What is a 4 Post Car Lift?

A 4 Post Car Lift is a type of vehicle lift that features four vertical posts – two at the front and two at the back, connected by crossbeams and platforms – to support the weight of a vehicle. The car is driven onto the platform, and raised using the four posts. Allowing a mechanic to perform repair and maintenance tasks that require access to the underneath of a vehicle.

Nearly all 4 Post Car Lifts are electrohydraulic in operation, they take up a bigger footprint in a workshop than 2 Post Lifts or Scissor Lifts but are very quick and easy to load a vehicle onto. The vehicle is raised from the wheels on the long platform, so they are not wheel free. However, OMCN’s range includes models with secondary lifting platforms to get the wheels free, or they can be used in conjunction with a jacking beam. Capacities range from 3.5T up to 20T and wheel alignment models are available with recesses for radius plates and slip plates at the rear. All pulleys are aluminium and contain ball bearings for smooth turning.

Benefits of a 4 Post Car Lift

Benefits of a 4 Post Car Lift include stability and ease of use. With four columns in constant contact with the ground, the Lift is very stable. Capable of supporting even heavy vehicles such as vans, trucks, and SUVs. Once the vehicle is raised, it is safely locked into place, allowing easy access for mechanics.

Types of 4 Post Car Lifts

There are a number of different types of Car Lift 4 Post available on the market, with various heights, platform lengths, and weight capacities. The type of lift that is suitable for your business will be dependent on the space available and the type of tasks you will be regularly undertaking. If you work on long wheelbase vans longer platforms are required, where as working on only cars allows you to choose a shorter platform with less weight capacity.

How high does a garage need to be for a 4 Post Car Lift?

Before purchasing or installing a 4 Post Car Lift you will need to consider where it will go. A 4 Post Car Lift can be installed in most spaces, as long as there is sufficient height to raise the vehicles you are going to work on and the floor must also be flat and level with good concrete to anchor the post to. Generally, a garage or workspace should have a height of 11-12 feet. The height of the vehicle and/or types of vehicle being lifted should also be taken into consideration.

Are 4 Post Lifts Safer?

Safety is obviously a top priority when it comes garages and workspaces, particularly when it comes to Lifts for cars. A 4 Post Car Lift is heavy and powerful, so it is essential that you use them in the safest possible way.

Any decent 4 Post Car Lift should have a safety locking system and a secure anchoring system.

With the OMCN range of Lifts, there are 3 levels of safety built in in case of slack cables or cable failure – mechanical ladder rack system, cable anti-braking system and additional electronic safety. Safety valves are also fitted to the hydraulic system to stop overloading and in case of hydraulic failure.

It is also important to clean the Lift regularly and lubricate all moving parts to ensure that everything runs smoothly, you have no problems, and your Lift lasts longer.

Which 4 Post Car Lift is Best?

Choosing the right 4 Post Car Lift is an important decision. There are several factors to consider when choosing a Car Lift, including how much room you have available and what types of vehicles you want to be able to lift.

When choosing the right size and capacity for your needs, it’s important to consider:

  • The weight of the vehicles to be worked on?
  • The wheel base of the vehicle??
  • What tasks are you wanting to perform on the lift?

Purchasing a 4 Post Car Lift

The 4 Post Car Lift is a great choice for those who want to lift cars and larger vehicles, quickly and easily, but keep in mind that the 4 post lift will take up a lot of floor space even when not in use. They’re available in many different sizes and styles, so you can be sure to find one that fits your needs.

If you are considering purchasing a 4 Post Car Lift, or if you already have one but need maintenance or advice, contact us to see how we can help with all your Car Lift and automotive tools needs.