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Fred from MO
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:42 am    Post subject: Automotive Car lifts-good/bad brands Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Has anyone purchased an automotive 2 or 4 post lift recently? I had looked in to purchasing one many years ago for home use but the economy killed the brand I was looking at? Any good ones out there or most importantly any ones to avoid?
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:11 am    Post subject: Re: Automotive Car lifts-good/bad brands Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hey Fred.

I am in the market for the same thing.

Every one of the ones that I looked at seemed to be designed well. Unfortunately several ones I looked at (at guys I know who do auto repair) had welds that should be ground off and repaired.

Non-penetrating welds- what used to be called bird crap welds, pieces of mig wire still attached to welds and welds that wander off the joint.

Personally I am going to inspect any lift that I will buy before purchase. Probably cost a bit more but so be it.

Good luck,

Brad
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:47 am    Post subject: Re: Automotive Car lifts-good/bad brands Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Gents,
I wouldn't consider anything but a "Rotary". I have one in my barn that I bought from my previous boss it was 6 years old when he closed the business and I bought it, 8 years later it still performs and looks like new. It's 9,000 lb Asymmetrical 2-post these are used in most all auto dealerships. He originally paid $7K, I bought it for $2.5K. Rotary has been around a long time with in ground hoist going back to the 50's.
Be very careful with any cheaper brands, remember you will be working under this thing.
Just my 2 cents......
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:35 am    Post subject: Re: Automotive Car lifts-good/bad brands Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Rotary 's are the only way to go...outlast the Challengers and other lifts we've used probably 2 or 3 to one.

When it comes to auto shop equipment, I'm a big fan of Rotary lifts, Coats mounters/balancers and Hunter alignment instruments. They just flat out get the job done right with the fewest problems.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:10 am    Post subject: Re: Automotive Car lifts-good/bad brands Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'd like to get one,but wasn't smart enough to make my building tall enough !
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Automotive Car lifts-good/bad brands Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a Rotary and like it ,,had it for years. Just install a 15,000 lb Atlas and love it ! install liked alot of the things atlas did. LOT cheaper than rotary or challenger .
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Automotive Car lifts-good/bad brands Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Brad Buchanan
What you described sounds like a suicide lift.lol
LOU
 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:40 am    Post subject: Re: Automotive Car lifts-good/bad brands Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Mohawk is probably the best. Rotary is subject to a lot of reputation and is certainly good quality, be aware that "Rotary Revolution" lifts are not the same as this is a different company that is owned by the same parent holding company that owns Rotary and they applied the Rotary name to the Revolution lifts to sell a cheaper quality lift.

Challenger is a good lift, I have a two post 9000 lb I bought used in excellent condition.

Lots of choices, study carefully and know the differences in features and also usefulness of a two vs four post.

Charles
 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 3:27 am    Post subject: Re: Automotive Car lifts-good/bad brands Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hunter is the best I've ever used. We have a four post open front lift with 8,000 pound swing arms at our school. They are pricey.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:25 am    Post subject: Re: Automotive Car lifts-good/bad brands Reply to specific post Reply with quote

What do you guys think about "Back Yard Buddy"?
 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:20 am    Post subject: Re: Automotive Car lifts-good/bad brands Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Fred. I know nothing of this brand but the prices make me want to order one today!
They have to be as good as the hydraulic jack and jack stands I am using now...
Low prices

 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:42 am    Post subject: Re: Automotive Car lifts-good/bad brands Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Fred from MO wrote:
(quoted from post at 19:42:10 09/14/12) Has anyone purchased an automotive 2 or 4 post lift recently? I had looked in to purchasing one many years ago for home use but the economy killed the brand I was looking at? Any good ones out there or most importantly any ones to avoid?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtO5Ydnnc7Y

I have 3 Worth lifts and one Mohawk... I do not like Rotary lifts and don't want to work under one of them... What is so special about them I dunno... If you are lifting ton trucks I suggest you do not get a asymmetric and get at least a 12K are move up to a 15K.... What you buy is gonna be what you are stuck with....

The only reason I have a few asymmetric lifts is if you do this all day they speed up the process on lite trucks and cars...
 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 5:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Automotive Car lifts-good/bad brands Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Just use this for information, they have a video that you should watch.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 3:11 am    Post subject: Re: Automotive Car lifts-good/bad brands Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I wouldn't buy one of the foreign, cheap made lift. Remember it is your life under it, and I like to live. I have seen the arms bowing on a Korean made 8K lift with just a car on it.

I personally own a Challenger 10K unit made in Kentucky. I am very pleased with it and have run it near its capacity with 1 ton dump trucks.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:54 am    Post subject: Re: Automotive Car lifts-good/bad brands Reply to specific post Reply with quote

A Question to all that responded: In what
country are the lifts, mentioned here, made ?
 
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