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Old 02-11-2018, 11:00 AM   #1
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Hi everyone -

Most of you know that I have a house with several garages... That is an awesome luxury - But - with the recent E23 purchase, I have now exceeded how many cars I can house inside them. The only thing that works in my favor (storage wise) is the E9 is in California being worked on - but, when that car comes back in the summer - I'll need to do something...

Anyone have experiences with 4-post lifts? Recommendations? Or ones to stay away from?

I will not need a HD one (or a large one) as I don't plan on putting any trucks on it - just ~ 4,000 lb (max) cars....
The garage space I am considering also is a bit narrow and has 120V only. So, those are considerations as well. I may need to also do some work on the building to reconfigure a beam that cuts across the middle of the bay (to increase headroom) - but that is another story.

I have seen a few lifts online - and will talk to a couple of friends locally that (I think) have them, but thought I'd see what ideas you all might have for this.
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Old 02-11-2018, 11:08 AM   #2
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I've never used one, but thing go keep in mind is you need to make sure you don't drip oil anything else on the bottom car.
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Old 02-11-2018, 01:14 PM   #3
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I've only seen storage lifts used at a museum -- they had several of them, including some that were 3 levels...
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Old 02-11-2018, 04:42 PM   #4
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Bendpak.

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Bendpak.

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I can't recall your exact garage setup, but you might want to look at the Bendpak double wide 4-poster. If it fits, it'll give you a much more pleasant space in the garage to pull into/under. And you'll have a spare space. And the cost delta is pretty minimal.

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The HD-9SW, or ideally the HD-9SWX, which will get high enough to walk comfortably underneath. If you have the garage height for it, you *really* want one that will lift high enough to not bang your head in to.
http://www.bendpak.com/car-lifts/fou...s/hd-9swx.aspx
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Old 02-11-2018, 05:59 PM   #6
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BendPak is very good, but you could probably make do with an Atlas from Greg Smith Equipment (link). They also have a "scratch and dent or used" section which often has good deals, here.

I haven't bought a lift from them, but I've been very happy with their other products and they've been very responsive when I needed parts or information.
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BendPak is very good, but you could probably make do with an Atlas from Greg Smith Equipment (link). They also have a "scratch and dent or used" section which often has good deals, here.

I haven't bought a lift from them, but I've been very happy with their other products and they've been very responsive when I needed parts or information.
You could make do, and there are several brands that are probably "good enough." But from what I've seen the price difference just isn't that great.
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Bendpak doesn't make anything with 120V service, does it?

Atlas does, but I think Atlas needs a dedicated 30amp circiut
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I believe that Bendpak offers 120v as an option. Give them a call.
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Old 02-12-2018, 12:08 AM   #10
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Cool - Thanks for the info and leads.

I'll get into it in the next few weeks and see what happens.

Thanks again
(and if anyone thinks of something more - feel free to keep the ideas coming - this will be going on for a while)
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