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Old 05-04-2009, 03:12 PM   #1
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Default In-floor Scissor Lift Install

I finally got fed up with the task of putting a car with 2.5" of ground clearance up on jack stands and decided to do something about it. A boat from China and three weekends worth of work and the problem is now solved. Here are some shots of how it went down:

Rented a concrete saw and jack hammer and dug a 24" deep hole:

Then I made wooden forms and a bunch of rebar:

1.6 yds of 5000 psi concrete:

Finished concrete work:

Borrowed a fork lift:

And done:





The great thing about this lift is that it is perfectly level with the ground when down so it is 100% out of the way when not in use (98% of the time). It also lifts to 73" so I can easily walk under the car when up. I am going to put down porcelain tile this weekend and then get back to work on the important stuff - like finishing my race car.
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Old 05-04-2009, 03:20 PM   #2
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Excellent work!
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Old 05-04-2009, 04:00 PM   #3
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nice job! what brand is this scissor lift?
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Old 05-04-2009, 04:05 PM   #4
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Very clever, and very well executed!! I'm likin' the whole setup
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Old 05-04-2009, 04:56 PM   #5
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How'd you get the PVC pipe from the wall to the pit?

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Old 05-04-2009, 06:29 PM   #6
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Nice but do you really need that much lift? Seems a little overkill. Of course, that may be the whole point.
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Old 05-04-2009, 06:33 PM   #7
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wow, great work, love how its level with the ground
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Old 05-04-2009, 06:56 PM   #8
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very sweet install! Nice job guy. Nice work on the piping as well.
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:42 PM   #9
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nice job! what brand is this scissor lift?
I got it direct from Ever Eternal in China. The closest thing to this I could find in the US was the single cross Bend Pak. I greatly prefer this style as it only interupts the floor directly under the platform. Plus this lift was 40% the cost of the Bend Pak which was probably made in the same plant in China.
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How'd you get the PVC pipe from the wall to the pit?
I simply drove a scrap piece of 2" PVC with a sledge hammer. Every 6 inches or so I pulled it out and emptied the dirt in the pipe. It took about 15 minutes to drive it 7 feet. I thought this was going to be a major task. It ended up being one of the easiest.
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Nice but do you really need that much lift?
In what respect? Height? - I am 72" tall so I wanted it to lift 72". Why would I want it to lift less than that?
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:00 PM   #10
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Nice job. Good alternative to a regular lift.

Am I seeing this right?? 2 teeth x 2 per side?

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Awesome. great execution. Can you tell me what company you bought the lift from? I did a search, but the website that came up was written in Chinese. Thanks.
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:50 PM   #12
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That is a "WAY COOL" installation. Great planning. Enjoy.
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Old 05-04-2009, 09:03 PM   #13
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Great job!!
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Old 05-04-2009, 09:10 PM   #14
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Am I seeing this right?? 2 teeth x 2 per side?
Yes, this is correct 2 per side per lift - 4 total engaged teeth per lift side. And it is hard to tell but they are huge and made from 3/4" thick steel. BTW, the pivots on this thing are made from 1.375" thick steel. Up close it looks like something Komatsu would make.

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http://www.ever-eternal.com/en/

I'll post pics of the inside of the control box tomorrow.
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Yes, this is correct 2 per side per lift - 4 total engaged teeth per lift side. And it is hard to tell but they are huge and made from 3/4" thick steel. BTW, the pivots on this thing are made from 1.375" thick steel. Up close it looks like something Komatsu would make.
Damn. Yea, it is hard to tell from the picts. I would like to see more teeth, but I usually overdo things and I doubt those teeth would sheer off.

Out of all the offshore lifts I've seen, that looks pretty beefy and nicely welded.
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Yes, this is correct 2 per side per lift - 4 total engaged teeth per lift side. And it is hard to tell but they are huge and made from 3/4" thick steel. BTW, the pivots on this thing are made from 1.375" thick steel. Up close it looks like something Komatsu would make.


http://www.ever-eternal.com/en/

I'll post pics of the inside of the control box tomorrow.
how much did you pay? i didnt see any prices on tehre site.
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Very nice job, and a nice lift. Enjoy!

Could those scissor members be made out of rectangular tubing?

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Old 05-04-2009, 11:33 PM   #18
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Wow - the install job is really well executed. This is the best alternative - maybe a better alternative to a 4-pos- I'v ever seen. Takes up NO room. Lifts to full heights. Lifts wheels clear. Easy to navigate onto. I can imagine witha little selling this taking over for 4-posts and any scizzor jacks out there. Can we see a pic of your car on it?

This is one of the few times I'd have to agree with BM though - I'd like to see a few more teeth on that locking mechanism as well. Is that the only holding device?

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I think the 2 teeth on each side would be sufficient. I imagine they have tested the design also.
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Old 05-05-2009, 09:11 AM   #20
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$1,830 + shipping. A friend got one as well so we saved a bunch on shipping them together. Total shipping was $345 each from China to Memphis. We drove 5 hours to Memphis to get them as it was going to be another $250 each to ship from there.

Two years ago I contacted EE directly and got a quote for $1500. This January I made another price request through Alibaba which sent me to EE. This time the quote was $1830. I don't know if this was an Alibaba markup or just a price increase.

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Not yet. I am going to be putting down a through color porcelain tile this weekend (hopefully). So I don't want anything in the garage to get oil/dirt/etc. on the now clean floor.

On the issue of the locking mechanism, you will see below some closeup shots of it. I too am one to quickly over build when it comes to stuff like this. Seeing it in person I can tell you that I am 100% confident that it is designed to double the rated capacity of the lift (3,000 kg). Without cutting the thing up I can't say for sure on the welds, but I don't see any 'misses' or poor penetration. BTW, they had to have some SERIOUS welding equipment to the the material thickness.

Here are some more pics:

Someone emailed me that I was wrong about the max lift height even though I measured it. WTF??? Anyway, here is proof.

Closeups of the teeth and pivots:




And here are some shots of the control box:



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