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If you run a garage, you know how important it is to have the proper gear.

A good workshop hoist has to be high on the list - it makes the job smoother and keeps you and your mechanics safe.

We all know that the right hoist can not only make your job easier but also provide a safe and efficient working environment for you and your team.

So, how do you select the perfect automotive hoist?

This is something our team here at Treadway Equipped takes great pride in, so we're taking the time today to walk you through the different types of hoists available and explore their unique features. 

We'll also share some of the best tips we've learned  in the industry to help you make a well-informed decision.

Roll up your sleeves, and let's dive in.

What Types of Workshop Hoists Are There?

Vehicles come in all different shapes and sizes, meaning your choice of workshop hoists does, too!

In the automotive world, there's no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to hoists. Understanding the different features will help choose the one that suits your needs. 

Let's explore three common types:

Two-Post Hoists

A popular choice among automotive workshops, two-post hoists are versatile and space-saving. 

They come in symmetrical and asymmetrical designs, with each type catering to different vehicles and lifting requirements. 

These hoists almost always feature sturdy baseplates and adjustable arms, allowing them to accommodate a wide range of vehicles–perfect for tasks like suspension work or undercarriage repairs.

Four-Post Hoists

Designed for heavier and larger vehicles, four-post hoists provide extra stability when lifting. 

These hoists are ideal for tasks like wheel alignments because they mean the vehicle can be driven onto the runways and easily lifted from there. 

Four-post hoists also provide ample workspace underneath the lifted vehicle and are available in a range of weight capacities, making them suitable for lots of different vehicles.

Scissor Lifts

Scissor lifts are the go-to choice when space is limited because they take up very little room. 

These lifts are best for vehicle inspections, quick repairs, or detailing work, coming in various styles, including low-rise, mid-rise, and full-rise. 

What’s even better is the adaptability for movement–they can be bolted onto the ground or moved about as a portable hoist!

Features to Look out for in a Workshop Hoist

So, you know what's out there - but the main reason for installing a hoist, of course, is efficiency. 

Safety and functionality features make a huge impact, and ultimately, you want the most bang you can get for your buck. Here are some key things to factor in when looking for "the one":

  • Capacity: The first and probably most important question to ask is what the maximum load it can handle is. Aim for a lift rated for the vehicle weights you service to protect your assets and your technicians.  

  • Adjustability: A good hoist will have adjustable support arms for moving to different vehicle sizes and shapes. Versatility is super important in a workshop, so being able to cater to various vehicles without hassle will make your job a lot easier.

  • Design & Setup: The design you need depends on your typical tasks and space constraints, so take some time to think about what best suits your workflow.  

  • Safety Add-Ons: The top priority is your team's safety. Look for built-in locks, anti-sway blocks, overload cut-offs, and emergency stop buttons.   

  • Efficiency Factors: Speed and manoeuvrability under the lift matter. But also consider size - is it easy to move around and store when not in use? Find your optimal balance.

  • Durability: An automotive workshop hoist is a significant investment, so high durability is a must. Look for hoists made from high-quality materials with sturdy construction, a good warranty and long-term support.

Top Tips for Choosing an Automotive Workshop Hoist

Choosing the perfect hoist requires careful thought, thorough research, and an inside-out knowledge of your workshop's needs.

You've got the basic questions answered, but there are a few other things you should consider before you go ahead and make that purchase. 

Here's a step-by-step guide to what the process should look like:

  1. Understand Your Requirements: Identify the types of vehicles you'll be lifting frequently - smaller passenger vehicles or larger, heavier ones, and which hoists fit the bill.

  2. Consider Your Workshop Space: The amount of space in your workshop will likely determine the type of hoist you go for. Think about whether there's enough room to accommodate a larger model like the four-post hoist or if a more compact design like the scissor lift would be more practical.

  3. Compare Costs: Prices for hoists can vary significantly based on their types, specs, features, and brands, so be sure to compare costs and consider your budget before making a final decision.

  4. Compliance with Standards: This one is really important. Only consider hoists that comply with recognised safety and quality standards–it'll ensure better safety and reliability in the long run.

  5. Evaluate After-Sales Support: A reliable manufacturer offers strong after-sales support with readily available spare parts and servicing. It's always safer to invest in a model where post-purchase support is guaranteed should anything go wrong.


And there you have it! You've got all you need to bring a new workshop hoist into your garage.

When it comes down to it, picking the right lift isn't just about finding something to lift cars - it's about getting a solid system that helps your team work safe, fast, and without issues.

It's effort at first, no doubt, but your business will thank you later with higher productivity, fewer accidents, and mechanics who feel more confident in their skills.

If you need a hand bringing these concepts to life in your garage, Treadway Equipped  has your back. Our team lives and breathes workshop equipment and can provide personalised guidance based on 40+ years of experience. Contact us here!