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BendPak HD Series Lift Comparison

 

When you spend your days servicing a wide variety of cars, trucks, and other kinds of vehicles, the strenuous demands of lifting and working beneath heavy equipment can take its toll. If you own and operate your own repair shop, you can alleviate that burden by investing in a quality four-post lift. Unlike two-post car lifts, four-post lift models support the entire vehicle and are safe for vehicle storage as well as an array of repairs or services. BendPak™ four-post car lifts are trusted by automotive professionals in all corners of the country.

In this consumer guide, we will compare many of BendPak’s HD and HDS lifts to help you decide whether a four-post lift is ideal for your automotive business. Before making your final decision, you should gain a basic understanding of where your lift will be installed, what types of cars or trucks you will be lifting most often, and how many pounds per square inch the concrete in your shop can safely handle. With this information, you will be better equipped to decide which HD or HDS four-post lift model may meet your operational needs.

BendPak’s Four-Post Lift Comparison

Four-post lifts save you valuable floor space while providing peace of mind, which is great news for automotive businesses, repair shops, restoration facilities, and dealerships. Take a look at our comparison chart to determine which four-post lift may be best for you and your business.

Lift

Capacity

Column Height

Overall Length

Overall Width

Max Lifting Height

Multiple Colors

BendPak HD-7P Short Runways Extra-Tall Car Lift

7,000 lbs.

100”

200”

99.75”

86.5”

BendPak HD-7W Short Runways Ex-Wide, Ex-Tall Four Post Lift

7,000 lbs.

100”

200”

110.25”

86.5”

x

BendPak HD-7PXN Super-Tall Narrow High-Speed Car Lift

7,000 lbs.

158”

213”

99.75”

145”

x

BendPak HD-7PXW Super-Tall Wide Four Post Car Parking Lift

7,000 lbs.

158”

213”

110.75”

145”

BendPak HD-7500BL Standard Boat Storage Garage Lift

7,500 lbs.

88”

200”

132”

42”

BendPak HD-7500BLX Ex-Long Boat Storage Garage Lift

7,500 lbs.

100”

224”

132”

87”

BendPak HD-9 Four Post Car Lift

9,000 lbs.

88”

200”

110.75”

74.5”

BendPak HD-9ST Narrow Width Four Post Car Lift

9,000 lbs.

88”

200”

100.25”

74.5”

BendPak HD-9XL Ex-Wide & Long Four Post Car Lift

9,000 lbs.

88”

224”

110.25”

74.5”

BendPak HD-9STX Narrow Width Car Lift

9,000 lbs.

100”

224”

100.25”

86.5”

x

BendPak HD-9XW Extra Tall Four Post Car Storage Parking Lift

9,000 lbs.

100”

224”

110.25”

86.5”

BendPak HD-9SW Double-Wide Car Storage Parking Lift

9,000 lbs.

88”

200”

202”

77”

x

BendPak HD-9SWX Double-Wide 82" Rise Storage/Parking Lift

9,000 lbs.

100”

224”

202”

89”

BendPak HDS-14 Standard Length Four Post Car Lift

14,000 lbs.

93”

241”

130”

77.625”

BendPak HDS-14X Extended Length Four Post Car Lift

14,000 lbs.

93”

271”

130”

77.625”

BendPak HD-14T Tall Four Post Car Lift, 82" Rise

14,000 lbs.

101”

234”

126”

89.625”

x

BendPak HDSO-14P Open Front Four Post Car Lift

14,000 lbs.

103 – 105”

244”

138 – 151”

77.625”

BendPak HDS-18E Heavy Duty Four Post Lift

18,000 lbs.

93”

297”

154”

68.5”

BendPak HDS-27 Heavy Duty Four Post Car Lift

27,000 lbs.

93”

297”

154”

68.5”

BendPak HDS-27X Heavy Duty, Extended Four Post Car Lift

27,000 lbs.

93”

357”

154”

68.5

x

BendPak HDS-35 ALI-ETL Certified Heavy Duty Four Post Truck Lift

35,000 lbs.

93”

297”

154”

68.5”

x

BendPak HDS-35X ALI Certified Heavy Duty Extended Four Post Car Lift

35,000 lbs.

93”

357”

154”

68.5”

BendPak HDS-40 Heavy Duty Four Post Tuck Lift

40,000 lbs.

93”

297”

154”

68.5”

BendPak HDS-40X Extended Four Post Car Lift

40,000 lbs.

93”

357”

154”

70.5


Choosing the Best Car Lift for Your Business

The HD-Series and HDS-Series are testaments to BendPak’s continuing commitment to quality, safety, and reliability. These four-post car lift models feature some of the most advanced engineered technology available, and each lift is built to safety standards well above normal requirements. Every HD-Series and HDS-Series model comes with a wealth of standard and optional features, but these models also set a precedent in the auto lift industry of which manufacturers are sure to follow. If you have any questions about our comparison of the HD-Series and HDS-Series lifts, please contact one of Best Buy Auto Equipment’s sales representatives for additional information.

BendPak XPR Series Comparison

 

Vehicle maintenance is a labor of love, but it doesn’t have to backbreaking. The key to running a successful automotive business is the decision to invest in quality equipment that minimizes effort while maximizing efficiency. Mechanics, restoration experts, and dealerships everywhere turn to established lift manufacturers to take much of the strain out of routine inspections and services. BendPak™ is one of the most reliable brands in the auto lift industry. The success behind their two-post car lifts is pure and simple: price versus value. In this article, we will compare many of BendPak’s XPR lifts to help you decide whether a two-post lift is ideal for your business. With this information, you will be better equipped to decide which XPR model may meet your operational needs.

BendPak’s Two-Post Lift Comparison

BendPak’s XPR-Series offers a wide variety of widths, heights, weight capacities, and configurations. The three most popular designs include Clearfloor, Floorplate, and Asymmetric. With a Clearfloor model, technicians can easily move toolboxes, transmission jacks, oil drains, and other tools underneath the elevated vehicle. While Clearfloor lifts offer the convenience of an unobstructed floor space, Asymmetric lifts offer the convenience of wide or narrow installation. Garages with low ceilings that routinely service high-profile trucks and vans may opt for a car lift without any overhead obstruction. XPR Floorplate models increase available headroom. Most of their two-post lifts are available in medium, heavy, and super-duty capacities to accommodate a wide variety of vehicles and equipment.

Lift

Capacity

Overall Height

Overall Width

Max Lifting Height

Type

Multiple Colors

BendPak XPR-9DS Dual-Width Floorplate Direct-Drive Two Post Car Lift

9,000 lbs.

145”

132 – 145”

73 – 75”

Floorplate

BendPak XPR-10S Two Post Symmetric Clearfloor

10,000 lbs.

145”

132” – 145”

73 – 75”

Symmetric

BendPak XPR-9S Dual-Width Floorplate Chain-Over Two Post Short Car Lift

9,000 lbs.

113”

132” – 145”

73” – 75”

Floorplate

x

BendPak XPR-10AS Asymmetric Dual-Width Two Post Lift

10,000 lbs.

145”

137” – 145”

73” – 75”

Asymmetric

BendPak XPR-10AXLS Asymmetric Adj-Width Ex-Tall Two Post Lift

10,000 lbs.

157”

132” – 145”

75”

Asymmetric

BendPak XPR-10S-168 Clearfloor Dual-Width Ex-Tall Two Post Lift

10,000 lbs.

168”

132” – 145”

73”

Clearfloor

BendPak XPR-10AS-168 Ex-Tall Clearfloor Dual-Width Two Post Car Lift

10,000 lbs.

168”

132” – 145”

73”

Clearfloor

BendPak XPR-12FDL Floorplate, Direct-Drive Two Post Car Lift

12,000 lbs.

144”

155”

80”

Floorplate

BendPak XPR-12CL Super-Duty Two Post Car Lift

12,000 lbs.

170”

155”

80”

Clearfloor

BendPak XPR-12CL-192 Extra Tall Clearfloor Two Post Car Lift

12,000 lbs.

192.7”

155”

80”

Clearfloor

BendPak XPR-15CL Clearfloor Standard Arms Two Post Car Lift

15,000 lbs.

170”

155”

79”

Clearfloor

BendPak XPR-15CL-192 Ex-Tall Clearfloor Two Post Lift

15,000 lbs.

192”

155”

80”

Clearfloor

BendPak XPR-18CL Clearfloor Standard Arms Two Post Car Lift

18,000 lbs.

170”

155”

80”

Clearfloor

x

BendPak XPR-18CL-192 Extra Tall Clearfloor Two Post Car Lift

18,000 lbs.

192.7”

155”

80”

Clearfloor


Choosing the Best Car Lift for Your Business

BendPak’s XPR-Series is a reflection of their continuing commitment to quality, safety, and reliability. Their two-post car lift models feature some of the most advanced engineered technology available, and each lift is built to safety standards well above normal OSHA or ALI requirements. Aside from the wealth of standard and optional features available to you, this lift series sets a new industry benchmark that other manufacturers are sure to follow.

