Selecting an Auto Lift for Your Home or Repair Shop

Selecting a new auto lift for your repair shop or personal use at home may leave you with several questions, like whether a 2 post or 4 post lift would be better. The first thing you need to decide is why you are purchasing the lift and how often you intend to use it. For example, if you are looking at a storage solution for a vehicle to keep it out of the way and give you extra room in your garage at home, then a 4 post lift is a better investment. This is because the 4 post lift supports the entire body and wheels of the car, while a 2 post lift supports just the body of the vehicle.

On the other hand, if you intend to perform repairs and maintenance on a wide range of vehicles, then you will want to consider a 2 post lift. A 2 post lift gives you the flexibility to complete all of your desired repairs, while supplying the least expensive way to raise the highest amount of vehicle weight. Further, a 2 post lift provides clear and easy access to the wheel assemblies. With a 4 post lift, you have to use an auxiliary lift to raise the wheels off the runways, which has an extra cost on top of the investment into the 4 post lift.

Another factor to consider is whether you want the auto lift to be portable or permanently anchored in place. Several models of 4 post lifts are portable or may be anchored in place. With 2 post lifts, they must be anchored to the ground to provide proper stability and safety.

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