From digest.v7.n1881 Mon Jun 15 23:26:43 1998
From: Duane Collie <drcollie_at_keepingroom.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 18:10:40 -0400
Subject: garage lifts
> I was just wondering if anyone has ever put a lift in their garage. Who
made your lift, and what do you like/dislike about it.
Ya got a couple of ways to go on this...DO IT!!!! One of the very nicest
garage upgrades you can ever make. Like an air compressor, once you have
one, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it. Brakes and
suspension work are a snap, as is waxing or detailing the lower part of
Ideally, you want a twin post lift. These give you the most accessibility.
Unfortunately, you must hard mount them into the floor and they will not
work in a standard 9' ceiling garage. If you have a REALLY BIG garage, then
this is the only way to go. Don't forget the in a twin post, you cannnot
move it once its installed so you almost have to have it in the center of
the garage or give it some dedicated floor space.
Portable lifts are more practical for the average 2 or 3 car garage in a
home. I have one (Snap-On) and I know that Steve D'G has one as well
(Rotary brand: www.rotary-lift.com). Figure $ 2,000.00 to $ 2,600.00 on
these, depending on if they are on a 'deal' or not. You can move these
around in the garage, they run on 20A, 110 electric and run the car up
about 3 feet. Downsides are the cost of the lift, and the fact that you
cannot do tranny work with these as access in the middle is blocked.
Course, on those occasions when you do haveto pull a clutch, you simply
lift the car, put your jackstands under it, pull the lift out and you're
good to go.
Resale value on these is excellent. There is always a market for a car lift
that is easy to install or use.
You'll suddenly make a lotta new gearhead friends, too!
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