False Claims About Two-Post Lifts

VD November 11 2021

There are many questions, statements, assumptions, but also false statements about 2-post lifts buzzing around on the Internet. We regularly receive such questions and of course, we are happy to answer them in detail to ensure that you are properly informed and do not have to rely on hearsay.

False claims about two-post car lifts

Two-post car lifts are the best for every use.

The three most common types of drive on lifting platforms are hydraulic, pneumatic, and spindles. Which lifting platform is the "best" always depends on the requirements and personal preferences, because every platform has its suitable area of ​​application.  In the USA, for example, where space is usually very limited, a hydraulic or pneumatic car lift is often the only solution.

However, two-post lifts are also suitable in large garages with enough space due to their simple installation process and short preparation time.

The weight of a two-post car lift is not important.

The weight that a car post lift can actually lift defines its purpose. The weight that a 2-post car lift can operate depends on the model. With 2-post lifts, the load capacity starts at around 2.8 t up to 9.0 t and more. A 9.0t 2-post lift naturally weighs more than a 2-post lift because it is designed for other loads. As a guideline, we can say that the weight is around 600 kg for the lightest professional lift.

To choose the right lift, you should not rely on manufacturer information.

The weight of a two-post car lift is the only one that allows for an exact comparison between different models. Manufacturers give their lifts weights in accordance with this specification to ensure customer confidence and transparency. The load capacity of every 2-post lift is always stated in the name. For example: "Professional 9 tonne Two-Post Lift", "Pro-Line 6,3t Two-Post Car Lift".

You can install the two-post car lift anywhere.

There are special requirements for installing the two-post car lift. The foundation for a 2-post lift should have a minimum area of ​​4m x 1.50m and 20cm deep. Alternatively, a point foundation can be poured under each column. This must be 1m wide, 1m high, and 1m deep. Note that the minimum thickness is measured without sub-concrete and floor coverings.

The foundation must be able to support the maximum load of the car lift in all directions.

A 2-post car lift must not be installed on bumpy ground, e.g. in front of a door or in a corner that is difficult to reach. If there are obstacles nearby, you should install an entry/exit ramp when moving cars onto the platform because the placement angles are often limited at garages with restrictions.

All two-post car lifts are made the same.

You should pay attention to investing in quality so that the 2-post lift can be used for many years or even decades. A good piece of advice from a professional: If the purchase price for a high-quality lifting platform is too high, it is better to buy a good used branded platform instead of a Chinese platform. As already mentioned: Should you ever need a spare part for your Chinese-made lift, you will most likely run into problems and in the worst case not be able to repair your car lift. That means a new 2-post lift has to be purchased again.

All two-post car lifts are made in China, anyway.

What kind of tools do you have in your workshop? The cheap thing from the grab table at the front of the hardware store checkout? Or do you buy high-quality branded tools because of the quality? Nobody would claim that the “No Name” 2-post lift has a performance comparable to that of a Bosch, Makita, or Metabo. They may look similar, but the higher price is reflected in the quality. 

First of all, you should pay attention to the quality of the lift. Do not buy cheap chinaware if you want long-lasting equipment. Quality products are characterized by good workmanship and a constant standard that is maintained through regular quality controls. You will also receive long-term spare parts to maintain your machine.  

If the lifting platform is mounted on rubber mats, it must be turned over with all four columns to change or repair the mats.

The car lift is moved onto the column covers when required. This protects against damage during everyday work and keeps them in top condition for years even with frequent use. Gradual discoloration of the floor area under the platform with age is not problematic because it is not dangerous for operation; however, you can easily replace it after 10 years at minimal cost if desired.

It is also possible that 2-post lifts are stored on their sides in garages due to space constraints. This does not affect operation either - provided that there are no obstacles underneath which could be damaged by water penetration when stored outside in open air.

The 2-post lift is used to save space.

You should also pay attention to the costs of ownership, not just purchase price! A good lifting platform pays for itself over time due to its long service life and high quality. If you compare this with a cheap Chinese car lift that has a lower purchase price but quickly breaks down, buying the more expensive high-quality variant will still be profitable in the end.

A two-post car lift can be easily installed at home by one person.

We recommend having professional installation carried out because it is more effective, safer, and makes it easier for everything to be connected afterward. The use of special tools for grounding bolts is required on some models; these are essential when installing a 2-post lift in order to ensure that the machine can be safely operated.

All material for the installation must be available locally. It should have a good price-quality ratio so that it is not too expensive but still serves its purpose well enough. 

It is also necessary to study the manufacturer's assembly instructions carefully before starting work. Sometimes, special tools are required or there are other requirements for mounting which you should pay attention to so that everything runs smoothly in the end without having to spend unnecessary time and money on fixing errors.

A two-post car lift can easily be installed at home by one person if rubber mats are used underneath it then accurate measurements must be taken beforehand. Afterward, simply tighten all screws correctly then you can start working immediately!

Price is the main factor when choosing a two-post car lift.

The price of a 2-post lift depends on many factors, for example, the quality, load capacity, and type of drive. The cheapest, high-quality lifting platform with a load capacity of approx. 3.2 t costs around $2,300 and the most expensive around $5,200.  

When purchasing a 2-post car lift, not only the price should be decisive, it is more important than the lift fits your requirements. What use is the cheapest or most expensive lifting platform if you cannot lift your vehicles with it in the end?  This will help you choose the best model for your needs. 

Price is not the most important factor when buying a two-post car lift.

An expensive 2-post car lift should be worth its price because it offers many other advantages and should ensure safe and reliable operation. If you compare this with a cheap Chinese car lift that has a lower purchase price but quickly breaks down, buying the more expensive high-quality variant will still be profitable in the end.

A two-post car lift is very solid because it uses large cylinders at both posts to move up and down as well as steel safety bars underneath so that no accidents can occur.

You should also pay attention to the costs of ownership, not just purchase price! A good lifting platform pays for itself over time due to its long service life and high quality. If you compare this with a cheap Chinese car lift that has a lower purchase price but quickly breaks down, buying the more expensive high-quality variant will still be profitable in the end.