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Vehicle Lift Overview

Trying to decide on the right lift for your working needs can be confusing to say the least. Instead of running out and buying just any lift, you will do best by understanding the basics first so you can choose the ârightâ lift. Therefore, we have pulled some information together for you to help you with your decision.

If you are a shop owner, then working on vehicles is your livelihood, the way in which you make money to pay your employees and support your family. Recent reports show that shops with lifts in the stalls have as high as a 30% to 35% increase in productivity over stalls without lifts. For this reason, by choosing to work with lifts, you will draw in more customers, thus increasing business.

While load capacity and pric are two important factors, they are not necessarily the most important ones. First, safety would be the highest priority when choosing a lift but you also want to consider things such as reliability, durability, and strength. Your two primary types of lifts include an in-ground and above ground. Then with each of these, you will have other options such as portability, axle, or frame engaging, runaway features, and so on.

For a lift to work, it is designed with different systems that make it rise. For example, some have hydraulic systems, some compressed air, some are electric, and other lifts are a combination of any of these sources. Typically, an in-ground lift would be constructed with hydraulic or a combination of hydraulic and air compression while the above ground lifts are generally powered by hydraulic or electric. To understand these two lift options even more, we have broken them down into more detail.

In-Ground Lift versus Above Ground

If you have a shop that measures at least 101 feet long, then you could easily fit nine of these lifts, opposed to the above ground units in which the shop would only accommodate eight. Although being able to add an additional lift to your space while not losing any space is a huge bonus, you will also enjoy this type of lift in that it has fewer moving parts, which means less service calls.

The in-ground lifts are usually more expensive and time-consuming if they have to be serviced, but they also are top of the line and considered the favorite. An advantage with the above ground lift is that it can be moved from one location to another quite easily. For this reason, people with shops that need to be rearranged or has growth potential might find this type of lift to be the better choice.

Keep in mind that installing an in-ground or above-ground lift to your shop does need to meet either OSHA or state/federal regulations. Therefore, you will need to work with the city to obtain all the necessary permits and take all the necessary precautions.

Finally, you might also ask about low-rise and portable lifts as you begin your search. These lifts are popular in that they can be used easily while giving mechanics full access around the vehicle since there are not obstructive posts. With the low-rise lifts, vehicles are raised just a few feet off the ground. Therefore, this would be a great choice if the work performed were on the brakes or tires, or for collision repair.

Depending on the lift you buy, you will find that some are equipped with wheels so the lift can be moved around the shop easily. Additionally, this allows the lift to be used indoors or outdoors. This is a huge benefit in that on nice, sunny days, vehicles can be worked on outside, freeing up one of the stalls for other type of work.

Take your time shopping around, looking at all your options. If you have no idea where to start, you can always look online at Advanced or Mohawk lift solutions. Both of these companies are reputable, offering top quality lifts at reasonable prices.

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