Most auto technicians and shop owners are already familiar with the ever popular two post lift and the common four post lift. We’ve also addressed these types of car lifts in previous articles, so we will not be discussing them here. Instead, we will concentrate on the other less familiar car lift choices.
Front and center and probably the next most popular choice for auto lifts would be the scissor lift. There are numerous different types of scissor hoist. There are mid rise and full rise scissor lifts. There is also a scissor alignment rack. Most scissor lifts do move the vehicle forward or backward slightly when you raise it, so leave a little extra room to provide for that movement.
The mid rise scissor lift raises the car to a height in the range of 48 inches to 53 inches. The reason the height can vary is because many mid rise lifts come with a 12 piece set of adapters that allow you to reach various car jacking frame points that might not be reachable for short adapters, or the flat lifting pads of a low rise pad lift, (we’ll talk about low rise pad