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LIFTING IT RIGHT: Vehicle weight and determining the right two-post car lift for you.

At Eagle Equipmentwe feel that one of the most important parts of our job is helping customers make the most informed purchase they can. We often find ourselves as educators; correcting many assumptions in the industry.

“If my vehicle weighs under 9,000 lbs., and I buy a 9K lift; I should be able to lift my vehicle all day long.”

People often try this with their full-size pickup trucks; then wonder why we suggest something more stout.

The first thing you need to know is what you’re lifting. Look at the sticker on the door jam for the weight and distribution. Then, take a glance to see what’s inside and where the weight is. Some trucks have toolboxes or other things that add a significant amount of weight to the vehicle.

According to the Editor of BRAKE & FRONT END Magazine, “Knowing the weight is essential in determining the center of gravity behind the front wheels. To find center of gravity, divide the rear wheel weight by the overall weight and multiply by the wheelbase (The wheelbase is the measurement from the wheel center not the overall length). Check in the lift manual where the center of gravity of the vehicle should be placed. The placement of the center of gravity will differ on asymmetrical lifts. A number of lift accidents can be traced to vehicles with unique loads like plumber trucks and vehicles with water or fluid tanks. If in doubt, weigh the vehicle. If you can’t weigh a questionable vehicle, don’t attempt to lift it, or get under it.”

Continue reading LIFTING IT RIGHT: Vehicle weight and determining the right two-post car lift for you.

ETL certified car lift from Eagle Equipment


ETL Certified 2 Post Lift with Car

If you’re looking for an ETL-certified car lift that will do it all, this is the lift for you. It is available with Symmetric or Asymmetric arms. Just change the lift’s arms to change the design. If you want the ability to do both, order the certified car lift and ask for the extra set of arms.

The 10,000 lbs. capacity allows you to work on cars, SUV’s and Trucks up to 3/4 Ton.

This certified car lift has rubber door guards on each post to provide that added security against door damage. It has outer hose guards to protect the hydraulic hoses from unnecessary damage.

This lift also has double telescoping arms with drop-in pads, a heavy-duty arm restraint system and a single-point lock release.

An ETL certified car lift means it’s been tested by a trusted third-party (Intertek). What kind of tests do they do? They put 1.5X the weight capacity on the lift and then run through a serious of tests. On this lift we loaded up 15,000 lbs. in the way of steel coils. We lifted it. Lifted and held it. Shifted the weight forward, then backward, then sideways and lifted it. We lifted it and then cut the cables to see how quickly it lowered. We then had each component of the lift, like the cables and such, tested individually through Intertek. We also send this lift with a Power Unit that has also been certified. It’s a rigorous testing process to see how the lift will react under all different conditions. If the lift “passes” it has the “certified” label.

Here are some photos of the testing process on this lift:

Eagle knows that a lift must be safe in order to protect from serious injury and death. With this lift, you not only have our word for it, you have Intertek‘s certification and the Automotive Lift Association as well.

When this lift is in-stock, it’ll ship the next business day. Give us a call today at 1-800-336-2776 or order yours online.










As I walked into the large and unassuming, storage building I braced myself for what I might see. He told me to “hang on while I get the lights “ …. and as I stood there I could make out the shapes of what I knew would be an amazing collection.

The lights came on and there stood a row of the Eagle 4-post storage lifts with some historic and monumental race cars stored on them. Some gathered thick layers of dust while others were respectfully covered. This storage building held amazing treasures of the past.
IMG_6547The man who became “The King” has been in racing for over 50 years. His daddy was a NASCAR driver. These treasures were more than cars… they told his story, and the stories of his son and grandson. That’s why they are kept, and stored with care.

IMG_6539The weight of the history that stood around me suddenly hit me, and goosebumps rose up. I almost forgot that I was there to get photos of the Eagle storage lifts. There were cars that Richard Petty drove, including his last win at Daytona. There was the car the Kyle Petty drove when he was at Wood Brothers Racing. There were even Adam Petty’s cars that were considerately covered. The legend that is the Petty family is not only in racing or in North Carolina, but in their life are abundant. They make you feel truly special and want you to take a part in their history.

