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Vehicle lift for home mechanics

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Discopotatoes

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3,315 posts

118 months

Saturday 14th December 2013
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I'm mid build of a garage / 2 story extention with the view to having a ramp for working under the car.
The ceiling hight is 11 ft so can also use it as a two car garage, ( under/over)
I've been looking at 4 and 2 post ramps but not sure which way to go?
4 post can use drip trays so no oil on the car below, and 2 post has wheels free and better access
The concrete base is 7" reenforced with celotex under
What are your thoughts?

Edited by Discopotatoes on Saturday 14th December 21:54

paintman

2,729 posts

87 months

Saturday 14th December 2013
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Discussed earlier this year:
http://forum.lro.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=8584...
Check with any suppliers what base is required.

Discopotatoes

Original Poster:

3,315 posts

118 months

Saturday 14th December 2013
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paintman said:
Discussed earlier this year:
http://forum.lro.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=8584...
Check with any suppliers what base is required.
Think you've qouted the wrong thread smile

Zulu 10

325 posts

135 months

Saturday 14th December 2013
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I bought a two post lift last year from these people: http://www.automotechservices.co.uk
It worked out at less than £1500 all in and not only provides a place to work, but also facilitates double decker parking.
We dug out to 250mm and used T10 mesh at two levels on a non standard concrete mix (can’t remember the spec I’m afraid) on top of 300+mm of hardcore.

I would be surprised if 175mm of concrete on top of celotex would be adequate for a two post lift, so I suspect that you may have no choice. Automotech were very patient and brilliantly helpful to me so I suggest you call them and ask.

They sell both two and four post so have no vested interest either way.

Usual caveat: NCJASC.

(Have now seen the thread from the revised link, and there's an example of the Automotech products shown on page 1)

Edited by Zulu 10 on Sunday 15th December 10:42

paintman

2,729 posts

87 months

Sunday 15th December 2013
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Discopotatoes said:
Think you've qouted the wrong thread smile
Ooops. Meant this one: http://www.pistonheads.com/GASSING/topic.asp?h=0&a...

buzzer

2,580 posts

137 months

Monday 16th December 2013
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how big is the garage? If its big enough to get two cars in side by side then you can use a scissor lift and still drive over it when its down. I have parked an Elise and a 7 series side by side in my garage. There are no floor loading issues with these either. The only disadvantage I find is if I have to work on the sills, which is rare these days. on the occasions I have needed to, I have just used some blocks.

Or local garage has a four post, a couple of 2 post, and three scissor lifts, by far the most popular with the mechanics are the scissor lifts. you can get double height ones, but I went for medium height one as I don't have the headroom.






AndrewE

20 posts

76 months

Sunday 5th January 2014
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details please.....

Discopotatoes

Original Poster:

3,315 posts

118 months

Wednesday 8th January 2014
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It's only 3 mtrs wide once the cabinets are in but will have an 11 ft ceiling

Mark Benson

3,476 posts

166 months

Thursday 16th January 2014
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What about this? Been thinking of one for a while, just got to wait for the builder to come and do my garage....

http://www.automotechservices.co.uk/products/as-55...