2-Post vs. 4-Post Car Lift

The car lifts that are made, shipped and installed by Autokato Lifts are all similar in one way: quality. While we ensure that all lifts are crafted equally, most lifts are not created with the same purpose. If you’re currently shopping for a lift and curious as to which lift option is right for you, today’s blog post is going to be extremely helpful. We will give you a breakdown of the main features of each lift version so you can get a clear idea as to whether or not that post configuration will be a good fit for you and your needs.


Working on Your Vehicle

One of the reasons people invest in a car lift is to work on their vehicle. Car lifts make it easy to get into some of those harder to reach places, remove and install parts, and get a full view of the car. If you’ve been working on your car directly in the garage, then you’ll immediately notice the value of an investment like this.


If this is your primary need, then you’re going to have a relatively easy decision to make. Two car posts are designed specifically for people that are looking to work on their cars. The design of this automotive lift is entirely so that the bottom of the car is easily accessible. This lift will pick your car up from the middle rather than the from the four tires. It’s good for shorter periods of time where the car is worked on, rather than long periods where the car will be lifted above other items or cars.


Optimizing Your Space 

The other common reason people add a car lift to their home garage is to make storing additional cars easier. When you have more than one car you’re storing in a space, or you’re trying to make the most of the space you have, then a 4-post car lift is going to be the answer.


4-post car lifts may seem like they would only eat up more space, but these car lifts will double the amount of storage space. With these lifts you can easily park your cars one above the other doubling your garage space.


Anchor vs. Unanchored

Depending on how permanent the space that you have is, you may need to consider whether you’re able to anchor your lift permanently. Given that 4-posts lifts are most used for storage and have more balance when lifting vehicles due to their 4-posts, they aren’t always required to be anchored down.


2-post automotive lifts, on the other hand, must be anchored down every time. Since 2-post lifts, raise from the middle of the car, they require anchored security to ensure they don’t move.


Amount of Space

Consider how much space you have in the garage you’ll be installing this in. A 4-post lift takes up more space than a 2-post lift. Before you commit to either lift, it’s necessary that you get measurements of the space and figure out just how much room you have available.


If you provide us with the measurements of the garage, we can tell you whether there will be enough room to have the lift installed.


Maybe You Need Both

Depending on your needs, you might need both types of lifts. This isn’t as uncommon as many people believe. In fact, most automotive shops have both types of lifts so they can both work on vehicles while also using an automotive lift to store cars in the shop and optimize the space available.


If you’re trying to figure out the best way to place both lifts in your shop, we can help. Allow for us to help with sizing and fitting options so we can ensure these lifts help you make the most of the space in your shop.


The differences between these two car lifts are significant, even though the purposes may seem similar enough. We’ve listed various reasons that they’re different in this blog post, but there are still more ways that the lift you choose will differ in usage.


Advantage Lifts strives to provide not only the highest quality lifts but also the highest quality of customer service. If you’re still not sure which lift is the best fit for you, reach out to us and ask any questions you have. From beginning to end, our team will be there to make your investment in a car lift, hassle-free.


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