Car lifts can make life as a mechanic much easier, whether you own an auto shop business or like to tinker with mechanic work in your home shop or garage. Automotive lifts make it easy to lift your vehicle off the ground so you can get to those impossible-to-reach areas. Let’s explore how these work and what to look for when making a purchase.
Auto lifts provide a safe way to lift your car off the ground while doing mechanic or body work. Any time you’re doing work under a vehicle, there’s a risk that the car could fall. You or your workers could be seriously injured or killed! Car lifts are designed to prevent these types of accidents. They are made of heavy-duty materials such as rolled steel, with various designs and weight capacities for any type of vehicle. High quality lifts have an asymmetric design and use a hydraulics system for lifting.
Once up on the lift, the vehicle can be secured from falling, which gives peace of mind while working on the vehicle.
Types of Car Lifts
There are various types of car lifts to choose from, depending on your needs. Some are designed for small spaces with a low ceiling. These work great for small home shops. Others are taller and made for continual daily use in an automotive shop (for businesses). There are two post car lifts as well as four post car lifts. Four post lifts are mainly for larger vehicles, such as large SUVs and trucks. There are also motorcycle lifts, wheel balancers and tire changers, so it’s easy to find exactly what you need.
Features to Consider
When shopping for auto lifts, look for features that suit your needs and the space available. High quality and safety should be your primary concerns. Make sure the product is finished with powder coat paint to prevent rust. Look for features such as an extra long carriage (for less strain on the slider blocks), automatic electric override, telescoping arms, dual cylinder direct pull lifting (without having to use roller bearings and chains), single piece columns made of continuous rolled steel, and single point lock release. Some come with standard stackable truck adapters.
You’ll also need to consider the specifications before ordering a car lift. The weight capacity for lifts can range from 9,000 pounds to 15,000 pounds. Also, consider the overall height and width as compared to your shop space. Other specifications include lifting speed and lifting height, low pad height, drive through width, motor rating and width between columns.
Ordering Automotive Lifts Online
One way to find exactly the type of lift you need is to order online. Find a website that specializes in auto lifts to get more detailed information and to find a variety of lifts. Read the manuals and descriptions for each auto lift to see what’s available. Don’t forget to check the shipping weight and how much it will cost to ship the lift. If you need installation, some Web stores work with local installers depending on your city and state. Be sure to read the site’s warranty information and return policy before ordering.
Ordering online enables you to view photos and read and compare lift options from your own home without being pressured by a salesperson. Check out a variety of products, including 2 post car lifts, 4 post car lifts, scissor lifts, wheel balancers, tire changers, etc. to see which will best fit your type of work. If you own a business, a car lift can increase productivity and add value to your services. The purchase can be counted as a business expense on your taxes too, so you’ll have nothing to lose.