Things to consider when choosing an alignment lift

Purchasing garage equipment is expensive and it’s easy to make a decision based on initial cost. However there are other factors that will affect the relationship between you and your equipment over its lifespan that you will need to consider before installation – does it come with warranty? Do you have a clearly laid out servicing and calibration plan?
See our tips below on things to consider when choosing the right system for you.

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Wheelbase and weight capacity

These two factors are often considered the two most critical decisions in selecting a lift. However, drive-on height should be considered the third. Newer sedans can have ground clearance concerns similar to sports cars. Damaing a spoiler will tarnish your reputation and decrease the profit of many jobs to come.

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Instrumentation

Does the brand you are considering also manufacture alignment instrumentation? The wheel alignment lift is a critical component of the alignment system. Don’t entrust your work quality to a company that doesn’t understand the entire process.

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Mass

The most durable and strongest lifts are generally the most heavily built. Wherever possible, look at a lift in service if you can.

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Weight

Don’t substitute evaluating shipping weight specs for actually seeing a product first hand. Shipping weights are often misrepresented for automotive lifts.

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Technology

Wheel alignment lifts often do much more than just go up and down. Many include features that drive productivity in the service centre by saving time, effort and increasing accuracy.

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Jacks

All wheel alignment lifts should be equipped with two wheels-free jacks as wheels free operations are often neccesary. Make sure the jack capacities match or slightly exceed the capacity of the lift.

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Jack Durability

Look at your jack choices very carefully. Reach, max lifting height, safety and durability are critical measures. Direct acting style jacks are generally more durable than air to hydraulic style jacks.

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Reputation

Lifts are still “old style” products made by traditional manufacturers in many ways. Great lift companies have developed reputations over many years. In most cases these reputations are well deserved and should be respected.

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Service Support

All products break or need adjustment over their lifetime, even lifts! Be sure to purchase from a manufacturer with a solid service organisation.

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Footprint

The lift you select will often be dictated by the space available. Generally, you get more lifting capacity for your money with a 4 post style but at a cost of space. Scissor lifts are very space efficient but can cost a little more. Flush mounting can reduce the footprint even further!

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RX45 Scissor

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LiftLign Scissor

LiftLign Scissor

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LiftLign Four Post

LiftLign Four Post

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FIA

Fully Integrated Alignment

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These wheel alignment lifts are often selected for the modern, sleek look they offer workshops, especially when recessed in–ground, or where bay size for some reason may be limited (in width).

Don’t forget Pro-Align offer a full Alignment Bay Design service, with guidance from the start! You can then be sure you get the correct alignment lift for your workshop and that it fits!