Not all of us have the space for a permanently installed car lift, and needing to get your vehicle up in the air doesn’t always happen at home. Thankfully good portable car lifts solve both problems. Let’s take a look at what makes a good portable car lift.
Portable Car Lifts for Home Garage
When selecting the right portable car lift for your home garage you want to look at the following things.
- Weight Rating – how much this portable car lift can safely lift.
- Lift weight – how much the lift itself weighs.
- Movability – how easy is it to move, how portable is it really?
- Build Quality – not all portable car lifts are created equal.
- Cost – last but not least, how much is this gonna cost me.
Portable Car Lifts for Outdoor Use
If you are going to be doing work outside of a garage or shop a portable car lift can be a huge help. There are two different types, maintenance car lifts and rescue lifts, which are used in sand, mud, or other subpar terrain. The same considerations apply here as they do in the garage-focused portable car lifts.
QuickJack Bendpak Lifts
The biggest player in the portable car lift space is the Bendpak line of products made by QuickJack. Not only are they pretty affordable but they are well made and very reliable. Check out this video on the QuickJack page where they stack 16,000 pounds onto their 5,000 pound rated car lift.
You can also find some generic portable car lifts made in China showing up online these days. As with all such things some of them are complete junk and a few are actually really solid but you need to make sure you look at all of the items I listed above on each one of them before you buy something that isn’t right for you. Check out our list of recommended models below where we’ve done that research for you.
Portable Car Lifts – Reviewed and Compared
|Photo||Rated||Weighs||Power||Avg. Rating||Buy Now|
|6,000||800||110v||QuickJack BendPak Portable Scissor Car Lift|
|3,500||300||Manual||Auto Lift Sliding Jack Portable Car Lift|
|6,000||800||110v||QuickJack BendPak Portable Low Rise Portable Car Lift|
|4400||20||Exhaust||ARB Orange Bushranger X-Jack Offroad Rescue Jack Kit|
|3500||160||110v||BendPak BL-3500SLX-AC (110V) QuickJack|
|5000||160||12v||BendPak BL-5000SLX-DC (12V) QuickJack|
|7000||175||12v||BendPak BL-7000SLX-DC (12V) QuickJack|