Four-Post Lift Design

9,000-lb. Capacity Four-Post Series

ANSI/ALI ALCTV-2011 Certified Product

Dare to Compare: Separating Fact From Fiction

Too often in the DIY auto lift market, manufacturers rely on the dissemination of innaccurate information and creative advertising ploys in order to sell inferior products. BendPak recommends that anyome in the market for an auto lift such as a four-post lift thoroughly conduct comparative research of all options before ultimately deciding which lift to purchase. In an effort to assist the customer in navigating the various factual gray-areas and minefields of misinformation, BendPak compiled this study for your consideration.

Full range of lift models to choose from

BendPak has 72 unique lift models ranging from lightweight to super‐duty. Many "hobby" lift companies could not come close to a fraction of lifts BendPak sells globally. Investigate thoroughly on the web using several search engines to see how many pages other, lesser‐known lift companies appear on when compared to a true world‐leader like BendPak.

Optional Equipment

Many valuable options are available for your BendPak four-post lift.

Service is our specialty

BendPak has over 650 installation and service centers located in the United States but rely on Babco for our distribution, installation and servicing needs within Canada. Babco has been the Canadian leader in automotive equipment for over 25 years and is just an email or phone call away.

Engineering Excellence

BendPak has a complete staff of full-time engineers who do nothing but design, test and evaluate lift systems. BendPak car lifts have changed and evolved over the past 30+ years, not because they want to sell you on a new model every few years, but because they are constantly improving the structural integrity and design of their lifts to meet ever-changing world standards. On the surface, many lifts look "engineered", but what lies under the surface? All BendPak lift designs are computer modeled for function and structural integrity, undergo simulation of applied forces, axial force, bending moment, etc. using Solid Works Cosmos and other FEA programs. After the design is sound, they proceed with actual destructive (physical) testing.

There is only one real national lift standard for quality and safety: OSHA endorsed ANSI/ALI ALCTV-2017. If you don't see any reference to this standard, then ask yourself if saving a few extra bucks on a non-certified lift is really worth jeopardizing the safety of you , your loved ones and your valuable equipment. BendPak certainly gives you value, but it's more important to them that a BendPak lift gives you peace of mind.

ALI/ETL Certified

The only reason a car lift is not granted ANSI/ALI ALCTV-2017 certification is if it does not pass the standard. This could be due to a number of factors, including a lack of slack-cable lock system, missing a substantiated engineering report from an accredited PE (professional engineer) verifying that all components could withstand a load of 150% capacity with no permanent yeild or deformation of any kind, their absence of an ample cable guard to prevent unintentional displacement and more. Do not take the risk. These certifications exist for a reason.

Non-Certified Lifts

BendPak ALI Certified Lifts

BendPak's textured surface prevents slippage, even in wet conditions and reinforces undersides.

Common Misleading Claims

  • Claims that state "Meet or Exceed Standard ANSI/ALI B-153.1" are meaningless. This standard no longer exists.

  • Claims that state "Meets all ANSI Standards" are meaningless. No other standards apply to lift construction except ANSI/ALI ALCTV. In order to meet ANSI/ALI ALCTV, certification is required.

  • Claimes that state "Meets all OSHA Requirements" are meaningless. OSHA has no requirements governing automotive lifts, but they do write citations that apply to them. OSHA does this under the General Duty Clause and recommend to those cited that it would be prudent for the cited party to follow the directives in the various standards developed by ALI.

  • Any claim that implies "This lift is ALA Certified" is worthless. ALA (Automotive Lift Association) is reported to be an organization of suspect lift suppliers with no endorsement by ANSI or OSHA. ALA appears to be purely fictitious and created merely to confuse purchasers, users and inspectors.

  • Any claim that implies "This lift is MAMTC Certified" is worthless. MAMTC (Mid‐America Manufacturing Technology Center) is a unit of Wichita State University, which in one instance attempted to certify a car lift model.Test Reports on MAMTC letterhead stated that a particular lift complied with ANSI B153.1 – 1990. Of course, this is meaningless because MAMTC is not a NRTL (Nationally Recognized Test Facility), and the standard cited is obsolete.

    Even if a lift is ANSI/ALI-2017 certified, ask yourself if you want to do business with a company that tries to mislead you with padded, false certification.

  • Don't call it "plastic"

    BendPak car lifts incorporate UHMW (Ultra‐High Molecular weight) Polyethylene glide blocks to maintain proper alignment of lifting and safety components. UHMW is often referred to as the world's toughest polymer. A linear high-density polyethylene, UHMW has high abrasion resistance as well as high impact strength. UHMW is also chemical-resistant and has a low‐coefficient‐of‐friction, which makes it highly effective in a variety of applications. BendPak glide blocks are simply guides that keep the cross tubes and safety ladder centered within the column and minimize sway.

    Designed For Longevity

    BendPak lifts feature cable sheaves that are precisely centered within the cross tube to ensure that the cross tube stays level, thereby eliminating side loads of any kind. Lesser‐known lift brands employ cross tube sheaves and axles that are located outside the cross tube body, forcing the cross tubes to twist or rotate away from the sheave as the lift raises. This twisting occurrence tends to develop side‐loading on their cross tube components and plastic sliders..

    Hydraulic Cylinder Design

    All of BendPak car lift cylinders use internal flow‐restrictors to prevent rapid fall in case of a hose or fitting failure. This is a worldwide safety standard that is required for all commercial lift manufacturers. International auto lift standards prohibit the use of quick‐disconnect fittings on vehicle or personnel lift applications. Quick disconnect fittings have spring loaded ball‐in‐seat components. If the ball does not "seat" like you expect it due to contamination or a faulty ballseat, there is nothing to shut off the flow of oil and the uncontrolled descent of your lift. Hose "blow‐outs" simply do not occur under normal use. As part of the ANSI/ALI ALCTV‐2017 standard, all BendPak hoses have a 400% safety factor based on the pressure required to operate the lift at its rated load capacity.

    BendPak HD‐9 series lift models feature a single, 3" diameter hydraulic cylinder hidden away under the runway for maximum performance, reliability and minimum elemental exposure. Our industrial‐grade hydraulic cylinders feature a one‐piece, pilot-fitted, machined steel piston wrapped with specially designed, pressure loaded U‐cup piston seals, backups and wear bands that virtually eliminates any fluid bypass. The micro‐smooth chrome‐rod is machined from high yield, ground & polished C‐1045/50 micro‐alloy steel and plated to a minimum of .001˝ diametrically, ensuring superior cylinder operation and life. Specially designed, high durometer, mechanically loaded rod seals virtually eliminate rod seal leakage and a specially formulated abrasion resistant urethane rod wiper provides exclusion protection. The welded cylinder body is made from high yield‐strength steel tubing produced to exceed ASTM specifications. This combination of superb base material and superior processing ensures straight, smooth and long duty-life cylinders.