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    Looking for home garage lift advice

    I am getting too old to be crawling on the ground anymore. Just too hard to get up. I am looking at a few vehicle lifts. One of them that strikes my interest is the GregSmithEquipment 2 pole vehicle lift. Model OH-10X 10,000 lb. lift. Has anyone had any experience with their lifts, or any garage lifts 2 pole? The heaviest thing I would be lifting would be my 2015 2500 HD Silverado which weighs in around 7,000 lbs. +/-. Any thoughts or inputs appreciated.
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    Just my way at looking at this - I also canít get under anything anymore -

    $2500 can pay for an awful lot of oil changes and other work at the dealer or other shop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    Just my way at looking at this - I also canít get under anything anymore -

    $2500 can pay for an awful lot of oil changes and other work at the dealer or other shop.
    Depends on how much equipment/vehicles you are maintaining.

    For me:
    2 vehicles, annual oil change (AMSOIL, so 15k/1 year change) $100
    Pickup, 2 oil changes/yr $400
    Rotate tires on said vehicles 2x/yr $200
    SO, in under 5 years it's paid for itself just with basic maintenance on the daily drivers, not to mention the other uses you would find for it if you had it, ie tractor, ATV...

    When I build my shop, I WILL have a lift in it. Just no ceiling height for it now.
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    I do not disagree with either one of you. However, throw in a new rebuilt transmission or motor and now that cost just went way up. I have yet to find a garage in our area that does a decent oil change. Sure they change the oil and that is where it stops. I have had several times where my former truck would shift funny. Transmission fluid was never checked. Just happened to be low, same thing happened to my car. Power steering fluid low the list goes on. So having someone else do it is currently not in the equation. Not to mention I can use it on the tractor, two golf carts, my sons vehicles and the list can go on. At $2500 or so, is a cheap investment to be able to perform my own maintenance, for now. After that my son can do it for me if I am totally unable. By that time it has paid for itself and I will be dead and then do not really care at that point.
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    That truck must be with the gas engine. They normally weigh more than that... Or at least I am used to the crew cab Duramax versions.

    Anyhow the big issue you are going to have is if your slab can support weight of the lift. Not only to you have the weight of the vehicle, the weight of the lift but it needs to be strong enough to support offset weight and keep it stabilized so it doesn't tip over.

    I have a 4 post which is a little easier with the slab requirements so that might be an option. The problem with them is you are more limited with what work you can do. The do make optional jacks for them to pull a wheel or something like that.

    I want to get a 2 post for working on stuff but it will go in a new garage not my current shop.
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    I won't speak to the quality of the one you are looking at. I haven't used or seen one in person.

    I like BendPak.

    A couple things to think of.

    Asymmetric vs symmetric. This has to do with how you have to load. A symmetric is normally a little cheaper, you need to balance the weight of the vehicle so the posts are as close to the CG as possible. The car is normally heavier where the engine is. Asymmetric you can load them pretty much however.

    Rotated Posts. Bendpak has models where the square post is rotated about 45 degrees. This is nice because when you go to open the door to get out of the vehicle it gives you more room and you are not opening up the door on the corner of the square post.

    This is the one I am looking at. Need the new garage first.

    https://www.bendpak.com/car-lifts/tw...ifts/xpr-10as/

    Here are the requirements for the floor

    LIFT MODEL CONCRETE REQUIREMENTS
    XPR-10S/10AS SERIES 4Ē Min. Thickness / 3,000 PSI
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutty72 View Post
    Depends on how much equipment/vehicles you are maintaining.

    For me:
    2 vehicles, annual oil change (AMSOIL, so 15k/1 year change) $100
    Pickup, 2 oil changes/yr $400
    Rotate tires on said vehicles 2x/yr $200
    SO, in under 5 years it's paid for itself just with basic maintenance on the daily drivers, not to mention the other uses you would find for it if you had it, ie tractor, ATV...

    When I build my shop, I WILL have a lift in it. Just no ceiling height for it now.
    Quote Originally Posted by BillieS View Post
    I do not disagree with either one of you. However, throw in a new rebuilt transmission or motor and now that cost just went way up. I have yet to find a garage in our area that does a decent oil change. Sure they change the oil and that is where it stops. I have had several times where my former truck would shift funny. Transmission fluid was never checked. Just happened to be low, same thing happened to my car. Power steering fluid low the list goes on. So having someone else do it is currently not in the equation. Not to mention I can use it on the tractor, two golf carts, my sons vehicles and the list can go on. At $2500 or so, is a cheap investment to be able to perform my own maintenance, for now. After that my son can do it for me if I am totally unable. By that time it has paid for itself and I will be dead and then do not really care at that point.
    I see your points.

    I get my oil changed at the dealer for $43 which includes tire rotation, battery load test, and a bunch of other checks. Twice a year thatís $86 which was my point.

    Any other work gets done at the dealer also as I canít do it myself so that was my point I guess.
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    Isn't it sad that when you get to the point in life when your wife will let you finally seriously consider buying a garage lift, your body is too weak to do most of those things you had always hoped to do with it when you got one.

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    a. The cost of labor of an oil change is almost nothing, so don't use that to financially justify the purchase. If it was me I would have other more compelling reasons than finance and they would only be rational to me!

    b. A two post lift requires a reinforced concrete slab. Not for the compressive strength, but to resist the overturning moment. If you don't have a reinforced (and not just "reinforced" with mesh, real rebar) floor, you will need to excavate and put in pilings that can serve the same purpose, and that assumes the lift manufacturer has the engineering done for that kind of installation. A 4 post lift only needs concrete with sufficient compressive strength but they are nearly useless IMO for any kind of suspension work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredDoc View Post
    Isn't it sad that when you get to the point in life when your wife will let you finally seriously consider buying a garage lift, your body is too weak to do most of those things you had always hoped to do with it when you got one.

    That's the story of life. Have all these wants and plans when young but no money or time. Once you have time and money you no longer have the ability to do it.
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