Last week we took a close look at the BendPak HD-9 four-post lift, the world’s most popular lift. Now, the HD-9 is a four-post lift which gives it a lot of versatility as both a work lift and a storage lift. That’s why you’ll find them all over the place in both professional shops and home garages.
Today, however, let’s get to know a more specialized piece of heavy-duty lifting machinery, a 10,000-pound, hard-working two-post lift called the XPR-10. Two-post lifts are almost exclusively found in automotive shops that make their bread and butter by hoisting vehicles up in the air, fixing the problem, and gently setting them back down safe and sound. So it only makes sense that when a shop is looking for a new two-post lift, they are thinking in terms of speed, access, and reliability—exactly where the XPR-10 shines.
Better constructed auto lifts from BendPak:
Like the HD-9 four post lift from last week, the XPR-10 two-post lift is manufactured by automotive equipment juggernaut BendPak. So right away, you can already expect a couple things from the XPR-10 that you might not from another lift.
For one, you can depend on a time-tested and superior design. The columns on the XPR-10 two post lift are famously constructed out of a single piece of steel instead shoved together segments. This reduces potential weak spots and gives the XPR-10 equal strength throughout the length of the column (even when under heavy load).
Another benefit that you might not expect is the extra-tall lift carriage. The lift carriage is what holds the arms on a two-post lift—kind of an important part, as you might imagine. At a full 53 inches, BendPak lifting carriages are ridiculously large by industry standards. Why do they do this? That extra length helps disperse operational stresses placed on the load bearings and columns, which in turn makes the lift last longer and perform better.
Safety first and always with XPR-10 car lifts:
The XPR-10 two-post lift has been a powerhouse lifter since it debuted a couple years ago, but it’s also one of the safest industrial lifts on the market. This fact can be especially crucial to a business owner or operator when choosing which automotive equipment their employees will work under.
In addition to the aircraft-quality 3/8” equalizer cables, the XPR-10 also has safety locks spaced every 3 inches located inside of each column. That way, should even the most unthinkable user-error occur, the lift and its payload has virtually nowhere to go. On top of that, the XPR-10 implements a single-point safety release and “dead-man” style controls, which is really a dumb name for such a life-saving mechanism.
But what about safety for the vehicles placed on the BendPak XPR-10? Located at the top of the lift you’ll find a padded safety shutoff bar that will automatically stop the lift if a vehicle even starts to come into contact with the overhead structure. The XPR-10 is known as a “clearfloor” two-post lift, which means important electrical and mechanical attachments are run between the posts in a channel above the actual- lift structure. This is a great design for busy shops and garages because the floor beneath the vehicle is kept empty for oil drains, transmission jacks, and, most importantly, personnel.
And if that wasn’t enough, all of BendPak’s XPR-10 two-post lifts third-party certified by the Automotive Lift Institute. That means that even though it says 10,000 pounds on the sticker, the XPR-10 two-post lift has to be able to hold up to 15,000 pounds without failing. Now we aren’t suggesting you try this, but it might give you peace of mind knowing that this 10,000-pound lift is not even breaking a sweat when it hits the sticker maximum.
The power to get the job done right:
Sometimes it’s the things you don’t see that leave the biggest impression. In the case of the XPR-10 two-post lift, you might notice a complete lack of chains or screw mechanisms in the lift designs. The XPR-10 relies on a “high volume, low pressure” cylinder direct-drive system. It’s a one-piece, pilot fitted, machined steel piston that is wrapped with pressure loaded U-cup piston seals to completely prevent fluid leakage. There’s a lot of science in these deceptively simple machines, but the owner or operator rarely has to worry about it because all the materials and specifications exceed ASTM international standards. That means everything will remain in lifting shape for years to come.
Sweat the little stuff:
A lot of other manufacturers might have stopped there thinking, “This is a nice rugged piece of lifting machinery specialized for trucks and sedans.” But what truly sets BendPak apart is that they always seem to be thinking of the uncommon scenario. That’s why the XPR-10 two-post lift was designed to also handle sport cars and compact cars, both foreign and domestic.
The tip off is in the arms. With their simple drop-in low-profile pads, the XPR-10 lifting arms can squeeze under even the lowest compact and sport vehicles. These same arms can also extend three times on the front assembly and twice in the rear. That gives the user a tremendous amount of flexibility when trying to reach factory-recommended lifting points, regardless of vehicle construction or wheelbase configuration. Finally, to cut down any chance of damaging the occasional low-hanging vehicle door, BendPak designed their arm tube supports to allow for even more clearance.
And what if you need to work on something big after all? BendPak has you covered with included truck and van adapters, standard with every XPR-Series two-post lift.
It seems BendPak thought of everything with the XPR-10 two-post lift. Actually, considering that next to the HD-9 four-post lift it’s the best-selling lift on the market today, we’d say it’s a certainty.
Need more info? Check out the full XPR-10 product page.