Never One-Arm Lift!

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When using a two-post automotive lift, it's crucial to avoid one-arm lifting for several safety and stability reasons. One of the primary concerns is the unequal distribution of weight, which can lead to an imbalanced lift and compromise the vehicle's stability. This can result in a dangerous situation, potentially causing accidents or damage to the vehicle.

The design of two-post lifts is intended for symmetrical lifting, with each arm supporting an equal share of the vehicle's weight. Lifting a vehicle with only one arm can place excessive stress on the lift components, potentially leading to structural damage or failure. This not only poses a risk to the person operating the lift but also jeopardizes the safety of anyone nearby.

Additionally, one-arm lifting can affect the vehicle's center of gravity, making it prone to tipping. Stability is a critical factor when working on automobiles, and using the lift as intended ensures a safer environment for both the operator and the vehicle.

Proper lifting points, as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer, should be adhered to for balanced weight distribution. Attempting to lift a vehicle with only one arm may place strain on specific areas not designed to bear such loads, leading to structural damage or even the risk of the vehicle slipping off the lift.

In conclusion, it is imperative to follow the manufacturer's guidelines for the safe use of automotive lifts, including the proper lifting points and symmetrical weight distribution. One-arm lifting on a two-post lift compromises stability, poses safety risks, and can result in damage to the lift and the vehicle. Always prioritize safety by adhering to recommended practices when operating automotive lifts.

Ron Masek, Jr. December 19, 2023
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