The car lift industry is filled with unique styles of lifts for every facet of the lifting community: home enthusiast, professional shop, industrial grade etc... Each type of buyer has it's own niche, with a car lift to fit their needs down to the last detail.

There are 4-post lifts, 2-post lifts, alignment lifts, specialty lifts, parking lifts, and a wide variety of accessories to come with. Today we're focusing on the two-post lifts: their styles, and their merits, with all the benefits and differences of each.

Two post lifts come in many different variations: Clearfloor style, floorplate style, shorty, portable, extended height, extended width, asymmetric style, symmetric style, with a lengthy list of accessories and variations in between. This article will focus on the merits and benefits of both the Asymmetric Style 2-Post Car Lift, and the Symmetric Style 2-Post Car Lift.


What is the big difference?

Well, the differences are vast, actually. Contrary to what you probably think, this single difference is the most definitive of how your lift will be used, what benefits it offers, and how you will actually distribute the weight of the vehicle on the arms.

Let's start with

The Symmetric Style:

Symmetric 2 Post Lift Facing Eachother The Symmetric Style 2-Post lifts are the most common style of 2-Post Lift. It is widely considered as the "original" 2-post lift style. The columns are facing each other "symmetrically" and they allow for an evenly lifted vehicle in the vehicle's center of gravity. Both of the arms are usually "double telescoping", and the arms are the same length on each post, on each side.

MaxJax 2-Post Lift, a Symmetrical Style Lift

Some customers will purchase a symmetrical lift because they want a "drive thru" capability, or a lift that can be loaded from either side and sure enough, the symmetrical lift usually gives a few more inches in that regard.

Column facing car perpendicularly

This style originated to combat the wealth of in-ground lifts many years ago. Not known as "symmetric style" lifts until the "asymmetric style" of lift came out.

Its characteristics are easily identifiable:

  • Columns facing each other perpendicularly
  • Arms the same length on each side
  • Difficult to get in and out of the car
  • Easy to set up lift points

Symmetric Style Two Post Lift, Telescoping arms at equal Length.