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Old 06-09-2009, 10:36 PM   #1
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Po' mans lift....Doesn't give you the best access under the car, but I think this idea may have some merit!









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My neighbor has one I used a lot, like you said, doesn't give you a lot of access up under teh car, but its great to get on a lift and not take up any space. I did my first exhaust and shock install on a scissor lift like that.
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Aren't they still like $3,000? Kinda spooky IMHO, I'd want/make some type of clamp-on sleeve that you bolt around the extended cylinder, assuring you if won't collapse.
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I'd want/make some type of clamp-on sleeve that you bolt around the extended cylinder, assuring you if won't collapse.
If you look between the cylinders, there is a safety.
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These are more convenient than you'd think. Even just working under the hood it's nice to have it up higher so you aren't bending down as much. Bout the only thing you can't do is a tranny or frame rails.

Plus, some people don't have the ceiling for a 4/2 post lift.

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I would not feel safe under that thing. It is not the hydraulics or the strength of the device, but the overhang on either side is plain scary!
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I have one of these lifts.

It's handy for suspension work and tire rotating. Oil changes are do-able, but ramps are less hassle. Exhaust work is an absolute bitch (or was on my WRX, anyway).
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Looks like a good idea, but it looks like you wouldn't be able to use it even for a clutch job.
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Looks like a good idea, but it looks like you wouldn't be able to use it even for a clutch job.
If you tried to use this sort of lift for a clutch job, you'd end up smashing your ********* with a cinder block out of sheer frustration.
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I've worked under scissor lifts a bunch of times. **** I used to have a fear of just being under the car on any lift, but after years and years it just became normal.
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Doesn't look like it would replace a 2/4 post lift or jack stands, but it looks like a good in-between step for those that can't have a 2/4 post lift.
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IF you have 9.5' ceiling clearance. I always kicked myself for building my shop as a 30x56x10, which only yields 9' inside. For $1000 more I could have had a 12' high for 11' inside clearance.

My new building that is being built later this month is 36x60x12 but that one is going to be storage only, so no concrete.

I will be able to go with a full height lift in the other half of my current shop when I get all of the storage "stuff" out of it and into the new building. I can then go with a standard 12' tall two post and "straddle" two of the trusses which are on 8' centers. The two post will go up above the lower part of the trusses but I have 14' to work with there. It will give me a full lift height as the vehicle can go up between them. The only issue is that half of the shop was never insulated so I will have to get that done.
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For $1400 this is hard to beat. Use a floor jack to raise it. Park on it every day. I've had one for 5 years now and have done everything from pulling engines to changing out transmissions. I love it...


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Mine doesn't have the wheels on it:
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For $1400 this is hard to beat. Use a floor jack to raise it. Park on it every day. I've had one for 5 years now and have done everything from pulling engines to changing out transmissions. I love it...


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Mine doesn't have the wheels on it:
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I'll never screw around with jackstands again for a job like this:



You park on it every day and then just raise the back when you want to do some work:
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^^^ I don't see any benefit in having the car on your little platform for doing shocks vs. jackstands. In fact, jackstands would be in the way a lot less than that platform.

I'm trying to buy what look like two motorcycle scissor lifts, but each with a capacity of 2,000 lbs from a local guy. Scissor lift tables is what they call them.

It will get the car about 3 ft. in the air fully supported front and rear. Pics when/if I get them!
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I'll never screw around with jackstands again for a job like this:



You park on it every day and then just raise the back when you want to do some work:
I love it...nice alternative to the traditional 2/4 post lift, especially if you dont have the ceiling height for it....Couple questions for you: Is the height adjustable? Whats the max height on this gizmo? You have any issues scraping? And what if you want your wheels off?
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^^^ I don't see any benefit in having the car on your little platform for doing shocks vs. jackstands. In fact, jackstands would be in the way a lot less than that platform.

I'm trying to buy what look like two motorcycle scissor lifts, but each with a capacity of 2,000 lbs from a local guy. Scissor lift tables is what they call them.

It will get the car about 3 ft. in the air fully supported front and rear. Pics when/if I get them!
1) You don't drive up on jackstands - you spend 20 minutes getting the car up on them.
2) You die a horrible death when the jackstands fall.
3) I use a pneumatic jack to raise a tire up and then sit a block of wood under the jacking point to keep the tire up. Takes a whole 30 seconds (well, maybe 45).
4) Ever put the car on jackstands and then have to drop it down to break a lug nut loose? Major hassle but not on my lift.

Try to pull a tranny off while the car is on a scissor lift. It is not going to happen. Try to roll around under the car bleeding the brakes while the car is on a scissor lift. It is not going to happen. I haven't found a single job I can't do on my kwiklift.

I actually have my Metro on jackstands (the front of the car) right now. It has been one pain in the *** after another. I cannot wait to get my engine in and get it off the stands. Actually, the only drawback I have ever seen with my lift is the reason the Metro is on stands now. The lift raises the engine too high for my 5'5" to work under the hood. I had to pull the engine out of the Metro and I decided to just do it 6" above the floor instead of 20" above the floor. I could have just driven onto my lift a little way and not jacked it up but I decided against it at the last minute. I wish I hadn't.

Last edited by rmcelwee; 06-12-2009 at 12:42 AM. Reason: Said it raised it 30" vs the 20" it actually raises it.
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