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    Car lift suggestions

    Anyone here have a 2 or 4 post car lift? I'm looking at getting one in the future, just trying to do some research and see what those that have them have. I'm leaning towards a heavier 4 post lift since I'll probably always have a larger truck as well as family members with them, but open to suggestions.
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    No real knowledge, but I always thought the 4 post lifts seemed, well less likely to tip over

    Might send Cynthia a PM, I'm pretty sure her husband has one in his shop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    No real knowledge, but I always thought the 4 post lifts seemed, well less likely to tip over

    Might send Cynthia a PM, I'm pretty sure her husband has one in his shop.
    Yeah, Another point for the 4 post...that and I can park the hot rod on top of it and the vette under to save some space...you know...when I win the lottery.
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    Daren, you might also poke around the forums at http://www.hotrodders.com/ to see what opinions a bunch of car guys have.
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    I have a friend whose a mechanic and when he started his own business he installed a 2 post lift. When he had to expand he purchased 2 more of the same 2 post lifts for a total of three lifts. It had no problem lifting a full size dually pickup.

    Now if you want to store another vehicle in the air then I would think it would be a 4 post but with the ramps so that it lifts the vehicle by the wheels.

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    darren my brother has turned wrenches all his life and he has a two poster and has had many different sized vehicles on it..
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    Darren,
    When I lived in California a friend of mine had a pit said it was easier for him. Of course the fact taht he owned a back hoe might have something to do with his decession
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    Thanks guys. Been doing some more searching and seems the 2 post are pretty popular.
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    My dad owned his own Mobil gas station. We had (still have in dad's home shop as we moved them!) the frame hoist and the drive on hoist. The new two post lifts have a disadvantage when exiting and entering the vehicle as the posts are near or right at the door so you have to be careful. Otherwise for working underneath the vehicle it is amazingly clear! Nothing in your way from stem to stern. Get a good USA made one, don't settle for the Chi/Ti ones. Those cheap ones are just a bunch of cables that really scare the heck out of me.
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    I use the 2 post at my mechanics shop for my little Beemer on a regular basis. We both like it a lot.
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