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Two Post Lifts

If you have been thinking about buy a lift, chances are you have heard words such as, Two Post, Four Post, and Scissors. These are all types of car and truck lifts to consider. In this article, we will go over information on two post lifts, what they are, why they are used, and what the benefits are.

When considering the various two-post lift options, there are certain things you need to know. First, you need to choose lifts that have strong columns. A good option is one shaped like a blocked C and made from three-quarter inch rolled steel. Many manufacturers only offer three-sixteenth of an inch, which is simply not strong enough. In this case, you would be buying a lift with columns that stress. By choosing columns that are thicker and made from heavier metal, you do not hve to worry about breakage.

The column footings are also a consideration. Again, you should choose steel plates that are no less than three-quarter of an inch thick, such as the type of two-post lifts you would buy from Mohawk. With this thicker plate, any pressure applied to the shop floor is greatly reduced. If you purchase anything less, you take the chance of having unstable footing. Next, the column width is another consideration for your two-post lift in that you want columns that are between 18 and 22 inches wide. Unfortunately, some manufacturers only offer columns ranging from 6 to 10 inches, which is asking for disaster.

Safety should always be the number one consideration regardless of the type of lift you are interested in buying. What you want to look for are safety locks that offer all-position safety. In this case, the safeties would engage all the way up, every two inches instead of 18 inches, as you would find with many other manufacturers. This way, you know with 100% certainty that the lift will hold!

Carriages are also important, especially the welding. In this case, you want to look for welded steel plates that are at least three-quarter of an inch. The grip arm of the carriage should also be built properly, distributing the weight throughout. The problem is that because welding is expensive, some manufacturers will skimp on this area, which puts you and the vehicle at risk. You need to choose a carriage that has a swing arm fitting securely into the carriage between two pieces of steel plate, measuring three-quarter of an inch thick. What happens is that the load placed on the arm is actually supported by the steel shelf located underneath.

Finally, do not overlook the importance of the bearings. Take the company Mohawk for example. This company uses a minimum of 16, double sealed, self-lubricating steel bearings that are then housed in steel casings throughout the entire carriage design. This way, you know that you are working with the safety two-post lift on the market! If you are unsure about measurements or details, be sure to ask. You will probably be shocked to find that most manufacturers use cheap materials, trying to save a buck.

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