A 2 Post Auto Lift Is Offered in Overhead and Baseplate Models

Whenever you are considering a 2-post auto lift, you have to decide whether you want a baseplate lift or an overhead lift. Both types do have to be anchored into the ground for proper stability. The options available between the two models do vary slightly, as well as how they operate. Also, keep in mind the amount of clearance you have in your garage. If you have a low clearance ceiling, a baseplate lift works better in confined spaces.

Differences Between 2-post Baseplate and Overhead Auto Lifts

A 2-post baseplate auto lift uses symmetric arm configurations to raise and lower the vehicle. Since the support bar is on the ground, it can be difficult to move other type of service equipment, such as jacks and oil drain pans under the central area where the support bar is located. On the other hand, overhead lifts have the support bar across the top, which connects both support posts. Since the support bar is out of the way, you are able to work freely under the vehicle without any obstructions. In addition, overhead lifts may be used with either symmetric arm configurations or asymmetric arm configurations.

The maximum amount of weight supported by a baseplate lift is typically less than an overhead lift. This is due to the fact the weight of the vehicle puts pressure on the rear anchor bolts of the columns’ bases as the vehicle is raised. With an overhead lift, the pressure from the weight of the vehicle is distributed across the top part of both columns and provides more lifting stability.

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