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    4 Post Car Lifts

    I am going to put a 4 post car lift in my new barn. I have little to no knowledge about what ones are good and what ones are not. I called bendpak and talked with them, but I do not feel the lady I talked to had a good idea of what I wanted. I want something that I can put a Crew Cab Short Box Diesel up on and also something that I can put my Jeep on. The lady told me to go with the HD9XL but that only has a 70" lift, so I could not put a car on top and my Jeep under. Also, that one is 116" wide. If I went to the HD9STX its 99.75" wide and lifts to 82" so it would work better, but I am insure if that is track width or overall width.

    So, Are these good lifts?

    Garage Lifts, 4-Post Car Lifts, Four Post Car Lifts, Auto Lifts - BendPak Products

    Does anyone know what if the 9K model will wrk for lifting a super duty? I was reading ratings and like our buckets, the farther away from the lift point you get, the less it will kift.

    The very cool part about the 9K lifts is that you can get a roller kit to move them around in the barn. Nice to me as I can stuff it in the corner when not in use or when storing stuff in the winter.

    Thanks for any help!

    On Edit: I think I need the HD9XW?
    http://www.bendpak.com/HD-9XW-Four-Post-Lift.pdf



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    I know a guy who used something like that to put his Camaro up and out of the way so his kid wouldn't take it when he wasn't home Haven't been in touch with him recently and I don't remember the model he had though.

    Looking at the specs of a new Power Stroke Super Duty, I think the HD9WX looks just about right. Ford specs say the a new one weighs 7,500lbs, so a 9,000lb model should lift it just fine.
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    Any reason not to get a 2 post? My dad put one in his shop a few years ago and it is the best thing ever. He puts his 08 Quad cab, long box, D-max on it no problem. The underside has no obstructions. I used it to change the engine in my 2002 Saturn SC2. Dropped the cradle engine, tranny, and all. I know it'll also hold his quad cab 454 utility truck. It has a generator and welder on it and weights a ton. Well technically a couple tons. :-)

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    Re: 4 Post Car Lifts

    Quote Originally Posted by Martian View Post
    I know a guy who used something like that to put his Camaro up and out of the way so his kid wouldn't take it when he wasn't home Haven't been in touch with him recently and I don't remember the model he had though.

    Looking at the specs of a new Power Stroke Super Duty, I think the HD9WX looks just about right. Ford specs say the a new one weighs 7,500lbs, so a 9,000lb model should lift it just fine.
    But of that 7500 pounds, how much is out front. This will lift 4500 in the front and the same in the back. I think it will be maxed out, but work. I hope.

    I am going with a four post as I can move it around the shop. No need for it to be bolted down. I will use it to work on cars but more to store them. With a young son, I also know it will be safer for him to use when he is old enough.

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    If I had a place for a lift, I tend to lean towards a 4-post unit for a couple of reasons. A 4-post lift doesn't require anything overly special to secure it to the floor like a 2-post unit does. Also most 2-post lifts I've seen make getting in and out of the vehicle difficult, and this old body of mine doesn't flex like a Chinese acrobat's body does. I picture door dings with a 2-post lift.

    On the plus side a 2-post lift does give clear access to the vehicle's underside.

    Since you plan on getting a 4-post lift, get the longest, widest, highest lifting unit you can for your projected lifting needs. If you do it right, you may even be able to raise your tractors for servicing them.
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    Thats the plan, but I also need it narrow enough to fit my jeep.

    It would also be nice to be able to put some quads up in the air, but I think they can go on sideways.

    If I step up to a 14K, it will no longer be mobile...



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    4 Post Car Lifts

    You can go with a two-post asymmetric design which rotates the columns and uses longer rear arms to allow the doors to open full wide. They're available in 10k capacity. I'm planning to install a Rotary SPOA10-RA-EH2 (2' extended height) to facilitate storage of a second vehicle below. Additionally a two post lift leaves the wheels free and the entire underside of the vehicle exposed for easy service access. No working around the runway decks.
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    But can you move a two post lift to the rear corner of the building in the winter to store cars and then move it out to any garage stall in the summer, including outside?

    That is what I really like about the 4 post.



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    4 Post Car Lifts

    Brian, I sell lots of lifts for a living. The BP storage lifts are not impressive. Yes they are portable but for a little more $$ you can get a real service lift although it must be anchored to the floor. For a 4 post I'd look at the Rotary SMO12 / open front version with 12k capacity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    But can you move a two post lift to the rear corner of the building in the winter to store cars and then move it out to any garage stall in the summer, including outside?

    That is what I really like about the 4 post.
    I am confused, you want a lift to store an auto, but want it to be portable to be out of the way. Are you often going to have all the cars out? I would get the Rotary 10 offset lift. You will never have a vehicle it won't lift. Put it in a good location and never look back to the portables.
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