If you own or manage a business that requires a hydraulic lift for any reason, it's important to know what your options are. There is a range of hydraulic lifts available from suppliers, and these lifts will have different benefits and drawbacks depending on what you need.

Size Consideration

The hydraulic lift you purchase will need to be sized properly for what needs to be lifted, regardless of the specific mechanism at hand. The weight of what you need to be lifted is not always relevant as small elevators can lift just as much or more than large ones, but the width and length of what will be lifted are important. For example, hydraulic lifts meant for people and/or tools will need less space than those for cars. Additionally, aesthetic concerns such as glass exteriors may not be possible or practical if you need heavy amounts lifted. The higher amounts of space needed for larger lifts may require a bulkier set-up than a design meant for small lifts.

Holed or Non-Holed Mechanics

Hydraulic lifts don't just differ in their size and exterior design but also by how the mechanics themselves function. These elevators can be made in-ground, hole-less, or with roped systems. In-ground hydraulic lifts are most common and involve a hole in the ground below the lift's platform where the pistons are kept for the lift to function. These hydraulic lifts are the most effective for long-distance lifts, but if you have limited space, they may not work well.

Meanwhile, there are also hole-less hydraulic lifts where the pistons are adjusted so that they fit between the floor and the lift platform without putting a hole in the ground. This means that you need less space, especially vertically, which can help in places where digging a hole into the ground is not an option. However, these lifts also have a limited amount of space they can travel vertically as the pistons are situated on a rack rather than the usual cylinder.

One final option for hydraulic lifts are roped systems, which function by moving ropes using piston power. The ropes are attached to the lift with a pulley system, so only a small pit is needed. If you want a lot of vertical lift but not a deep pit, you may benefit from this system.

The type of hydraulic lift you need will depend on the size of what you want to be lifted and what mechanics you prefer. Smaller lifts can lift just as much as large lifts by weight but not necessarily in size. Lifts also differ in how they function - holed systems require a large pit, hole-less systems work on a rack, and roped systems use a pulley and a small pit. The amount of space you have and the amount of vertical lift you need will determine which mechanic you choose.

To learn more, contact a hydraulic lift supplier.