ArchivesMay, 2010 | Car Lift Blog - Part 2

Transmission Jacks – Low Profile or Full Rise

May 13th, 2010

With the wide variety of Transmission Jacks out there, it can be a daunting task to try to choose the proper jack for your application. It can be equally as difficult to determine which manufacturer to choose as well.
That’s where this post comes in. carries a huge selection of transmission jacks by several manufacturers.
There are two types of transmission jacks. There are low profile transmission jacks, and then there are the full rise transmission jacks for full rise lifts, like the typical Two Post Lifts or four post lift.
The full rise transmission jacks are the most popular jacks for most commercial auto shops, while the low rise transmission jack is the most likely choice for the typical home hobbyist who doesn’t have access to a full rise lift.
When it comes to the low rise jacks, we have four different manufacturers that offer them. Hein Werner, AFF, Zinko and Omega. Our most popular model is the heavy duty model 3180 by AFF. This is a monster jack that handles up to 4400 lbs. for some of the largest transmissions out there. Most customers will only need a model with a 1000 to 2000 lb. capacity. They typically have a lifting height of approximately 30 inches.
The full rise models are available in two stage or single stage models. Two stage models have a two stage hydraulic cylinder instead of only a single stage cylinder. This allows a greater capacity, a lower lowered height, and a higher raised height. Most customers prefer a two stage model. These jacks will typically have a fully adjustable saddle. They can lift anywhere from around 36 to 81 inches. They are also available in air powered (pneumatic) only instead of hydraulic. Our most popular full rise telescoping Transmission Jack is our Ranger Model RTJ-1. This is a two stage model with a fully adjustable saddle and a one ton capacity. It also has a foot pedal for hands free operation.

Call or email us with any questions, and we will get you the answers you need to choose the right model for your application.

Transmission Jack Latest Hollywood Connection

May 9th, 2010

We’ve been very busy lately. In previous posts, we’ve shown you many customers pictures and testimonials. We have also shown you some of the Hollywood movies that we’ve supplied automotive lifts to. The latest major film production that has purchased a Car Lift from Automotive Service Equipment, ( ) is a soon-to-be-released comedy called The Other Guys. The studio putting it out is Sony / Columbia Pictures. It will star Will Farrell and Mark Wahlberg, along with a long list of other stars including Samuel Jackson, The Rock, and Michael Keaton. This is the latest in an ever-growing list of films that has provided equipment for. Other films we have supplied car lifts to include The Taking of Pelham 123, (Starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta), The Green Hornet (Not yet released, starring Seth Rogan) and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Not yet released, starring Nicholas Cage).  The Film “The Other Guys” is scheduled for a summer 2010 release. The support crew purchased the BendPak XPR-10ACX two post lift for maintenance of it’s vehicles.  You can view a trailer from the film below. We will provide more info about the film as soon as it’s available. It is scheduled for summer 2010 release.


Two Post Lifts – Chain Drive, Direct Drive, or Cable Drive

May 8th, 2010

The debate is out there. Which type of Two Post Lift is the best choice? Customers are always asking us this question. Some people argue that the chain drive is the best. Others that cable drive is the best. But when it comes to two post lifts, the best option is a direct drive model.

The reason for it is fairly simple. A chain drive lift is safer, and in the long run, will save you money on expensive wear parts, such as cables, chains and pulleys.

The safeties typically engage every three inches or so on most two post lifts out there. If a chain or cable were to break during the lifting or lowering process, the lift arms would rapidly drop to the next sequential safety. So no problem, right? Wrong. Think about it. Dropping 3 inches rapidly with a 4,000, 5,000, or 6,000 lb. vehicle perched precariously on four little lift pads and then abruptly and suddenly and instantly stopping. there is a potential that the vehicle could shift, and subsequently fall off the pads.

With a direct-drive lift, the worst case scenario is a massive hydraulic failure, in which case, the lift lowers to the next sequential safety in a controlled, slower pace. Much less potential for a catastrophic failure.

You can get clear-floor models with the direct drive feature, however most floor-plate two post lifts are of the chain drive variety, because the posts are not tall enough to allow for the full stroke of the cylinder that would be required on a direct drive lift.

