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Old 09-19-2019, 05:01 PM   #11
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Rick_L, 55Madman, Churchkey if you want to focus on what you perceive to be negatives then don't consider this lift. But for those of you who have a garage with an 8 foot ceiling, reduced by the space for the garage door, this is a convenient way to get under the car without jacking the car up four times and trying to position four jackstands. The 2 feet plus of working room is more than enough for almost anything you might have to do. Dropping a transmission might be difficult but, with a garage as described, it would be difficult anyway.

As far as the mentioned Quickjack - it is much less robust; I wouldn't get under a car on those lifts, they just look too flimsy to me, and they totally restrict access from the sides. Their lift of 21" is from the floor to the bottom of the frame while the Kwik-Lift 20" rise is from the floor to the bottom of the wheel so it raises the car around 6-8" higher.
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Old 09-19-2019, 05:57 PM   #12
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The quick jack is very sturdy and I have no problem with trusting them to hold the vehicle up. IMO.
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Old 09-19-2019, 07:13 PM   #13
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this is a convenient way to get under the car without jacking the car up four times
Newsflash - you don't have to jack the car up 4 times to put it on 4 jack stands. Only twice.

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Dropping a transmission might be difficult but, with a garage as described, it would be difficult anyway.
Lots of transmissions have been r&r'd with a car on 4 jack stands.
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Rick_L, 55Madman, Churchkey if you want to focus on what you perceive to be negatives then don't consider this lift.
David, I believe I prefaced my post with 'it may be the thing for some', but what I wrote was not a perception of negatives - it was my personal experience ("had one - sold it"). I considered, owned, used, and sold one. Although Rick did offer some negative attributes (which was my exact experience), I don't believe Churchkey said anything negative about it at all; but rather just suggested an alternative.

Others may have very positive experiences with it - no issue there. My experience was not positive - no need to censure a differing opinion.
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Old 09-20-2019, 05:18 AM   #15
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I have one of these Kwik Lifts so I will chime in.

When I built my garage I had 10' ceiling height and did NOT want a two or four post lift. Sure they are nice when you need them, but they also take up permanent residence in the bay and to me would be more in the way than useful.

I have two lifts though. One is the Snap On scissor lift. I love this for its portable and can be moved anywhere in the garage I want it. It goes up about 44" which for the majority of what I do works perfect. I also have the Kwik-Lift posted above. I also love it for what it is. It is also portable and can be moved from one bay to the other, or broken down and stacked in the corner against the wall if/when I don't need it. I have done all sorts of mechanical work under this. Installed transmissions, exhaust work, plumbing etc. Lay down on a creeper and roll under the car. Its just that simple. As to the transmission mentioned in a previous post, I put the transmission on a low rise transmission jack and scraped it in place. Rolled it under the car, use the air ratchet to raise it up in place and installed the transmission.

This may not be for everyone, but it does work. I have a few friends that have them and we all love them. Are we doing a ton of mechanical work like a mechanic day in and day out? No, we are hobbyists. Would a 2/4 post lift be super handy at times, sure. But all in all this does all I need.
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i've had one for close to twenty years and it works fine, wife came out in the garage one day and didn't like me under the car on jack stands and asked if their was something else i could use and i showed her this and she said get it. my garage has a beam that is about 7' high so this was all i could use.did all my fab work while the car was on it and when done i just break it down and put it on dollies and roll out to the side of the house til the next time i need it.you got to work with what you got.
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i've had one for close to twenty years and it works fine, wife came out in the garage one day and didn't like me under the car on jack stands and asked if their was something else i could use and i showed her this and she said get it. my garage has a beam that is about 7' high so this was all i could use.did all my fab work while the car was on it and when done i just break it down and put it on dollies and roll out to the side of the house til the next time i need it.you got to work with what you got.
Had mine for 4 builds, over a 5 year period. Would I like a 2 or 4 post lift? Sure I would. However garage won't allow. Have used mine for everything and am quite pleased with it.
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Looks like a tranny change wouldn't be the easiest thing to do with one of those, but possible.

A member here has one of these. He moves it out of the way when not in use. His ceiling isn't as short as mine, but it's not real tall either.

In this pic another members 57 is on it. I think it's kinda trick myself.

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I just went ahead and put my 4 post outside .. works for me but weather causes problems .....
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