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    Car lifts

    Ive come to the conclusion that climbing around on the floor trying to get to something under the car is a young mans game. So Iíve decided Iím going to treat myself to a car lift.
    Iíve already trimmed the joiners in the garage so I can get enough height, however, saying that....I can only get a mid rise lift (about 4foot).
    Iím leaning towards a 2 post which are on eBay for about £1300. I know that they are nowhere near the quality of a 4 grand version....but this is only a hobby. Another option Iíve looked at is the scissor type. Although access isnít as good as the 2 post it does have the advantage of being mobile so I can work on the drive in the summer.
    Has anyone on hear got either type and a review? And does the scissor lift lift the car up perfectly straight??? By that I mean is if I use it in the garage and space is tight....will it lift in a straight line or will the back of the car get shifted backwards as it goes up?

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    mate of mine up the road has got 1 of the 2 post lifts £1200 installed on single phase rated at 3.5 tonne he asked the seller if it will really do that and was told it will lift 5 tonne max but no problem with 3.5 continuously
    at least dick turpin had the decency to wear a mask!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 352 kum View Post
    mate of mine up the road has got 1 of the 2 post lifts £1200 installed on single phase rated at 3.5 tonne he asked the seller if it will really do that and was told it will lift 5 tonne max but no problem with 3.5 continuously
    i wondered what they were like was going to go for a four post once i move
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    I have a cheap four poster in my garden.was about 1500. It's ok but I'm not sure I'd want to yank a car around too much on it.its not as sturdy as the Bradbury it replaced.

    I have a two poster inside.thats what is recommend. I can't get trucks up full height so just work underneath on a stool. A scissor lift would be too restrictive.great for working on wheels ect but not for day exhausts
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    How thick of a floor do you need for a two post..?


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    Lift manufacturers sometimes say what depth you need. My floor is six inches.

    you could always dig out where the pads are going to go so you have a deeper base and tie it into the existing concrete.

    Lifts really do make life easy
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    Nothing really to do with the question you originaly asked Russ but, if your circumstances change and you go for a 4 post lift, I would recommend one that is for cars only as the one I have was from BT and is for twin wheeled vehicles. Whilst I'm not moaning, if I could have another one I'd go for one with narrower beds. Also, as I own 2 1950's Vauxhalls, I don't think a lift that holds the vehicle up by it's floorpan would suit me, if you know what I mean. I'm guessing a pit isn't an option Russ?

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    With a two post make sure the floor is reinforced where it is mounted, I don't think they'll be safe on normal 4 inch concrete. The garage I MOT at had to have the floor re-laid with special concrete although that may be to do with elf and safety but you still don't want it collapsing inwards due to substandard foundation

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    I think my floor is around 5 inches. I’m going to dig out where the posts sit and put 2 foot by 2 foot concrete pages down with long studs instead of usual fixings

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    This is mine 2700kg will lift to chest height even more with the risers on, brilliant piece of kit, there is no end bar restriction only the centre frame.
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