Whatever your requirements, Best Buy Auto Equipment has a two-post lift to meet your needs. Tailor your lift to your unique circumstances or available space. We also offer custom color options in blue, red, and black on most models. Contact us today for an estimate. Before making your final decision, you should gain a basic understanding of where your lift will be installed, what types of cars or trucks you will be lifting most often, as well as how many pounds per square inch the concrete in your shop can safely handle. If you have any questions about our comparison of the XPR-Series lifts, please contact one of our sales representatives for additional information.

Challenger 4015 Series Lift Comparison

 

Hyperlinks: 4015EFO, 4015EFX, 4015XFO, 4015XFX, AR4015EAO, AR4015EAX, AR4015XAO, AR4015XAX

Choosing a four-post lift for your automotive business is essential but also intimidating. With so many specifications to compare and features to navigate, it is no surprise that most automotive professionals trust only a handful of brands. Challenger™ has been leading car lift innovation for over 28 years, and we take an in-depth look at their 4015-Series to compare lifts. With this information, you can easily determine which four-post model may best serve your business and allow you to expand your service offering.

Flat deck lifts are great for general services, whereas alignment rack packages are excellent for truck repair. Unlike flat deck vehicle lifts, alignment rack car lifts allow shops to perform two-wheel alignment services from 166.5 to 194 inches and four-wheel alignment services from 88 to 158 inches. Challenger™ alignment rack models include packages of two 7,500 lb. rolling jacks, internal airline system for the dual rolling jacks, flush mount stainless steel turning radius gauges, rear slip plates, multi-position work-steps, and automatic wheel stops.

Challenger 4015-Series Four-Post Lift Comparison

Any four-post lift in Challenger’s 4015-Series can help you expand your revenue potential. Every model in this collection is available in several productivity settings, ranging from open to closed front general service flat decks and alignment rack packages that support all the latest camera imaging alignment systems. Depending on the model you choose, you can service small passenger cars, medium-duty trucks, vans, fleet vehicles, and anything in between.

Challenger™ is home to the highest rise in the industry, providing more headroom and workspace than ever before. Each unit comes with 14-level lock positions that allow technicians to work at ergonomic heights, thus improving efficiency and minimizing fatigue. Front bearing and yoke assemblies distribute contact load to reduce column stress for longer product life. Fully gusseted base plate design reduces column deflection and decreases lift sensitivity to uneven floors. Louvered approach ramps prevent wheel spin and provide positive vehicle traction.

Lift

Capacity

Height

Width

Length

Rise

Power Unit

4015EFO

15,000 lbs.

93.5” – 99.5”

134.5” – 142”

249”

78”

208v – 230v / 2HP

4015EFX

15,000 lbs.

90.5”

134.5”

244.5”

78”

208v – 230v / 2HP

4015XFO

15,000 lbs.

93.5” – 99.5”

134.5” – 142”

276”

78”

208v – 230v / 2HP

4015XFX

15,000 lbs.

90.5”

134.5”

272”

78”

208v – 230v / 2HP

AR4015EAO

15,000 lbs.

93.5” – 99.5”

134.5” – 142”

249”

78”

208v – 230v / 2HP

AR4015EAX

15,000 lbs.

90.5”

134.5”

244.5”

78”

208v – 230v / 2HP

AR4015XAO

15,000 lbs.

93.5” – 99.5”

134.5” – 142”

276”

78”

208v – 230v / 2HP

AR4015XAX

15,000 lbs.

90.5”

134.5”

272”

78”

208v – 230v / 2HP

While the 4015EFO, 4015XFO, AR4015EAO, and AR4015XAO models feature open fronts, the 4015EFX, 4015XFX, AR4015EAX, and AR4015XAX models feature closed fronts. Open-front designs eliminate the crossbeam between runways at the front of the lift, making it easier for technicians to access engine and front suspension components. Open front lifts typically have wider footprints than closed front lifts, so automotive repair facilities or dealerships with certain space restrictions or narrow service bays may be better served by a car lift with a closed front design.

Choosing the Best Car Lift for Your Business

Unlike two-post lifts, four-post lifts offer the versatility to handle varying wheelbases and accommodate different weight distributions easily. If your service technicians rely on the equipment they’re operating, and you rely on the safety of your service technicians, your business relies on innovative technology that can handle your day-to-day services. Look no further than the Challenger™ 4015-Series to satisfy your operational needs. If you have any questions about this article or need help finding a specific lift for your business, please contact a Best Buy Auto Equipment representative today for additional information or further assistance.

Challenger 4030 Series Lift Comparison

 

Hyperlinks: 4030EFX, 4030SFX, 4030XAX, 4030XFX

Challenger™ has been leading car lift innovation for more than 28 years. Although newer than their competitors, this trusted name brand has quickly gained recognition for their Versymmetric® technology, environmental sustainability, and wide drive-through clearance. Although their two-post lifts are some of the best in the industry, their four-post lifts offer an array of unique benefits that can help your business maximize profits. One of their most popular collections is the 4030-Series. Every model in this series can safely handle automotive loads up to 30,000 pounds.

In this consumer guide, we will compare several of Challenger’s 4030-Series lifts to help you decide whether a 30,000-pound four-post lift is right for you and your automotive business. Before making your final decision, you should determine the scope of services you offer, the potential your lift provides to expand your service offering, as well as the lift size that best suits the space your new lift will occupy.

Challenger’s Four-Post Car Lift Comparison

When you spend your days servicing a wide variety of cars, trucks, and other kinds of vehicles, the strain of lifting and working beneath heavy equipment can certainly take its toll. Four-post lifts by Challenger™ allow you to save on valuable floor space while providing peace of mind for service technicians. Every heavy-duty lift in the 4030-Series is built on a time-proven cable and cylinder design system, using heavy-duty steel sheaves and cables.

Each vehicle lift includes a heavy-duty cylinder for optimal performance and minimal maintenance, non-skid louvered approach ramps, and a built-in runway rail system for versatility. Many automotive business owners choose to add convenience options, such as rolling jacks or sliding oil drain pans. Only the 4030XAX alignment rack truck lift model includes front turntable cutouts. Alignment rack truck lifts are perfect for increasing your truck repair service offering, and you can even accommodate wheelbases from 244.5 inches to 318.625 inches. Challenger’s alignment models can support all the latest camera imaging alignment systems.

Lift

Capacity

Height

Width

Length

Rise

Power Unit

4030SFX

30,000 lbs.

92.25”

172.75”

308.125”

71.75”

208v – 230v / 3HP

4030EFX

30,000 lbs.

92.25”

172.75”

344.125”

71.75”

208v – 230v / 3HP

4030XAX

30,000 lbs.

92.25”

172.75”

380.125”

71.75”

208v – 230v / 3HP

4030XFX

30,000 lbs.

92.25”

172.75”

380.125”

71.75”

208v – 230v / 3HP

Choosing the Best Four-Post Car Lift for Your Business

To generate additional revenue, a growing number of light-duty repair shops are expanding their businesses to service medium- or heavy-duty vehicles. Four-post lifts offer the versatility to handle varying wheelbases and accommodate different weight distributions easily, dispersing that weight throughout the runway. Best Buy Auto Equipment offers a variety of Challenger™ 4030-Series four-post lifts to suit any operational need. We also offer interest-free financing for up to six months on select lifts. If you have any questions about this guide or need help finding a specific product, please contact one of our sales representatives today for additional information.

Challenger 44030 Series Lift Comparison

 

Hyperlinks: Challenger 44030, Challenger 4030EFX, Challenger 4030SFX, Challenger 4030XAX, Challenger 4030XFX

With more than 28 years of experience, Challenger™ is a brand that many car mechanics, service technicians, and dealerships trust above all else. Their 30,000-pound car lift series features a superior lifting system with high tensile strength leaf chains and sealed roller bearings for maximum reliability. If you are in the market for a four-post car lift that can handle up to 30,000 pounds, you have come to the right place. In this buying guide, we will compare the 44030 four-post car lift to Challenger’s 4030-Series, so you can safely determine which 30,000-pound lift will best suit your needs. Make the smartest decision for your business.

Challenger’s Four-Post Car Lift Comparison

The 44030 four-post car lift is a heavy-duty alternative to Challenger’s 30,000-pound 4030-Series lifts. This model comes equipped with hydraulic cylinders to provide optimum lifting with minimum maintenance. The single point air actuated lock release system allows your technicians to disengage all column locks simultaneously. Furthermore, diamond plate ramps provide drive-on tread traction and feature heavy-duty steel rolling wheels for high volume durability. The 44030 four-post truck lift accommodates heavy-duty vehicles. This model is available in standard, extended, and extra extended lengths to handle wheelbases up to 430 inches.

All the car lifts in Challenger’s 4030-Series feature adjustable runways, anti-sway devices, fold-down approach ramps with jack rails, heavy-duty cylinders, and so much more. Only the 4030XAX alignment rack truck lift model includes front turntable cutouts. Alignment rack truck lifts such as these are perfect for increasing your truck repair service offering, and you can even perform two-wheel alignment.

Lift

Capacity

Height

Width

Length

Rise

Power Unit

44030

30,000 lbs.

92”

27” – 41”

295.5”

68”

208v – 230v / 3HP

4030EFX

30,000 lbs.

92.25”

172.75”

344.125”

71.75”

208v – 230v / 3HP

4030SFX

30,000 lbs.

