Proper Lift Installation—Floor Requirements and Preparation

At Eagle Equipment, ensuring our customers’ safety is our primary concern.  Your automobile lift was designed and built with safety in mind.  However, safety relies on proper installation and training.  Prepare for a successful installation by making sure your floor meets specific requirements.  We would like to emphasize the following floor requirements for installing 2 Post and 4 Post auto lifts.

Site Selection
Before installing your auto lift, check the following:
• Lift Location: Always use architect’s plans when available.  Check layout dimension against floor plan requirements making sure adequate space is available.  Your lift
requires a 220v, 30amp, single phase, grounded electrical source.  There should be room enough to operate the lift in a safe manner and without restrictions.
• Overhead Area: The area where the lift will be located should be free of overhead obstructions such as heaters, building supports, electrical lines, doors, lights, etc.
• Floor Area: Visually inspect the site where the lift is to be installed and check for cracked or defective concrete.

Floor Requirements
• A level floor is suggested for proper installation and level lifting.  Small differences in floor slopes may be compensated for by proper shimming.  If a floor is of questionable slope, consider a survey of the site and/or the possibility of pouring a new level concrete slab.
• New concrete must be adequately cured for at least 30 days.

 

DO NOT install auto lift on any asphalt surface or any surface other than concrete.
DO NOT install auto lift on expansion seams or on cracked or defective concrete.
DO NOT install auto lift on a second/elevated floor without first consulting building architect.
DO NOT install auto lift outdoors unless special consideration has been made to protect the power unit from inclement weather conditions.

Concrete Specifications
All models MUST be installed on 3,000 PSI reinforced concrete only.  Additional concrete requirements will vary by lift.
For example:
MTP-9A, MTP-11A (4″ Minimum Thickness)
MTP-12F, MTP-15 (6″ Minimum Thickness)

Specifications of concrete must be adhered to. Failure to do so could cause auto lift failure resulting in personal injury or death. All of our automobile lifts include a manual with floor and concrete specifications .  Adhering to these specifications will ensure a safe and successful installation.

Please visit the Eagle Equipment site for more information and online product manuals.

15 thoughts on “Proper Lift Installation—Floor Requirements and Preparation

  1. Eagle Service
    Just Installed The GLO10S Two Post Lift. Is There A
    Service Center Or Maintance Co Near To Inspect And
    Check The Install For Proper Operation And Safty,Bleed Fuilds Adjust Cables Etc.??

    Huntsville Al. 35806

    • FLOOR REQUIREMENTS

      Specifications of concrete must be adhered to. Failure to do so could cause lift failure resulting in personal injury or death.

      A level floor is suggested for proper installation and level lifting. Small differences in floor slopes may be compensated for by proper shimming. If a floor is of questionable slope, consider a survey of the site and/or the possibility of pouring a new level concrete slab.

      -DO NOT install this lift on any asphalt surface or any surface other than concrete.
      -DO NOT install this lift on expansion seams or on cracked or defective concrete.
      -DO NOT install this lift on a second/elevated floor without first consulting building architect.
      -DO NOT install this lift outdoors unless special consideration has been made to protect the power unit from inclement   weather conditions.

      CONCRETE SPECIFICATIONS
      Lift Model – 9K/10K
      Concrete Requirement – 4″ Minimum Thickness

      NOTE: All models MUST be installed on 3,000 PSI reinforced concrete only; conforming to the minimum requirements shown above. New concrete must be adequately cured for at least 30 days.

  2. my floor im my garage is not very good for a lift.how much of a area would need to be removed and repoured in order to support a 2 post lift requireing a 4inch thick pad?

    • I apologize for not responding sooner but I have forwarded your question to one of our specialists. They should be responding to your inquiry by email within the next day or so.

  3. What distance from a previously installed lift should I be.

    What is the proper procedure… to cut out the section where the old lift use to be and re-pour and/or to epoxy the hole to keep it from cracking to the new installation spot.

    What do I do if I want to install them at the exact location

  4. I currently own an Eagle Lift, model TP010A. I want to build a detached garage for the lift.
    Can you tell me the recommended PSI of the concrete, the best way to reinforce the concrete (fiberglass/wire mesh/rebar), the thickness of the concrete, how close can a floor expansion be to the lift posts, and how large of an area under the lift’s two posts for the recommended concrete thickness. The entire garage floor will be larger than the area needed for the operation of the lift. Also, is there anything else I need to be concerned about with the concrete floor?
    Thank You,
    Joe Woods

    • Eagle Equipment recommends the pad be a minimum of four inches thick with 3500 PSI reinforced cement for lifts up to 10,000 pound capacity and six inches for lifts over 10,000 pound capacity. The lift needs to be at least 6 inches off any expansion joint. A minimum pad size of 14’ x 14’ with the recommended depth and psi is required for the installation of an Eagle TPO-10A.

      If there is radiant heat in the floor the issue becomes finding where the pipes are; so they are not damaged when drilling holes to anchor the lift. A common way to locate the pipes, is to turn up the heat in the floor. After the heat has been turned up, lightly wet the floor with water. As the water dries, it will dry more quickly in the areas where the pipes lie. As the silhouette of the pipes start to show, outline them with chalk or a marking pencil. This will give you the lay-out of the pipes in the floor, so you can position the columns of the lift and avoid the pipes, so that you will not drill through the radiant heat piping.

      If you have any more questions, please contact us at Eagle Equipment at 1-800-336-2776. Thanks & Good Luck!

  5. what size holes need to be drilled to anchor the 9k eagle 2 post lift. Do you have to drill all the way through the concrete or just a couple of inches?

    • We recommend at least a 4″ of concrete with a 3/4″ bit. The bolts are 6″, so drill as far as you can go. Hope this helps!

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