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Lift Introduction

If you have a shop where working on cars is your lifeās work, then you know the importance of vehicle lifts. Instead of having to climb underneath a car in a tight space, which is also unsafe, you can put the vehicle up on a lift and work on it the right way. Even the simple jobs such as changing tires, oil changes, putting on new brakes, or replacing the exhaust system can be done easily and safely.

As a business owner, you will profit from installing lifts in that you can get more work done throughout the day. Additionally, the work will be done better and you will probably see your safety record improve. All of these things make for better business, which ultimate means more and happier customers. The great thing about lifts is that many types are extremely versatile.

For starters, this is a big investment and should be treated as such so that you but the type of lift you need. You also need to remember that after buying your lift, it is yours, even if you find that it does not fit your needs. Therefore, it is crucial that you ask all the right questions and consider all your options before making your final decision. Most importantly, consider the specific type of work you offer customers. For instance, if you have a body shop, then you would probably not a vehicle to be raised very far off the ground. On the other hand, if your shop focuses on fixing transmissions, brakes, and exhausts, you need to get up under the vehicle so you can do your job.

Now, if you have an independent shop, that means you do it all. In this case, you need a lift that can accommodate the various types of work. As an example, you want a lift that has low swing arms for those low riding cars, as well as a full set of adapters so the frames of high ground vehicles can be cleared.

Another thing to think about is the capacity load. This too is an important factor in the decision-making process. The number one mistake made is that shop owners will determine the heaviest weight vehicles that they service and then make an estimate on what they need. One scenario would be servicing 6,000-pound vehicles and buying a 7,000-pound capacity lift. The problem with this way of thinking is that capacity has more to do with the function of the liftās arm strength instead of internal mechanisms. What this means is that if you were buying a four-post lift, a 7,000-pound capacity has arms that can handle one-quarter of that each. In other words, the weight is not spread throughout but concentrated on one or two of the arms, which creates a dangerous situation.

Finally, you also need to give some thought to your shop layout to include the width, depth, ceiling height, and floor and soil quality. With two-post lifts that are above ground designs, you would be required to mount chains or cables so you would need to remember that when looking at your lift options.

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