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Old 07-27-2005, 05:29 PM   #1
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Default Garage 4 post lift suggestions??

Just found this forum and I'm glad I did.

I have more cars than space and was thinking of getting a 4 post lift to help with storage and occassional projects. I have the headroom and have moved the garage door to raise closer to the ceiling. I can also run electrical to anywhere I need.

My question is what brand do people reccomend? I've heard of Ben Pak as well as a few others but would appreciate comments on where to get the best price, ease of assembly etc.

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Old 07-27-2005, 09:22 PM   #2
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I bought a Stinger lift (made by Axe) after researching several alternative suppliers. Not the cheapest option, but has nice features that I wanted (e.g., key activation to prevent my kids from messing with the lift while I'm away, and fully enclosed bearings in the cable pulleys). Check it out...

www.stingerlifts.com

PS - If you have room, get the longest/tallest lift you can fit within your space (e.g., Stinger's ET model).
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Old 07-27-2005, 09:58 PM   #3
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If its of help, my friends shop has lifts for storage. You can go 3 or 4 cars high. Setback is, its so tall he has to keep them outside. He has 15 of them.
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Old 07-27-2005, 11:26 PM   #4
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Just got a Rotary and have been very happy with it. Check out this handy reference:

http://www.nwtbirds.com/lifts compared.htm

Enjoy!
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Old 07-28-2005, 12:44 AM   #5
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Last year I purchased my 4-post lift (model M8) from AutoLifters out of Kansas. It's a very well designed and well built lift. However, I recently learned that they have gone out of business. Basically, the companies which manufacture quality lifts in the USA are having trouble competing with the prices of cheap Chinese-manufactured auto lifts.

Autolifters suspends operations
http://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/.../16/story3.html

No matter which brand you finally settle on, your gonna wonder how you ever got along without it!
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Old 07-28-2005, 01:11 AM   #6
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I had narrowed my search down to the Autolifter or the Back yard Buddy. Now that autolifters is kaput............I'm leaning toward the Back Yard Buddy.

( I know....the name is super )
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Old 07-28-2005, 10:06 AM   #7
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I've had an Eagle lift for three years. No problem. Just be sure you have a 12 foot ceiling.
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Old 07-31-2005, 11:19 PM   #8
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There's a guy on nsxprime.com that sells lifts. Do a search for lifts there and you will find him. I think he can hook you up with decent pricing.
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Old 08-02-2005, 09:17 PM   #9
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I researched for over a year and looked at a bunch in person. Backyard Buddy is what I went with.
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Old 08-03-2005, 11:43 AM   #10
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Is it possible to assemble a 4 post lift with 1-2 people and an engine hoist, or would you need more manpower?
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Old 08-03-2005, 11:55 AM   #11
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There's a guy on nsxprime.com that sells lifts. Do a search for lifts there and you will find him. I think he can hook you up with decent pricing.

I searched the nsxprime web for that guy who might sell it, but didn't find what I needed.. if you remember , or run across his name the next time you are on it.. would you get back to me please ?

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Old 08-03-2005, 11:56 AM   #12
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Is it possible to assemble a 4 post lift with 1-2 people and an engine hoist, or would you need more manpower?

two people and a hoist is all it took to put mine up
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Old 08-03-2005, 03:08 PM   #13
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two people and a hoist is all it took to put mine up
The above, 5.5 hours, and $300 were what was required to install mine. Best $300 I ever spent. Like I told the installer - it would have taken more than $300 in beer and pizza to convince my friends to come over to help!
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Old 08-04-2005, 12:17 AM   #14
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I have not yet poured the garge floor for my shop and was wondering if you have to pour any extra concrete to support a lift, does anyone know the anwer to this or where I can find out?

Thanks, Andy
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Old 08-04-2005, 09:22 AM   #15
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Some of it depends on the size/capacity of the lift, but for most "residential hobbyist" style lifts (~7000 lb. capacity) the standard 4 inch thickness is sufficient.

edit: That's for a four poster. Two posters might be a whole different ballgame - I'm not sure?
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Old 08-04-2005, 10:04 AM   #16
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Is it possible to assemble a 4 post lift with 1-2 people and an engine hoist, or would you need more manpower?
My wife and I assembled are Backyard Buddy with the help of a engine hoist, the only really heavy part was the left ramp.
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Old 08-04-2005, 02:31 PM   #17
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all the 2 post lifts i have been studieinf require 6" of 3000 psi concrete
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Old 08-04-2005, 10:43 PM   #18
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I have not yet poured the garge floor for my shop and was wondering if you have to pour any extra concrete to support a lift, does anyone know the anwer to this or where I can find out?

As Hartz said, 4" will work fine with a four post lift.
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Old 08-06-2005, 02:15 AM   #19
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Thanks for the info, I thought 4 inches would be enough for the four post lift.

Cheers, Andy
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