If you want to experience it too, you should visit the Richard Petty Museum in Randleman, NC. To have been able to be a part of this special space with the Eagle brand is an experience that is truly unexplainable. What will you store on your Eagle lift? I bet it’ll be legendary. IMG_6555

Lift Maintenance: adjusted + maintained cables

Lift maintenance is very important to the correct and safe operation of your Eagle lift. We have done previous blogs on the importance of maintaining your lift, and have some information to add about maintaining and adjusting your lift’s cables.

Eagle product manuals stress the need for proper lift maintenance, including the installation, adjustment and maintenance of the lifting and/or equalizing cables. The installation and maintenance of the cables is extremely important for the longevity and safe operation of your lift.

An 8000lbs. service/storage lift has four (4) cables, designed to lift a vehicle. When adjusted properly, the four cables share the load equally, and are expected to lift 2000lbs., each. They are typically tested for a “working load” of 2880lbs.; well beyond the expected weight. However, if a lift is not maintained properly, if cables are not kept in adjustment; then the lift can raise unevenly, placing more weight on any single cable. Continue reading Lift Maintenance: adjusted + maintained cables

Eagle 9,000 lbs. Lift: Customer Testimonial

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MTP-9F with Mechanic-in-Training!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. We agree. We love seeing pictures of our products. We like to see how they are being used, who is using them and what they are working on. Like this photo. Could it get any cuter than this mechanic-in-training?

Here at Eagle, we spend our days on the phone, helping customers order the right equipment for their shop. From wheel service equipment, like tire changers and wheel balancers ….. to car lifts and paint spray booths. Our customer care team will not only help you order new equipment from Eagle…. But help you care for your existing Eagle equipment through our parts and warranty department. Just like our company mission statement, we’re “Delivering excellence to the automotive and painting industries. Every product. Every customer. Every day.”

Continue reading Eagle 9,000 lbs. Lift: Customer Testimonial

Beware the generic car lift! Do you know who you’re buying from?

IMG_0775There is a business model in place today in the automotive lift industry that poses potential risks for the uninformed buyer.  A master distributor purchases garage equipment products, like car lifts and tire equipment, from overseas and places them in strategic warehouses around the country for sale through a secondary distributor network.

While some of these secondary distributors have prior experience selling car lifts and other garage equipment, many are simply internet stores that have no technical knowledge of the products.  Beware of these “stores”. The car lifts that these types of distributors sell are typically unbranded.  Furthermore, they provide no warranty or service support and have no service and warranty parts.  Product returns are difficult at best.  And all of these functions must be handled through the master distributor who the buyer does not know!

Why wouldn’t a legitimate company want their name on the products they sell?  Typically, because these distributors don’t stock or ship their own products, it is not possible for them to affix a nameplate or decal to the car lift. There are lots of other reasons for having an unbranded product, and none of them are good for the consumer.  Maybe they are dodging a state sales tax authority or don’t have the required product liability insurance. Maybe they know that it is difficult to give a poor online review of an unbranded product.  But I believe the biggest reason is to dodge warranty and service issues after the sale.

At Eagle we receive numerous calls in our service and parts department where the caller has no idea of the brand of automotive lift in their shop.  Many can only give us the IMG_0763manufacturer’s name off of the power unit.  Sometimes we can help them identify the lift, but many times we can’t.  Think about that.  If you can’t find the seller to get a replacement cable how will you locate them if there is an accident involving the car lift?

An automotive lift with no name should frighten you.  Certainly brand names can cost a little more but with that comes assurance that the company will stand behind its product.  And that can mean a lot if you are the person working on a vehicle supported by that no name lift!

About Eagle Equipment
The Eagle brand has been a trusted resource in the industry since 1954. Our corporate offices, showroom and a 70,000 sq. ft. plant is located in Greensboro, North Carolina. We’re excited to offer you great products, great prices and a knowledgeable sales staff to help you find what you need. Our in-house sales and customer service team have over 50 years of collaborative experience and product knowledge to answer any questions you might have, as well as provide after-sales support for warranty claims, repairs or parts/service.

