2 Post Car Hoists

Our Range of 2 Post Hoists

Suitable for professional workshops and home garages

Molnar CM255-A 2 post hoist

Molnar CM245-A – 4.5 tonne symmetrical 2 post hoist

Single electro-hydraulic two post vehicle hoist with double telescopic arm length.  No base frame means you have a clear floor. Symmetric column for greater stability. Suitable for small cars up to large SUVs. 

Lifting Capacity, up to Working Height
4500kg 90 mm – 1990 mm
CM245-AS 2 post car hoist asymmetrical hoist for vehicles

Molnar CM245-AS – 4.5 tonne asymmetrical 2 post hoist

Double telescopic arm length makes this 2 post hoist one of the most versatile on the market. No base frame means you have a clear floor. Suitable for vehicle repair and maintenance for small cars through to large SUVs. The unique asymmetric column design provides greater stability.

Lifting Capacity, up to Working Height
4500kg 1900mm-2013mm
Molnar CM255-A 2 post hoist

Molnar CM255-A – 5.5 tonne symmetrical 2 post hoist

Single electro-hydraulic two post vehicle hoist with double telescopic arm length.  No base frame means you have a clear floor. Unique single post symmetric column design for greater stability. Suitable for vehicles up to big vans and transporters.

Lifting Capacity, up to Working Height
5500kg 105 mm – 2005 mm

Molnar SM270 – 7 tonne universal 2 post hoist

Elecro-hydraulic, universal two post vehicle hoist, Suitable for industrial, commercial, and even domestic workshops,

Lifting Capacity, up to Working Height
7000kg 1885mm
Maestro 35 2 post hoist 3.5 t electro-mechanical hoist<br />

AUTOPSTENHOJ Maestro  35F – 3.5 tonne 2 post hoist

Electro-mechanical two post car hoist, without base frame providing clear floor access. Suitable for repair and maintenance on cars and small vans.

Lifting Capacity, up to Working Height
3500kg 1995mm
SB40 2 post vehicle hoist

Bradbury SB40 – 4 tonne hydraulic 2 post hoist

Electric hydraulic operated two post vehicle hoist with clear floor frame design. Suitable for most cars and small vans.

Lifting Capacity, up to Working Height
4000kg 1940mm

Bradbury SB45 WB-G – 4.5 tonne galvanised wash bay 2 post hoist

Fully galvanised two post hoist suitable for wash bays and outdoor areas. Electric hydraulic operated vehicle hoist, suitable for most cars and small vans.

Lifting Capacity, up to Working Height
4500kg 1940mm
Dunlop DL 240B+ 2 post hoist lift 4 tonne H base frame

Dunlop DL240B+ – 4 tonne base frame 2 post hoist

Electro-hydraulic 2 post hoist with 3 stage arms front and rear and a solid H base frame. Suitable for uneven garage floors and for lifting most cars and small vans.

Lifting Capacity, up to Working Height
4000kg 1967mm 

Before Buying a Vehicle Hoist

Before buying a vehicle hoist, it is important to know:

1. What type of vehicles will be worked on. 4wds, Sports cars, Commercial vehicles?
2. What work will be carried out on those vehicles? Crash repairs, Exhaust, Brakes?
3. Do you need to lift the vehicle by its wheels or chassis or both?
4. How much, width, length and height do you have in your bay>
5. What thickness and grade is your concrete floor?

For further information view our hoist selection information.

Frequently Asked Questions about 2 Post Hoists


How to install a 2 post hoist?

All the hoists provided by the Molnar Hoists & Lifts come with complete hoist installation instructions.

2 post hoist vs 4 post hoist?

When it comes down to deciding between a 2 post or 4 post hoist, the choice really depends on what you are using it for. A two post option is superb for servicing as it offers you unhindered access to your wheels, brakes and makes it easy to drop oils.

On the other hand, four post hoists require jacking beams to be installed before use in order to gain similar accessibility. They are best used for alignments, quick servicing greasing and speedy oil changes where you do not need remove the wheels. However, if you wish to have free access with a 4 post hoist too, then opting for jacking beams is highly recommended!

If it comes to price in most cases, the 2-post hoist is more affordable than the 4-post hoist.

The 2-post hoist is a great choice for garages with limited space, such as small businesses or home garages. Its slender posts and protruding arms are designed to efficiently support a variety of vehicles of different sizes – from passenger cars to SUVs – while taking up minimal room on the floor.

Moreover, its compact design makes it easy to install and remove when needed; making it especially advantageous for temporary projects.