92.25”

172.75”

308.125”

71.75”

208v – 230v / 3HP

4030XAX

30,000 lbs.

92.25”

172.75”

380.125”

71.75”

208v – 230v / 3HP

4030XFX

30,000 lbs.

92.25”

172.75”

380.125”

71.75”

208v – 230v / 3HP

Choosing the Best Car Lift for Your Business

The Challenger™ 44030 heavy-duty hydraulic lift is more affordable than the 4030 four-post lifts, but it also offers a smaller lift height than any of Challenger’s competing 30,000-pound car lifts. If you are limited by budget or space, the 44030 four-post car lift will make a suitable addition to your service bay. We offer a variety of Challenger™ vehicle lifts to suit your operational needs. Many of the models in our inventory qualify for interest-free financing up to six months and free shipping. If you have any questions about this comparison or need help finding a specific car lift for your business, please contact one of Best Buy Auto Equipment’s sales representatives for additional information.

Challenger 4P14 Series Lift Comparison

 

Hyperlinks: 4P14EFX, 4P14XFX

With more than 28 years of experience leading car lift innovation, Challenger™ is certainly a brand that automotive mechanics and car dealerships trust. Their 4P14-Series features four-post economy lifts that are loaded with features at just a fraction of the price you might expect to pay. Vehicle maintenance doesn’t need to be backbreaking. In this buying guide, we will review the two 4P14 four-post lift models. With this information, you will be better equipped to decide which 4P14 model may best meet your operational needs.

Challenger’s 4P14 Four-Post Car Lift Comparison

With a four-post lift that can safely handle up to 14,000 pounds, the possibilities are endless. The standard 4P14EFX hydraulic model can accommodate almost anything that comes into your shop for service, including wheel alignment services with the right add-on equipment. Four-post lifts are easier for novice operators, allowing them to load and position a vehicle quickly and without much effort. The extra-length 4P14XFX lift model features the same 78-inch rise height as its standard counterpart, to provide more working room beneath vehicles.

Lift

Capacity

Height

Width

Length

Rise

Power

Multiple Colors

4P14EFX

14,000 lbs.

90.5”

10’10.75”

245.75”

78”

208v – 230v / 2HP

X

4P14XFX

14,000 lbs.

90.5”

10’10.75”

273.25”

78”

208v – 230v / 2HP

X

The louvered approach ramps allow for positive vehicle traction. Challenger™ spared no expense by implementing a solid piece column construction for rigidity and stability during rigorous services. Both models also include adjustable runways to accommodate a wide variety of tread widths. The main difference between these two 4P14-Series car lifts is the length available to service longer wheelbase vehicles. The 4P14XFX four-post lift model provides 27.5 inches of extra space to service luxury cars, sports utility vehicles, cargo vans, pick-up trucks, and so much more. Maximize the profit potential of your investment by ordering optional rolling jacks, oil drain pans, and other valuable add-ons.

Choosing the Best Lift for Your Business

You know your business better than anyone. Before making your final decision, you should determine the scope of services you offer, the potential your lift provides to expand your service offering, as well as the size that best fits the space your new lift will occupy. Best Buy Auto Equipment offers an extensive selection of Challenger™ four-post lifts. Both the 4P14EFX and XPX models are available in blue or red. We even offer interest-free financing for up to six months. If you have any questions about this lift comparison or need help determining which four-post car lift is right for your business, please contact a member of our customer support department for further assistance.

Challenger CL10V3 Series Lift Comparison

 

Hyperlinks: CL10V3, CL10V3-DPC, CL10V3-QC

Service more vehicles and make more money by trusting Challenger™ with your vehicle servicing needs. With more than 28 years of industry-leading experience, their state-of-the-art two-post car lifts can help you maximize profits while broadening your shop’s service capabilities. In this article, we will compare several of Challenger’s CL10V3 lifts to help you decide whether a two-post lift is ideal for your business. With this information, you will be better equipped to decide which CL10V3 car lift model may best meet your operational needs.

Challenger’s Two-Post Car Lift Comparison

Challenger’s Versymmetric® and Versymmetric® Plus CL10-Series provide the versatility to safely lift cars, trucks, vans, and sport utility vehicles symmetrically or asymmetrically within the same service bay. With three productivity configurations – Maximum Productivity, Maximum Plus Productivity, and Complete Productivity – in addition to adjustable height and width options, these two-post lifts are the best choice for professional service facilities.

Maximum Productivity: features conventional power controls as well as Versymmetric® Plus offset three-stage front and three-stage rear arms.

Maximum Plus Productivity: features dual pendant power controls, stack adapter kits, document caddies, as well as Versymmetric® Plus offset three-stage front and three-stage rear arms.

Complete Productivity: features conventional power controls as well as Versymmetric® offset two-stage front and rear arms.

Lift

Capacity

Height

Width

Rise

Power Unit

CL10V3

10,000 lbs.

11’8”, 13’8”, or 14’8”

11’6.5” / 11’11”

74.125”

208v – 230v / 2HP

CL10V3-DPC

10,000 lbs.

11’8”, 13’8”, or 14’8”

11’6.5” / 11’11”

74.125”

208v – 230v / 2HP

CL10V3-QC

10,000 lbs.

11’8”, 13’8”, or 14’8”

11’6.5” / 11’11”

74.125”

208v – 230v / 3HP

All the CL10V3 car lift models come with many of the same standards: double telescoping screw pads, heavy-duty pulley and cable equalization systems, elongated carriages, rubber door guards, adjustable arm restraint shafts, mechanical lock release, and much more. Their key differences lie in drive-through clearance, horsepower, and electrical requirements. Both the CL10V3 and the CL10V3-QC models feature a drive-through clearance of 100 to 104.5 inches, but the CL10V3-DPC model offers a drive-through clearance ranging from 100.5 to 105 inches. With a 3HP single-phase motor, the CL10V3-QC also allows you to raise vehicles in 27 seconds instead of 48 seconds. Both the CL10V3 and CL10Wv-DPC models require dedicated 25 Amp circuits, but the CL10V3-QC requires a dedicated 30 Amp circuit.

Choosing the Best Lift for Your Business

No matter which Challenger™ CL10V3 model you choose, your business will benefit from optional height extensions to accommodate high-profile vehicles, the ability to disengage both columns simultaneously, and a premium powder coat finish for long-lasting durability. Best Buy Auto Equipment offers a wide selection of two-post car lifts, and some lifts even qualify for interest-free financing for up to six months or free shipping. If you have any questions about our selection or this buying guide, please contact one of our sales representatives today for further assistance.

 

Vehicle Lift Safety Guide

Vehicle lifts are an extremely important piece of equipment for any auto shop, as they enable you to raise vehicles to a suitable level and give you access to whatever you need to make repairs and fixes. From swapping out old parts to building entirely new systems, a high-quality lift will become your best companion and is an irreplaceable part of any shop. However, they can also be a dangerous piece of equipment. Our vehicle lift safety guide makes sure you are well prepared to use this remarkable piece of technology every day with the safety and security you deserve. Proper preparation can help minimize risks to your shop, your vehicles, and above all else, yourself!

There are many hazards to consider when using your lift. Ensure every mechanic at your shop is well trained for any situation with these quick tips:

  • Vehicle lift safety begins with training. Read through and understand the manual of your specific lift. This will ensure you are familiar with the safety features, maintenance guidelines, and operation of your equipment.

  • Perform regular inspections on your lift, and make sure you have an annual checkup from a qualified lift technician. Follow manufacturer guidelines to keep your lift at its best. Check the cables and chains on your lift on a daily basis for wear and tear. Also, make sure the safety latches are functioning properly.

  • Once a month, check and tighten all anchors and fasteners to the specifications listed in your manual. Also, check that your lift is equalized properly, and replace hydraulic fluid if necessary. Finally, check hoses for cracks or other signs of wear.

  • Ensure any vehicle you plan to lift does not exceed the maximum weight capacity of your equipment. This includes looking inside the vehicle for any unexpected heavy loads that can push the vehicle above the limit of your lift.

  • Clean the area to avoid any unnecessary accidents. Clean up any oil spills, stray tools, or other debris that could get in your way while you work.

  • Have a spotter guide you and your vehicle into the lifting area. Spotters should stand to the side of the path to ensure they are not hit in the event of an accident.

  • Line up the vehicle with the recommended lift points as stated by the manufacturer or the Automotive Lift Institute.

  • Place wheel blocks in front of and behind at least one wheel to prevent slipping. Once you begin lifting, stop and check the lifting points when they connect with the vehicle to be sure they are correctly aligned.

  • Raise the vehicle a foot in the air and recheck the lifting points for alignment. If they are aligned, shake the rear of the vehicle to be sure the vehicle does not move. Never look away from the vehicle while it is in motion.

  • Place safety latches once your lift is at the desired height before you begin work, always raise the jack stands to the height of the vehicle, never lower the vehicle to match them.

  • When lowering a vehicle, remove any stands, jacks, tools, caddies, or any other items or debris. Never walk under a vehicle with the safety latches disengaged, walk around the outside of the vehicle.

  • Never lift a vehicle with a passenger inside.

  • Never allow customers into the lifting bay.