You can view more very informative reference materials on this subject matter at the ALI Web site (Automotive Lift Institute).

Two Post Lift

Product Spotlight – BendPak Lift for Lube Shops

May 6th, 2010

Lube shops across the country have requested a lift that allows full access to the vehicle from the underside, for quick oil changes from below in a pit, as well as access to the sides, for brake and body work.
They now have it in the BendPak P-6 and P-6F pit lift.
Obviously no one style of lift is ideal for every possible situation. Two post lifts are probably the most popular as they allow the greatest access to the vehicle for service purposes, and they are a full rise lift.
Four post lifts are great for pulling on and off quickly. They give a full rise, and are great for when you are removing large, heavy components, and the weight distribution might change rapidly and dramatically, such as when you are removing a transmission.
The most popular lift for lube shops is a pit lift. Technicians can go down into the pit, and have complete access to the underside of the vehicle for oil changes, etc…
Pit Lifts have the added benefit of allowing access to the wheels for brake work, and access to the sides for body work at a convenient working height for this type of work.
There is also a flush mount model for those shops that want it to be flush with the floor. The flush mount model BendPak Lift is the model P6-F.
These lifts are not just popular with lube shops. Many home / hobbyists like it for the above mentioned features. You can view the owner’s manual as well.

BendPak Lifts

New Customer Ranger Motorcycle Lift Pictures

May 5th, 2010

Here’s yet another installment of customer pictures and testimonials.
Many of our customers love seeing this type of correspondence at times just to see what other people are doing with this type of equipment, and others to get a better idea on what other applications there may be for the equipment.
In this case, the customer sent in some images of the Ranger RML-750HD motorcycle lift, along with his prized possession 2003 Harley-Davidson motorcycle up on the lift.
Customer Spencer Olson of OD Cycles and Performance said, “The lift is here and already has had several bikes on it within the first hour. I have included two pics with my ’03 Ultra on the lift. Thanks for a great product and I look forward to doing more business with you in the future”.
Some of the features that set this Motorcycle Lift apart from other models out there are –
It is Heavy Duty. It has a full 1600 lb. capacity. Most lifts of this type are typically 1,000 lbs. capacity.
It Lifts Higher. It lifts up to 43 inches. Most models only lift up to 30 to 36 inches.
It comes with all the accessories. These include the drop-down panel in the rear to allow you to free wheel your bike. Also included are the side extensions, wheel vise, and two different approach ramps, the wider, steeper ATV approach ramps, and longer, narrower motorcycle ramp.
It can be powered by air or hydraulics. Most models are powered strictly by air alone. If you are out in the field, or if your air compressor is down, you can still use this lift.
It has retractable casters. So you can roll it around even while it’s loaded!.
Check out the pictures below and contact us at 800-229-6218 with any questions.

Motorcycle Lift

Ranger Motorcycle Lift

Christie Battery Chargers – Made in USA

May 4th, 2010

Battery chargers made in USA? No such thing you say? Well, actually, it is true. It is getting close to impossible to find equipment of this type that is made in America anymore. But Christie Battery Chargers are still made in the good old USA, and they have no plans to change that.
The Made in USA label is great and all, but what good is it if the quality is inferior? You don’t have to worry about that. Christie Battery Chargers are the absolute best in the industry. Does that statement make you skeptical? Do too many battery charger manufacturers make claims like that? The proof is in the pudding.
Check out some features –
UL Listed for Outdoor Use
Warranty Plan: America’s Best – Five years free replacement of transformers and rectifiers; Two years on other parts; One year free service labor at over 200 authorized Service Centers nationwide. Cables, cords and clamps excluded.
Vehicle/Operator Safety Protection
Christie’s exclusive Spike Voltage Protection and Automatic Reverse
Polarity Protection features prevent damage to vehicle computer electronic systems from charging voltage spikes/surges and reverse boosting. Also prevents sparks due to accidental reverse connections which can cause battery explosion.
Rugged heavy guage steel construction. Made to last and to hold up to serious commercial shop use. You know how it is in auto shops. These guys are going to beat their equipment up. You don’t have to worry with Christie battery chargers. They will hold up to the most extreme use.
Plus there are so many different models with features that you won’t find on other models out there. They even have a Dud-Buster model. Made for sulfated batteries that most people would consider a lost cause and would throw it out.
Check them out on our web site and get back to us at 800-229-6218 with any questions.

