Determining The Best Lift for You
Whether this is your first car lift or your tenth, this article will serve as a guide to help you determine the best lift for your needs. Topics will include the different types of lifts, how much it costs to own a lift, and how much space a lift requires.
There are multiple types of automotive lifts, the most common being the single-post, 2-post, and 4-post. Within this article, 2-post and 4-post lifts will be highlighted.
2-post lifts can typically be found in commercial garages. Holding up to 12,000 lbs., these lifts have many of the same capabilities as a 4-post lift. These lifts are mainly used to conduct repairs on vehicles, due to the ease of access to the undercarriage of the vehicle. 2-post lifts have two different style options, floor-plate or overhead.
The floor-plate model is the most common and can easily be installed in any size garage. This model is perfect for garages with lower ceiling heights and less space. An overhead model tends to provide more height clearance than a floor-plate model. Both styles have the same lifting capacities and features and functionalities. 2-post lifts also have two different arm style options, symmetrical and asymmetrical.
Symmetrical 2-post lifts are the most common style option among consumers. It is known for evenly distributing vehicle weight across both posts. Asymmetrical lifts are best for vehicles such as convertibles that are not symmetrical. These lifts can provide more stability than that of a symmetrical lift for these types of vehicles.
4-post lifts are the most common lift for the everyday homeowner and car enthusiast. With an average weight capacity of 9,000 lbs., these lifts are perfect for both servicing and storing vehicles. Unlike the 2-post lifts, 4-post lifts have the capability to store vehicles long-term due to the vehicle being lifted by the tires versus the undercarriage.
Factors for Consideration
Now that you are familiar with both the 2-post and 4-post lifts, there are a few factors to consider when choosing the best lift to suit your needs.
Knowing how much space each lift requires is important as both 2-post and 4-post lifts have different space specifications. As one would expect, a 2-post lift requires slightly less space, making them ideal for smaller garages. Advantage Lifts 2-post lifts require a garage bay size of 12' wide by 24' deep. The average Advantage Lifts 4-post lift needs to have a space of 14' wide by 24' deep. This sizing allows for drive-thru and walkway clearance.
Vehicles are not made to be as light as a feather, which is why vehicle lifts have a weight capacity. If your vehicle were to exceed the weight capacity, the lift may not function properly, causing damage to both the lift and vehicle. 4-post lifts from Advantage Lifts have a capacity of 9,000 lbs., holding most vehicles including SUVs and larger trucks. 2-post lifts can easily lift and hold the average car and smaller trucks but have a weight capacity of 12,000 lbs.
Going together with space requirements, ceiling heights are important as they ensure there is enough room to allow the lift to be properly used. Floor-plate model 2-post lifts will require a ceiling height of at least 9.5’. All other lifts including the overhead 2-post lifts and 4-post lifts will need to have a ceiling that is at least 13’ minimum.
Cost of Owning a Lift
High-quality lifts do not always have to be expensive. Pricing, however, will vary depending on the type of lift you choose. 2-post lifts from Advantage Lifts range from $3,500 to $5,500, including shipping and installation costs. 4-post lifts are slightly higher priced with a range of $4,000 to $7,000 with shipping and installation. Additional accessories can be bought to accommodate the 4-post lifts, for an additional rate.
When it comes to choosing a car lift, take the time to decide what your needs are and how Advantage Lifts can best suit them. Check out our website for more information on our lifts and how you can get in touch with one of our experts today.