I find a 4-poster ideal for maintenance, storage and for finding that you suddenly have more friends than you thought!
(It's particularly useful for working when lying down... not sure how to fix that!!)
Resurrecting an older post
Ian,I love the look of Mr Olsen's garage,it's quite inspirational as I'm about to start the inside of my garage barn.
I've been scouring the net for ideas and have just fallen in love with the colours and old oak beams,this would be in keeping with the interior of my barn.
In particular the idea of a flush level floor lift really appeals although I would ideally have a two post lift set with the entry level set in the floor with no ramp.
Any members who could advise or enlighten me regarding ideas on a good or recommended make of lift would be be greatly appreciated.
If geographically it makes any difference I'm in Mayfield East Sussex,as I truly don't have the spare time to deal with my Caterham stuck six foot above ground level for two weeks while I wait for a repair should the company be based 300 miles away when I want to drive it
Back driving a seven again after more than twenty five years
There are, of course, pros and cons for all types of lift. The 2 post is probably most flexible but for me, the height was going to be problematic.
In the UK I would strongly recommend Automotech. Their products have excellent reviews and their customer service / delivery/ cost is excellent.
I went for this... https://www.automotechservices.co.uk/products/as-7532b-3-2t-mid-rise-scissor-lift/
It has the advantage of having separate platforms that could be spaced to suit a caterham as well as other machinery. It works great as a level table for metalwork and woodworking also. Whilst it doesn't have the advantage of a full lift (as you can see my roof height is restrictive) its so much easier to get a car into the air on this and kneeling underneath is much safer, roomier and generally more pleasant that axle stands. I changed out the gearbox, subframe and rear suspension on my mk5 golf easily using the lifts and so I'm super impressed.
You can see below how much free space there is at the front end of a normal car...
Your garage looks very well sorted....very inspirational, I can't wait to get mine up to scratch
i'm fortunate as I've got nearly twenty foot floor to roof height to play with whitch opens up more avenues.
great to see you work on all sorts of various projects, keeps you on you're toes
Perfect setup Ralph - and a perfect time to pour enought concrete for a 2 poster...
I looked at Automotech, Strongman, Twin Busch and Bendpak BTW - they were all similar but Automotech spent most time discussing matters on the phone and convinced me most of their product. They also spent some time post purchase helping me out with an install issue i created for myself.
We have an Automotech two post lift in our workshop and have found it to be a very good product. Also found them easy to deal with.
Kind regards PGM
Spotted this on ebay a while ago. Looks a bit precarious!
I have seen your lift in situ when I've been over at your workshop,handy to put all the trophies up on that high shelf on the back wall
interesting to know the manufacturer is Automotech,obviously a good bit of kit as you have chose it.
thanks for the reply Ralph
Certainly does look precarious I'd be scared to breathe just in case.
1.4m maximum lift height with my Lift King mobile unit (3,000 kg maximum load) with some adapters I have made to lift by the wheels (specifically when I place the car on my winter storage frame), as well as using the standard sliding rubber pads on the four lift arms, too.
Minimum 125mm drive-over height requires home-made wood ramps either side that are 75mm high for the Caterham to clear. Also works well with our BMW M240i, Golf R and my son's Corvette and GMC 2500HD diesel full size pickup.