A residential car lift for your garage is an expensive investment that can totally change the way you work on vehicles. It is the ultimate man toy and can be in the form of a 2 post lift, 4 post lift, scissor lift and ramp lift.
The best garage lift is the Triumph NT-9 9000Lbs Two Post with its excellent weight capacity, build quality and value for money. However, many mechanics may want to choose a different style that is suited to their garage requirements.
Buying a brand new car lift is highly recommended over a second hand lift. You do not know the life the used lift may have had and servicing an older lift may cost more in the long run.
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Best Residential Car Lifts For Home Garage
|Car Lift||Type||Our Rating|
|Triumph NT-9 9,000 lbs||2 Post Lift||4.9|
|TRIUMPH NSS-8 8,000 lbs||4 Post Lift||4.8|
|QuickJack 5175376 5,000 lbs||Ramp||4.8|
|BendPak MD-6XP 6,000 lbs||Scissor||4.8|
If you are looking for the best car lift for your home garage, ensure that your garage or professional garage has adequate space. You will need exact measurement of the floor space (length and width) and of course the height.
The height will more than likely be the most important measurement. Many people forget that the car will be on top of the lift and will therefore be taller than the lift itself. If you include the length of the bonnet as well, the additional height is quite tall.
Two post car lifts are the most popular lift in the home garage environment. However four post lifts are still very popular and are usually used by professional mechanics.
There are various other car lifts such as drive on parallelograms, scissor, in ground and low/mid rise frame engaging lifts. Portability of a car lift is a big consideration for those that will not have the space in their garage for both a lift and a car.
Triumph NT-9 9000Lbs Two Post Lift
- 107 inches height
- 128 inches width
- 109 inches width between posts
- 72 inches lifting height
- 4.5 inches lowered height
The 220 power voltage is able to lift any vehicle up to 9000 pounds in less than 40 seconds to the maximum height. It is possible to use the Triumph NT9 car lift outside but of course the motor would need to be covered. Due to corrosion, the risk of parts becoming seized are increased, therefore lubrication would be essential.
The combination of high quality and value for money makes the Triumph NT9 the best 2 post car lift. The 4 tonne weight limit provides excellent compatibility for the majority of vehicles on the road.Check it Out
Triumph NSS-8 8000Lbs 4 Post Lift
Triumph are market leaders in the garage car lift category with both their 2 and 4 post lifts being highly recommended. The NSS-8 model is able to safely lift up to 8000 pounds in gross weight. The specification includes:
- 84 inches height
- 175 inches length
- 93 inches drive through width
- 165 inches runway length
The NSS-8 4 post car lift also comes with a caster kit, jack tray and 3 drip traps which keep fluid dropping from the top vehicle.
The jack trays purpose is to allow for a trolley jack to lift one end of the vehicle. Finally, a caster kits main purpose is to make the lift portable around the garage.
The solid 4 post car lift design is an excellent way to provide an extra car space in your garage. A safer alternative than storing a car on a 2 post lift, which has been tested for over 20 years.
The Triumph NSS-8 is the best 4 post car lift and with a lifting weight of 8000 pounds, the NSS-8 is a great all rounder for the majority of cars.Check it Out
QuickJack 5175376 BL-5000SLX
The QuickJack 5175376 is a popular car lift that uses a 110V AC motor to lift vehicles up in the air. It is the smallest car lift that has the advantage of being fairly portable compared to fixed units such as the two post and four post lifts. Interesting features of the BL-5000SLX include:
- 5,000 lbs weight capacity
- Dual locking positions with automatic safety locks
- Heavy duty 14 gauge welded steel frames
- Extended block trays
- Open center design
It is the easiest car lift to setup that include connecting it to a power source, positioning the jack frames and rubber blocks then pressing the up button. Once you are finished, it can be easily stored away out of sight with just a three inch collapsed height.
Overall, the QuickJack 5175376 BL-5000SLX is the best portable car lift for home garages. The 5175376 model is the latest by QuickJack and highly desirable with all the latest features such as the automatic safety locks.Check it Out
BendPak MD-6XP Scissor Lift
The scissor lift benefits from being able to fit within narrower garage bays, which wont take up as much floor space. Scissor lifts are usually much cheaper and has less components that could potentially go wrong.
With an impressive 6000lbs lift with adjustable arms and safety lock, this car lift provides a safe lifting process for most cars. For low cars, the MD-6XP lowers down to just over 4 inches and raises to 48 inches in less than 45 seconds.
The BendPak MD-6XP is an excellent alternative to 2 and 4 post lifts that packs plenty of power. Due to the middle section of the lift blocking the mid section of the car, working on transmission may be slightly awkward or not even possible.
The BendPak MD-6XP is the best car scissor lift for the money and would be a great addition to the rest of your garage tools.Check it Out
2 Post Lift v 4 Post Car Lift?
A two post lift is the cheaper alternative to a four post lift and are great for vehicle repairs and short term storage. A four post lift is usually a drive on car lift, which is less time consuming and is great for long term storage.
The length of time you wish to store your car on a lift should depend on what car lift you own. All four wheels of a car would be supported by a four post lift, hence why it is more suited for long term storage.
If you work on cars quite often, you will want what is best for you. Working underneath a car is made a lot easier by having a lift, but even easier with a two post lift.
This is because a four post lift can get in the way and make it awkward using tools underneath the car. However, the sturdy drive on ramp make it much easier to set the car up and position on the lift.
One issue that was rather irritating with my last two post garage lift was the height of the posts. Many of my cars are lowered and the posts couldn’t get under the car.
A four post car lift has a very low ground clearance, which makes loading low cars easier. However, with my newer two post car lift, you are able to lower the post jacking points up and down.
Many people are put off from a four post lift due to the additional size it takes up compared with the two post lift. However, its important to note that a four post lift can be portable due to a caster kit that many come with. Unlike a two post lift has to be bolted to the floor to ensure stability.
Personally, I much prefer a high quality two post lift than a four post lift. With regards to the storage of a car, I have stored cars for months on end underneath a car on top of a lift.
What is the Best Garage Car Lift?
For the majority of garages, the two post car lifts work perfectly. As shown in the first picture in this article, I have a red two post that is a red version of the Triumph NT-9 and I cannot fault it.
My previous garage car lift was over 10 years old and had started to leak hydraulic oil rather badly. This was very unsafe and forced me into looking for an upgrade.
All my old classic Mercedes Benz’s are over the two tonne mark but this car lift is able to handle this with ease. With a 9000 lbs weight limit, the car lift can handle most vehicles on the road.