Parking Lift Safety Features

It takes a comprehensive understanding of this industry to make a truly safe parking lift. Unfortunately, many home car lifts are made to look powerful, but they lack critical features that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Always know the features of a lift inside and out before making a purchase. At Autostacker, we care enough to run through these critical safety features in-depth, so there’s no question our home car lift is safe.

Safe operator controls

Our standard power console features include the following:

  • key-switch disconnect provides an additional measure of security against operator tampering
  • emergency stop button disables the lift at any time
  • warning light and audible alarm to indicate when the lift is in operation
  • automatic safety latches engage continuously as the lift rises
  • lowering systems that require two-hand operation
  • ergonomic placement of operator controls

Multiple lock positions

Generally speaking, the higher a lift rises, the more lock positions are included. This is because the locks can “catch” the lift in the unlikely event of a sudden hydraulic or mechanical failure. The more locks, the less distance the platform falls, and the less chance of damage to you and/or your property. Autostacker features six lock positions, which amounts to one every few inches along the base giving users the ability to park the lift suitably to accommodate their vehicles and ceiling height. While that’s an important feature for emergencies, safety locks also bear the weight of the vehicle during normal operation. Even if all hydraulic pressure is lost while the locks are engaged, the lift won’t budge. Some parking lifts feature safety lock positions only at max rise which may limit some user requirements.

Velocity fuses for safer hydraulics

Every Autostacker parking lift features integrated hydraulic safety valves (velocity fuses) to prevent sudden, unexpected platform collapse in the unlikely event of hydraulic system failure. A hydraulic velocity fuse serves the same function as a fuse or circuit breaker in electrical circuits. When an electrical circuit is overloaded, the excessive current trips the circuit breaker. A hydraulic fuse provides similar protection to a hydraulic circuit by detecting a broken or malfunctioning fluid line, subsequently closing off the circuit. It’s a check valve that closes when a sudden change in pressure or flow is detected. They can also be used to prevent massive fluid loss in the event of a catastrophic failure, such as rupturing of a hose or tube. This device regulates the flow of hydraulic fluid in both directions, which ensures an even rise and descent. If the back-pressure becomes too great, meaning too much weight is on the lift or fluid is leaking at an intolerably rapid rate, a velocity fuse engages and holds the lift in place. Once normal pressure is regained, the fuse disengages and the parking lift resumes normal functionality.

Instruction manual for proper use

If you’re ever in doubt about any aspect of installing or operating your parking lift, the owner’s manual is the best place to start. Before installing or operating Autostacker, we insist that you read the manual front-to-back. We do everything in our power to ensure a safe product delivers to your home, but operators need to do their part, as well: understand the Do’s and Don’ts of lift use, conduct occasional inspections, keep fingers out of the scissor mechanism at all times, etc.

Caution/warning labels

Those labels shipped with Autostacker must be placed at the recommended locations. Your parking lift warranty depends on it. It’s also vital to have a daily reminder, even if it’s in the form of a warning label, that Autostacker is a tool, not a toy. If any labels get damaged or go missing, we’re happy to ship you replacements.

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