The car lifts that are made, shipped and installed by USA Lift Sales are all similar in one way: quality. While we ensure that all lifts are crafted equally, most lifts are not created with the same purpose. If you’re currently shopping for a lift and curious as to which lift option is right for you, today’s blog post is going to be extremely helpful. We will give you a breakdown of the main features of each post so that you can get a clear idea as to whether or not that post will be a good fit for you and your needs.
Working on Your Vehicle
A common reason that people invest in a car lift is to work on their vehicle. Car lifts make it easy to get into some of those harder to reach places, remove and install pieces, and get a full view of the car. If you’ve been working on your car directly in the garage, then you will immediately notice the worth of an investment like this.
In the case that this is your primary need, then you’re going to have a relatively easy decision to make. While other factors will also play a part in the choice that you make, the main difference that you’ll see with most lifts is this distinguishing difference.
Two car posts are designed specifically for people that are looking to work on their cars. The design of this automotive lift is entirely so that the bottom of the car is easily accessible. That being said, this lift will pick your car up from the middle rather than the from the four tires. It’s good for shorter periods of time where the car is merely going to be worked on, rather than long periods of time where the car will be lifted above other items or cars.
Optimizing Your Space
The other common reason that people look to add a car lift to their home is to make storing additional cars easier. When you have more than one car that you’re trying to store in a space, or you’re trying to make the most of the little space that you have, then a four post car lift is going to be the answer.
Four post car lifts may seem like they would only eat up more space, but in reality, these car lifts are going to be doubling the amount of space that you have to park your vehicles. These car lifts will pick your car up from the four wheels and lift it up so that you are now able to utilize all of the space underneath, where the car once was.
More often than not, these posts are used to provide you with twice the amount of parking space, though you could potentially use them for some additional storage if you’re planning on keeping your car lifted for a while and you don’t mind having to move anything that’s stored below it.
Anchor vs. Unanchored
Depending on how permanent the space that you have is, you may need to consider whether or not you’re able to anchor your lift permanently. Given that four posts lifts are most commonly used for storage and have more balance when lifting vehicles due to their four posts, they aren’t always required to be anchored down.
Two post automotive lifts, on the other hand, must be anchored down every time. Since two posts lifts lift the car up from the middle of the car, they require anchored security to ensure that they don’t move.
Amount of Space
Consider how much space you have in the garage that you’ll be installing this in. A four post lift takes up much more space than a two post lift. Before you commit to either lift, it’s necessary that you get measurements of the space and figure out just how much room you have available.
If you provide us with the measurements of the garage, we can tell you right off the bat whether or not there will be enough room for you to have the automotive lift installed or if you’re going to have to find a larger space.
Maybe You Need Both
Depending on your needs, you might be in need of both types of lifts. This isn’t as uncommon as many people believe it to be. In fact, most automotive shops will have both types of lifts so that they can both work on vehicles while also using an automotive lift to store cars in the shop and optimize the space that they do have available.
If you are trying to figure out the best way to place both lifts in your shop, we can help. Allow for us to help you with sizing and fitting options so that we can ensure that these lifts genuinely do help you make the most of the space that you have in your shop.
The differences between these two car lifts are significant, even though the purposes may seem similar enough. We’ve listed various reasons that they’re different in this blog post, but there are still more ways that the lift that you choose will differ in usage.
USA Lift Sales strives to provide not only the highest quality lifts but also the highest quality of customer service. If you’re still not entirely sure which lift is the best fit for you, feel free to reach out to us and ask as many questions as you have. From beginning to end, our team will be there to make your investment in a car lift, hassle-free.
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