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woford
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From: Bristol, VA, USA
Registered: Sep 2004

posted 09-15-2004 08:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for woford   Click Here to Email woford     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone have experience with (auto) lifts? I am looking to buy and of course every salesman you talk to says theirs is the best. I want a 4 post model.
Walt

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pmhvps
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From: Lowville,Ontario,Canada
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posted 09-15-2004 10:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pmhvps   Click Here to Email pmhvps     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Walt,why would you want a 4 post? Most commercial places got rid of them and now have 2 post.
Mike.

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woford
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posted 09-16-2004 09:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for woford   Click Here to Email woford     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I work on a few vetts and street rods with vett and jag rearends, they have a tendency for the axles to hang low. I will also park a car on them occasionally with one parked below. There are lots of the lifts and I know there has to be good and not so good ones.
Walt

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Originally posted by pmhvps:
Walt,why would you want a 4 post? Most commercial places got rid of them and now have 2 post.
Mike.

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BlueMule
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posted 09-16-2004 09:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BlueMule   Click Here to Email BlueMule     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome Woford.

I remember seeing several posts about this and did a search using "lift" for the key. A bunch came up. Some addressed the benefits of one lift over the other. Some were down right scarey!
EDIT: check this one out!!

https://mustangsandmore.com/ubb/Forum11/HTML/000220.html
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woford
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posted 09-16-2004 06:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for woford   Click Here to Email woford     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the response. I am hoping to learn from you guys experience. The reason I need a lift is that after 7 knee surgeries its getting harder to get up and down while working on the cars. I have been working on cars for about 35 years, 7 of those were on fire trucks. If I would have known I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of my self; How many times have you heard that one? It becomes more true as you get older.
Walt

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Originally posted by BlueMule:
Welcome Woford.

I remember seeing several posts about this and did a search using "lift" for the key. A bunch came up. Some addressed the benefits of one lift over the other. Some were down right scarey!
EDIT: check this one out!!

https://mustangsandmore.com/ubb/Forum11/HTML/000220.html


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Byron 66 Coupe
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posted 09-20-2004 10:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Byron 66 Coupe   Click Here to Email Byron 66 Coupe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've got a 4 post only because the price was so right (used) that I could not say no). However, I have to say some areas you would like to have access to you just dont in some cases. Those rails are WIDE to accomodate all sized cars - that means they cover a lot. Plus, it's a pain to jack up the car with bottle jacks to remove a tire, and then you are still working around those wide platform rails.. So if I had the money, I would for sure buy a 2 post lift. My 2 cents!

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woford
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posted 09-25-2004 10:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for woford   Click Here to Email woford     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My street rod has a vette rear and it hangs down enough that I think it would tear the break lines off. (When it was on a 2 post lift at a local muffler shop, I had to stop the guy from lifting it any further). I am a wuss I guess.
Walt

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Originally posted by Byron 66 Coupe:
I've got a 4 post only because the price was so right (used) that I could not say no). However, I have to say some areas you would like to have access to you just dont in some cases. Those rails are WIDE to accomodate all sized cars - that means they cover a lot. Plus, it's a pain to jack up the car with bottle jacks to remove a tire, and then you are still working around those wide platform rails.. So if I had the money, I would for sure buy a 2 post lift. My 2 cents!

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cobrajeff
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posted 10-05-2004 10:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobrajeff   Click Here to Email cobrajeff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For most hobbyists, the 4 post lift design is more practical than a 2 post. Here are some of the advantages of a 4 post over a 2 post for your home garage:

- does not need to be bolted to the floor
- with optional casters, can be easily moved, loaded or unloaded
- available in 110V as well as 220V models
- readily adapts to "parking storage"

For commercial use, the 2 post would normally be the choice - it's bolted down, and everything hangs under the car for easy access. But for the home, the 4 post model provides extra utility by allowing you to double your parking space in your garage.

In my selection of 4 post lifts, I found two basic designs - one type, made by AutoLifters and Backyard Buddy, uses a 4"x4" four-sided closed column design, the other uses a 4"x6" three-sided open column design. I believe the four-sided closed column design is more robust, and would recommend you study both types before making your choice. The locking pawls appear more robust on the closed column design, too.

regards,

cobrajeff

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woford
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posted 10-05-2004 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for woford   Click Here to Email woford     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the info. I had narrowed it done to Autolifters and Backyard Buddy. They appear simular in design but a difference in cost. I am in the process of deciding between the two.
Walt

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Originally posted by cobrajeff:
For most hobbyists, the 4 post lift design is more practical than a 2 post. Here are some of the advantages of a 4 post over a 2 post for your home garage:

- does not need to be bolted to the floor
- with optional casters, can be easily moved, loaded or unloaded
- available in 110V as well as 220V models
- readily adapts to "parking storage"

For commercial use, the 2 post would normally be the choice - it's bolted down, and everything hangs under the car for easy access. But for the home, the 4 post model provides extra utility by allowing you to double your parking space in your garage.

In my selection of 4 post lifts, I found two basic designs - one type, made by AutoLifters and Backyard Buddy, uses a 4"x4" four-sided closed column design, the other uses a 4"x6" three-sided open column design. I believe the four-sided closed column design is more robust, and would recommend you study both types before making your choice. The locking pawls appear more robust on the closed column design, too.

regards,

cobrajeff


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65ponycar
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posted 10-05-2004 08:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65ponycar   Click Here to Email 65ponycar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
hey... Here is a link to a chart that compares the models you guys listed,and some more. Hope it helps!
http://www.nwtbirds.com/lifts%20compared.htm

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woford
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posted 10-05-2004 09:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for woford   Click Here to Email woford     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is great. Thanks
Walt
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Originally posted by 65ponycar:
hey... Here is a link to a chart that compares the models you guys listed,and some more. Hope it helps!
http://www.nwtbirds.com/lifts%20compared.htm

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