Christie Battery Charger

Four Post Lifts For The Home Hobbyist’s Garage

May 4th, 2010

It amazes us how many people these days are getting a four post lift for their home garage. Just a decade ago, it was considered a luxury and too expensive for a typical home hobbyist to purchase a garage lift for home use. Not anymore. The combination of lower prices due to competition, and most manufacturers moving their manufacturing to Asia has made purchasing a garage lift much more affordable for the common man.

Whether you’re using your lift for storing one vehicle over another, or you’re using it for servicing your cars, there’s no better time to get one. There have also been some great new innovations in the home / hobbyist lift market over the past few years.

Case in point is the BendPak HD9 four post lifts. BendPak has basically just scaled down their commercial duty 14,000 lb. four post lifts to create a top-of-the-line lift at a surprisingly low price when compared to other premium lifts out there. The BendPak lifts have all of the top features like dual safeties, and a ladder safety system. They also have a great warranty, which is five years on the structure, one year on hydraulics, and one year of on-site service. This is truly a special car lift at a very reasonable price.

For those customers who don’t have the budget for a four post lift with the quality of the BendPak Lift, offers several other home, hobbyist lifts. The Dannmar D-7 Four Post Lift is an extremely popular lift that we have been carrying for over 8 years and we get tremendous feedback on it. It holds up well over time and is quite reliable.

We also offer the Tuxedo four post car lifts. They have several models ranging from 7,000 lb. , 8,000 lb. and 9,000 lb. to choose from. These are all very solid and reliable garage lifts that are sold in a variety of different packages, such as drip trays to protect the vehicle underneath, caster kit to make the lift portable, and jack tray to aid in gaining access to the wheels for brake work and more.

You should make your decision on which type of lift you purchase based on your budget, features you desire and warranty offered. We will delve further into the capabilities and features of these home / hobbyist four post lifts in future posts, so stay tuned.

Call us and we will fit you with a lift that’s right for you. 800-229-6218

BendPak Lift

Aqueous Parts Cleaner vs Solvent Parts Washer

May 1st, 2010

The question is a common one. Should I get a solvent based parts washer, or a water based one?
There are advantages to each.

For the typical auto shop, you may want to get a drum mount model. This style is very popular for the typical garage. It allows you to clean parts in a sink style unit, keeping your parts up out of the solvent. Plus many better quality units will typically feature a flow through brush so you can clean your parts more effectively by forcing the detergent through the brush that you are cleaning the parts with. The other style that is popular
is the basin style parts washer that allows you to place your components in a spacious capacity sink area that contains the detergent. This is different from the drum mount model in that the detergent is in your working area, and you can put your dirty parts in this area to let them to soak for a while, allowing the detergent to go to work on the grease and dirt while you can take off to perform other work. You can then come back ata later time to finish up manually cleaning the remaining dirt off your parts.

Another popular option would be spray wash cabinet. This type of model would be used for larger parts like transmissions or engine blocks, although they often contain parts baskets for small parts as well. There are both top loading and side loading models available. This type of parts washer has the ability to clean the parts with numerous jets of water-based heated cleaning agent spraying onto the parts at a high pressure. This is also a very effective cleaning method.

A filtration system is always a very valuable addition to any parts washer. Adding a filter option can extend the life to your cleaning agent for many hours. This can save you a significant amount of money and a filter system pays for itself in no time.

The next question is – Do you want a solvent, or water-based Parts Cleaner? Both have their benefits. Water based cleaning agents come in a concentrated formula. You would typically mix it around 5 to 7 parts water to 1 part concentrate. Water based detergents have come a long way.
When they are used with a heated parts washer, a good detergent can clean almost as effectively as a solvent based cleaning agent. They are also much more environmentally and user friendly. Plus, disposing of a water based detergents waste is easier. Solvent parts washers are usually more affordable, and sometimes clean more effectively, which is why many shops choose this style still.

There are many factors to consider when choosing the type of parts washer to purchase, and when determining whether to get an aqueous, (water-based) or Solvent Parts Washer.

Parts Cleaner