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      Yesterday, 09:24 PM   #1
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Lets talk about garage lifts!

I'm interested in hearing about lifts you guys have... pros and cons. i'm not opposed to any single design, but budget is going to be reasonable- no in-ground hydraulics. ideally, i would be able to use the lift for doing my own work, but i would like to also be able to store one car over another.

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Thought about this for years, but I do not have the height in my 2 car under for a lift. Have been working on my own cars for many years and it is so much easier with a post lift. If I did not live in the Northeast with winter weather I would put one in my driveway. If I bought another home, top priority would be 2 car detached garage with high ceilings. Next best is a Quick Lift, which is what I use now. BTW, what does track is srs mean on your screen name?

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well, mrs beef and i found a place that suits all of our needs, but doesn't have a three car garage we wanted. however, it has side parking, which is more valuable than a three car garage for us. the garage height isn't super high... i might have to modify the garage door rails to get it up against the ceiling when its open, but if i can park two cars, i'd be happy. i don't need it 10' up in the air. i'll have to measure, but i think its doable.
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Maxjax is a great lift for lower ceilings.
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Maxjax is a great lift for lower ceilings.
i think i want something semi-permanent. i'll also have to check and see if the property is on a post tension or a regular slab if bolts are needed.
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check out this lift. one of the things i dig about it is optional rolling hydraulic jacks that fit between the ramps. i'll have to check and see if they extend as far out as i would need for the m3's jacking points.

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There are a lot of threads on this subject. Here's the short of it. The most economical and best suited for real mechanical work is an above ground 2-post lift. They basically come in two versions, with the cables and hydraulics either running over the top of the columns, or on the floor between the columns under a guard plate. Most need a 12' ceiling height. Bend pack makes one for a 9' ceiling. These lifts need a minimum of 4" slab and 3,000 psi concrete. They use 240VAC power, but Rotary does now have a 12V DC (car battery) powered system. Depending on what manufacturer you go with, $4,500 installed is a good ball park top number.

The MaxJack, and QuickJacks are nice, but are compromises. A real full size lift let's you stand on your feet comfortably for hours at a time and gives you access to all parts of the chassis. Once you experience working on a car standing comfortably on your feet, you will not go back to kneeling during brake work, or on your back dropping a transmission.

If you want storage capability over mechanical accessibility then a 4-post is a better choice.

I have a Rotary SPOA 10. It's a 10,000 pound, asymeterical two-post. I've had it for 14 years and it's saved me over $20K in shop labor.

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