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Van Lifts

Having the right equipment is essential to ensure the safety and efficiency of your work. For garage and MOT Bay owners, investing in a commercial van lift can be a game-changer. These heavy-duty machines not only make it easier to access the undercarriage of vehicles but also improve the workflow and safety within your garage.

However, choosing the right commercial van lift can be a challenging task. There are various types, sizes and brands to consider, and factors such as weight, width, and length of wheelbase play a crucial role in the decision-making process.

The Importance of Choosing the Right Commercial Van Lift

So why are van lifts so important for garage owners and mechanics?  They offer a lot of benefits including:

Improved Accessibility

Commercial van lifts provide an elevated platform on which you can work comfortably beneath a vehicle. This not only saves you from the physical strain of bending and crouching but also allows for easier and more precise access to various parts of the vehicle, making repairs and maintenance tasks more efficient.

Enhanced Safety

Safety is paramount in any garage or commercial van repair business. Commercial van lifts offer a secure and stable platform for technicians to work on vehicles. They reduce the risk of accidents, such as vehicles falling off jacks or axle stands or mechanics getting caught in precarious positions under the car.

Time and Cost Savings

Efficiency in your garage operations can lead to significant time and cost savings. A well-chosen commercial van lift can streamline your work processes, enabling you to handle more vehicles in less time and with greater precision. This can lead to increased customer satisfaction and higher profits.


Van lifts are not limited to just commercial vehicles. They are adaptable to various vehicle sizes and types, making them a versatile addition to any garage. Whether you’re working on cars, transit, or larger commercial vans, the right van lift can potentially accommodate all of your needs.

Key Considerations for Selecting a Commercial Van Lift

When selecting a commercial van lift, several key factors must be taken into account to ensure you invest in the right equipment for your garage or workshop. These factors include:

Lifting Capacity

The lifting capacity of the van lift should be compatible with the weights of vehicles you intend to service and repair. Consider the heaviest van you anticipate working on and choose a lift that can comfortably accommodate that weight.

Vehicle Dimensions

The van dimensions of those vehicles you typically service will influence the type of lift you require. Pay attention to the width and length of the wheelbase of the vans you work on, ensuring that the lift can accommodate these dimensions without any clearance issues.  But also if you intend to use the van lift for working on cars too, make sure it is of a suitable size for both, whether that be the length of the arms on a two-post lift, or the length and width of the platforms on a 4-post lift or scissor lift.

Lift Power Source : 1-phase or 3-phase

Commercial van lifts are available in both 1-phase and 3-phase power configurations, and understanding the differences between these options is essential. 1-phase power is the standard 240v electrical supply found in most households and smaller commercial facilities. It’s a single alternating current, making it suitable for lighter-duty applications. In contrast, 3-phase power consists of three alternating currents at 415v, providing a more stable and powerful source of electricity. For heavy-duty lifting operations and frequent use, a 3-phase power source is often preferred due to its increased reliability and efficiency. However, the availability of 3-phase power may vary depending on your location and facility, so it’s essential to ensure that your chosen commercial van lift matches the power source you have access to. Concept Garage Equipment can assist you in determining the most suitable power source for your specific needs or dealing with electrical supply changes as required.

Ease of Use and Safety Features

The lift should be easy to operate and incorporate safety features such as automatic locking mechanisms and overload protection systems.

Durability and Maintenance Requirements

Choose a van lift constructed from high-quality materials and designed for long-lasting performance. Also, consider the van lift maintenance requirements lift and choose one that aligns with your maintenance schedule and budget.

What is your Budget for a Van Lift?

Commercial van lifts come in a wide range of price points, and it’s crucial to find a balance between quality and affordability. Keep in mind that while budget constraints are important, investing in a reliable, high-quality lift can pay off in the long run through increased productivity and crucially the safety of you, your staff and the vehicles being lifted.

