Lifts - Brands?

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    So...becoming more and more an Ohio-ite. Not sure what a Buckeye is (Go Blue!) Moving out of New Albany and purchasing a few acres out east. Looking at Granville and Hebron. Anyways...

    We've decided to build, and I'm adding a large detached garage out back. Figured I'd go ahead now and make sure it's ready for a lift.

    I don't know much about different brands, but a buddy has a BenPak. So I called them. Looks pretty good.

    Also looking at Forward lifts (a place in Johnstown does a Forward lift installed for $3600). Any other brands you guys think I should consider? Or any tips you may have?

    Looks like I need about 148" ceilings. No problem I guess since I'm having it custom built.

    I kinda have the basics from reading the install instructions from various lift's sites.

    Thx.
     
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    #3 Dave.0, Jan 23, 2016
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    Helix, where I take my car has Bendpak 2 post lifts. :Thumbsup:
     
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    That's two of us becoming more of an Ohioan.

     
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    Check out garagejournal.com. There are lots of threads bout lifts. Good info on what type for what kind of work.

    On a two post, things to consider are if you want a floor plate or a ceiling cable. The total lifting height. Lock set intervals.

    Bendpaks and forwards are popular. So is rotary if you have the budget.

    Also 4 posts can double as storage stacking so you can add more toys.

    Let me know when you need info on pole barn and I can give you info on the Amish guys that built mine.
     
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    We went with BendPaK XPR9 LP. No regrets. Had limited space and height so the two post floor plate did the job.
    If we had the height would have gone with over head cables. It's the bump on the floor thing. Make sure you have the concrete in the floor right. We needed to dig out and pour new for anchoring / support.
     
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    I'm sure you've already read about the concrete depth and so on, so I will only say that if you stay with an American made or at least one certified by the ALI, you'll be good to go. I prefer the cables over the top.... We have Rotary lifts at school and they've taken all the abuse the students can dish out! :Thumbsup:
     
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    If I was building a garage for the purpose, I'd get an in-ground two post. So much nicer to not have the posts in the way for doors, etc. when the car is low or on the floor. I love my MaxJax for my current setup, but if I build another garage in my lifetime, it will have an in-ground. And maybe a four post, also. :)
     
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    I have all the types at school, in ground 2 post, regular and asymmetrical above ground two post, 4 post, scissors lifts - you name it. They all have their purpose and serve different jobs better.

    For example, the scissor lifts we have are super easy to use and leave the whole center of the car open for work, front to back. but they don't work at all on vehicles with frames. They're easiest for brake and suspension work too.....

    The two posts are great as they leave the entire underside clear, except when you're having to get in and out of the interior. The reason I prefer the cables over the top is that it's easy to trip over the hump in the floor, and it can get in the way of a jack or other equipment when you need to roll it under the car - also the bar across the top adds stability to the posts, they can't spread under load.

    The two post in ground are fantastic, but I find I run into the damn posts! I have no idea why, but there they are.....

    The 4 post is great for storing a car below without stretching the suspension bushings but limit what you can do as you have to raise the car off the ramps to remove the wheels.

    Bottom line, what rack you buy is largely determined by what work you're going to do with it and what vehicles you'll be lifting....ideally I'd like one (or more) of each, please! :D
     
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    Might as well feed the addiction. Challenger has a 2 post in-ground they sell. Complete cassette. Dig a hole and drop it in. Runs on air and water. Keeps the nanny state away :thumbs:

    Not sure of the cost, Guessing $7k+, but on the Challenger site there used to be pictures of this model up and running at the MINI dealer in Louisville, KY.
     
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    Yep, the cassette is the right way to do it...ours at school is made this way tho I think it's a Rotary.
     

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