What’s The Difference Between Symmetric And Asymmetric Two Post Lifts?

March 21st, 2010

One of the most common questions we get from customers who are shopping for Two Post Lifts is, “What’s the difference between symmetric and asymmetric two post lifts”?

If this was a question you have wondered about, then here is your answer;
Symmetric lifts position the vehicle centered, so that approximately the same amount of the vehicle is in front of the posts as is off the rear.

Asymmetric lifts position the vehicle further back on the lift, allowing you to open the doors easier. Figure about two thirds of the vehicle ends up being behind the posts on an asymmetric lift.

Bend-PakĀ also rotates the colums at a 30 degree angle, so that when you open the door, you don’t hit the corner of the post.

This also allows you to open the doors even further. Most manufactures have symmetric or asymmetric lifts. One or the other.

Being front-heavy, most vehicles actually balance out well asymmetrically, but some vehicles don’t. Rear engine cars, vans with equipment in them, extra long crew cab pick-up trucks. These vehicles balance out better symmetric.

BendPak Lifts also allow you to configure the arms symmetric on their asymmetric models only.
This makes the asymmetric models truly unique and very versatile, because if you have a vehicle that doesn’t balance out well asymmetrically, you can push it forward and make it symmetric – The best of both worlds.

The one benefit of the symmetric model is that you have the option of placing the vehicle on the lift backwards. This would be a feature that would not be an option on the asymmetric lifts. They also offer a slightly greater drive through clearance, and distance between the columns, because the posts aren’t rotated at an angle.
Most customers these days choose asymmetric, however there are still plenty of customers that choose symmetric lifts. Let us know if you have any questions about this issue, and we’ll get you the answers you need.
BendPak XPR-10ACX Two Post Lift


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