The Atlas Base Plate Extension Kit is designed for those customers who are unsure of the integrity (thickness and PSI) of their concrete floor. These extensions increase the column base surface area that is anchored to the floor.
These extensions DO NOT increase the rated lifting capacity of the base plate lift.
As we have described on our website, an overhead lift has more “stability” than a base plate lift because the bar across the top of the overhead lift helps to stabilize each column as the vehicle (located between the columns) is raised.
The column support of the base plate lift relies solely on the anchoring system that secures the columns to the concrete floor. The column bases of all Atlas base plate lifts (when properly anchored to 4 inches of concrete (3,000 PSI)) provide required stability for the rated capacity of the lift.
2 Post Lifts: Baseplate Lifts Vs. Overhead Lift
Our two post lifts (as well as most of those on the market) employ one of two different methods of cylinder configuration. All of our two post above ground lifts have a power unit (220 volt single phase) located on one of the columns. The columns are symmetrical so the column with the mounting fixture for the power unit may be located on either side.
The power unit supplies pressurized hydraulic fluid to the cylinders (located in both columns) through hydraulic hoses that run between the columns. Each of these cylinders have a piston that is moved (actuated by hydraulic pressure) and "lifts" the carriages and arms, which in turn "lift" the vehicle. There are also two sets of equalization cables that connect the carriages located in each column. These equalization cables (high strength aircraft cable) provide tension on the carriages to make sure that both sides go up at the same speed. The cables do not do the lifting! The pressurized hydraulic fluid powering the cylinder/piston combination provides all the lifting power.
The hydraulic hose and cables for two post lifts need to run from the powered column to the slave column; either on the floor or through an overhead bar.
Baseplate (Floor Plate/Low Ceiling/Low Clearance) Above Ground Lifts:
The hydraulic hose and equalization cables run across the floor and are covered by a beveled diamond plate steel floor plate approximately 1" tall in the Baseplate Lifts (Floor Plate). Most baseplate lifts have a locking mechanism that is operated with the dual point release system.
Overhead Lift (Clear Floor):
The hydraulic hose and equalization cables run across the top of the lift through a metal bar (conduit) that connects both columns in the Overhead Lift. The metal bar (conduit) is there to guide the hose and cables and is not designed to support any vertical weight. There is a cut-off cable (connected to the power unit) located just below the metal overhead conduit which "kills" power to the motor preventing damage to the top of the car, if the lift operator was not paying attention.
Benefits of an Overhead Lift:
An overhead lift has nothing on the floor between the two columns; this design makes it much easier to roll jacks, oil drains, etc, through the middle area of the lift. Overhead Lift can accommodate asymmetric or arm configurations. The base lift can only accommodate a symmetric arm configuration (if you have been advised differently, call us for the facts).
Overhead vs. Baseplate (Lifting stability):
The basic design of the overhead two post lift offers more lifting stability than the same rated capacity lift that has a baseplate design. The overhead bar (located between the two columns) provides a measure of stability by exerting pressure to the top part of both columns.
The bases of the columns (anchored firmly in the concrete) provide the ONLY foundation of support for the base plate lift columns. When a vehicle is placed on the extended lift arms (between the anchored columns) and lifted, there is a great amount of pressure applied to the rear anchor bolts of the column's bases.
Imagine two people facing each other (like our symmetrical columns) extending their arms out in front of them (like either our asymmetric arms or symmetric arms). Place a heavy weight (evenly distributed) on the hands (lift pads) of these individuals. Gravity, exerting an enormous downward pressure on their outstretched arms, would force their heels to try and lift off the ground. Their bodies (our columns) would try to "lean forward" to compensate for this load positioned on their hands. However, if the two individuals had a bar between their foreheads (like the overhead lift design), then this bar would exert a certain pressure to keep their "heels on the ground".
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Product Assembly & Setup
Selling automotive equipment we have found that most of our customers are mechanically minded and look forward to settting up and assembling their new purchase. Most items we offer can be setup and assembled by two people within a reasonable time frame. Before tackling this project here are a few tips that we think will make your life a little bit easier:
- Review the manually fully before you begin setup. The manual should be included with your item but if you cannot locate it simply go to the product page on our website and download it for FREE. This manual has been put together and maintained over the years and will include all the tricks we have learned to make the assembly of your as seamless as possible
- Don't like reading or don't need the manual? That's fine, but maybe take a minute and check out the videos we have posted on each of the product pages. We understand that some people have the ability to problem solve on their own but why not get the inside information so you can spend less time having to problem solve?
- If you haven't already received your item, get an uderstanding of you will need to transport or unload it. Shop equipment like tire changers and wheel balancers are a dream to handle compared to car lifts. If you are assembling your car lift take time to plan our your install.
- Start by making sure the install location and area(s) surrounding it are clean and clear making it easy for you to move around and manipulate the pieces.
- Try to get the entire crate close to the install area without impeding it. There are some heavy pieces that need to be moved into place and the less you have to move them the better.
- Disassemble the packaging and pieces and have a look through them to ensure all pieces are there and get an idea of what each item is. You are going to need them at one point and if you have someone holding a heavy item while you search out a bolt or hose it is going to be a long day!
- If you are reading the manual, read 2-3 steps ahead of where you are at. We have heard time and time again how a customer has installed their lift to 90% only to find that a hose or cable needed to be put in place two steps earlier and now they have to essentially disassemble the lift only to put a small piece in place and then reassemble it.
- Be sure to review the electrical requirements of the product your are purchasing. Some items are supplied in either 110V or 220V. Others are manufactured so you can just plug it in while some have a "pig tail" which means you will need an electrician to either hard wire it to your panel or install a plug
- If you are assembling a car lift, you will need hydraulic fluid to make the lift work. PLEASE NOTE: we do not supply the hydraulic fluid for your lift. In general we recommend AW-32 hyraulic fluid for use in all of our car lifts (regardless of the type). A 5 gallon pale is typically more than enough and will usually leave you with a little extra
- When filling your hydraulic fluid for the first time don't rush the process. Fill the resevior to 1/3 or 1/2 and then run the lift up and down. Get the air and kinks out and then, when the lift is in the lowest position, fill it to 2/3 or 3/4 and run the lift up and down again. DO NOT fill the resevoir past 1/3 or 1/2 when the lift is in the raised position as there is flud throughout the cyclinders and other components. We have heard many times that a customer has filled the resevoir full when the lift is in the raised position and the as soon as they begin lowering the lift the resevoir becomes overfilled and spills all over the shop. This is a huge mess to clean up.
- Some hydraulic cylinders may be "air locked" from manufacturing which will not allow the piston to extend when pulled by hand. This does not mean the cyclinder is damaged, it is simply a result of the manufacturing process. To overcome this, start by ensuring that your feeder hoses to the cylinder are not connected (this would close the system and will not let air in or out). Using a ratchet strap or similar item, slowly put tension on the piston end and gently apply pressure trying to extend the piston out of the cylinder. Resistance will build up in the first couple inches of extending and then the "air lock" should break. You might get a little pop and the ratchet strap will loosen suddenly (hence the reason to apply pressure slowly) and now you should be able to extend and retract the piston by hand with little effort.
These tips are friendly suggestions from us and the years of experience we have gained working with these products. Although they don't apply to every product, every time we hope that you will take them at face value while still reviewing the other information (such as manuals and videos) we provide in regards to assembling and setting up your product. Your safety and satisfaction are our paramount concerns. If there are any questions or concerns throughout the assembly or operation process of your product please do not hesitate to contact us.
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