  • Do not attempt to support a falling vehicle.

  • Do not try to use a damaged lift, or rig controls or latches, you cannot improvise on lift hardware or accessories.

  • Do not attempt to repair a lift yourself, call an expert to ensure the job is done properly so you can guarantee your lift is safe.

By following the guidelines in this vehicle lift safety checklist, you can use your vehicle lift every day without worry. These are remarkable pieces of equipment that can make auto repair work much easier and more efficient, but they can also be very dangerous if used improperly. Take proper precautions to be informed and use your equipment as it was intended to be used, and you can get jobs done quicker and easier without worry or risk.


 

Vehicle Lift Maintenance Guide

Vehicle lifts are a fantastic way to improve the capabilities of any auto shop. They allow you to hoist vehicles and parts for easy access so you can work comfortably and effectively all day long. Not only do they make the job easier, but they can help save you time and effort every day. Like any tool in your garage, however, they should undergo routine maintenance to ensure proper performance. This is especially important for lifts, as they need to be trusted to handle extremely heavy vehicles that pose a great risk to you and your shop in the event of a lift failure. Our vehicle lift maintenance guide will help you take the proper steps to ensure your equipment always works at its best, so you can work with confidence every day.

The first step in proper maintenance is prevention. Take time to perform regular inspections on your lift to ensure you are aware of any damage and wear it has endured. Water and oil can corrode the lift over time, weakening its supports and causing unexpected failures. Identifying these issues long before they cause accidents is the best way to ensure the safety of you and your shop. Make sure to check all locks, cables, and any moving part as these are the most likely candidates for damage and the most vital pieces for supporting a vehicle. Any vehicle lift maintenance guide will tell you that inspections are the number one weapon against damage and accidents!

There are many things you should do for your equipment on a weekly or monthly basis. Here are some of the best tips that will help you keep your lift in peak condition as easily and effectively as possible.

Tasks to perform weekly:

Add extra lubrication to moving parts with any standard general purpose oil. Check over any supporting parts, such as cable connections, bolts, and pins and make sure they are properly mounted. Lubricate safety locks with general purpose oil to ensure proper operation.

Tasks to perform monthly:

Perform a routine inspection. Check all locks, cables, bolts, pins, and safety features for proper mounting and operation. Look for signs of wear on all moving parts, ensure columns are square and plumb, and check cable tension for proper performance. Add lubrication to columns, such as grease, to keep them moving smoothly. If any piece has signs of wear or damage, look to replace it immediately.

Cables should be inspected every day, as they are extremely dangerous if used when in poor condition. They will usually need to be replaced every three to five years, or whenever damage and wear is apparent. Use recommended oil for lubricating your cables as suggested by the manufacturer and you will get the longest life possible and the best performance. All moving parts should also be well lubricated to ensure they operate smoothly, so you always have reliable control over your equipment and vehicle.

If you still have questions or need more information about anything in this vehicle life maintenance guide, feel free to contact us. We are always happy to help you get the equipment and knowledge you need to handle any job. Proper precautions are important to ensure the safety of you, your coworkers, and your shop, and we can help make sure you use your equipment with confidence every day.

 

4 Post Lifts Vs. 4 Post Heavy Duty Lifts

There is nothing quite as beneficial for a modern garage than a car lift. These remarkable machines will help you hoist up any vehicle so that you can work on it comfortably from any angle. With great strength and support, they will help make every job quicker and easier, reducing your stress every day. Making sure you have the proper lift to suit the needs of your shop or garage is important, as there are several different designs and dozens of choices for each. For most shops, a 4 post lift will cover any job with ease. They are easy to use and install and all around a great option. Below are some benefits and differences of 4 post lifts vs. 4 post heavy duty lifts.

4 Post Lift Pros:

  • Versatility - there are many different models available when it comes to ordinary lifts. With a wide range of weight capacities, rise heights, and wheelbases, not to mention the ability to be adjusted to accommodate many vehicles, there is a machine to fit any regular work.

  • Smaller size - a more compact construction enables standard lifts to fit smaller garages and shops, ensuring you can find a model that fits your workspace while also giving you more room to maneuver around the vehicle. Dimensions as small as 202 x 108 inches can fit into the smallest shops.

  • Lighter weight - a smaller construction also means standard lifts are lighter and more mobile. Not only does this make them easier to install, but it also makes them more mobile and easier to transport. With equipment as low as 1640 pounds, getting a powerful lift does not need to be a hassle.

  • Price - regular lifts are typically much more affordable than heavy duty options.

4 Post Lift Cons:

  • Limited use - lower weight capacities can prevent you from working on certain vehicles. Always make sure you have a lift that can handle the load you intend to hoist.

Heavy Duty Lift Pros:

  • Power - the most obvious difference when comparing 4 post lifts vs. heavy duty 4 post lifts is the weight capacity. While regular lifts max out around 12,000 pounds, heavy duty lifts go up to 60,000 pounds and more.

  • Size - if you are looking to handle the largest and longest vehicles, heavy duty lifts can get the job done. Supporting lengths beyond 40 feet and widths of 15 feet, no job is too large for heavy duty lifts.

  • Reliability - heavy duty lifts are designed to handle the largest loads, and they are built with reliability and safety in mind. Find the largest, toughest parts and components with these lifts and get great performance you can depend on.

Heavy Duty Lift Cons:

  • Price - the beefy construction and large size of heavy duty lifts means that they are often much more expensive than the smaller alternatives.

  • Weight - Clocking in up to 14,000 pounds and more, these lifts are large and often very immobile.

To make the choice between 4 post lifts vs. 4 post heavy duty lifts, consider what type of auto work you usually perform. If you are serving common customers with work on regular cars, a standard model will get the job done for the best price. If you need the extra functionality to handle the largest commercial vehicles, look for a heavy duty option. Take time to research the specifications of the lift you need so you can be sure it will fit your shop and give you the performance you need. The result will be great functionality that will improve your work and make life easier every day!

 

Motorcycle Lift Comparisons

Motorcycle lifts are an easy and affordable way to get the same great hoisting power you love for larger vehicles. Lifts unique to bikes have been designed to give you the support you need to elevate any smaller vehicle to a comfortable and easy height. Best of all, these lifts are more affordable and easier to use than car lifts, while also taking up less space.

There are two main types of motorcycle lifts you will find in your search - standard jack lifts and table lifts. Lift jacks are smaller, more portable, and typically less expensive. However, this also means they have a more limited range for what they can accomplish. Full tables are capable of larger jobs and provide the most support. Both options come in air and hydraulic designs, being operated by a lever or pump. Additional features include built-in wheels for movement and accessories such as attachable support ramps. Below are some detailed specifics on the different motorcycle lift comparisons:

Scissor Jacks:

The smallest, lightest, and most affordable lifts, this equipment can handle a variety of work and support many bikes with ease. Our models include the Ranger RML-1100, ATD Tools 7461A, Auto Lift DMCS-100, and more. Price is a big benefit for these lifts, with most models coming in under $200 or even $100, making them a great choice for shops and garages on a budget. Weight is another factor, and these motorcycle lifts can be as light as 30-60 pounds, making them easy to transport. This means you can easily store them when not in use and free up some floor space. Compact design as small as 12 x 14 inches makes it easy to fit these lifts in any space while also having plenty of room to work.

Table Lifts:

Designed for the biggest jobs and the most power, these lifts are the right choice when you are looking to work on bikes on a regular basis. They can help you quickly go from job to job in less time. We have great options including the K&L MC655R, Auto Lift 1300M, and more. Capable of handling the largest loads, table lifts have capacities from 1000 to 1500 to 2200 pounds, meaning you can find a lift that suits your needs and lets you work on any size bike.

Extensions and attachments can be included with many different models of lift, helping you get more room to work with and hoist larger or longer bikes. Get 12-inch side attachments, 13-inch front attachments, and more. Larger sizes are capable of handling a bigger range of vehicles. Lifts are designed up to 88.5 x 50 inches and can be extended for even more room so that you can handle long choppers and other larger vehicles.

If you simply want an affordable lift that can give you quick and powerful support for the occasional bike, options like the Auto Lift DMCS-100 are designed to fit most popular bike models and will get the job done. If you plan on making motorcycle repair and maintenance a regular part of your shop, consider investing in more powerful equipment such as the K&L MC655R, which will give you the flexibility to handle anything that comes through your doors. If this motorcycle lift comparison does not narrow down your search enough, feel free to contact us. We are always ready to help you get the perfect equipment for your shop!

 

Tire Changer Comparisons

One of the most commonly used machines and a staple of every shop is the tire changer. A device that can range from the very simple to the extremely complex, this equipment will help you handle one of the most common maintenance jobs with ease. Wheels undergo a lot of abuse from their vehicles, being constantly in motion and bearing the full weight of the machine and its passengers. For this reason, they sustain a lot of wear and require regular maintenance. Ensuring your shop is equipped to handle this work will help make your life a lot easier, so you can tackle any job that comes your way without worry.

