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  • Two post car lift for my machine shop

    I am getting too crippled to be crawling around on my knees servicing my lawn mower. My thinking is a two post 4Ton car lift would be a good solution. Also for pressure washing the decks. Changing the tires and such. Are there things to look out for in one or are they pretty standard in their design? I would locate it in my shop so I could also use it to lift machines I am building. A firewood processor is in the works now and I can see some things might be easier to do if I could lift it and get under it.
    Location: The Black Forest in Germany

    How to become a millionaire: Start out with 10 million and take up machining as a hobby!

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    Check the required foundation. I've seen a few where they cut out the floor to pour a base for them.
    *** I always wanted a welding stinger that looked like the north end of a south bound chicken. Often my welds look like somebody pointed the wrong end of a chicken at the joint and squeezed until something came out. Might as well look the part.

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    • #3
      A 4 ton lift is not going to take too thick of a floor to install it on my 10 ton only required 4" of concrete as it's base. It had to have a certain margin of cement between the hold down holes and the edges of the cement.
      I did not want anything on the ground to drive over so all my hyds and cables are overhead.
      You can probably find a 4 ton lift that is portable.

      THANX RICH
      People say I'm getting crankier as I get older. That's not it. I just find I enjoy annoying people a lot more now. Especially younger people!!!

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      • #4
        I put a 9000 pound lift in my shop back in 2005. It is awesome. It is a low post lift because of my ceiling height. Most 2 post lifts are about the same.

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        • #5
          Do you remember all the pics I've shared of using my lift? Get a good name brand!

          Best tool in the shop next to the bandsaw!

          I use it for lifting everything and anything heavy!

          I have a rotary.

          Andy

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          • #6
            I bought a MaxJax. It is a mid-lift. Max lift about 4 feet. Capacity 6000 pounds as I recall. I wish I'd bought it years ago.

            Ed

            For just a little more, you can do it yourself!

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            • #7
              You could get something like this:
              Find HSL1125 Movable Single-post Lift;Car lift from China Manufacturer, Manufactory, Factory and Supplier - Hauvrex Automotive Equipment (Lin'an) Co., Ltd. on ECVV.com
              Helder Ferreira
              Setubal, Portugal

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              • #8
                The last thing I would ever buy that was Made In China is a vehicle lift. Talk about Russian Roulette...
                Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Noitoen View Post
                  You could get something like this:
                  That is not heavy duty enough for my lawn mower. It is only rated for 2500kg. And I think I will buy something made in Germany! I am not sure how good the Chinese are at welding.
                  Location: The Black Forest in Germany

                  How to become a millionaire: Start out with 10 million and take up machining as a hobby!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Black Forest View Post

                    That is not heavy duty enough for my lawn mower. It is only rated for 2500kg. And I think I will buy something made in Germany! I am not sure how good the Chinese are at welding.
                    I didn't mean buying that one. It's just the concept of being portable. I've seen one heavy duty for trucks that had 4 remote synchronized battery operated posts that you move to the truck and lift it. When not in use, park it in the corner.
                    Helder Ferreira
                    Setubal, Portugal

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Noitoen View Post

                      I didn't mean buying that one. It's just the concept of being portable. I've seen one heavy duty for trucks that had 4 remote synchronized battery operated posts that you move to the truck and lift it. When not in use, park it in the corner.
                      I want the ground to be completely free. Nothing to drive over. I had thought about just buying a 6t forklift which I still might do.
                      Location: The Black Forest in Germany

                      How to become a millionaire: Start out with 10 million and take up machining as a hobby!

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                      • #12
                        I remember, long ago, service garages had a big 2+ meter tall, 300+mm diameter pneumatic cylinder buried on the floor with a sort of "H" frame on top that would lift the vehicles for service
                        Helder Ferreira
                        Setubal, Portugal

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