2 post lift for my garage.

Old 06-23-18, 09:25 AM
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2 post lift for my garage.

Not sure if this is the right area to post this. I'm thinking about getting a 2 post lift for my garage. I see there are 2 types. Symetrical and asymetrical. Is one better suited for working on cars and light truck in the hobbyist atmosphere?
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They both operate and perform the same. Frame engaging lifts were all symmetrical for years, and still work fine. The problem if you will is that you typically want the vehicle positioned with the center of gravity on the center of the lift, and with front wheel drive passenger cars, which are of course most common today, the center of gravity happens to fall pretty much in line with the center of the driver's door, which makes it harder to get in and out of the vehicle when it is on the lift. With asymmetrical lifts, the center of gravity of the vehicle is typically positioned behind the columns, something like 12-16", so the column is more in the area of the door hinge rather than the center of the door. So asymmetrical lifts typically work better for modern passenger cars, whereas symmetrical lifts typically work better for light trucks and older rear wheel drive cars, but, again, operate the same, and either style lift will work, so it's as much a matter of personal preference as anything.

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