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Old December 6th, 2014, 03:47 PM
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Anyone have good tips/information regarding 4 post car lifts? Im looking to buy one. Any feedback would be great.
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Old December 6th, 2014, 03:53 PM
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I'm not sure what you your intended uses are but a two post lift lets you do more work on your vehicles than a four post lift. You can't do any tire or axle work with a four poster.
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Old December 6th, 2014, 04:34 PM
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FWIW, I now work at a dealership that only has four post lifts (Land Rover Glen Cove) and it sucks. They are pain in the ass to use for just about everything other than an oil change. I think some two post lifts have the option to add ramps to make it a drive on rack, but I'm not sure if those are still made.
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Old December 6th, 2014, 04:36 PM
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I'm not sure what you your intended uses are but a two post lift lets you do more work on your vehicles than a four post lift. You can't do any tire or axle work with a four poster.
You just have to get a 4 post lift with a bridge jack built in. A lot of alignment racks are setup just like this, 4 post to get it up and the bridge jacks to unload the suspension.

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Old December 6th, 2014, 04:43 PM
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Primary use is for storage. I will use it for wrenching as well but I want to be able to drive up and store another car under it.

Are the Chinese built eBay units OK? Under $2,000?
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Old December 6th, 2014, 04:55 PM
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I own a BendPak with the trolley jack. I have no complaints. I'll still do work on vehicles in the driveway with a floor jack depending on what I'm doing. It is a nice option to have!
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Old December 6th, 2014, 05:05 PM
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Would you get under a defender on a $2000 Chinese rack..??.. You are better off getting a used name brand unit.. Look in your local craigslist ads, there is always repair shops going out of business...
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Old December 6th, 2014, 05:18 PM
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You just have to get a 4 post lift with a bridge jack built in. A lot of alignment racks are setup just like this, 4 post to get it up and the bridge jacks to unload the suspension.

I just assumed all four post lifts have them. I use one every day, and hate it.
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Old December 6th, 2014, 07:56 PM
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Would you get under a defender on a $2000 Chinese rack..??.. You are better off getting a used name brand unit.. Look in your local craigslist ads, there is always repair shops going out of business...
All the time. I'll get under my LR3 on one too. Heck my buddy puts his Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab on it. I went in 1/3s on a bendpak two post that is installed at my buddy's shop. Seems pretty well built. My only complaint is how slow it LOWERS, especially with something light on it. I've used rotary brand lifts too, and I'm not sure I'd pay the premium for a name brand, unless I'm using it every day for a living.... and maybe not even then.
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Old December 6th, 2014, 08:01 PM
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If you can get a 4 post bend pak for $2000 I'd be really surprised... I have been under cheap Chinese lifts and the whole car rocks and sways when it's at the top..the thickness if the metal just isn't thick enough for torsional rigidity.. Buy hey, it's your life and car...if you've got a cheap car, put it on a cheap lift..
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Old December 6th, 2014, 08:11 PM
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Oh, I guess I misunderstood. I was calling the band pak cheap because it was less than half of what a name brand costs. And I'm pretty sure it's Chinese. But I'm pretty sure the two post was more than $2000. I wouldn't want to work with a 4 post, unless my other option was working on the ground.
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Old December 6th, 2014, 08:21 PM
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We use a Back Yard Buddy 4 post lift and it works great for car storage. It lifts 8000lbs....
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Old December 6th, 2014, 08:45 PM
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Bend pak used to be one of the best quality lifts a while ago..they are nowhere near as good anymore..I have 4 of the older style bend paks 2 posters in my shop and a bend pak 4 poster as well as a few others..they are great workhorses..
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Old December 6th, 2014, 11:28 PM
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For reference, my experience with Rotary lifts has been that they are junk. They are what I would consider one of the leaders in the automotive lift game. Stenhøj lifts have some nice features, but I have no idea of the cost.
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