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  1. Rob in Potomac

    Rob in Potomac Formula Junior

    Mar 3, 2006
    454
    Potomac, MD
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    Robert
    I am considering adding a car but am limited by the size of my garage. Therefore, it appears the only practical solution is to add a Lift to keep my cars indoors. I will also need it installed. The lift will not be used for working on the car, so likely a four poster.

    Any suggestions - greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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  3. Barry@PresidentialDetails

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    Nov 7, 2009
    187
    Lancaster PA
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    Barry Theal
    Wheres Joe Mac at? He has an amazing lift for his stable. I'm sure he will tell you all about it. I think its this one if my mind is correct.

    http://www.backyardbuddy.com/
     
  4. Crazy4Carz

    Crazy4Carz Karting

    Jan 10, 2011
    109
    Pike Creek, DE
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    Steve Gray
    On the contrary, four post lifts are great for working on the car. These came from Greg Smith Equipment, and they offer a "sliding jack" that will lift either the front wheels or the rear wheels both at one time. I store cars on these and have built many cars and serviced many cars on these lifts. If you get the adapter you can use it for bikes as well. We built my buddies Harley here at my garage.

    Here are a couple pic's.

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    No Ferrari...Yet.
     
  5. Neonzapper

    Neonzapper F1 Rookie

    Oct 19, 2008
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    Mykol
    ^^^^^^^
    Nice ! Mopar Man, too.
     
  6. Pantera1523

    Pantera1523 Formula Junior

    Mar 17, 2004
    432
    Virginia
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    Scott Carpenter
    +3 on the Backyard Buddy lifts as I have three in my garage and love them...
     
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  8. jamie furman

    jamie furman Karting

    Feb 20, 2011
    76
    Manassas Virginia
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    Jamie Furman
    #6 jamie furman, Mar 13, 2011
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    I use the same lifts and I like them! I also am a mopar fan and I like your dart, here is a picture of my dart I thought you might like.
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  9. IMSA/GT

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  10. dlbutler

    dlbutler Formula 3

    Sep 18, 2009
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    Just the thing to have if the cops are chasing you . . . pull into the garage, push a button and when they drive by they only see the wife's car. :D
     
  11. MPalilonis

    MPalilonis Karting

    Sep 30, 2003
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    I was over Joe Mac's last night using the lift and its great. He has the 120v version, which takes a couple seconds less to lift to the top then the 220v (not worth the extra for the 220v). Its got a great lockout feature that is very secure. The only recommondation that we both agreed on was that it needed 6' ramps instead of the 3'. I got my 328 up on it, but there was very little room between the rockers and front bumper, the 6' would have given it a little more clearance.

    Mike
     
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  13. BobO

    BobO Karting

    Nov 2, 2003
    66
    Loudoun Co, VA
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    Bob O
    My "two" car garage houses 4 "little" red cars. 4 posts are the way to go for both storage and work. I do exhaust systems, oil changes, light stuff like that I have no trouble with the 4 post but I s'pose the two posters would be a bit easier. Truth be told, I'm getting too damn old to squatch under a car with zip for clearance to do an oil change. Once you use your lift for that, there's no going back.

    I have Direct Lift. They're the only Chinese lifts that are ASTM certified. Rotary owns and specs the Direct Lift. You can take a look at several brands if you go on up to Spring Carlisle. There are usually at least several lift vendors and you can compare and order them at the show.
     
  14. Bryanp

    Bryanp F1 Rookie

    Aug 13, 2002
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    Santa Fe, NM
  15. Bryanp

    Bryanp F1 Rookie

    Aug 13, 2002
    3,766
    Santa Fe, NM
    #12 Bryanp, Mar 20, 2011
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  16. Lew L

    Lew L Formula Junior

    Jan 27, 2006
    359
    That Quality Lift looks very much like an American Custom Lift, www.aclifts.com. It looks like their Voyager model. Good lifts. They must sell them under both names.
     
  17. Rob in Potomac

    Rob in Potomac Formula Junior

    Mar 3, 2006
    454
    Potomac, MD
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    Robert
    Thanks for all the information. I have now purchased the new car and my wife's car is no longer in the garage, so finding and installing a lift has taken on some urgency.

    Does anyone have experience with Potomac Garage Solutions? They have a unique two front end post, scissors lift that appears to be ideal for residential use. It also has a bed rather than rails to drive up on, so no working on car from underneath is possible, which is not an issue for me.

