Car lifts have long been one of the most important investments a professional automotive shop or garage can make. With the recent unexpected boost in automotive business sector, consumers are even more likely to repair and service their vehicles rather than purchase a new one. It's never been more important for auto body shops, quick lube stations, car dealerships and car rental businesses to have the most reliable car lifting equipment to suit the needs of their customers.
Which lift should I buy? 2 Post vs 4 Post
A four post lift can be portable (most come with a free caster kit). The four post lift may also be permanently anchored. A two post lift MUST be anchored to the ground. A four post lift generally features a 110 volt motor which does not require special wiring to install. A two post lift will come with a 220 volt single phase motor. A four post lift takes up much more room than a two post lift. A two post lift will raise a car "higher" in a low ceiling garage. This is because the four wheel assemblies hang below the four lifting arms (the vehicle is lifted by the frame). For instance, a vehicle that is 72 inches tall (from the bottom of the tires to the luggage rack) will remain 72 inches tall when lifted on a four post lift. However, this same vehicle may only be 55 inches tall when lifted on a two post lift, because 17 inches may be "hanging" below the arms.
INTRODUCTION - To correctly and safely load vehicles on your lift, it is necessary to determine the weight and Center of Balance (CB) for each vehicle being lifted. EXAMPLE / SINGLE AXLE VEHICLE STEP 1. Determine front and rear axle weights and gross weight. STEP 2. Determine distance from the front and rear axles to the RDL. STEP 3. Enter the information obtained in steps 1 and 2 into the formula to determine the moment. STEP 4. Divide the total moment by the gross weight. This final result (134.72”) is the CB of the vehicle measured from the reference data line (RDL). EXAMPLE / TANDEM AXLE TRAILER STEP 1. Determine front and rear axle weights and gross weight. STEP 2. Determine distance from the front and rear axles to the RDL. STEP 3. Enter the information obtained in steps 1 and 2 into the formula to determine the moment. STEP 4. Divide the total moment by the gross weight. This final result (157.52”) is the CB of the vehicle measured from the reference data line (RDL).
Lift Delivery Options
If ordering a lift from us there are several options for delivery available for you to choose from:
- Can choose to have lift dropper off at your local freight terminal. This car lift is extremely heavy. If you do not have a loading dock, unloading the car lift requires a forklift. If you do not have the means to quickly upload a freight truck then you will need to select the pick it up at terminal option. The freight company will load the lift onto your trailer so you can transport it home and unload your trailer at your convenience.
- Can choose to be called separately to make delivery arrangements.
- Please select the Residential delivery option if this is being delivered to a residential location. You will need a method to quickly unload a freight truck if you select this option.
- Or please select the Commercial delivery option if this is being delivered to a commercial locations. You will need a method to quickly unload a freight truck if you select this option
- Let us know if you have a forklift for unloading at your listed shipping address