Types of Van Lift

Commercial van lifts come in several types, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Here are the most common types of lift to consider:

  1. Two-Post Lifts
    • Pros: Two-post lifts are known for their stability and versatility. They are often used for passenger cars, and small to medium-sized commercial vans.
    • Cons: These lifts take more space than trolley jacks or scissor lifts are bolted to the floor and require more floor space as well as roof height than both, which could be a limitation for smaller garages.
  2. Four-Post Lifts:
    • Pros: Four-post lifts are incredibly stable and offer a high weight capacity. They are ideal for larger commercial vans and trucks, but can still be used to work on smaller vehicles such as cars.
    • Cons: Having 4 posts and being anchored to the ground means these take more space than other types of lifts as the underside of the lift must be kept clear to access the underside of the cars or vans being worked on.  4 Post van lifts require ample ceiling height as well as a suitably large door opening to allow easy access.
  3. Scissor Lifts:
    • Pros: Scissor lifts are compact and versatile, making them suitable for various vehicle types. They are often used in alignment and brake work, and some are also mobile so are not restricted to a fixed location.
    • Cons: These lifts usually have a lower weight capacity compared to two-post and four-post lifts, so may not be suitable depending on the size of the vans you intend to work on.
  4. In-Ground Lifts:
    • Pros: In-ground lifts are permanent fixtures in a recess on the garage floor, offering stability and a clutter-free workspace.
    • Cons: Installation can be more expensive as it will require groundwork as well as bolting down.

Importance of Weight, Width, and Wheelbase

The weight, width, and wheelbase of vans or commercial vehicles you intend to service or repair are crucial factors in determining the appropriate van lift for your needs.

Van Weight

One of the most critical factors to consider is the weight capacity of the commercial van lift. The lifting capacity of the van lift must exceed the weight of the heaviest van you anticipate working on. Overloading a lift can lead to serious safety hazards.

Different lifts are designed to handle varying weight limits. Ensure that the lift you choose can safely accommodate the weight of the largest vehicles you’ll be working on. It’s better to have a lift with a higher weight capacity than you think you’ll need to ensure safety and versatility.

Van Width

The width of the van lift should comfortably accommodate the width of the vans you service. Ensure there is sufficient clearance on both sides of the vehicle to prevent any damage or accidents.

Van Wheelbase

The wheelbase of the vans you work on will influence the positioning of the lift arms. The lift should be able to accommodate the wheelbase of the vans without any issues.

Why Concept Garage Equipment Should Be Your Choice for Van Lifts

When choosing a commercial van lift, it’s essential to know where to find honest reliable advice, high-quality equipment and reliable lift installation, repairs and servicing. Concept Garage Equipment is your one-stop solution for all your commercial van lift needs.

Quality and Reliability

Concept Garage Equipment offers a wide range of commercial van lifts, from a wide range of name brands, all of which meet the highest industry standards for quality and reliability. With years of experience in the field, you can trust the products we supply to deliver consistent performance.

Expert Installation

The installation of your commercial van lift is just as important as the quality of the lift itself. The team of engineers at Concept Garage Equipment consists of experienced professionals who are experts in the installation and maintenance of all types of lifts. They ensure that your equipment is set up correctly and in compliance with safety regulations.  They will also train your staff in the correct use and ongoing maintenance of the van lift to ensure it gives your garage years of trouble-free service.

Exceptional Customer Service

At Concept Garage Equipment, customer satisfaction is our top priority. We understand that choosing the right commercial van lift is a significant investment, and our dedicated team is available to answer all your questions and assist you in making the best choice for your garage. Call us today on 0113 469 0572 for any information, advice, sales or service of your commercial van lifts.

Competitive Pricing and Ease of Payments

While quality and reliability are paramount, we offer competitive pricing to suit all budgets. Our goal is to provide you with the best return on your investment.

We offer a range of payment options, from bank transfers and debit/credit payments to financed payments through our selected partners to split your payments over months or years as you prefer, our payment options are available either online or over the phone.

Ongoing Support and Maintenance

Concept Garage Equipment doesn’t just sell you a lift and leave you to figure it out on your own. We provide ongoing support, van lift maintenance plans, lift breakdown repairs and assistance whenever you need it. Your satisfaction and the safety of your mechanics are always critical for us.

Help with your Commercial Van Lift

If you are looking for a van lift or even setting up a new commercial garage from scratch Concept Garage Equipment is your trusted partner in this journey.  We offer high-quality lifts, expert installation, exceptional customer service, competitive pricing, and ongoing support and advice. When it comes to selecting the best commercial van lift for your needs, Concept Garage Equipment is the name to remember.

We offer van lift advice over the phone at 0113 469 0572, we sell every type of commercial lift online and over the phone, including delivery, installation and staff training in the correct use of the lift or any other garage equipment up to a full MOT Bay.

Call us today on 0113 469 0572 or use the website contact form today, we are here to help.