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Do You Need a 2-Post or a 4-Post Car Lift?

The benefits of having a car lift for your garage or auto body shop cannot be ignored. You can lift up the car or truck you are working on and easily perform the necessary repairs. Then you lower it back down, and the vehicle is good to go. It truly doesn’t get any easier. However, when deciding which kind to buy, you are unsure. Should you buy a 2-post or a 4-post car lift?

Miller Equipment Services serves the Tampa and Miami areas with the best car lift repair and hose reels. We sell, install, and repair car lifts, ensuring everything is in working order. We can come to your shop or home, inspect your car hoist, and perform the necessary repairs quickly and efficiently. We’re a family-owned and operated business that has been helping others with car lifts for over 20 years. Below, we’ll go over a few tips on how to choose between a two-post or a four-post car lift. Contact us today to get started!


Determine Use

Use will be the deciding factor in which car lift model will work better for you. If you are purchasing a car lift primarily to store another vehicle above another in your home garage, then a 4-post lift will probably be best. Almost all 4-post lifts are designed to hold another vehicle up in the air for extended periods of time. However, only some 2-post lifts are designed for this. The support posts for a 2-post lift are centered underneath the vehicle, which makes it more difficult to open the car doors of the car that is parked underneath the lift when the lift is up in the air. With a 4-post lift, you don’t have this problem as each of the four posts are located in the corners out of the way.

Ease of Use

It is very easy to park your car on a 4-post lift and raise it in the air with little worry. However, a 2-post, due to the nature of its design, only has half as many support beams. Thus, parking your car above your head is a delicate balancing act. You’ll have to know your vehicle’s lifting points and then drive your vehicle to have it precisely lifted. This will take practice to learn and will take time each and every time you move your vehicle.

Contact Miller Equipment Services near Tampa and Orlando for your next car lift repair today!

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