To get the most out of your two-post lift, it is important to choose the correct type. ALI’s training course Lifting It Right explains the proper use of two-post lifts. There are two main types of two-post lifts: Direct drive and Frame engaging.
Direct drive is preferred for a two-post lift
Mechanic Superstore commercial two-post car lifts usually feature direct-drive hydraulic cylinders. These have fewer moving parts and therefore are more reliable. Direct-drive cylinders have less friction, which means fewer maintenance costs. The direct-drive cylinders move up and down by exerting pressure on the base of the column.
The Dannmar D2-10C is a direct-drive two-post lift. It offers a 10,000-lb. capacity and uses premium components. Its symmetrical arm configuration and low-profile arms allow it to be used on vehicles of all sizes. It is also easy to maintain and requires no additional maintenance.
When choosing the type of two-post lift, you must consider the size of the vehicle you intend to transport. A two-post lift should be able to accommodate the largest vehicle. It should have columns with a corresponding size. This will ensure a smooth ride for the vehicle.
If you are looking for a two-post lift that has a higher capacity, the Triumph NT-9FP is a good option. This two-post lift has a 72-inch lift. The NT-9FP also has three-stage lifting arms. The height of the lift can be adjusted using different latch positions.
Frame engaging type of lift
The Frame engaging type of lift engages the frame of the vehicle while lifting it. This lift type offers exceptional stability and is typically used for brake work, body work, and tire changing stations. The disadvantage of this type of lift is that it can be difficult to get to the drivetrain, exhaust, and transmission.
A frame engaging type of lift includes a lifting means and a pair of movable shoes attached to the lifting means. The lifting means are secured to the plate, and the arms are connected to the plate by track members. The track members are positioned at an acute angle to the longitudinal axis of the arm members. Each arm member has a pair of resiliently slidable shoes mounted to move horizontally along the trackway. When the tire passes over the lift, the spring will force the shoes back into their original position.
There are two basic types of frame-engaging lifts: low-rise and mid-rise models. Low-rise lifts engage the frame of the vehicle, while mid-rise models engage the perimeter of the vehicle. They may be powered by compressed air or an electric-hydraulic power unit. Low-rise lifts are commonly used for brake and tire service, but are also suitable for collision repair.
ALI’s training course Lifting It Right explains the proper way to use a two-post lift
A two-post lift is the most common choice for vehicle maintenance or repair. They feature two posts on each side of the vehicle and long arms that extend out from the posts and rest on a frame under the car. The arms lift the car off the ground. To use a two-post lift properly, you must follow all manufacturer recommendations.
The first step in using a two-post lift is to identify the vehicle’s lifting points. You can find this information in the vehicle’s specifications or in the ALI Quick Reference Guide for Vehicle Lifts. Before raising the vehicle, it is important to check the underbody for damage or corrosion. If you find any damage, immediately inform the instructor. The second step is to check the arms and secure the vehicle.
A two-post lift’s weight capacity is an important consideration. While a sedan doesn’t need a heavy lift, large trucks and large SUVs do. Using a lift that is not designed to handle such a heavy load is risky. APlusLift’s HW-10KOH two-post lift has a capacity of ten thousand pounds, which means it’s strong enough to lift a typical Chevy Silverado or Ford F-series pickup trucks. It’s also capable of lifting larger SUVs.
Safety precautions to take before using a two-post lift
Before you can use a two-post car lift, you need to know the safety precautions you need to take. A lift’s weight and capacity must be considered before using it. Two-post lifts typically have four telescoping swing arms. It’s essential to know the maximum capacity per arm, since it will help keep the arms from being overloaded.
First, make sure the 2 post lift is in a secure location and is free of obstructions. Make sure the vehicle is not overloaded or too heavy to be lifted and make sure people are clear of the vehicle. Next, you should make sure that the platform has a weight limit, and you should follow that limit
. Also, make sure to lift the vehicle correctly – it could tip over if it’s too heavy. It’s also important to disengage any safety locks to prevent the vehicle from accidentally falling from the lift.
Second, you should always place the arms of the lift as evenly as possible. Generally, a rear-wheel drive car’s center of gravity is below the driver’s seat, while a front-wheel-drive car’s center of gravity is slightly behind the steering wheel. The proper positioning of the arms is essential when using a two-post car lift, as incorrect positioning can result in a vehicle falling off the lift, or even causing an accident.