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Everything You Need to Know About Two Post Lifts

Everything You Need to Know About Two Post Lifts

How do two post lifts work?

Two post lifts are known for their strength and vehicle lifting capacity. For small companies or amateurs just starting out in the repair business, two post lifts are a more affordable option. They’re great because they don’t take up much space in your garage, saving you space.

Two post vehicle lifts are essential for doing in-depth checks in a garage. They function by raising vehicles to various heights in the air and showing the underside, so technicians can get a better view while performing maintenance and MOTs. Certain models include sets of lift pad extensions to fit larger vehicles, as well as a high-quality hydraulic design for fast, simple, and low-maintenance lifting. A lift that has an anti-toe trap mechanism prevents mishaps while in use, and rubber panels on the lift prevent damage to vehicle doors.

The different types of two post lifts

They come in a variety of designs: symmetrical, asymmetrical, or versymmetrical. Because their posts are positioned directly toward each other, symmetrical lifts are simpler to spot. Moreover, the support arm assemblies support roughly half of the load individually. Asymmetrical lifts, on the other hand, feature swing arms that differ in length from front to back and even have a rotational post design. The versymmetrical lift is the third available option. They enable users to benefit from being both symmetric and asymmetric at the same time. Versymmetrical lifts are often described as two lifts in one- enabling operators to accommodate trucks, vans, and vehicles all in one service bay.

Hydraulic vs Manual

A two-post hydraulic lift operates on the notion that applying pressure to a non-compressible fluid in a cylinder will provide an equal amount of force to each of the container’s sides. It has two upright columns, with four adjustable arms attached to a carriage assembly and two hydraulic cylinders. The cylinders get hydraulic fluid from the power unit. The arms move in unison and are synchronised thanks to cables that have been connected between the carriages. The platform rises as a result of the piston being propelled upward by hydraulic fluid. The valve opens to allow the fluid to return to the reservoir and be pushed back by the lift’s gravitational pull in order to proceed lower.

The main benefits are the fact they can be readily installed and operated, are cost-effective, and require little maintenance. They are also reliable and deliver flawless outcomes that boost production levels.

Any car or van weighing up to four tonnes or more can be lifted by a electro-hydraulic lift depending on its lifting capacity. It is very easy maintain, you just need to check the hydraulic fluid, and inspect the lift at the start of each shift to ensure adequate maintenance. Of course, we always recommend a 6 monthly service and yearly thorough examination by a competent professional. To keep you protected when using this lifter, most lifts contain the following safety features:

Equalized wires are installed in the elevator to ensure that both carriages travel at the same speed. The automated lock release means the lifter arms lock as soon as the automobile is elevated, protecting both the operator and the vehicle from harm. A pressure release valve is present and will maintain a safe level of pressure. By doing this, any potential damage to the hydraulic cylinder will be avoided. Each cylinder has a parachute valve in case the hydraulic hose break alongside a relief valve for overload protection

What is an Electro-Mechanical two post lift?

Electro-Mechanical lifts can raise vehicles weighing up to three tones and more. These lift should be equipped with the necessary safety features, such as overload cut off, chain breakage cut off, and backup safety nuts in both carriages, and is tested for much larger loads. To shield the moving parts from dust and moisture, both the posts and the chain are usually enclosed.

The system consists of a power column connected to the idle column by a transmission chain that runs in maintenance-free guides in the base frames. The lift is a great option for any workplace because of its features like reinforced arms, additional base strengthening, and a reinforced frame structure for lifting heavier loads. Its elegant design, practical functionality, and simplicity of use also contribute to this.

Base vs Baseless two Post lifts

Due to the baseplate’s entire additional level of structural stability, a two-post lift with a base plate offers a more accommodating solution in cases where the floor may not be great quality. Moreover, it contains the mechanisms for synchronisation between the two columns, reducing the lift’s overall height. If you’re constrained by your premises, a based two post lift is typically the ideal option.

A baseless two-post lift offers an installation that could be more functional and attractive as you’re not limited to your roof height, thanks to the height-adjustable gantries alongside, being able to alter the column width to suit various applications.

We have a range of two post lifts to choose from, and if you’re unsure which one is right for you, get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

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