2 Post Lift FAQ: Post Installation

After Installation 2 Post Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)



Yes, but the extra hydraulic hose will act like a reservoir which may require more hydraulic oil to be added to the system. Ask your salesperson about remote mounting your power unit.

No...use a cherry picker. The overhead cross beam (although made of heavy steel) is designed to be only a conduit for the hoses and cables!

Probably not! A forklift has the majority of its weight located in the rear of the body. This rear weight acts as a counterweight to the front of the forklift where the load is lifted. A forklift has weight dispersion much like a pickup truck with a load of sand or gravel in the bed. Both vehicles have a disproportionate amount of weight in the "rear end".

A forklift that weighs 6,000 LB. may have 5,000 LB. of its weight concentrated in the back 35% of the forklift's wheelbase. A loaded ONE TON pick truck, much like a fork lift, may have a disproportionate weight located in the back 30% of the truck's wheel base.

Also the lifting points on a fork lift are much more narrow and further away from the lift™s columns than car or truck. The two post lift is the strongest when the arms are spread out at close to a 45 degree angle from the column, not when the arms are full extended straight out from the column. If the lift arms are fully extended (nearly straight out from the column) and placed under the lifting points of a 6,000 forklift, there may be NO damage (permanent deflection) to the arms or carriage as the forklift is being raised. (HOWEVER, DO NOT DO THIS)!!!! Even if NO damage or deflection occurs as the forklift is being raised (smoothly)¦there will definitely be an enormous strain put on the carriages or arms if the forklift is lowered quickly and then stopped on the locks. If this happens, damage or permanent deflection is likely to occur to the carriage or arms because of abnormal heavy weight supported too far away from the columns.

Raise the lift and DO NOT set it on the locks. Try to pull the cables together with the fingers of one hand. The cables should move toward each other about 1/3 of the way. If the cables do NOT move...they are too tight. If the cables can touch each other...they are too loose

Certain models of our "overhead lifts" can be shortened "in the field" to accommodate some customers who are vertically challenged. Please call the lift technicians at Greg Smith Equipment to find out if the model of lift you are considering may be modified. If you are NOT mechanically inclined (or willing to pay someone that is mechanically inclined) then an "in field" modification will not be possible.