There are three main things to consider when deciding on the right machine for you. Size, type, and performance. Different models are designed to handle different wheels, and whether you are looking to change standard car wheels from 20 to 24 inches, heavy duty truck wheels, low profile wheels, or anything else, you will want a machine that can handle the job. Larger tire changers can also handle more frequent use, but are often more expensive, so you can customize your equipment to suit the needs of your shop. Here is a quick tire changer comparison that will help you narrow down your selection:

Swing Arm Tire Changers

A common choice for its affordability and efficiency, this is the first place you should look if you are on a budget. These flexible machines are easily adjusted to make sure the mounting tool is properly fitted to the rim of the tire, reducing the risk of damage when mounting and dismounting. Tighten the arm manually for a secure lock that fits perfectly with the wheel. If you plan on constantly performing work on the same size tire, these machines will make the job quicker and easier at a great price. Whether you are just opening a new shop or simply work with a constant size tire, this is a great option for you.

Tilt Back Tire Changers

Coming in at a higher price point than the smaller swing arm design, tilt back tire changers are a great option for shops that intend to work on a wider variety of sizes. They are more easily and quickly adjusted on the fly to accommodate different wheels, helping them save you a lot of time and hassle in the long run. Use an automatic tilt back option to adjust your changer to correctly fit the size of any tire and you will reduce the risk of damage during a change while also making the job easier every time.

Heavy Duty Tire Changers

Built for size, strength, and performance, these machines are capable of the biggest loads and the largest wheels. Easily able to handle weights up to 3,000 pounds and more, they are capable of changing the tires of large vehicles from trucks to buses to off-road vehicles. Tackle tire diameters up to 95 inches and ensure your shop is prepared for any vehicle with these remarkable machines. If you expect to have the largest vehicles driving up to your door, make sure you have the power to handle the job with heavy duty tire changers.

Motorcycle Tire Changers

The opposite of heavy duty, these smaller machines are meant for handling smaller wheels. While still capable of handling up to 40 inches or even larger tires, they are designed with usability in mind. With a simpler setup, they are easier to use and can save you a lot of time when working on smaller vehicles. From bikes to ATVs to trailers, this is a machine you will want for your shop if you plan on working with a large variety of smaller vehicles. Planning on working on many different sizes of tires on a regular basis? Check out the option of adding an assist arm to your tire changer.

If you still need more information not listed in this tire changer comparison, feel free to contact us. We have a huge selection of dozens of fantastic tire changers that will help you save time and hassle in your shop, and we will help you find the right machine for the work you plan on performing.

 

Wheel Balancer Comparisons

Wheel balancers are a fantastic piece of equipment that will help you save time and effort performing balancing work by giving you better support and control. Deciding on the best machine for your shop can be daunting, so check out our wheel balancer comparison for tips on how to choose the best machine for your shop.

The main consideration for wheel balancer is the balancing you require. There are three main types - static, dynamic, and “bubble” balancers. The choice between these types of wheel balancers will come down to the frequency of your work and what your budget is for your equipment. Here is a quick explanation of these machines:

Static Wheel Balancers

As the name implies, static balancers describe equipment that performs the task without moving the wheel. While a stationary wheel is slightly less accurate and precise, it is easier to work with and more economical. These machines are often smaller and more affordable, the perfect option for a shop on a budget. Whether you are just starting out or want a portable and lightweight balancer that can handle a variety of jobs, this is a great option for you.

Dynamic Wheel Balancers

Larger and more powerful, these machines are the right choice when looking for a greater degree of precision. Perform the highest quality work with a machine that simulates the natural movement of the wheel. By spinning the wheel as if it were being used by a vehicle, it allows for more accurate results and a better balance. There is a wide range of supported wheels, from small 10 inch diameters all the way up to 50 inches and more, so you can find a machine to handle any job you have.

Bubble Balancers

Similar to a static balancer and often called by the same name, these balancers are used for their light weight that makes them highly portable. With weights as low as 14 pounds, they are very easy to store just about anywhere and take out at a moment’s notice to perform quick, effective balancing. While less precise than a dynamic model, they can still provide a great deal of reliability for consumer vehicles that see normal use. If you are tight on floor space and want equipment that is easy to store or easy to move, this is a great choice.

There are many options when it comes to choosing the right wheel balancer. Take time to consider the size and type of wheel you will be working on, as well as how often you plan on doing this work. This will help you narrow down your search to a machine that matches your budget and expectations. If you still need information not listed in this wheel balancer comparison, feel free to contact us. We can help you find the perfect machine for your shop. With dozens of high-quality machines in our collection, we are certain to have a balancer that will meet your needs.

 

Jack Comparison

When working on vehicles of all sizes, being able to properly elevate and manipulate them will go a long way to making the job quicker and easier. There are countless options out there when it comes to providing your shop with the best tools for any job, and finding the right machine to suit your needs can seem impossible. You can’t go wrong with the basics, however, and every garage should have a floor jack on hand. We can help you choose the right tool for your shop with our jack comparisons that will give you all the information you need.

Hydraulic

The most recognizable jack design, hydraulics provide an excellent level of convenience and usability for any mechanic. Since jacks are used for their ability to make work easier, it makes sense to choose a jack that is, itself, easy to use. They can be pumped to lift a vehicle with very minimal physical effort, and provide excellent weight capacities and lift heights. When it comes to downsides, there aren’t many, but hydraulic jacks can be more expensive than other options. Also, their extra mechanical prowess comes at a cost in weight and size, and they can take up more space and be less portable than other machines.

Scissor

Best known for being very lightweight and economical both regarding cost and space, these are great options for people who plan on doing periodic work or do not have a lot of room for bulkier machines. They are more portable and are included with many vehicles, able to be carried in the trunk for emergency tire changes and other quick work. They use a simple screw to compress a scissor to elevate it upwards, giving height to any vehicle in a pinch. While they require a bit more effort than hydraulic equipment, they are still easy to use. Their biggest downfall comes at lower weight capacities and elevations, making them more difficult to use for specific work such as transmissions or larger vehicles.

Piston/Bottle

Combine the best of both floor jack models with these innovative tools. Piston jacks use hydraulics much like other standard options, but take up much less space. They do this by using pumped pressure to elevate a series of pistons, enabling them to get the job done without taking up much of your floor. This makes them a great medium between the usability of hydraulic jacks and scissor jacks, giving you great power and performance while also being portable. However, the cylinder design gives them a much higher minimum height. This can make it impossible to fit the jack under lower vehicles, even many consumer sports cars, and sedans.

When choosing the proper tool for your shop, take time to consider the work you will be doing. If you are regularly working on vehicles every day, hydraulics can save you a lot of time and effort in the long run. Also, be sure to compare the height of the vehicles you regularly service with the capabilities of your equipment to ensure you have a proper match. With the right floor jack comparison, you can make a great decision that will help you work easier and more comfortably every day.

 

Brake Lathes Buying Guide

An extremely common maintenance routine for any vehicle is brake work. Every shop needs to be ready to handle this job at a moment’s notice, and having the proper equipment will go a long way to making sure you are ready to perform without worry. There are many factors to consider when looking for the right brake lathe, a machine that will help you tackle any job that drives up to your door. Read through this brake lathes buying guide and arm yourself with the information you need to make the best choice for your shop and your customers.

1. Consider usability
When it comes to machines, not every product is created equal. Some are easier to use than others, and will help you get work done more quickly and efficiently. Not only will this help you work with less stress, but it will also help you get more work done, which makes for a more successful garage. Brands such as Ammco, Kwik Way, and Snap-On have created lathes specifically targeting operation speed, able to cut automotive drums and rotors in a minute or less. If you run a shop that gets a lot of traffic and you need to turn over many customers on a daily basis, having the equipment to handle such a task is important, and choosing a brake lathe known for speed will give you performance you seek.

2. On car vs. off car
There are two main types of lathes to look at for your garage. On-car models are installed in the same position as the brake caliper, which helps them mimic the movement of the wheel and provide for a more closely calibrated and fine-tuned performance. This means that they provide reliable, high-quality work. Off-car options work by removing the brake and mounting it to the lathe, which can give them a lot more room for variability and inaccurate results if the mechanic is not careful. However, they are easy to use and can be much quicker to complete the job.

3. Cleanup
One of the reasons brake maintenance is a hassle because the lathe needs to be cleaned between each and every use. While machining the rotor, the lathe builds up debris that will throw off the consistency and performance, delivering poor results. Some options are simply easier to clean than others, and you should always consider how intuitive and accessible the lathe you are looking at is. When in doubt, check reviews and guides for a given machine to get a feel for how easy it is to keep clean and effective.

There are many factors to consider when looking for a quality brake lathe for your garage. These machines are designed to help you tackle high volumes of brake work, and the best choice for the job will depend on what your shop needs to get the job done. Consider our brake lathes buying guide to answer your questions.

 

Fluid Exchanger Maintenance

From transmissions to power steering, being able to quickly and easily exchange fluids in a system is a key feature expected of most auto repair shops. This is a part of routine maintenance for every vehicle, and the right machine can make the difference between a frustrating and arduous task and an easy job well done. For this reasoning, performing proper fluid exchanger maintenance is important to ensure your tools always work at their best. Here are some steps to take to get your equipment to peak condition and keep it that way for years to come:

1. Regularly replace canister filters
Most machines will prompt you to replace your filters. When this happens, use a standard band clamp tool to unscrew the old filters and tightly screw new ones in.

