Buyers' Guide

Do I have to get planning permission to have a vehicle turntable?

Usually not. However, where you would generally find added restrictions (eg. an area of outstanding natural beauty or listed properties), it is wise to check.

If in any doubt, contact your local planning office for clarification.

Manual or Motorised operation?

In 99% of cases, we supply motorised versions of our UTURN range of turntables.

Manually operated turntables tend to be fitted where a developer merely wants to tick a 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, the benefits of pushing a button in the warmth and comfort of your vehicle - in comparison to physically pushing the car around in all weathers - far outweigh the difference in cost.

Can I upgrade my manually operated turntable to a motorised one?

Yes, you can. We have designed our turntables in such a way that we can add a motor at a later date, without having to disturb the original installation.

Can I fit the turntable myself?

Yes, you can. In many instances, customers have installed their own turntable with no previous experience whatsoever. If you are practically minded and fit and healthy, a self-install can be both personally and financially rewarding. 

If cost is an issue then you, or your builder, can do part of the preparatory ground work prior to our installers fitting and commissioning your new turntable. 

One gentleman reported that it took him nine hours, from start to finish, to single-handedly to install a 3.8m motorised model.

How big does the hole in the ground have to be?

The exact depth of the excavation will vary slightly according to the thickness of material used on the visible surface of the turntable; however, the average depth is about 200mm - or 8 inches - for the majority of the area in question.

If you would like a technical drawing of groundwork dimensions, one is available to download in our Installation section.

Can I have a turntable fitted on a slope?

Motorised models can be installed on anything up to a 1 in 20 gradient.

Manually operated 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.

How are motorised models powered?

Our UTURN range of turntables are powered by an industrial electric motor, which is supplied by a standard domestic household socket via an inverter. This inverter gives us a number of control options - rotation speed etc - thus enabling one piece of equipment to cater for many applications, whether they be in an industrial or domestic environment. 

This method has proven to be safe, reliable, cost-effective, clean and, importantly, environmentally friendly.

Can I still use my turntable if there is a power cut?

Yes, you can - providing the turntable has been installed on a relatively level plane, thus reducing the risk of a pendulum force which can occur when vehicles have uneven weight distribution (a heavy engine at one end). 

There is a quick and simple operation to temporarily disconnect the drive mechanism, allowing the turntable to be used in a manual mode of operation until power is restored.

Can I blend the top surface of my turntable into my surroundings?

Yes, you can. There are a number of options available. When configuring the specification of your turntable, we would offer you a number of choices for the top surface.

These choices vary, including aluminium, bound gravel systems or even block paving.

Go to our Price Quoter page to see the options available.

How reliable are UTURN turntables and what maintenance is required?

We are that confident about the reliability of our turntables that we provide a comprehensive two-year parts and labour warranty*.

When we designed the UTURN 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 they do, therefore keeping maintenance to a minimum.

We recommend an annual check of drivewheel tension and some routine greasing.

* This applies to our UTURN Prestige range; DIY Value Pack turntables carry a 12-month warranty

Further information specific to Photographic Turntables can be found on the dealer360 website.