What's The Difference Between Symmetric & Asymmetric Two Post Lifts?
We frequently get the question from customers, “What’s the difference between a symmetric and asymmetric two post lift ”? As a matter of fact, it’s probably the most frequent question we get.
There are several differences. Many years ago, when they first came out with two post lifts, they only made symmetric models. But they soon discovered that technicians were having difficulty getting in and out of the vehicle after they had driven in between the columns. Some bright person then came up with the idea of placing the vehicle further back, keeping about 70 percent of the car behind the columns instead of being centered. This allows the user to open the doors more completely, and exit the vehicle without having to squeeze out of a 6 inch opening. Technicians across the world rejoiced at this new asymmetric car lift design, especially the larger fellows, because it made life easier.
There still are plenty of holdouts for the symmetric design. Most modern automobiles have a majority of their weight of front, so they actually balance better when positioned on an asymmetric lift. But some autos may balance better on a symmetric lift. Any cars with engines in the rear, or vans with tools or equipment in the back, or extra long crew cab trucks for instance. Some manufacturers produce asymmetric lifts that have the ability to position the auto either way if necessary. This was a great upgrade that makes lifts safer as they can be balanced out no matter where the car’s center of gravity is located.
As long as there is a need, some innovative engineer will come out with a solution.