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To read more about Eagle Equipment, check out our “About Us” Page.



Blog Español: Asimétrico –contra- Simétrico

Cual tipo de máquina de levantar vehículos es mejor? Simétrico o Asimétrico? Esta pregunta es una de la más común.  La respuesta es, no hay una mejor que otra. Su preferencia y aplicación determinara cual estilo de máquina de levantar vehículos es mejor para su uso.  Les presentamos los datos de cada estilo. Usted escoja cual es la mejor para su necesidad.  Si tiene más preguntas, por favor  llámenos. Continue reading Blog Español: Asimétrico –contra- Simétrico

Protect Yourself Against Damaged Shipments

Fragile packing labelAt Eagle Equipment, we take care to package your order so that it will arrive in the condition it was shipped in. We include many labels and warnings instructing everyone handling it to move it with care.

That is not always the case, and products get damaged by the shipping companies in transit. We recently had a truck that had Eagle lifts on it involved in an accident and the lifts were damaged. Accidents happen, but you shouldn’t have to pay for it, or accept a damaged product. Here is how you can easily protect yourself from a shipping hassle and damaged goods.

Inspect every piece of equipment before signing the delivery ticket! Make the driver wait if they have to. If something is damaged, you must notate the ticket as “damaged” before the driver leaves. If you fail to do this, it is very hard to prove to the freight companies that they are responsible for the damaged shipment. Eagle Equipment is not held responsible for any shipping damage to all products shipped FOB. If you inspect your equipment and it is damaged, it is much easier to replace your product.

Please call our Customer Service Team with any questions!

This is what a lift should look like:

lift packaging

This is what our tire changers should look like:

tire changers packagingThis is what our paint booths should look like:

Paint Booth CratesHere are some examples of a lift that has damage from the shipping company in transport:damaged lift 3

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Asymmetric -VS- Symmetric 2-Post Car Lifts

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 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.

Check out Eagle’s Certified Symmetric ALI/ETL Two Post Car Lift.

Below is an example of one our symmetric Eagle Lifts:

symmetric car lift diagram Continue reading Asymmetric -VS- Symmetric 2-Post Car Lifts


Types of Eagle Car LiftsJust like different sorts of gasoline, transmission fluids and hydraulic oils have different additives, density and purposes for use.  Fluids are made for very specific uses and products are made to be used with a specific fluid.  When something else is used, the performance is poor and the product is damaged.

In years past, there were lift manufacturers in North America who said that ATF (Automatic Transmission Fluid) could be used in their automotive lifts; some manufacturers still do. Some professional installers, familiar with such manufacturers, tend to assume all lifts take ATF; but they don’t, and never have. Please do not use ATF in your Eagle Automotive Lift.

You wouldn’t use the wrong oil in your engine. You wouldn’t put leaded gas in your unleaded car. Read on to see why you must use AW-32 Hydraulic Oil in your Eagle Equipment Auto Lift.

The AW stands for Anti-Wear. It also protects against Rust & Oxidation, and contains Anti-Foam additives. An oil’s rating refers to its viscosity, which determines its ability to flow at different temperatures. Lower numbers indicate thinner, more easily flowing oils. AW32 is approximately 10-weight oil with the additives and is ideal for all climates. Whether you plan to use your lift on a cold morning or down in Miami, AW32 is universal.

For Eagle Equipment lifts, AW32 is required in all circumstances. We do not recommend the use of automatic transmission fluid (ATF) because its thinner viscosity (5W) can allow the oil to “leak” around hydraulic cylinder seals and will reduce the life of the pump seals. When you use ATF, you can expect your seals to break and your lift to be useless. This is why Eagle Equipment must void your warranty if you put ATF in your Eagle Lift (This is also stated in all Eagle Lift manuals.)

Important to Note: When looking to buy your AW32 Hydraulic Oil just make sure it says “Hydraulic Oil” not “Hydraulic Tractor Oil” or “Hydraulic Fluid” as they are not the same thing! Hydraulic fluid is used in small systems such as car brakes. Hydraulic oil is used in large systems such as lifts.

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