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View Poll Results: Is a portable car jack/lift worth it
Yes, versatile and safe 6 22.22%
No, std ramps and jacks are fine 1 3.70%
I'm considering one 10 37.04%
Get a 2 post installed if you have the money and space 10 37.04%
other (please specify in response) 0 0%
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      04-13-2018, 06:49 AM   #1
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Portable car lifts

So what's the forum's thoughts on this.

"in general" I know there are good lifts and bad lifts.

But for the price point, is it' worth it ?
Or are just some drive on ramps and axle stands better.

The one's I've seen only raise the car up a bit, also there are some safety concerns with cars falling etc

I've not got a dual car garage, so I "was" thinking of this, but not wanting to pay, the $1500 plus price point

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I and a couple of coworkers/friends have the quickjack, and another friend has the EZ-car lift. We're all happy with them. The quickjack is super versatile and easy to use, and I'm very glad I got it.

I've taken it to others' houses in the back of my F31 easily, and have even lifted a 5300lb X5m with my 5000lb quickjack. I'm not worried about not being safe at all once the mechanical locks are in place.
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      04-16-2018, 06:11 PM   #3
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Have you got the height for a 2 post?
If so, go for that if you want to do serious spannering. Its a no brainer.

But to safely install a car lift, you need something like a forklift. The posts are way to heavy to safely manhandle.
And you need quite a thick concrete floor.
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i've thought about a scissor lift and cutting out concrete in my double garage to flush mount, but problem is i also wash my car in the garage so it'd constantly get flooded with water

so i keep going back to the quickjack, it looks like the better solution - we also have a supplier here in aus which makes it even easier to purchase (often these type of niche products are hard to get here, the cr spotless de-ironizer for eg was a nightmare to ship)

if you can be a bit clever in how you store the ramps (thinking of mounting them length ways on garage wall on hooks) and then permanently mount the pump on a shelf, it would be really quick and easy to setup

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Comparing with a 2-post hoist is comparing apples with oranges. The portable lifts are only as high as axle stands. I'd much prefer to be working on a car above my head than lying on my back.
(ie. if you have the space for a 2-post lift, get a 2-post lift.)

They look safe and versatile. I'd take them over axle stands any day. ... the only two problems I see are

1) $2,000; and
2) each ramp weighs 43kg - so if you mount them on the wall like the picture above, you'll want a way to lift one end onto a hook then the other so you're not forced to dead-lift something as heavy and unwieldy as that.
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I got one from these guys, it was around $1600 shipped and I installed it myself. LOVE IT!
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Not worth the $ IMO when you're still on your back. I'll keep dealing with a jack & stands to save a few grand.
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I have the Bendpak Mid-Rise Scissor lift and love it. I was tired of being on my back since I do have back problems. I wanted to get a 4 post lift, but my garage wasn't big enough. I looked at the Quick Jack and the like, but they didn't go up high enough. I think this is the best alternative to both those options. The build quality is as good as you can find and I never feel unsafe underneath it. Plus, it lifts and retracts very quickly. It is more than your budget, but I think for the quality and portability, it was worth it for me.

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For $1,500 dollars you can get a used dual point lift. Go look in the yellow pages for hydraulic service places and places that sell hydraulic oil to shops. They often have use lifts in good condition for less then $1,500. My buddy got a four post drive on lift this way. But dual posts are also available in this price range.

You will need to know how thick your garage's concrete is. A four lift doesn't need to be anchored but a dual post lift does. The Asymmetric lifts are pretty nice. But in the end I think it will depend on how much room your garage has for the lift. And how tall your garage ceiling is.
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For low ceiling garages there are post lifts like one above or the Danmark MaxJax like I have. Need 4 inch thick concrete (kind of standard depth) and roughly 8 ft in height. Just fantastic. The safety aspect alone is worth the money, but SO nice to work on the car at the height you want. Love it.
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I was thinking of a MaxJax as well. The max lift hight is about 4 feet I believe so you can use a shot stool and roll around under it. It is kind of expensive though at around $2300 shipped from what I have seen. I am going to be building a car in my little two car home garage and just can't decided if it is worth the money and if so, should I just deal with a 2 post always being their or should I go 4 post.
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For low ceiling garages there are post lifts like one above or the Danmark MaxJax like I have. Need 4 inch thick concrete (kind of standard depth) and roughly 8 ft in height. Just fantastic. The safety aspect alone is worth the money, but SO nice to work on the car at the height you want. Love it.
I think the MaxJax is more versatile than the QuickJack and was considering one. Unfortunately, while I have 4 of concrete in the garage, its not the required PSI. So lame!
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