    Thanks again.


    Rob
     
  18. Arjun

    Arjun Formula Junior

    Feb 26, 2006
    330
    Stay away from Potomac Garage Solutions. They're completely clueless. I dealt with one of their sales guys called Zev Pomerance (also goes by the first name George) and he turned out to be not only unreliable but a liar. Kept stringing me along for weeks before I finally gave up and worked with someone else. Contact Kevin (KKRace on this board and on F Life) for a good local contact for new lifts. Also, Ron (Pantera1889 on here) has a line on some great quality used lifts that you can have installed at a fraction of the cost of a new one.
     
  19. fou

    fou Formula 3

    Feb 1, 2007
    2,180
    Central Virginia
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    Call me the breeze
    What do you guys know about Bendpak lifts?
     
  20. JohnnyS

    JohnnyS F1 World Champ
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    Oct 19, 2006
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    If you use the search function, you will find 222 posts that have Bendpak mentioned.
     
  21. Arjun

    Arjun Formula Junior

    Feb 26, 2006
    330
    Great lifts. I have a HD9 on order. As I mentioned before, Kevin knows the local installer and has a HD9 narrow version.
     
  22. fou

    fou Formula 3

    Feb 1, 2007
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    Central Virginia
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    Call me the breeze
    Thanks, that is the model I was looking at.
     
  23. Bryanp

    Bryanp F1 Rookie

    Aug 13, 2002
    3,766
    Santa Fe, NM
    #20 Bryanp, Apr 15, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2011
    the new bend-paks are not liked in certain circles; search "HD-9" at Garagejournal.com in your research. My installer, mentioned earlier in this thread, won't install the new ones.
    http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/index.php

    it's why I went Quality.
     
  24. fou

    fou Formula 3

    Feb 1, 2007
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    Central Virginia
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    Call me the breeze
    Thanks Byran
     
  25. Olimpi

    Olimpi Karting

    Sep 26, 2004
    82
    Middleburg, VA
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    David D. Olimpi
    For garage lifts and installations I recommend David Sunter (dsunter@chespet.com) at Chesapeake Petroleum. He's installed lifts in several of my friend's garages and automobile agencies. He's an expert in this field, and a Car Guy without equal.
     
  26. uhho

    uhho Rookie

    Nov 13, 2003
    12
    Did this end up getting resolved? I'm looking into the bendpak hd-9 for my garage but the price seems a little steep.
     
  27. Cobraownr

    Cobraownr Formula Junior
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    Feb 6, 2008
    911
    Edgewater, MD
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    Donald Silawsky
    Not to take anything away from those that have another preference, but I've had a four-post lift from Greg Smith Equipment in Delaware since 2008 and have been very satisfied, to the extent that I bought another one this summer. I think you can over analyze this issue and wind up lost in the detail weeds. I looked at all of the name brands and frankly did not see much if any difference except price. The Greg Smith lift works well and seems very nicely priced.

    Rent a U-Haul twin axle car trailer for $60 for the day and drive up to Delaware and take delivery of the lift. No sales tax! Installation is very straightforward but needs two STRONG people or three normal, out-of-shape, guys. The main lift runway with hydraulic cylinder is a real moose to move. I am not a mechanical genius by any means but had no trouble following the assembly manual. I did not beforehand, and really do not now, after assembling one lift, see the need to pay someone hundreds of bucks to bolt together 30 pieces of fairly crude structural steel. Leave a full weekend for the job to allow for the inevitable goof and "where the heck did that lock nut go to?" and you'll be fine.

    If you are looking for a storage lift, my advice is to get the tallest and widest lift that will fit in your garage. The first "CLANG" when your noggin hits the lift--a thoroughly immovable object compared to your head--that is not full walk under height will convince you of the height advice. One ruined $500 tire because a bit of it hung off the runway over a winter because the rear track of the car on the lift was as wide as the lift, or the first side mirror you scythe off as you drive a car in between the lift posts, will convince you of the width advice.

    If you are spooked by the prospect of the locks failing and the lift suddenly dropping, get a couple of aluminum or steel I-beams cut to the appropriate height at a welding shop as fail-safe props when the lift is up in the air.

    You are welcome to visit and check out my lift and/or help/kibitz when I assemble the second lift I bought a few months ago.

    <http://www.gregsmithequipment.com>
     

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