Questions Before You Buy 2 Post Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

Our full line of Atlas® Lifts are manufactured to the same exacting standards as most of the "BIG NAME" lift companies. There are some small distributors that buy a container from a Chinese lift manufacturer and hope that the quality is OK. These small distributors do not order parts to support the product...just the product.

There are other small distributors on the Internet that are only agents or sub-distributors for above ground lifts (and other automotive products). These smaller distributors do not stock the equipment. They simply take your order and have a warehouse ship your product. If they do not stock the product, then they probably dont stock the parts. Does it not make sense to buy your equipment from a company that stocks both the products and the parts?

There are similarities in the appearance of most above ground lifts, but the Atlas® Lifts are built to standards that far exceed those standards incorporated by most other Asian above ground lift manufacturers.

We stock most of the lifts we advertise and have in-house service techs that can help with installation questions.

We have a parts department that stocks all the parts needed for our current line of Atlas® lifts and we also have parts for lifts that we sold over 10 years ago.

Most Internet automotive distributors are not a "brick and mortar facility". We have been in business for over 30 years. Greg Smith Equipment has eight brick and mortar locations (with a combined total over 220,000 square feet) that stock the majority of equipment we advertise on our web site.

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Most of our two post lifts and most of our commercial grade four post lifts come with the appropriate number of anchor bolts to mount the lift to the floor. The customer will always be responsible for providing the necessary hydraulic oil for the lift.

Most 2-post lifts comes with enough ¾" x 5 ½" concrete anchor bolts for the initial installation of your lift. If you need to shim one column over one inch, then you need to purchase longer anchor bolts (3/4 x 7) Additional anchor bolts are available for purchase through Greg Smith Equipment Sales or from your local hardware or home improvement stores.

It is not necessary to pre-mount anchor bolts for our two post lifts. When you receive the lift, the holes in the base of the lift will be the guide through which you will drill holes and set anchor bolts. We do not recommend pre-mounting anchor bolts into the concrete.

The concrete should be twice the required thickness of a "normal" concrete floor for the lift's weight capacity. (10K lift should have 8 inches of concrete) The "slab" should extend at least 24 inches past the outside of each column (side to side). Ask your salesperson for other ideas about outdoor mounting. The customer is always responsible for providing an adequate mounting surface.

To allow for water drainage, many garages have a 1" to 2" slope from the back of the garage to the front. This minimal slope will not affect the safety or lift capacity of your lift. Two post lifts (with one column mounted slightly higher than the opposite column) can have the arms adjusted (equalization cables) that the arms (vehicle) are LEVEL when raised. Columns can be "shimmed" with plastic or metal shims. If the column is to be "mounted with anchors"...make sure you use extra length anchors to compensate for the "shimmed" area above the concrete.

Yes, but you need to determine the "hot water pipe configuration" in your floor. If you are pouring a new concrete floor with hot water heat, then allow plenty of room for the columns to be installed. If you have in-floor heating already installed and do not have an accurate installation diagram; spray a small amount of water on your floor and turn the heating system to the highest setting. You may be able to see the outline of the heat pipes as the floor water begins to evaporate. Drill where it is wet. Dry areas indicate a heat pipe underneath.

Yes with certain limitations, but be advised that when an above ground lift is mounted outside (and exposed to the elements), then the lift warranty is voided. Lifts must be mounted on a concrete surface of sufficient depth and integrity. Cold weather will affect the operation of any electric/hydraulic lift because the hydraulic oil will move slower in colder weather. Exposed metal cables need to be protected with a light weight marine-grade grease or WD-40. Cover the power unit to protect against moisture entering the motor.

Yes, but the hydraulic oil (in cold weather) will move slower because of its increased viscosity.

Trick: Place a "trouble light" with a 25 watt incandescent bulb near the plastic reservoir prior to use. (Be careful the bulb in protected and does NOT contact the plastic reservoir...reservoir will MELT) The heat generated from the light bulb will "warm" the hydraulic oil and increase the performance of your lift.

Yes, but they are sold as an option and we believe that the key lock is just a gimmick that has proved to be unreliable. We sold them a few years ago...and the solenoids gave us headaches after 6 months!

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!

Greg Smith Equipment Sales works with dozens of lift installers throughout the USA and will be glad to provide names of these professional lift installers upon request. However, most lifts are installed by the customer with the help of some friends. Your local "handyman" can easily install these lifts with the help of our on-line easy to understand lift assembly guides.

NO we will not. We have been selling above ground lifts for over 30 years and the ˜factory-recommended procedure is to use the bolt hole pattern of the columns base plate as the template. Drill into the concrete and hammer the bolts into the concrete screw on the nut and the bolt head expands against the sides of the hole. Simple as that.

We furnish the anchor bolts with your Atlas® two post lift, so there is no need for you to go to the extra expense of buying extra mounting hardware. We understand that many of you frustrated engineers always have a better way to do things than the way the factory recommends. We cannot prevent you from over-engineering or over thinking any proven installation procedure. Its in your genes.

Here are a few of many reasons why we do not furnish a template for you to install the anchor bolts in the concrete BEFORE you receive your lift:

You may decide that you want to position your lift in a different location.

You believe you can weld the bolts on a sheet of metal BUT if you are off a fraction of an inch nothing fits.

Even if the bolts are welded properly on the metal sheet, when you pour the concrete, the metal sheet may tilt a little with the weight of the new concrete and the welded bolts will not be aligned with holes in base plate.

Holes in base plate are drilled (at the factory) when the column is in a jig fixture but what if the operator has not done his job 100% correct and the base plate holes are off just a fraction of an inch? This situation would not affect the stability of the lift if lift was mounted to floor with supplied anchor bolts but would present quite a challenge during installation over pre-mounted bolts.
It is easier to slide columns on floor into position and then drill rather than to bear hug the column and lift straight up and then sit the lift down so bolts go through the base plate bolt holes. (Remember, if you bend a bolt protruding from the concreteyou will have a hard time to get it straight. And you probably messed up the thread on the bolt. NOT a good thing when you need to torque the nut.

What if your wife finds out that you ordered a lift and she wont allow it? Now you have a bunch of bolts sticking out of your floor for you to trip over.

And on and on and on. Quit trying to reinvent the wheel just follow our proven installation methods and concentrate on enjoying your lift.

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