When looking for a car lift for your home garage space, there are a few factors to take into consideration, particularly when it comes to safety.
If your garage space is limited, the larger industrial-grade two-post lifts or four-post car lifts probably won’t fit, and, if they do, will take up all the floor space in your garage. If your space is a little roomier, you may be able to get one of these heavy-duty lifts in there.
Taking into consideration the size of the power unit, the length, and the width is the first step in seeing if the particular vehicle lifting unit works for you. If it doesn’t, and your space is limited, car ramp lifts, scissor lifts, or more portable, low rise or mid-rise lifts are a better option.
In addition, the weight of the vehicle you need to lift will play a role in your selection process since each vehicle lift has a maximum weight capacity, so you want to make sure that the car lift you choose can actually lift your vehicle. For larger cars, trucks, and SUVs, a heavy-duty, large pound-capacity car lift, for instance, one that can lift a vehicle of 9,000 pounds or more, will be required.
Last but certainly not least, is taking note of the safety features each vehicle lift offers. Automatic safety locks, safety lock release, a lock bar, arms restraints, hydraulic flow restrictor, anti-sway blocks, and cable chains are all great safety features to look for.
Reading the manuals, particularly with regards to safety, and adhering to the safety rules is, understandably, a necessity. In addition to this, not exceeding the weight capacity is of utmost safety importance.