A Study in Lift Design
Cheap Two-Post Lift vs. BendPak
Non-certified bargain brand lift vs. BendPak® XPR-10* series two-post car lifts
*Design features and specifications are subject to change. Please consult factories for updates.
After exhaustively reviewing the merits of both BendPak® and a typical non-certified bargain asymmetric two-post lifts, the BendPak® team released the following report. In it, critical design features are compared, evaluated and illustrated in broad detail.
The truth behind cheap lifts
Established lift manufacturing companies will proudly place their brand name on their product. Unfortunately, many lift “brands” are just labels fabricated by dealers supplying these products as their own. If you find an auto lift that interests you, be sure to search for an informative and detailed manufacturing company
Cheap is not value
Value is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days. Everyone is looking for the best value whenever they purchase something. Equipment retailers have latched on to this idea; they try to position themselves as “value leaders” by offering cheap products at low prices.
But when you think about the true meaning of value, two primary things should be considered. (1) How much you’re paying and (2) what you’re getting for that amount. Discount lift retailers want you to forget about the second part of the equation. They claim to provide the best value, but they are only providing you the best price. Business owners know that they need to consider the overall cost of the automotive lift throughout its entire life of service. The checklist is slightly different for home users who don’t plan on earning revenue off of the purchase. For them, saving a couple hundred bucks can still mean the difference between enjoying time in the garage and having a total service nightmare.
While an expensive car lift will not always mean high-quality materials, an exceptionally low-priced automotive lift will almost certainly be cheaply made. That means no engineering to speak of, compromised safety systems and thinner steel. These are the kinds of things that can cost a business owner untold thousands of dollars in damage or downtime.
Make sure you get what you pay for
Car enthusiasts are willing to spend thousands of dollars on their beautiful automobiles, but they senselessly cut corners on the very thing that holds the cars up. There’s nothing wrong with shopping around for a good price, but make sure you are willing to at least pay for the value you hope to get out of your new car lift.
The purpose of this study
At BendPak, we believe the customer should always get what he or she wants. The best way to do that is for the customer to have all the information available. However, it’s difficult for the average consumer to do their own lift comparison, particularly when the true manufacturer of many lifts is kept secret by the reseller.
This is where we come in
We purchased one of the more popular no-name lifts on the market that are sold on many websites under a variety brand names. There is a very good reason why these lifts are sold for hundreds of dollars less than a BendPak. Check out this side-by-side comparison and determine for yourself which lift is safer and which is really the better value.
Column / Side Bottom
Column / Rear Bottom
Column Assembly / BendPak® on Scale
Column Assembly / Other on Scale
Carriage / Front
Carriage / Back
Carriage / Top View
Carriage / UHMW Slide Bocks
Carriage / Top Dimensions
Carriage / Arm Attachment Location
Carriage / Arm Attachment Holes
Carriage / Arm Restraint
Carriage / BendPak® on Scale
Carriage / Other on Scale
Arms / Detail
Arms / Side Detail
Arms / Reach / Retracted
Arms / Reach / Extended
Arms / Construction / Method
Arms / Construction / Underside
Arm Set / BendPak® on Scale
Arm Set / Other on Scale
Top Beam / Sheave Detail
Top Beam / Top View
Hydraulic Cylinder / Rod End
*Throttle valve opens to 100% max pump flow during lift rise then closes and reduces flow during decent only.
Hydraulic Cylinder / Full View