An Introduction of Problems of Mini Car Lift

While a lot of DIY auto enthusiasts say they want a commercial grade 2 post or 4 post lift, there are a few problems with these upgraded mini car lift:

These lifts usually require a high garage ceiling. If you’ve got a garage with a height of 12 or 15 feet, great. If not, you’

While a lot of DIY auto enthusiasts say they want a commercial grade 2 post or 4 post lift, there are a few problems with these upgraded mini car lift:

These lifts usually require a high garage ceiling. If you’ve got a garage with a height of 12 or 15 feet, great. If not, you’re either going to have trouble getting a lift into your garage, or your going to have to be very careful about how high you go.
These lifts also typicially require a wider than average garage. It’s not just the additional height – it’s also the extra few feet of width these lifts need to operate. Again, if you’ve got an oversized garage – or you don’t mind losing a parking space – no problem.
These lifts often require special electrical wiring and may require a new garage pad. Calling an electrician and pouring a new concrete floor can be required, depending on the lift you buy and your current garage specs. Typically, a commercial 2 post lift should be placed on a reinforced concrete pad that’s 4 inches thick. Some installers recommend 6 inches of thickness, only this recommendation has as much to do with local building codes as anything else.
These lifts require maintenance. Last but not least, buying a 2 post or 4 post hydraulic lift means regular inspections of lift cables and periodic cable replacement, frequent lubrication, and (ideally) detailed inspections before every use. There’s also the possibility of hydraulic hardware failures that will cost a substantial sum to repair. Granted, all of these issues are minor if you invest in a good lift…but it’s one more thing you need to worry about.
These lifts are expensive. A good quality 2 post or 4 post is not cheap. While you can find inexpensive lifts for as little $2,000, there is a reason for the price point – extremely cheap pumps, motors, hydraulics, thinner metal, smaller base plates, etc. You get what you pay for!

If you’re running an auto repair shop, the value of owning a commercial grade hydraulic lift is obvious. If you’re a DIY’er looking for a way to work on your vehicle in a standard home garage every now and then, a 2 post or 4 post lift might not be such a great idea.

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