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Old 11-26-2019, 11:38 AM   #11
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Two posts are great but I agree I wouldn't want to park inside one every day. That would get annoying super fast.
I agree. That's why despite funny looks, I decided to push the posts ~20' into the detached garage. That way the car(s) park in front of the lift unless the lift is needed. Yes, you need a deep garage for that to work (mine is 33'), but I like that arrangement.

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Old 11-26-2019, 12:33 PM   #12
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What do you want to do with the lift?

If simple stuff like brakes, wheel/tire swaps, suspension work, oil changes etc, just get a Quick-jack like product. For the vast majority of work in small garages those work perfectly fine and aren't in the way all the time like a two or four post.

IMO four post lifts aren't very good for most typical work done on a car. Two posts are great but I agree I wouldn't want to park inside one every day. That would get annoying super fast.

You could also get a Max Jax, which is intended for the lift posts to be unbolted and rolled away when not in use. But that seems really annoying.
I want it for storing my car if I get another sports car, I wouldn't be driving those cars everyday but it would be at least once a week each.


What do you guys think of this one post lift ?

https://aclifts.com/lifts/m-1-single-post-car-lift/
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Old 11-26-2019, 12:42 PM   #13
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I want it for storing my car if I get another sports car, I wouldn't be driving those cars everyday but it would be at least once a week each.


What do you guys think of this one post lift ?

https://aclifts.com/lifts/m-1-single-post-car-lift/
Sorry, I was asking Matt. For your situation (storage) the only thing I would do is get a four-post. Those one-post lifts creep me out.
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What do you guys think of this one post lift ?

https://aclifts.com/lifts/m-1-single-post-car-lift/
That's nice enough packaging-wise, but if properly designed it's probably expensive. There is a lot of bending moment on that unit.

One thing to keep in mind is not just the height of the garage ceiling but the height to the open door when it is horizontal. THAT has to clear both cars and is likely your biggest limiting factor.
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Stay with the mechanical engineers on this one... Even if the specs of the 1-post are good, the installation would have to be that much more perfect than a naturally steady 4-post.
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Old 11-26-2019, 03:25 PM   #16
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OK I will cross that one off my list, thanks for all of the feedback.
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Yeah, we have significant slab adjustments to accommodate potential future one post lifts. (I don’t know if we will ever actually install them.)

The one post lifts really aren’t that much creepier than two post lifts when you factor in the foot, but you need to be confident in your slab for them.
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one thing that might be less day-to-day intrusive is one of the Bendpak double width four post lifts.

like this:
https://www.bendpak.com/car-lifts/fo...lifts/hd-9swx/

needless to say, fitting this is an issue, but it’d be relatively easy to live with every day. limited post intrusion into your parking space. enough height to stand under. etc.
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one thing that might be less day-to-day intrusive is one of the Bendpak double width four post lifts.

like this:
https://www.bendpak.com/car-lifts/fo...lifts/hd-9swx/

needless to say, fitting this is an issue, but itíd be relatively easy to live with every day. limited post intrusion into your parking space. enough height to stand under. etc.
I definitely donít have room for that but I know a guy named Nick who does
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I definitely donít have room for that but I know a guy named Nick who does
if we decide to, the slab is reinforced for the aclifts one poster you linked to.
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