This depends on how you are using the auto lift or car lift.
If you simply want to store a vehicle in the air and possibly park another vehicle underneath, then a four post lift is the right lift for you. The four post lift has two steel tracks running the length of the vehicle and lifts the vehicle by the wheels. With the four post lift you can park two vehicles in one space, change oil, do some exhaust work, and with the help of your jack tray you can gain access to your tires and brakes. You can also purchase our hydraulic jack which will lift one end of the vehicle while on the lift. With the help of our caster kit, the four post lift is also portable, allowing you to move the lift around your garage or even outside to wash your vehicle. When loading a four post lift you simply drive on and off the tracks instead of having to enter and exit the vehicle multiple times to ensure the correct weight distribution at the lifting points. A four post lift ensures that you will have easy access to open and close the doors of the vehicle.
If you are planning on doing repairs, then a two post lift is the right lift for you. The two post lift engages and lifts the vehicle at four points on the frame of the vehicle. This gives you access to virtually any point on the underside of the vehicle including the wheels. A two post lift is not desirable to use for storage of a vehicle for extended periods of time. You don’t have a way to protect the vehicle underneath from any fluids that may drip from the top vehicle. On a two post lift, the vehicle is lifted by the frame. When in the air, the tires will hang lower than normal minimizing the clearance you have underneath to park another vehicle. A two post lift must be mounted to the floor and is not portable.
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will benefit you or your small business for the long-term.
At Work Horse Lifts, we know that independent auto repair shops, franchise stores and auto dealers drives the automotive service industry. In order for your auto repair shop to provide the best service, you need to have the most-effective tools and equipment to handle today’s automobiles. That’s where we come in!.
We will help you to create a cost-effective automotive equipment lease-to-own program for your company. Leasing to own will give your company financial flexibility and the opportunity to own your own equipment in only a few years or even months depending on your income and budget.
Auto lifts make every project easier—no more jacks and jackstands, bending over, or squeezing under a car for service. So why doesn’t everyone have one? What used to be expensive, impossible to fit in most garages, hard to install, and dangerous to work with is now within reach of the advanced do-it-yourselfer or small business owner.
The technical aspect of the installation is very simple. The man power and time is the difficult part of the installation. Our auto lifts at www.workhorselifts.com require at least 2 people to install and some of our larger models require more people or even a forklift. It should take 3-6 hours to complete installation of your auto lift not including electrical hookup. You will need a ladder, a set of wrenches, a level, and 3 gallons of hydraulic oil to complete installation. If you are mounting the auto lift to the floor, your will need a drill to make holes for the anchors in the concrete. This does not include the tools needed for electrical hookup.