If a record player has a mechanical arm lift, this means that there is a lever next to the arm on the record player with which the arm can be lifted mechanically. The arm then rises, after which you manually place it back on its holder.

The mechanical armlift ensures that the cartridge will be subtly removed from the plate so that no damage to the needle and plate can occur.

The player's record continues to rotate in this case (unless the turntable is equipped with auto-stop).