbon) steel. All component parts are hot dip galvanized and painted before assembly for protection from corrosion. Test results show that the combination of galvanizing plus paint achieves an average protection of 16 years to 5% rust. A portion of the component parts (fasteners, pins, thumbscrews) are stainless steel, along with the motor shield. A stainless steel model can be ordered as a customization.
7. Do all Shank's® Tables support a horse in dorsal recumbency (on its back) and lateral recumbency (on its side)?
Yes, all Shank's® Tables can support a horse in either position by using various extensions that can be attached to the table. The Floor Model Table comes standard with the extensions necessary to support a horse in lateral only; to support a horse in dorsal position the optional Leg Poles and Padded Dorsal Props would need to be purchased. The Dorsal/Lateral Tables comes standard with the attachments necessary for basic positioning in either dorsal or lateral recumbency.
8. Are Shank's® Tables battery operated?
No, they are not manufactured to be battery-operated.
9. How long does it take to get a Shank's® Table?
Current production lead time is approximately 60-75 days from order to shipment. Shipment of a table within the U.S. is most often done by Shank's® Veterinary Equipment, Inc. via a company-owned truck. Some instances do not allow for personal delivery, and in that instance, the table would be crated and trucked via common carrier to the destination. Shipment of a table overseas from the U.S. can be made via ocean freight or via air freight. Transit time varies depending on which method of shipment is chosen. International ocean freight typically takes approximately a month, and international air freight takes about a week.
10. What is the life expectancy of a Shank's® Table?
The life expectancy depends on usage, customer care and maintenance. Under optimum maintenance and care, a Shank's® Table will remain an integral part of an equine practice for a period that could exceed 15 years.
11. What kind of maintenance is required on a Shank's® Table?
There is minimal routine maintenance required to maintain the optimal function of a Shank's® Table. The hydraulics system on the table is equipped with a premium quality anti-wear hydraulic fluid. The fluid does not need to be routinely changed, and no fluid needs to be added unless some has leaked out of the system. There are a variety of grease points/zerks located on the table that should be greased with a white lithium grease several times a year. The padded top of the table should be washed with a mild soap and water after use.
12. What kind of warranty is available on a Shank's® Table?
Shank's® Veterinary Equipment, Inc. warrants all Shank's® Surgery Tables and/or related equipment to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for one (1) year from the date of delivery or the date the equipment is put into use (whichever is later), when operated and maintained in accordance with the Owner's Manual. Routine maintenance is the sole responsibility of the Owner. This warranty does not cover defects resulting from misuse, abuse, negligence, accidents, lack of maintenance, normal wear, alteration, modification, tampering, repair using improper parts, damage or extraordinary wear and tear of the table equipment.
13. Can an old Shank's® Table be traded in?
Yes, an old Shank's® Table can be traded in on the purchase of a new Shank's® Table. Trade in value will be determined based on the age of the table, and its current condition.