Choosing the right hoist is not always an easy process as there are many factors that you need to consider, from use, size and quality to price and installation. You will find all the relevant information here to help you make your decision easier.
Before you purchase a new hoist, you need to consider which hoist is going to fit your requirements.
How tall is your ceiling?
While measuring your garage or workshop, take into account any obstructions such as garage door openers, door tracks, stairs, etc.
How wide is your garage?
Make sure your garage is wide enough to fit your new hoist. Survey your garage or workshop area for such items as shelving or work benches that will prevent the hoist from being installed or properly operated.
How deep is your garage?
You must be able to fit the hoist within your garage and the depth of your garage will determine which hoist is most suitable. Once again, think about any potential obstructions that may prevent the hoist from being properly installed and operated.
How thick is your concrete floor?
Your hoist has specific requirements to secure safely to a concrete base. Make sure your concrete is thick enough to support your hoist, minimum thickness is 100mm. Also, ensure your concrete is in good condition with no major cracks. For example, concrete anchors must be at least 150mm from the edge of the concrete or any seam and the hoist cannot be anchored to the concrete if there are any cracks within 900mm of the base plate.
What is the height, width, weight and wheelbase (measure from centre of front wheel to centre of rear wheel) of your largest vehicle?
You need to make sure your vehicle will fit onto the hoist and that there is adequate clearance when the vehicle is in the hoisted position. Also, make sure the hoisting capacity of the hoist is properly matched up with your heaviest vehicle.
What is the height of your tallest vehicle?
You need to make sure there is enough clearance in your garage. Remember to take into account remote panel doors when open.
What is the width of your widest vehicle?
You need to make sure your vehicle will fit onto the hoist.
Do you need a 2 post hoist or a 4 post hoist?
Choosing the proper hoist is determined by what you are planning to do with it. Are you primarily going to use the hoist for vehicle storage and occasional repair work? Will you frequently be removing the wheels from the vehicle?
You will need to consider your power requirements, 240V or 3 Phase. Please discuss with an electrician.
All Tufflift hoists are available with either a 240V or 3 Phase power unit at no extra cost and you will need an electrician to wire the unit.