Which type of two-post car lift is better, asymmetric or symmetric? This is the most asked question. The answer is neither. Your application and your preference will determine the style of two-post lift that will be best for you.
Here are the facts of each style. You decide which one is best for you. If you still have questions, feel free to give us a call!
THE SYMMETRIC LIFT
- The very first 2-post lift design was a symmetric design
- Columns are straight across from each other
- All 4 arms are the same length
- Load % is 50/50
- Symmetric lifts can be used on an Overhead or Floorplate design.
- The symmetric design was made for older, heavier steel vehicles
- BEST USES for a symmetric lift – SUV’s, ¾ ton – 1 ton size trucks and commercial vans
- On standard cars, the door will be in line with the post, making it difficult to get in and out of the vehicle while it is on the lift, resulting in damaged vehicle doors. Trucks and heavier vehicles, the door is positioned in front of the lift post, making it a better design for these types of vehicles.
Below is an example of one our symmetric Eagle Lifts:
THE TRUE ASYMMETRIC LIFT
- Designed after the symmetric lift to accommodate the lighter-built vehicles
- Has a 30-degree turn in the column – allowing for the vehicle to be offset on the lift. Doors can be opened while on the lift for easier entry and exit, minimizing chances of damaged doors from banging against post.
- Load is 1/3 of the vehicle on the front arms and 2/3 of the vehicle on the rear arms
- Front arms are shorter than the rear arms
- Floorplate lifts are not available in asymmetric because it would not allow the arms to store to the rear properly.
THE TRUE ASYMMETRIC FLOOR PLAN
THE NEW STYLE ASYMMETRIC FLOOR PLAN
There is a new asymmetric design that has symmetric post and asymmetric arms. This design incorporates both style lifts to maximize the benefits of each style. See image labeled below – “New style Asymmetric Lift”. Eagle offers the MTP-9A in the new style Asymmetric!