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Old 11-19-2006, 01:28 PM   #1
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Default 4 post car lifts, does anyone use one??

I'm looking at buying a 4 post storage lift for my garage to allow me to park one car above another to free up some floor space. Does anyone have any experience (good or bad) with these lifts? I've done some web searching and it seems that a 7,000 lb capacity lift is around $2,500.00 more or less.
I tried searching the forums but didn't find anyting related to lifts.
Thanks in adavance!!
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Old 11-19-2006, 01:48 PM   #2
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My buddy back In the Fraser Valley here had one he ordered from the back of an offroad mag for his two jeeps....installation into his garage was a bit perplexing first off check your floor for cracks and stuff Jim put don some steel under the contact points between lift and concrete his came a bit damaged from shipping so hydraulics were a bit sketchy also subtly check your home insurance and auto insurance for possible roadblocks in case they dont allow "overhead vehicle storage"...that might not be the right term but the general idea...his policy for his house wouldnt cover that kind of install incase lift fails and damage to home or vehicles occur. After he got the hydraulic pump fixed the sucker was so sweet we could work on his jeep and my jeep at the same time in his garage with the lift installed. I dont miss my jeep at all GO SUBIE!!!!
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Old 11-19-2006, 11:10 PM   #3
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I did a bunch of research this past summer and found that there are a bunch of no-name (or nobody ever heard of them) lifts that are all made in China and are super cheap (and junk). AC Lifts in CA and Bendpack (I think Ohio) were my final 2 choices. Both US made and highly recommended. I bought an enclosed trailer making the lift (for racecar storage) less immediately needed.

Some things to consider....the parts are wicked heavy, so consider that. 4 people can wressle things around and do it yourself. None of the assembly is rocket science. If you have the choice of 110V or 220V, go with 220 as the 110 takes forever to lift up. The caster wheels are nice to get, but I found one of the guys locally who had bought the lift I was looking to get volunteering to let me use his. He told me that he used them to get the lift where he wanted it....made sure....and will likely never use the casters again. Check the height of your garage and measure everything. In my garage, the top stored car would be a Shelby Cobra replica, so the windshield and rollbar would fit above the rafter bottom in a garage with open rafters set at 7 feet. The accessories are expensive and if you have a cheap welder and scrap steel (car bumper beams at a junkyard are cheap) you can easily make your own jacking platforms to slide between the rails and such.

Most lift retailers will give you a discount if you just ask. I was able to get the "show special" even though I knew nothing about a show. About $500 off. The larger retailer that I was dealing with would have the lift drop shipped anyways, so offering to drive my trailer to his place would save me nothing.

Used lifts come up pretty regularly on car sites (there's one in my time trial site now) and tend to go for $1k regardless of what it is.

4 posters take up a lot of floor space. My garage is 24x36 and it would not allow another regular car in front of it (36 deep garage). The CRX would fit, but not my Mazda6 or wife's Legacy. Side space is pretty hefty too.

They are nice to work with. Shout at Snowphun. He had one at his last house and seemed to use it a lot. I asked him a lot of questions when looking for one.

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Old 11-19-2006, 11:56 PM   #4
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my friends dad installed one in his house. its pretty sweet. makes changing oil SO EASY!! if it will fit in your garage, do it.
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Old 11-20-2006, 05:18 AM   #5
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i wish i have one in my garage! =( i will have one in there one day!!
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Old 11-20-2006, 08:53 AM   #6
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didn't realize you could get them for $1k range or so used... hmmm, only problem is my garage isn't NEARLY high enough... wonder what the SO would say if I tell her I not only want to add a 3rd stall, but also raise the roof 10 feet.
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Old 11-21-2006, 11:32 AM   #7
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To all:

Thanks for all the input, I have about 14' clear so no issue on height, it's good to know that 220v is the way to go vs 110v, and the comment on a local welder instead of buying accessories is a great ideas. I appreciate the comments!!
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Old 11-21-2006, 05:00 PM   #8
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At my old job we used to use the lifts for storing cars on an regular basis. It happened to be the NVH lab, packed full of prototype test mules, so it was always fun to look at the cars in there...

In the garage there were 3 lifts. Two 2-post and one 4-post. All of them were made by Rotary, and were very high quality. The 4-post also had 2 scissor jacks on it. I know the 2-post lifts were used for storing vehicles when we were low on space. I don't recall ever seeing one under the 4-post though. Looking at Rotary's website, they have a version for residential use.


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Old 11-21-2006, 06:25 PM   #9
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A friend of mine has a two post unit, and one thing he said that you might take into consideration is that your floor has to be 6" thick concrete. At least for the unit he bought. If it isn't you'd have to cut it, and pour pads to support the lift.
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