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I'm getting to old for floor jacks and jackstands for everything, especially for these damn low cars I keep buying. Don't have permission to put in a 2 post lift, and it would probably require new concrete anyway.

 

I've looked at pictures and descriptions of all kinds of low-rise, mid-rise, scissors, blah, blah lifts until I can't focus on the screen. Anybody have one they really like? Open center would be nice, to be able to drop a transmission or driveshaft or exhaust. 

 

Also, must be able to fit a variety of cars, old 911 being the most difficult, the Supra, M3, and 240Z are a bit easier. Probably will have to build or buy ramps.

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53 minutes ago, SiberianDVM said:

mid-rise, scissors

Oddly enough, I recently acquired and have been using  @ work.

 

"Portable"

Self contained

Adequately stable @ full height (5 ft)

 

 

Not open bottom

Collapsed height too tall

Concrete has to be in decent/level condition

 

Pics tomorrow

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We purchased an Atlas 2 post 9k from Greg Smith Equipment, a buddy of mine wanted one as well so we bought 2 and I got them to give me the pick up pricing but still deliver them to a commercial address for $1900/ea. I love it. I even picked up the crewcab dually just to test it. 

 

http://www.gregsmithequipment.com/Atlas-9OHSC-SS-Overhead-Two-Post-Car-Lift

 

@Justin9 bought his before we bought ours, he bought the low clearance baseplate model.

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There are lots of good brands, look for an ALI or ELI certification.  Mine is a 4 post 12,000 lb working load Challenger.  As the working load goes up the thickness of the runways goes up and longer ramps are required.  My ramps are double folding custom aluminum jobs that are 7'11" long.

 

New is good, but you can certainly find nice used ones on Craigslist.  Installation is straightforward requiring a big hammer drill (rental or harbor freight), a measuring tape, a level and some other basic hand tools.  4" concrete in good condition is sufficient.

 

Ryan

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10 hours ago, pintodave said:

We purchased an Atlas 2 post 9k from Greg Smith Equipment, a buddy of mine wanted one as well so we bought 2 and I got them to give me the pick up pricing but still deliver them to a commercial address for $1900/ea. I love it. I even picked up the crewcab dually just to test it. 

 

http://www.gregsmithequipment.com/Atlas-9OHSC-SS-Overhead-Two-Post-Car-Lift

 

@Justin9 bought his before we bought ours, he bought the low clearance baseplate model.

 

Yes, the Atlas 9000 was sweet...    I am planning on owning another one one day...   as a matter of fact...  if you order from GSE, let them know that you heard about them from the "DeVane's" that had a fire...  they have kind of already agreed to help me on the next one, but if I could sell a few things for them that may help...

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Not one label on the darn thing, I was under the impression it was a brand name... Possibly not, it was one of those gift horse deals (Im moving , give me $500)

 

Something like this but not exactly (similar price)https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-MID-RISE-car-lift-great-Scissor-Lift-car-or-truck-/263318840338

 

Note the wooden ramps, without them the cars jam on suspension and tears the under tray plastics off

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So, the big problem I'm seeing with all of these lifts is the weight and shipping. All are in the 800+ lb. range, requiring a forklift or several strong people to unload. There's just me.

 

The only viable alternative I see is a Quickjack. They are light enough that I can unload, unpack, and assemble by myself, and can be moved or stored. I just won't get underneath without some added jack stands or wooden baulks.

 I need to measure the lift points of my various vehicles and pick the highest capacity that will fit.

https://www.quickjack.com

 

 

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3 hours ago, SiberianDVM said:

So, the big problem I'm seeing with all of these lifts is the weight and shipping. All are in the 800+ lb. range, requiring a forklift or several strong people to unload. There's just me.

 

The only viable alternative I see is a Quickjack. They are light enough that I can unload, unpack, and assemble by myself, and can be moved or stored. I just won't get underneath without some added jack stands or wooden baulks.

 I need to measure the lift points of my various vehicles and pick the highest capacity that will fit.

https://www.quickjack.com

 

 

 

This is a fair point. We are lucky to have a neighbor with a fork... I know there are companies that offer a setup service, even though it adds a little to the cost, it could be a not-too-expensive solution to setting it up?

 

I had it delivered to work, then used the fork truck there to put it in the back of the dually... hung out a little but was reasonable. Fab'd a bracket to use on the neighbors fork to stand it up. Was way less sketchy than I thought it was going to be. 

 

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