What is the Difference Between Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Car Lifts?

Are you in the market for a new 2-post car lift, but not sure whether symmetrical or asymmetrical is right for you? In this article we will explore the advantages to both lifts to help you decide. The lifts mentioned in this article are from Rotary, which we proudly carry here at Devon!

Although symmetrical car lifts are more common, asymmetrical lifts offer more advantages.

True Asymmetrical Lifts

Rotary SPOA10

Columns are rotated 30° allowing maximum door opening on passenger cars for improved access to vehicle interior. This column rotation places the approximate center of gravity of the vehicle in line with the optimum load capability of the column, reducing unnecessary wear and tear on the column, carriage, and bearings.

  • Capacities range from 7,000 to 10,000 lbs.
  • Better for cars and passenger vehicles
  • Centers the vehicle to the rear of the columns
  • The columns are rotated and the front/rear arms are different lengths
  • Allows for maximum door opening and interior access.
  • Rotated columns align the center of gravity of the vehicle with the lift. This equalizes the load on the columns, carriage, and bearings.

True Symmetrical Lifts

Rotary SPO10

Lift columns are not rotated providing more width between columns to accommodate larger vehicles and improve vehicle access – allows max door opening on trucks and vans for access to vehicle interior.

  • Capacities typically range from 10,000 to 20,000 lbs.
  • Better for trucks, vans, and commercial vehicles.
  • Come in differing heights to acommodate larger trucks and box trucks.
  • Centers vehicle front-to-rear in bay.
  • Columns are positioned directly across from and facing each other.
  • All four arms are equal length.
  • Lift has more drive-thru clearance.
  • The center of gravity of the vehicle and the lift are aligned.

For more information on the differences of these lifts, be sure to check out this fine video from our friends at Rotary!

Devon is proud to carry a wide array of Rotary car lifts. Be sure to visit our store or give us a call at 1-800-468-1970 to learn more about these fine lifts!

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