Regardless of whether you are interested in turning your home garage into a place where you can work on your own car, restore that classic beauty you found, or are interested in opening up a shop to do professional car repairs, you are going to eventually need an auto lift. One of the most common questions we get about car lifts is what is the difference between 2-post and 4-post mechanic lifts. Here are the details you need to know to distinguish the two.

2-Post Lifts

Two-post lifts offer two posts for support and have supports that hold your vehicle by the frame. These are often the choice of mechanics who need to work on tires or need access to the parts underneath a vehicle. They are also a good choice if you don’t have a great deal of ceiling height because the car’s wheels are not supported and dangle off the sides. Other details to note:

  • Often cost the least
  • Allow easy access to the undercarriage and tires
  • Must be anchored
  • Allow more room overall
  • Provide more lifting capacity in regards to height
  • Require precision positioning when a vehicle is being placed for lifting
  • Are not ideal for long-term storage

4-Post Lifts

Four-post lifts often come with kits that allow you to move them easily. This works for people who may not need to have a lift always in place. Some are also capable of being anchored if that is what you prefer. These require more space than a 2-post lift, but also offer greater security for the vehicle being lifted. Other details to note:

  • Can be used to store one vehicle above another
  • Provide a track to easily drive a vehicle onto the lift
  • Don’t allow easy access to undercarriage or tires without an additional lifting mechanism
  • Are the choice of those wishing to store a vehicle long-term without doing damage
  • Can be more expensive
  • Are better suited for restoration enthusiasts and those needing to add more storage space in their work area
  • Can be easily moved when necessary, yet provide better support for the vehicle’s tires.

Final Thoughts

Choosing which lift is best for you will depend on what your needs are. Here at Mechanic Outlet, we have trained staff ready to answer all your questions. We carry a wide selection of mechanic shop equipment and can help you leave with the kind of lift that best suits your needs, circumstances, and budget. Contact us today to see what we have to offer.