2. Clean the waste fluid screen
Much like replacing the filters, this helps keep your fluids moving and prevents surface tension from debris. Remove the screen and clean using a brush and degreaser, and blow out with an air compressor. Then you can place the screen back on, good as new.

3. Wipe down the exterior
Using a standard damp cloth, take time to wipe down and clean the exterior of your machine every now and then. One of the biggest issues that necessitate fluid exchanger maintenance is contamination from debris and the air, and wiping down the exterior will help ensure you keep this issue to a minimum.

4. Check parts for signs of wear and replace if necessary
External parts are most likely to be damaged during ordinary use, so inspect your machine to find obvious signs of damage and wear. Hoses, caps, wheels, and adapters are all candidates for failure. Look for cracks, leaks, or other problems that can be fixed with a quick replacement part.

5. Notify a professional
If all else fails and you have a problem with your exchange, consult a trained mechanic for the best results. Many machines come with warranties, and you can get repairs or a replacement in case of a fault. Even after this period expires, having a trained mechanic to repair your equipment will ensure you get the best performance possible. Malfunctioning exchanges can be a hazard to both you and the vehicles you work on, so take care to keep yours in the best condition possible all year long.

The first step for proper fluid exchanger maintenance is prevention. It is easier to stop a problem from happening in the first place than it is to fix it. Make sure to routinely clean your system and inspect it for signs of wear so that you can ensure you always have the best tools possible to perform whatever work your garage needs.

 

Shop Presses Comparison

There are many different options to consider when looking for a shop press. At the base level, these machines give you the raw power and pressure you need to perform a variety of tasks. While they are simple in design, there are still hundreds of options to choose from on the market. Finding the right choice for your garage means spending time considering your needs so you can get a good match that will help you perform work quicker and easier. Read through our shop presses comparison and get the information you need to narrow down your options.

Hydraulic

For the easiest level of use, automatic hydraulic systems provide a high degree of power and will help you perform work quickly and easily. Perfect for high volume shops in need of a lot of efficiency, they are a great choice for most practical applications. Intuitive to learn, simple to use, and highly durable, these machines are a great place to look first when browsing for a shop press. Best of all, there are many highly affordable options that will perform the work you need without costing a fortune.

Hand Pumps

For extra functionality, models with hand pumps provide a great new standard for performance. Capable of handling everything from gears and joints to any sort of bending, bonding, and straightening you need to be done, they provide a new level of precision and control to your pressing. The best feature of these tools is their ability to be adjusted to various heights, allowing them to serve many different jobs with ease. Also, their extra power enables them to handle higher weight capacities. If you are looking to work on a wide range of jobs, this is the perfect option for you.

Mobile

While the standard shop press is laid out with a simple construction of a heavy, durable base to provide stability, mobile presses are also available. These have a cross sectional base with wheels attached that allow them to easily move around, becoming the perfect choice for people short on floor space. Also, they are highly flexible and designed to be able to handle any job without needing to remove components or use a different press. Hydraulic Rams will rotate into any position necessary, and hand pumps and adjustable heights will help you get the precision you need. While these options are typically much more expensive, they are a fantastic choice for anyone looking for flexibility and performance.

If you need more specific help when looking for the right machine for your shop, feel free to contact us. Our experts will help you with your shop presses comparison so that you can get the right tool for the job. By paying proper attention to the needs of your garage, you can be well prepared for any job that comes through your doors!

 

Shop Presses Maintenance

Like the vehicles you service on a regular basis, your tools need to be properly maintained as well. Failure to keep them in top condition will result in poor results and the inability to perform the work you need. This is especially true for shop presses, a tool that is easy to overlook during your regular shop inspection. These machines are designed to be highly durable and long-lasting, but that does not mean you can forget about them entirely. Here are some quick tips for performing regular shop presses maintenance for your garage.

The best way to keep your equipment in top condition is to prevent it from becoming damaged in the first place. Not only do you want to prevent issues, but you want to be able to detect them the moment they appear to minimize the impact they have on your machine and your shop. Create a routine that will help you make this job easy.

1. Check for oil leaks on your hydraulic lines
Not only do you want to check for leaks, but you want to quickly tighten any loose fittings and wipe up spilled oil. Cleaning up excess oil will help you identify any new leaks immediately.

2. Check the oil level
Like with any machine, from vehicles to lawnmowers, check the oil in your equipment and refill it if necessary to ensure it is always well lubricated.

3. Check for loose bolts
The constant vibration of these machines can easily lead to loosening bolts, and you want to be sure you identify and fix any loose parts immediately.

4. Check the oil temperature
Checking the temperature of your oil during normal operation will be a quick check to verify everything is working properly. Consult your manual for a suggested optimal range for your machine.

With these quick steps, you can prevent most issues from occurring, and quickly identify the problems that do arise so that you can minimize downtime and maximize efficiency. The next step in proper shop presses maintenance is to identify problems that are happening with your equipment. A few common issues you can identify quickly are pressure buildup and overheating. If your press is taking longer and longer to reach optimal pressure, it can point to an issue with your pump. If you find your operating temperature is well more than the suggested standard, your cooling system might be compromised.

Like any machine, a press will eventually wear out and need to be repaired or replaced. However, by adopting an efficient shop press maintenance routine, you can prevent most problems from ever happening. Perform a regular inspection of your equipment and take care of any small issues before they become large ones and you can enjoy years of service from your press.

 

Air Jacks Buying Guide

Lifting a vehicle is an important step to take when performing routine maintenance and repairs. Doing this will help you work at a comfortable height and get better access to hard to reach areas of the vehicle. Air jacks help perform this task by using air pressure to expand a lifting mechanism, giving you the support you need in no time. There are hundreds of choices when it comes to quality jacks out there, and narrowing down the selection to the right tool for your needs can be tough. Read through our air jacks buying guide and see why these machines might be the best option for you.

Usability

The biggest reason to use an air jack over other options is how intuitive and simple they are to use. On the smaller end, pneumatic and air jacks are compact and highly portable, making them simple to move wherever you need them. This makes them an easy choice over bulkier floor jacks if you are tight on floor space or need to maneuver your jack around more often. They are still suitable for pretty much any application, from wheel removal to brake or suspension work.

Safety

Another area in which the air jack excels, these are some of the safest machines on the market. Safety valves are built in to prevent over-inflation and control deflation, ensuring smooth operation with each and every use. Also, an internal stabilizer reduces side to side movement and gives you stable, solid positioning. Durable construction is designed for any commercial or industrial application and can withstand hundreds of thousands of cycles without fail.

Price

On top of being easier to move and use than other jack options, air jacks are also often more affordable. Their compact design and lightweight build also means they require less to manufacture, meaning they deliver the same great performance you need at a reduced price. If you are looking to spare your budget without sacrificing the lifting power and security you need for any job, these are fantastic options to look at.

When it comes to choosing the right jack for you, there are two main types to consider. Traditional air jacks, and combination air/hydraulic jacks. Traditional options are the most compact and simplest design, but they have lower weight capacities that might not support the heavier vehicles. Combination air/hydraulic models have much higher weight capacities and are easy to move with built in wheels, but they take up a lot more space and can be more expensive.

If you still have questions not covered in this air jacks buying guide, feel free to contact our expert representatives. We can help you choose the right tool for your needs, so you can get more work done every day with less effort and stress!

 

Motorcycle Wheel Balancers Guide

When it comes to balancing wheels, having the proper equipment is necessary to get the job done right. Many shops have started offering balancing as a standard practice, as it helps ensure that vehicles perform at their best and minimize tire and suspension wear over time. This is especially true for motorcycles, and if your garage gets a lot of traffic from bikes, you will want to be well prepared with the right tools. Check out our motorcycle wheel balancers guide and get the information you need to choose the right option for your shop.

Style

There are three main styles when it comes to motorcycle balancers: dynamic, static, or bubble. Dynamic balancers operate with the wheel spinning, simulating the actual movement of the wheel. This helps ensure a more accurate and precise balance. Static balancers balance while the wheel is stationary and are less accurate, but easier to use. Bubble balancers are similar to static balancers, with their main advantage being a lower price, but they are the most inaccurate option.

Size

When it comes to doing consistent work in your shop, the size of your balancer is important. There is a great variety of options out there, from small, portable machines to large constructions that are very difficult to move. Consider how often you expect to be using a motorcycle wheel balancer so that you can make an intelligent choice for your shop. If you rarely perform this type of work, having a smaller machine that can be easily stored out of the way is a good idea. Larger stationary models can be easier to use for people who regularly perform balancing.

Flexibility

Many different manufacturers have different standards when designing their motorcycle wheel balancers. If you are serving a wide range of customers with many different bike designs, consider looking for a machine with various adapters and attachments that can handle anything that drives up to your door. Look for a machine with included mountings to save yourself time, money, and hassle, and you can be well prepared for the next season of tires without worry.

There are many different options to consider when looking for the right tool for your needs. If you still have questions not covered in this motorcycle wheel balancers guide, feel free to contact us. We will make sure you get the perfect equipment for your garage so that you can get the job done more quickly and easily than ever.

