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Commercial Van Lifts – How to choose the best for you


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For garage and MOT Bay owners, investing in a commercial van lift can be a game-changer. These heavy-duty machines not only make it easier to access the undercarriage of vehicles but also improve the workflow and safety within your garage.

Types of Van Lift

Commercial van lifts come in several types, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Here are the most common types of lift to consider:
  1. Two-Post Lifts
    • Pros: Two-post lifts are known for their stability and versatility. They are often used for passenger cars, and small to medium-sized commercial vans.
    • Cons: These lifts take more space than trolley jacks or scissor lifts are bolted to the floor and require more floor space as well as roof height than both, which could be a limitation for smaller garages.
  2. Four-Post Lifts:
    • Pros: Four-post lifts are incredibly stable and offer a high weight capacity. They are ideal for larger commercial vans and trucks, but can still be used to work on smaller vehicles such as cars.
    • Cons: Having 4 posts and being anchored to the ground means these take more space than other types of lifts as the underside of the lift must be kept clear to access the underside of the cars or vans being worked on.  4 Post van lifts require ample ceiling height as well as a suitably large door opening to allow easy access.
  3. Scissor Lifts:
    • Pros: Scissor lifts are compact and versatile, making them suitable for various vehicle types. They are often used in alignment and brake work, and some are also mobile so are not restricted to a fixed location.
    • Cons: These lifts usually have a lower weight capacity compared to two-post and four-post lifts, so may not be suitable depending on the size of the vans you intend to work on.
  4. In-Ground Lifts:
    • Pros: In-ground lifts are permanent fixtures in a recess on the garage floor, offering stability and a clutter-free workspace.
    • Cons: Installation can be more expensive as it will require groundwork as well as bolting down.

Key Considerations for Selecting a Commercial Van Lift

When selecting a commercial van lift, several key factors must be taken into account to ensure you invest in the right equipment for your garage or workshop. These factors include:

Lifting Capacity

The lifting capacity of the van lift should be compatible with the weights of vehicles you intend to service and repair. Consider the heaviest van you anticipate working on and choose a lift that can comfortably accommodate that weight.

Vehicle Dimensions

The van dimensions of those vehicles you typically service will influence the type of lift you require. Pay attention to the width and length of the wheelbase of the vans you work on, ensuring that the lift can accommodate these dimensions without any clearance issues.  But also if you intend to use the van lift for working on cars too, make sure it is of a suitable size for both, whether that be the length of the arms on a two-post lift, or the length and width of the platforms on a 4-post lift or scissor lift.

Lift Power Source: 1-phase or 3-phase

Commercial van lifts are available in both 1-phase and 3-phase power configurations, and understanding the differences between these options is essential. 1-phase power is the standard 240v electrical supply found in most households and smaller commercial facilities. It’s a single alternating current, making it suitable for lighter-duty applications. In contrast, 3-phase power consists of three alternating currents at 415v, providing a more stable and powerful source of electricity. For heavy-duty lifting operations and frequent use, a 3-phase power source is often preferred due to its increased reliability and efficiency. However, the availability of 3-phase power may vary depending on your location and facility, so it’s essential to ensure that your chosen commercial van lift matches the power source you have access to. Concept Garage Equipment can assist you in determining the most suitable power source for your specific needs or dealing with electrical supply changes as required.

Ease of Use and Safety Features

The lift should be easy to operate and incorporate safety features such as automatic locking mechanisms and overload protection systems.

Durability and Maintenance Requirements

Choose a van lift constructed from high-quality materials and designed for long-lasting performance. Also, consider the van lift maintenance requirements lift and choose one that aligns with your maintenance schedule and budget.

What is your Budget for a Van Lift?

Commercial van lifts come in a wide range of price points, and it’s crucial to find a balance between quality and affordability. Keep in mind that while budget constraints are important, investing in a reliable, high-quality lift can pay off in the long run through increased productivity and crucially the safety of you, your staff and the vehicles being lifted.

Concept Garage Equipment – Your Choice for Van Lifts

When choosing a commercial van lift, it’s essential to know where to find honest reliable advice, high-quality equipment and reliable lift installation, repairs and servicing. Concept Garage Equipment is your one-stop solution for all your commercial van lift needs.

Ongoing Support and Maintenance

Concept Garage Equipment doesn’t just sell you a van lift and leave you to figure it out on your own. We provide ongoing support, van lift maintenance plans, lift breakdown repairs and assistance whenever you need it. Your satisfaction and the safety of your mechanics are always critical for us.

Help with your Commercial Van Lift

When it comes to selecting the best commercial van lift for your needs, Concept Garage Equipment is the name to remember. We offer van lift advice over the phone at 0113 469 0572, we sell commercial lifts online and over the phone, including delivery, installation and staff training in the correct use of the lift or any other garage equipment up to a full MOT Bay. Call us today on 0113 469 0572 today, we are here to help.