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These days - thanks to the assistance of progressive companies like Hero AutoHoists, it’s quite simple to effectively double the storage capacity of a garage – and you won’t have to apply for a building permit, dig into your floor or spend thousands of dollars constructing a new one.
Hero offers a variety of car lifts, or a ‘vehicle hoist’ - as they’re more commonly referred to by ‘those in the know’...
Once seen only in mechanic’s bays, four-post automotive lifts are now available to the private home owner...
Essentially, a car lift allows one car – or any variety of other equipment such as small boats, surf and sailboards, ATVs, motorcycles, lawn equipment or anything that is getting in the way – to be stored above another vehicle.
While Hero isn’t the first to market car lifts in Australia, they might be the first to take the units mainstream. Car lifts have gone from being used by enthusiasts and hobbyists – for routine maintenance or storing a car – to the general home-owner to help free up garage space.
For example, Hero frequently hears from customers who have two or three cars, and a two-car garage.
“Your average two car garage is full of equipment, either lawn gear or bikes and sports gear – and that really only leaves room for one car at a time in the garage.”
With a car lift, the bulk of the gear can be placed on the lift deck and raised above the floor. The second car – the one that often sat in the driveway – will fit underneath the equipment and inside the garage.
The most popular is the Lift King 9. The unit operates on a standard household outlet of 240 volts / 15amps (no special household wiring is required, but you may need to upgrade the 10amp circuit, which is a relatively simple procedure for any sparky.
The unit is electric over hydraulic, and the push of a button raises the car or other equipment. The usual colours are available like black, red, blue, light and dark grey.
For an additional cost you can now order specialised / custom colours too - to match your existing decor. Ask for a quote…
The Lift King 9 and Lift King 9XL are four-post car hoists – which means there is a steel column at each corner of the rig. There is a minimum 230cm of space between side columns at front and rear, which allows the average sedan to slot in quite nicely. Each model has a lifting capacity of 4,000Kgs, and in its top-lock position offers a minimum of 1.80 metres of space underneath (2.082m for the Lift King 9XL).
The lift deck locks automatically at 10 different heights, including the top position.
Hero Hoists hears this question a lot. There’s no correct answer to this question! However, by comparing advantages and disadvantages of both styles of hoists, we can make your choice a little easier.
Most professional workshops know what type of hoist will work best for their business. They have both 2-post and 4-post above ground hoists in their service bays. Unlike these workshops many people will only buy one hoist for their home garage.
Hero Hoists Australia wants you to make the best choice…
”I just want to store my car and do a little cleaning and polishing once in a while. I am not a "big car guy", and really only want a lift to store a car that I will not be driving much."
If this sounds like you, and if "storing a car" is the primary reason for owning a hoist, we would recommend a 4-post hoist. That’s definitely not to say a 4-poster isn’t good for all kinds of servicing (especially true when you option it with a Jacking Beam or 2) and we know many mechanics who swear by their 4-posters for ANY kind of servicing… as they’re much quicker to position the car - and in a home situation (where other people may have access to the garage) are considered a much safer proposition.
The 4-post hoist supports your vehicle’s entire ‘wheels’ much better than a 2-post hoist. Imagine yourself suspended 1.80m in the air. Would you rather have your entire body supported (as if lying in a bed) or would you rather have just your torso supported (lying in a string hammock) with your arms and legs dangling?
A 4-post hoist acts much like the bed, supporting the entire vehicle. The 2-post lift acts like the hammock, supporting only the torso, and allowing the four wheel assemblies to "dangle". That may end up putting too much strain on the suspension, and on some vehicles the chassis / bodywork will suffer as a consequence too…
"I want to do all types of repairs to my vehicles, and I’m on a limited budget."
Then - depending on width & height constraints - you’ll probably prefer a 2-poster. The 2-post lift is the most inexpensive way to raise the most amount of weight. The 2-post hoist allows the operator to easily access all parts of the vehicle, including the wheel assemblies, whereas the 4-post hoist requires an auxiliary scissor lift (usually at extra cost) that will raise the car off the runways (to allow wheels-free service).
