There’s one and only one nationally recognized standard for vehicle lifts: ANSI-ALI/ALCTV, administered by the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI).
If you’re in the market to purchase a lift or if you have a lift, you should be aware of the following for the safety of you and all shop employees:
You can find these and additional safety considerations on ALI’s website. To determine if a lift manufacturer’s options are certified, go to the Directory of Certified Lifts on ALI’s website. Here are some specific examples of accessories that are commonly used in conjunction with mobile columns and two posts.
As safety is of utmost importance when lifting any type of vehicle, it is in your best interest to make sure the lift and accessories are certified and that the accessory can accommodate the weight of the vehicle being lifted. For rear heavy trucks (like utility, refuse and fire trucks) be sure to verify axle weight and that the vehicle’s center of gravity is placed on the middle of the tracks (in the case of 4 post lifts). If you have any questions about capacities of your lift or lift accessories, be sure to ask the manufacturer and verify on www.autolift.org!