Before you purchase a new lift, there are a few questions that will need to be answered. Ask yourself these crucial questions to figure out which automotive lift may be the best fit for you and your garage.
How tall is your ceiling?
While measuring your garage or shop, take into account obstructions such as garage door openers, door tracks, attic staircases, etc…
How wide is your garage?
Make sure your garage is wide enough to handle your new lift. Survey your garage or shop area for such items as shelving or work benches that will prevent the lift from being installed or properly operated.
How deep is your garage?
You must be able to fit the lift within your garage and the depth of your garage will determine which lift you can fit. On a 2-post asymmetric lift, you need to be at least 10ft off the front wall and 12ft off the rear wall to operate the lift. On a 2 post symmetric lift you need to be at least 12ft off the front and rear walls to operate the lift. Once again, think about any potential obstructions that may prevent the lift from being properly installed and operated.
How thick is your concrete floor?
Your lift has requirements for concrete base. Make sure your concrete is thick enough to hold your lift, minimum thickness is 4″for a 8k-9K lift, 5” for 10k-11k lift, and 6” 12k-15K. Also, ensure your concrete is in good condition with no major cracks. For example, concrete anchors must be at least 6” from the edge of the concrete or any seam. Also, the lift can’t be anchored to the concrete if there are any cracks within 36” of the base plate.
What is the height, width, weight and wheelbase (measure from center of front wheel to center of rear wheel) of your largest vehicle?
You need to make sure your vehicle will fit onto the lift and there is adequate clearance when the vehicle is in the lifted position. Also, make sure the lifting capacity of the lift is properly matched up with your heaviest vehicle.
What is the height of your tallest vehicle?
You need to make sure there is enough clearance in your garage.
What is the width of your widest vehicle?
You need to make sure your vehicle will fit onto the lift.
Do you need a 2 post lift or a 4 post lift?
Choosing the proper lift is determined by what you are planning to do with it. Are you primarily going to use the lift for vehicle storage and occasional repair work? Will you frequently be removing the wheels from the vehicle?
Remember, you can give us a call anytime and we’ll help you find the perfect lift.