What are the different types of vehicle lift?

Buying a lift can be a minefield! Single post, 2 post, 4 post, scissor, MOT / ATL, baseless, with base, for tyre work, especially for bodywork, it can become quite a specialist subject.

If you’re looking to invest in a new lift for your workshop, the options can be quite overwhelming so, to help you decide which one to choose for your garage, we’re going to run through some of the key features of each design in this handy guide. First up, two post lifts…

Two post lifts

This is the most common type of vehicle lift, and for a good reason. Two post lifts are versatile, reasonably space-efficient, durable, convenient and cost effective – they pretty much have it all.

Although they’re not as substantial as four post lifts, they can still lift heavier vehicles with ease. If you plan to work on commercial vehicles or trucks, it might be comforting to know that our Atlas ATP10 two post lift has an impressive five-tonne capacity – plenty for most vehicles you’re likely to encounter.

Because they lift vehicles up at the sides, using their jacking points, every mechanical component can be removed and reinstalled on a two post lift. So, whether you’re doing a simple oil change or a full-blown underbody restoration, a two post lift is an essential tool to have in your arsenal.

And, while we’re at it, there’s a common misconception that you cannot offer wheel alignment services unless you have a four post alignment lift. Not true – there are a number of wheel alignment solutions that can be used with two post lifts.

Four post lifts

Take your choice of wheel alignment versions, MOT / ATL versions, Dual Revenue versions (a combination of MOT and alignment in one lift) and straightforward flat platform models for general service work. There’s a huge variety of four-posters which can then be either recessed or surface mounted depending on your preference.

Because all four wheels of the car are supported, you won’t be able to access and remove every component like you can with a two post lift. However, four-posters are extremely safe and easy to use, making them ideal for tasks like exhaust repairs, inspections and servicing. The addition of a jacking beam provides the ability to lift the front or rear off the platform, giving access brakes and suspension.

Scissor lifts

From the popular tyre service or mid-rise, wheel-free scissor lift through to oversized, long-platform scissors with integral auxiliary lifters for wheel-free application, scissor lifts cover a multitude of functions.

If space is really at a premium in your workshop, a scissor lift could be the ideal solution. Even if it’s not, the absence of columns associated with the traditional 4 post lift creates a ‘clean and clinical’ environment. Full height and mid-rise versions are available.

They’re easy to use too, and some models are even portable – allowing you to move them around the workshop with ease.

Which is right for me?

There is no one ‘best’ type of vehicle lift – buying one is all about choosing one that is right for you. Carefully consider the weight capacity and lifting height you require, how much space you have to play with and how much money you have to spend – and don’t forget to take into account the type of work you plan to use the lift for.

At Tyre Bay Direct, you’ll find a variety of vehicle lifts to suit your needs and budget. Explore the full selection and order yours online today.

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