Buying mechanic shop equipment is often something that is a cut-and-dried situation. Other purchases, however, require a great deal of thought and making the incorrect decision can cost you both time and money. It can also create a lot of frustration. Deciding between a 2-post auto lift or a 4-post car lift is one of those decisions. There are several things you need to decide before making your final decision. Let’s take a look at the differences between these two mechanic lifts so you can make a better-informed decision.

2-Post Lifts

BendPak Symmectirc, Asymmetric Clearfloor Two Post Lift 7,000 LB GP-7LCS

BendPak Symmectirc, Asymmetric Clearfloor Two Post Lift 7,000 LB GP-7LCS

These lifts consist of two strong posts and “arms” that are positioned under the vehicle you are trying to lift. Securing a car or small truck to this kind of lift requires that you consistently check the positioning of the arms to make sure they are in the proper position. Once the vehicle is raised, the wheels hang down, allowing you easy access for working on them.

These lifts do require cement to secure them to the floor of the garage so they must be considered permanent once installed. If you need a lift that can withstand constant lifting and lowering of vehicles throughout the day, you may consider a 2-post lift.

If you are working on a limited budget, this lift may also be your best choice unless you plan to work on a number of larger vehicles. This is not the lift you want if you are seeking to keep a vehicle stored in the air for a period of time because the dangling wheels will eventually cause weakening in this part of the car.

4-Post Lifts

Atlas Commercial Grade Four Post Lift ATPK-414 14,000 lb Capacity

Atlas Commercial Grade Four Post Lift ATPK-414 14,000 lb Capacity

This lift is often the choice of those who work on restoring vehicles or need to store a car over a period of time. You drive the vehicle onto the tracks on the lift, which makes positioning easy and quick. The tracks help support the entire frame of the vehicle.

Many 4-post lifts come with additional wheels that can be used to move the lift if necessary. This is helpful in situations where you may not need a lift on a daily basis or you have limited space that may need to be freed for other work.

While costing more than a 2-post lift because of material and function, these lifts are lifetime investments.

Mechanic Outlet Has You Covered

Here at Mechanic Outlet, we carry a number of the top quality mechanic lifts and the accessories you may need for them. Contact one of our trained associates and explain what your needs are, as well as your space availability and usage expectations. We will ensure that you receive the best 2-post or 4-post lift that fits your needs and situation.

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