What Is a Rotisserie Lift Car?

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What Is a Rotisserie Lift Car?

Many mechanics believe a rotisserie lift is a "must" for those involved in auto restoration by profession or as a hobby. Whether you are painting or welding, or even sandblasting, the rotisserie lift provides 360-degree access to your car's frame or body in much the same way a chicken rotisserie allows 360-degree access for basting and baking in an oven. With a rotisserie lift, you will never have to get dirt in your eyes again while working under the belly of a car.


You may hear of a rotisserie lift for cars referred to as a rotary car lift, auto body rotisserie, or even a twirler. Whatever the name, they are a must for anyone restoring a vehicle body or frame. By lifting the car up and allowing you to twirl the car around a full 360 degrees, a rotisserie car lift provides easy access to all parts of a car's body or frame.


The benefits of a rotisserie car lift are hard to ignore. Since rotisserie lifts eliminate the need for supporting a car on a jack and crawling underneath the frame to work on it, it offers safety and eliminates many hazards. Rotisserie lifts are also adjustable not only in width and length, but also height, offering adjustable comfort: No matter your size, you can work on your car at a level that is comfortable for you. Rotisserie lifts come with hydraulic rams that make it both faster and easier to mount a car frame than with traditional lifts, and there is also no need for additional mounting equipment. Finally, when caster wheels are attached, the rotisserie swivels, making it easy to move or transport--both with and without a car frame mounted on it.


Prices vary according to the amount of weight the lift will support, and attachments which will greatly add to the ease and functionality of the unit are generally priced separately. Smaller lifts can be purchased new for under £650, while larger ones that can support more weight sell for close to £1,300.


The attachments you decide to purchase for your rotisserie will be based on your personal work style. Wheels, swivel casters or balloon tires are helpful if you will need to move the unit around. Brackets allow you to attach a frame or body to the rotisserie by connecting to the rails instead of the standard mounting locations, and are designed to fit over the standard mounting brackets that come with your rotisserie. Universal door bars help maintain door alignment by stopping the auto frame from twisting around while you are working. A wheel balancer allows you to balance your wheels before mounting them back on the car you are working on.


Rotisserie lifts are not just for auto frames. They can also be used to work on shells, steamer trunks, auto cabs and even steamer trunks. It is likely you will need to purchase a special mounting bracket to lift these sorts of items.

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