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With 2-post lifts, 4-post lifts, motorcycle/ATV used lifts you can work quickly & safely on your vehicle.



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Above-ground car hoists can be separated into three basic designs

Two-post, four-post, and scissor lifts. Let’s start with the popular two-post style. This hoist places the car between two outside posts using arms. They swing under the car after the vehicle is in position. This requires the operator to place the four arms under the car in the proper places. The most popular two-post hoist is the overhead style, using a beam that connects the two posts together at the top. The baseplate-style lift places a panel on the floor between the posts. It is less convenient for using under-car accessories such as a trans jack or tall stand supports since the plate is often in the way. Baseplate two-post lifts are most often used with low ceilings because the overall height of the lift is shorter. There is normally a beam or connector between the posts that connects the lifting cable or chain across both uprights.

The most popular version is the asymmetrical

The front arms are shorter than the rears. With the arms folded back, the operator drives the car between the posts. Because the front arms are shorter, only 30 to 40 percent of the vehicle is placed ahead of the posts. This allows more room to open the door to exit the vehicle. The uprights are able to be placed closer together for space considerations. Because symmetrical hoist front arms are longer, they require the vehicle to be centered between the uprights. This reduces the clearance for opening the vehicle door to exit, requiring the posts to be farther apart.

One disadvantage to the two-post hoist is that it is time consuming to properly set the four lift points on some vehicles such as medium-duty trucks because of their kick-up frame sections. There are also portable two-post hoists for small shops with limited floor space that can be stored when not in use. An independent-two-post hoist design uses compressed air instead of hydraulic pressure to lift the vehicle. Each post employs wheels that allow it to be moved when not in use.

The four-post-style lift

Also called a drive-on lift, using two ramps that are supported by the posts. This simplifies placing the vehicle on the hoist but hinders work on tires and suspension. The reason is because the car must then be lifted off the ramps with a second hydraulic or pneumatic jack. Four-post hoists also tend to cost more than two-post versions because of the extra material and mechanics. But an advantage is that many four-post hoists only require a 115-volt power supply. All the two-post hoists we looked at require a 220-volt, single-phase power supply with a minimum of a 30-amp circuit. Keep in mind that most home garages are not equipped with 220-volt service, which will add to the cost of installation. Another advantage to four-post lifts is that some versions offer optional casters that make the hoist portable within the shop.

Four-post hoists are most often used when additional vehicle storage is desired. Even with an 8-foot ceiling, it is possible to stack two cars (depending on their combined height). Keep in mind that while the post height will probably clear an overhead garage door when open, the upper vehicle must also be able to clear the door. If you happen to own a GT40 (that’s only 40 inches tall) or any low vehicle like a Corvette, then placing it on top would be an advantage. The typical muscle car is somewhere between 50 and 55 inches tall. Unless you are one of the few car crafters in the world with a vehicle that doesn’t leak, you’ll also want to invest in a drip pan (or two) to protect the lower car.

Scissor hoist

This style can either be a drive-on- or four-arm-style hoist. The scissor lift is most commonly used as a midlift-style hoist. Mainly it is used for wheel service when full-height access underneath the car is not required. There are also scissor-style hoists that can lift the car high enough to work underneath while standing upright.

If you are at a point in life where you no longer want to work on cars lying on your back, struggling to get that automatic trans back in place, then there are some important questions to answer about fitting a hoist in your garage. Do you have sufficient ceiling height to accommodate a 72-inch under-car height? Consider garage rafters may need to be modified or moved. Do you want a two- or four-post hoist? Is the concrete in your garage floor thick enough?

The minimum requirements are generally 4 inches thick using 3,000-psi concrete with no cracks within 36 inches of the base plates. Will your hoist require 115- or 220-volt power, and do you have sufficient power in your garage to run this hoist at the same time that perhaps your compressor is running? And finally, do you have enough friends who will help you unload a brand-new 2,000 lb apparatus from the truck when it shows up? A typical four-post, drive-on hoist can easily weigh 1,700 pounds or more. You won’t be moving that by yourself unless you own a forklift.

Final Thought

Once you own a hoist, the fun has just begun. You’re also going to need a high-quality hydraulic trans jack. And likely some way to get that monster machine up on the trans jack. You’ll also need at least two tall, sturdy, adjustable stands to support the rear axle or exhaust system while you work under your hoist. Finally, you’re going to need a nice, big dry-erase calendar where all your friends can choose dates and times when they’ll want to use your hoist. The good (or bad) news is you will quickly become the most popular car guy in the neighborhood. This might demand a small waiting room with a couch, a refrigerator, and HDTV for the throngs of hoist hopefuls. Tell ’em they have to bring the beer and pizza.

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