The 4-post hoist is one of the most reliable options in the automotive service and repair sector. Featuring four posts for added stability, these lifts have a greater load capacity and can be used to accommodate larger vehicles. The operation of this hoist couldn’t be simpler – just drive your car right up onto the ramp until you reach the stop plates. The downside is that due to its size, it requires quite a bit of space for installation.

The four-post car hoist is the safest due to its stability. The four-post hoist has many safety features like a secondary safety system, manual deadbolt locks, and stop plates. These features uphold the lift’s safety, preventing accidents in the garage.

What size 2 post hoist do I need?

When it comes to picking the right 2 post hoist for your workshop or home garage knowing these key numbers will make selecting the perfect hoist easier and ensure you can get the job done safely and efficiently:

    • Lifting capacity is the maximum weight which can be supported by a hoist. It’s crucial that you choose a vehicle hoist that can pick up and safely support the weight you need it to. Our range of 2 post hoists have lifting capacities between 4,000kg and 7,000kg perfect for the small vehicles, vans, 4wd, utes and large SUVs.
    • Overall hoist height to make sure it will fit into your workshop. Don’t forget to combine the height of the car and hoist once lifted. You also need to allow ceiling clearance for the safety bar which sits above the car.
    • Concrete floor requirements vary for different style of hoists. 2 post hoists must be installed on a continuous single concrete slab. See manual for specific requirements regarding concrete thickness, spacing of rebar and minimum compressive strength and reinforcement.

How to use a 2 post hoist?

A two post above ground hoist is designed to raise cars and trucks for easy access to wheel assemblies and the underside of the vehicle. A two post hoist is normally mounted to an existing concrete surface. The hoist consists of two upright columns, four adjustable arms attached to a carriage assembly, two hydraulic cylinders, an electric/hydraulic power unit, and a variety of hoses, pulleys, and cables. 

Ensuring proper vehicle positioning is crucial for post hoists to provide a safe work environment for the operator. The lifting arms should be adjusted so that the carriages can lift from the manufacturer’s designated points. When adjusting the arms, take care to adjust them before they are higher than 100mm from the ground. They have automatic safety arm locks. These locks are designed to secure the lift arms, once the arm pads have been properly positioned under the vehicle. These automatic arms locks engage once when the vehicle is lifted 100mm off the ground, and then automatically disengage when the vehicle is lowered to the ground. Make sure to test out this by lifting the vehicle slightly above 100mm and applying a bit of force – additionally, make sure all pads are properly positioned prior to full elevation.

It is important to always follow the hoist manufacturer’s instructions regarding total load capacity and maximum weight limits, and to check whether the 2 post hoist is suitable for the type and size of vehicle to be lifted. 

2 post lift asymmetric vs symmetric?

No matter your automotive needs, when it comes to car hoists, there are two main types: symmetrical and asymmetrical.  Both types of 2 post hoists provide the same service which is to elevate a vehicle off the ground so mechanics can easily access them without having to crawl on the ground.

However they have distinct differences in design and functionality. (mainly column post or arm configuration). Basically symmetric hoist have front and rear arms that are identical in design and length, while asymmetrical lifts feature different arms at the front and the back.

Symmetrical hoists evenly distribute the weight to the front and rear of the car or truck by squarely positioning the vehicle at the centre of the hoist. On the other hand, asymmetric lifting allows for vehicles to be positioned slightly further back making it easy to open the doors to access inside the vehicle. This is especially practical if you raise and lower a large number of vehicles every day and want to get in and out quickly.

Which is better depends on your application and your preference will determine the style of two-post lift that will be best for you. Contact us to discuss your options further.

2 post lift baseplate vs clear floor hoist

The two-post hoist comes in two forms: clear floor and base plate. With the clear floor version, the two posts are attached to the floor and are independent of each other. With the base plate version, there is a plate connecting the two vertical posts. With both versions, the vehicle is lifted by arms that are connected to the posts.

The base plate hoist model has unrestricted lifting height suitable for vans and small trucks. The base plate includes a small ramp that covers the hoses and cables that operate the hoist. A baseplate is an option where height is a restriction or where clients like to have unrestricted lift height. However you do have a constant obstacle on the floor. So moving around, jacks and tool boxes over a bump is not something everyone is willing to do.

A clear floor hoist keeps the ground below the hoist free from obstruction, making it easier to move servicing equipment below the vehicle. It may require more space at the top to accommodate the bar that connects the two posts. This is the perfect option if you want uninterrupted floor space. However you are restricted with the height.


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