 

Wheel Alignment Equipment Guide

Having the right equipment ready for any job that comes to your garage is an important aspect of running a successful business. This includes having a full array of wheel alignment equipment. Alignment work is a very common part of routine vehicle maintenance and is necessary for everything from small ATVs and motorcycles to large trucks. Being able to perform this work quickly and easily will save you a lot of time and stress, increasing the productivity of your shop and helping you move through jobs without hassle. Here is our wheel alignment equipment guide that will help you look in the right place when shopping for tools for your garage:

Mechanical

While it is becoming less and less common around the nation, it is still completely possible to perform a precise alignment with a mechanical system. The advantage of using mechanical gauges is ease of use and intuitiveness. For people who have experience using these types of systems, they can provide a great degree of accuracy and perform a fantastic job. They are also often less expensive than digital options, making them an easy choice for smaller shops.

Computerized

Most modern wheel alignment equipment uses a laser guided system to make precise and accurate readings. Computers make reading alignments easier and quicker than ever, and they are a common choice due to this extra benefit of precision. This also helps make sure the work takes no time at all, and a trained technician can perform a four wheel alignment in just a few minutes. However, the extra features of these setups also require additional training to be used properly and effectively. Also, they are also often much more expensive, and not typically a viable investment for shops that don’t get a lot of traffic.

System Kits

Many different machines are only capable of handling a specific range of vehicles. Universal system kits will help you turn difficult jobs into simple and intuitive ones in no time at all. They have been designed to fit virtually every vehicle on the road using current wheel alignment equipment. Best of all, they can help prevent scratching of wheels by making mounting simple and easy, using adapters to attach plates so that you can work away from the vehicle. Having a proper kit will ensure you never have to turn away an alignment job and can handle anything that shows up.

There are many fantastic brands when it comes to alignment systems. From Hunter to Tru Align to Bosh, Hoffman, and more, choosing between them will be up to your specifications and preferences. While every system does the same basic job, they all have a different range of applications, and choosing a match for the specific work you intend to do will help you be well prepared for every work day. Ask any of our experts if you still have questions after reading our wheel alignment equipment guide.

 

Car Storage Lifts

One of the chief concerns for people running a garage or auto repair shop is floor space. Having enough room to work is important, and it can be difficult to fit all of your machinery and equipment in your shop while also leaving yourself enough room to move about and store vehicles. This is where having storage lifts can make a huge difference. Get two parking spaces in one spot with these useful pieces of hardware. If you need help making the right choice for your garage, read on and let our car storage lifts buying guide help you get the information you want.

The first step in looking for a great piece of equipment is to consider the weight of the vehicles you wish to store. There are hundreds of lifts on the market, and each of them has different maximum capacities. If you want to store large trucks and commercial vehicles, you will need a heavy duty lift, but you can get away with a much smaller model if you simply want to store sports cars. Smaller machines start as little as 6,000 pounds, providing plenty of support for consumer vehicles, but heavy duty lifts can support up to 12,000 pounds and more. For even more space, multi-level stackers will allow you to support several cars, with weight capacities up to 18,000 pounds and more.

Another important feature you will want to consider is the amount of floor space you have for the lift. There are various types of platforms that will fit into your garage in different ways. The most common lift you will see is the traditional four post. This uses four different columns to provide a lot of support and security for a vehicle. They also require the most floor space, coming in at 200x100 inches and larger. Smaller options include one and two post lifts that raise a vehicle up from the middle. Two post lifts are similar in operation to four posts, but can save a reasonable amount of floor space, and there are models at 172x98 inches, 153x98 inches, and smaller. Single column lifts can be tucked into the side of a room, and can come in at 188x112 inches.

Along with the floor dimensions that your lift takes up, there is an impressive range of lifting heights as well. Keep track of how much height you have to work with so you can fit your lift and vehicle easily. There are lifts that raise vehicles as little as 68 inches, providing space for regular consumer cars while being able to fit in shops with lower ceilings. If you work with larger trucks, SUVs, and other tall vehicles, look for lifts that can raise vehicles up to 145 inches and more. These super tall machines are perfect for storing RVs and other large vehicles, but will require large 20 foot or more ceilings to fit comfortably.

 

Car Rotisseries Buying Guide

Introduction

Many people aren’t sure what to look for when they’re looking for a reliable car rotisserie to invest in for their mechanic shop. Read on for great car rotisseries purchasing tips.

Why This Is Important

  • Makes it easier for mechanic and body shops to do framework and other tasks
  • If you’re looking to build your own car from scraps or parts, this is the best way to start.
  • This can bolt onto your front and rear mount points which allows you to rotate the car body 360 degrees, this will allow you to work on any part of the vehicle that is usually challenging to get to.
  • When set up correctly, you can work on practically any area of the car, without hassle.
Features to Look For
  • Strength of the Design and Welding- You don’t want to purchase something that looks flimsy or weak.
  • Strength of Materials- Be sure your materials are made with some of the strongest ones available like steel and metal. It is also important that the main frame is 3/16” or bigger. Many companies have figured out ways to cut costs this way, which is not worth it for you to pay for.
  • Hydraulic Jacks and Balancer- This isn’t always considered a necessity, but using these can help you lower and raise the car, as well as find the perfect center of gravity.
  • Storage Options- If you’re limited with your space, it’s important to find one that can easily break down, and be put back together at any time.
  • Pivot Point Bearings- Using these will give you the most flexible spinning system for any car body. These are very important for mechanic shops where this feature will be used almost every single day.
  • Adjustable Mounting Arms- Having arms that are too long or too short can make some jobs more difficult than it should be. Finding a style that includes adjustable ones will make it much easier for you.
Conclusion

Be sure to buy from someone you trust, or even a brand name that is known for excellence and reliability in the industry. We encourage you to evaluate all of the features we have highlighted before buying a car rotisserie. Finding the right auto rotisserie is key for any mechanic or body shop.
 

Pressure Washer Buying Guide

Introduction

Some shop owners tend to shy away from washing their cars with a pressure washer. They think it might be too much for the paint to handle. It all depends on the PSI level and strength of the power washer. Typically, less powerful choices are ideal for washing cars effectively. There are plenty of choices that are suitable for using on just about any car you work on. Our pressure washer buying guide will go over what to look for in the perfect choice.

Types of Pressure Washers
  • Electric- The electric pressure washer is best for small, light projects that don’t require too much power. You are somewhat limited because it always has to be plugged into an outlet. This is the ideal choice for washing cars without damaging them.
  • Gas- Gas pressure washers are more powerful and are not recommended to be used on vehicles. This is generally used more for tougher jobs that require more power or even pressure washing your floors in your mechanic shop.
Levels of Power

There are usually 3 different levels to choose from
  • Light-Duty- This is perfect for cleaning cars. They’re rated below 2000 PSI, and if you’re washing your car, you definitely want to stay below that. Anything over that could damage the paint of the cars you work on. The key is finding the right PSI level.
  • Medium-Duty- Works for cleaning different machines around the garage, and even garage floors.
  • Heavy-Duty- Used for construction and industrial applications that require a lot of power.
Features to Look For
  • Adjustable Wands- Having an adjustable wand is always very useful for your pressure washing projects. It allows you to change the spray pattern from narrow to wide, which can affect the levels of pressure. This provides the versatility your shop needs to perform every wash without damaging the paint.
  • Interchangeable Wands- These are designed for different projects, and specific cleaning types. You just change the wand, instead of adjusting the nozzle tip like you would with an adjustable wand.
Conclusion

If you plan on using a pressure washer to safely and successfully wash cars in your shop, it is important to get one with a PSI below 2000. Anything higher could damage the paint of the vehicles you work on, and it’s not worth the risk.

 

Sandblasters Buying Guide

What They’re Used For

Sandblasters can be used for many different types of projects around the garage. They’re specifically known for being a great tool for stripping rust and old paint off any type of car you’re working on. Also referred to as media blasting to some, they’re a tool that should be commonly used in garages. They’re the best way to strip paint without causing damage, no matter what type of material you’re working with.

How It Works

Sandblasters are known for shooting out pressurized sand at a high rate, as this grinds surfaces and provides a smooth finish. Before you start blasting, it’s important to remove any sticky or oily materials. Otherwise, it could get messy. Doing this correctly will get rust, paint, corrosion, and dirt blasted off in no time.

Types of Sandblasters
  • Gravity-Fed Sandblaster- Sand is placed in a container called a hopper, which is attached to the top of the gun, then that is hooked up to an air compressor. Simply pulling the trigger for this will blast sand from the container at a high rate of speed and force. As you can tell by the name, gravity is used for this to work effectively
  • Siphon Sandblaster- Similar to gravity-fed, but the container that holds the sand is below the nozzle instead of above it. The sand travels to the nozzle in a suction process, making it very different from the previous style.
  • Pressure Sandblaster- This requires a sandblasting gun to be hooked up to a canister. Sand is blasted out of the container once the trigger is pulled. They’re known for being the most expensive, but also the easiest, and most effective choice. Depending on what you’re working with, this may be the best choice to get the job done.
Sizes of Sandblasters
  • Mini Sandblaster- Perfect for using on cars, ideal to work in tight spaces as well. They’re known for successfully removing rust or old paint from cars.
  • Large Sandblaster- Typically need to be mounted, they’re used for removing paint from the body of a car, and many other paint projects.
  • Industrial Sandblaster- Usually mounted to a large truck, and used for construction jobs like removing paint and rust from large buildings. They’re more expensive, and are heavier, which may require more people to work on them.
Most Important Features
  • Comfortable Pistol Grips
  • Adjustable Pressure Controls
  • Different Sized Nozzles
  • Reusable Sand
Conclusion

Depending on what you’re working on, could affect what you’re looking to purchase. No matter what that may be, we will make sure you have all of the information you need to find the right choice.

