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Old 04-29-2020, 01:25 PM   #1
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Looking for a garage lift

Looking to get a 4post or 2post installed in my garage in the next month. Need to find an installer. Anybody have any suggestions? Anybody on the board a retailer/installer? I'm located in Somerville. I'm not on the boards very often with work. Thanks all and be safe.
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Old 05-02-2020, 06:00 PM   #2
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If you have a home lift and are happy with your installer please let me know. Thanks, Doug
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Old 05-02-2020, 07:49 PM   #3
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I haven't gotten a lift yet but I will most likely get a 4 post bend-pak once my garage addition is built. I would be doing the install myself so I can't help you with a recommendation there. However, you said you are getting either a 2 post or 4 post. That's where maybe I can help a little. My advice as far as which one to get is to look at what it will mainly be used for and how often. Years ago a 2 post would have been my choice since I was always stripping or flipping cars and always working on something. But now I would mainly be using a lift for additional storage. I have 6 cars currently and want to have as many at home as possible(small driveway). I would only take the car off the lift to drive it or do work on another car. I just wouldn't want to use a 2 post lift for extended storage time up in the air with suspension unloaded. Also, 4 post lifts can be freestanding depending on model and manufacturer whereas any 2 post lift must be securely anchored to the garage floor and sometimes you need certain concrete floor requirements (thickness/strength). In the future, I may look to get a 2 post lift as well for my other bay but that isnt definite yet. So ultimately, the lift you get depends on how you are going to use it.
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I installed a 4 post Backyard buddy in my garage back in 2000 with some friends (1 with a Kubota ). Not hard except for the weight of the side with the rams 500+lbs. So we used the tractor (front end loader) to move that one.
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A 4-post/drive in lift is limited. Good for fast fluid changes, a lot of other stuff and you're back to being on the ground with jackstands.

A 2-post/frame lift can do everything. If you need versatility, a 2 post is the way to go.
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Eh, depends. You can go shade tree and use small jacks or lower the car onto stands from the ramp or go baller and get integrated air jack(s)
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Thanks guys. If my concrete is thick enough im going with a 2post. If not I have to go with the 4 post. Not redoing the concrete. Don't have time to wait for the virus to lift so I can have a lift install party with my friends. Need an installer who can come and install asap. Ill call Greg Smith and see who they have that can install over the next few weeks.
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You can always cut the floor and pour footings for the two post.
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yep got that. Not cutting the floor.
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Went with a 4 post for the house garage. Its main intent is to add vehicle storage capacity. Prefer the 4 post as it keeps the suspension loaded and don't have to worry about body flex. I set it up with a friend helping. It wasn't difficult. Just make sure its level and the post cables allow the ramps to move evenly and not get cocked.
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Thanks guys. If my concrete is thick enough im going with a 2post. If not I have to go with the 4 post. Not redoing the concrete. Don't have time to wait for the virus to lift so I can have a lift install party with my friends. Need an installer who can come and install asap. Ill call Greg Smith and see who they have that can install over the next few weeks.
My friend Dave got his via Greg Smith
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