Keep in mind however that while the overall footprint is less than a 4-poster, you’ll need a wider and higher space to install a 2-poster. The minimum height requirement is about 2.85m, and the minimum installed width is generally 3.45m to 3.55m.
Or, you might choose a storable 2-poster instead. They generally don’t allow full working height - but our 3.20T model gets close to it, and installs into just 2.014m height - a nice space-saver choice…
A typical standard-sized 4-poster will install into less than 3.0m width and under 2.30m height. Individual models vary and high-lift models need more space.
A 4-post hoist can be portable (most come with a free castor kit). That means if you decide to reposition it, or transport it to another location, it’s easy. Standard-sized 4-posters can be transported on the back of a tilt-tray truck with a ‘wide-load’ permit. We do that when we go to car shows…
The 4-post hoist may also be permanently anchored. A 2-post hoist MUST be anchored to the ground.
A 2-post hoist will raise a car "higher" in a low ceiling garage. This is because the four wheel assemblies hang below the four lifting arms (the vehicle is lifted by the frame).
For instance, a vehicle that is 155cm tall (from the bottom of the tyres to the luggage rack) will remain 155cm tall when lifted on a 4-post hoist. However, this same vehicle may only be 115cm tall when lifted on a 2-post hoist, because 40cm may be "hanging" below the arms. If you have a 3.0m ceiling, the 2-post hoist will raise most vehicles to about 1.80m off the ground.
* We do stock ‘low’ clearfloor models - which can sometimes fit a lower ceiling garage… they install into less than 3.50m ceiling height. Or, our 1-Post Portable Service Hoist might also be an option for you…
Bottom-line is that a 4-post hoist makes it much quicker & easier to load and position the vehicle. The runways of the 4-post hoist make it easy for the operator to just drive onto the hoist. There is no need (as on a 2-post hoist) to get out of the car, kneel down, and correctly position the arms to ensure that the vehicle will be lifted safely and evenly.
Extremely low ground clearance vehicles are much easier to load on a 4-post hoist. Some owners self install their 4-posters - as it’s definitely easier to do (as they don’t need to be bolted down). On the 2-posters we highly recommend professional installation.
The consequences of a faulty installation on a 2-post hoist can be dire…
So which hoist is right for you? Only you can make that decision. We just hope that your new hoist will come from us…
Most domestic models come with accessories that enable you to work on your cars more easily if that’s your primary reason for purchase - you can even get the car’s tyres off the runways utilising the sliding or rolling Jacking Trays… (they can be supplied with an Air-Assisted Jacking Beam too...).
Hero has its products manufactured to its own demanding requirements - that means you’re getting a high quality, fully-backed car lift with a LIFETIME Structural Warranty (home use) - a product that’s also trusted and used by workshops and car enthusiasts to maintain and service their prized possessions...Workshop owners will be pleased to know the units come with similar commercial warranties to the more expensive, purely service-focused units...
By the way, not only are our popular domestic models like the Lift King 9, 9 Pro, V8, 9S and 9XL freestanding units, they also come supplied with a quick-connect castor kit (wheels) - allowing you to move and reposition the units at will - of course that means you can take the lift with you easily if you move home, or roll it out of the way speedily if you need to - and that can be achieved with only one person! How’s that for convenience?
Requiring only minimal maintenance – (no special operator skill / regular inspection schedule is required) – they’re stable & safe in operation – and will save your aching back and knees if you’re well and truly over crawling around the garage floor – particularly nice if you’re a ‘car nut’ or planning to save money on car servicing and maintenance…
The car lifts come pre-assembled in pieces requiring final assembly. You only need half a day; it’s relatively easy – and requires no special skills... however Hero can arrange installation of their units in Sydney or interstate if you prefer. There are professional installers in each Australian state too.
Please go to the pages which describe the car hoists in more detail.
Or, request schematics and our Required Height Calculator (download from the FAQ page) if you’d like to make sure you have enough height in your garage for your cars…
Article extracted from The Spectator