 

Fuel System Cleaner Buying Guide

Introduction

If you’re looking to improve the performance of all your client’s vehicles in an effective manner, a fuel injector cleaner is a great solution. These systems are easy to use, and will safely dissolve unwanted contaminants and deposits. It’s a very valuable asset to have in your mechanic shop.

Using A High Quality Fuel System Cleaner Will:
  • Help maximize performance
  • Improve Fuel Economy
  • Reduce Exhaust Emissions
How to Find the Right System
  • Invest in a brand that is known for quality and reliability
  • Something that is easy to use for all employees
  • One that is capable of working on all makes and models.
Features to Focus On
  • Diagnostic Capabilities
  • A simple one step operation that includes fast services and versatile adapters
  • A system that can run unattended, then lets you know when the service is completed
Conclusion

It has been proven that fuel injector cleaners are effective at keeping cars running efficiently. The tough part is finding the perfect fuel system cleaner that works for your budget, and the needs of your shop.
 

Power Steering Fluid Exchange Buying Guide

Why the Exchanger is Important

A task that many car owners tend to overlook is flushing out the power steering fluid. Using an exchanger is the best way to get this done.

How It Works & Why You Need It

If you own a mechanic shop, this is a task that you need to master. It will help your customers get the most out of their vehicle, improve their safety, and enhance the vehicle in many ways. Essentially what this does is flush out the old components that are making the system work too hard, causing it to break down. After that, you can easily put in the new fluid that will make it feel like brand new again. Investing in the tools you need is half of the battle of owning a mechanic shop.

Important Accessories
  • The ideal exchanger will feature everything you need to successfully flush the old power steering fluid, and fill the new one with ease.
  • It should have
    • Clear Hoses- This way you can visually confirm when the new and old fluid is being put in. This also helps you see when you have put in the right amount of fluids.
    • Battery Cables- It’s helpful to have battery cables that directly hook up to the vehicles battery. This will make the flushing process a lot easier, and you can track your progress.

Look for a portable system that you can carry with you anywhere in your shop. It will be very convenient to have, and make this task much easier to accomplish. We think it’s best to get one that is tailored to the needs of your shop. There are many different styles that are large and small, and depending on how much space you have to work with, you should be able to find one that works for you.

There is a wide variety that range in features, sizes to meet your needs. Make sure you look into all of the sizes and pick one that makes sense for your needs, and the space you have to work with.
 

Transmission Fluid Buying Guide

Introduction

The importance of a transmission flush cannot be understated, no matter what type of vehicle you’re working on. This is something that is very challenging to do at home, which is why it is important for your shop to offer this service.

Brands to Consider
  • Flo-Dynamics
  • MotorVac
  • Mahle
  • DFX
  • Robinair
Features to Look For
  • Easy to transport, lightweight, includes wheels.
  • Versatile, works with all types of automatic transmission fluids
  • Low fluid indicator lights, or alerts
  • Drain pans which allow for easy filter replacement, and no messes.
  • Drain waste feature that automatically pumps old fluid into a waste oil container
How to Make the Decision
  • Stay true to your budget, and price ranges
  • Pick one that works with the space you have to work with
  • If your shop offers a special service or feature, make sure the exchanger includes it.
  • Buy from a trusted brand in the industry.
  • Pick one that is easy for all of your employees to work with.
Conclusion

A transmission fluid exchanger is the best way to fill in the new fluids, and will have your customer’s cars running like brand new again.

 

Underhoist Stands Buying Guide

Introduction

A resource in all mechanic and body shops, an underhoist stand can help any mechanic accomplish any task. These adjustable jacks serve as an extra set of hands for holding heavy parts in place, which makes it easier for any task you’re working on.

Important Features
  • Adjustable height levels
  • Made from strong, steel construction
  • Spin handle makes it easier to turn any direction you need.
  • A strong, sturdy frame
  • Strong enough to lift the cars you work on
Sizes and Strength
  • Most designs and sizes are somewhat similar, but they come with different load capacities
  • These are typically available in
    • 2 Tons
    • 10 Tons
    • 12 Tons
  • Be sure to find the one that can handle the vehicles you work with, but the stronger ones will be more expensive
Why You Should Buy
  • Provides more flexibility and versatility for getting tough jobs done
  • Easier to work on parts that may be tough to reach
  • Will improve safety
  • Save time and energy, you won’t have to hold up any part of the car, or have too many people working on one job
  • Makes the toughest tasks much easier to accomplish
Conclusion

Cars are very heavy, and getting under them, or setting them up in a certain position to get a job done can be very challenging. Underhoist stands were built for that exact need. You will save time and energy by having one of these in your mechanic shop.
Auto Safety Tips Buyer's Guide
 

Car Safety Tips

Keeping vehicles running smoothly is your business, which is why you must consider car safety tips when it comes to maintaining them. Not only should you be concerned with keeping service vehicles safe, but you should also be concerned with the overall security in your workspace. Below are a few helpful guidelines.

1. Choose the Right Equipment

Choosing the right equipment is an important first step when it comes to properly functioning vehicles. When you have the right tools, you can more easily get the job done and ensure peak performance. At Best Buy Auto, we offer a variety of equipment for you and your shop. You’ll find high-quality, durable, and affordable tools, lifts, protective gear, master mechanic kits, and more.

2. Perform Proper Maintenance

Performing regular maintenance on vehicles and shop equipment is vitally important. This should be at the top of your list when it comes to car safety tips. Remember to perform routine automotive fluid exchanges and custom maintenance to all the vehicles you service. It’s also just as imperative to implement routine checks on lifts and equipment. Hiring a professional for annual inspections is also a good idea.

3. Check into Manufacturer Recalls

Manufacturers only submit recalls when something on their vehicles is unsafe. Some of the most common defects are faulty air bags, stalling, steering problems, seat belt failures, as well as defective axles and wheels. When servicing particular makes and models, take a few minutes to check the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and look it up online. A simple search will provide a list of unrepaired recalls on that specific vehicle.

You may find several manufacturer recalls not performed. If so, you can offer to keep your customers safe by providing recall service while you’re working on their vehicle. This will instill trust. Let them know their well-being is important as well as the manufacturer recalls.

4. Inspect Tools and Equipment Regularly

Regular wear and tear will happen over time, which can make your tools and equipment ineffective and unsafe. If you’ve decided to make a list of car safety tips, don’t forget to add tool and equipment inspection to the list. When you notice tools and equipment showing visible signs of wear or reduced effectiveness, it’s time to service or replace these items. Both your well-being and the welfare of your customers depends on it.

Car Lift Maintenance Buyer's Guide
 

Car Lift Maintenance

It’s important to perform regular car lift maintenance to ensure safety. Luckily, maintenance is simple. With the right tools, you can keep these units functioning properly for years to come. Follow the guidelines below for easy upkeep.

1. Check the Cables

Cables can stretch over time and cause the mechanism to rise unevenly. Adjustments are easy and guidelines can be found in the manual. Be sure to review the instructions for proper care of the cables.

2. Lubrication

Keeping the unit properly lubricated is an important step in car lift maintenance. If you hear squeaking during operation, it is a clear indication you need to lubricate. Lubrication should be done weekly on the cable pulleys, safety lock pivot points, rollers, and tracks within the tower.

3. Safety Checks

Monthly safety checks should be performed for proper car lift maintenance.

• Check the chains and cables to ensure there aren’t any breaks in the strands

• Run the unit up and down without a load to confirm proper functioning

• Check the hydraulic hoses for leaks

• Inspect pivot arm pins for security

• Examine nuts and bolts to ensure they are tightly fastened

4. Professional Inspection

A professional inspector should be hired annually or bi-annually for a thorough evaluation. Although hiring a professional may cost you a bit upfront, it will save in the long run. Properly maintaining these units is important for safety and long-term performance.

A professional inspector will examine structural and electric components as well as wiring. They will also check the controls to confirm easy accessibility with an unobstructed view of the unit. The inspector will also ensure adequate clearance around the unit. During the evaluation, the inspector will fully raise and lower the unit to ensure proper locks and stops. The lubrication points will be examined for cleanliness, and the cables/chains will be observed for slackness.

5. Check Calendar

Still wondering how often to perform car lift maintenance? The guideline below is an easy starting point.

Daily

• Quick walk around checking for leaks, cable breaks, and proper movement

Weekly

• Lubricate cable pulleys, tracks, and rollers

• Check and tighten nuts and bolts

• Evaluate cable tension and make adjustments (if necessary)

Monthly

• Evaluate safety mechanisms

• Replace worn or damaged parts

• Examine anchor bolts and tighten (if necessary)

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