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Here's a shot lifting my 911 race car from the rear, using the jack bridge on the 4 post lift.


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Old 01-19-2019, 06:38 AM
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A 4-post lift will give the same versatility, with a simple bottle jack. I think all 4-post lifts come with a sliding jack tray to lift the car off the ramps. I sometimes use the built-in jack points on the sides for wheel changes or brake work. Some even do engine removal with a 4 post.
Will it work? yes
Same versatility as a two post for working under a car? Not a chance.
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Everything is a compromise.

A 2 post is better for working on vehicles.
A 4 post is better for storage and can be easily moved.

Both work fine for oil changes and exhaust work. For engine work and suspension work, a 2 post is better. Of course, almost anything that can be done on a 2 post could be done on a 4 post with some enginuitity.

If you need a hoist primarily for storage and need the ability to move it around, get a 4 post. If you need it for maybe a bit more than oil changes, get a 2 post.
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Everything is a compromise.
Indeed. My 2 car garage is approximately 20’ x 20’ so while you could park 2 cars in there side by side, if you did there wouldn’t be room for anything else.

I could have fit a 2 post, but the posts would have been in a more obtrusive position for using the garage space as a workshop than where the 4 posts sit.

To get the wheels up for brake and suspension work takes a bit more time and thought than a 2 post. Also, when I want to work underneath the front bumper of certain cars, I need to park them towards the front of the lift so the bumper is overhanging the cross member, or else access sucks. No such consideration required with a 2 post. Still, for me, 4 post made the most sense for my space and needs. No regrets and I hate working on cars without it.
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One other use I have found for the 4 post is unloading heavy stuff from my pickup. I drop the tail gate, set the lift ramps at the same level as the truck bed and back up so the dropped gate nearly touches the lift. Then you just slide the heavy stuff onto the lift, and gently lower it.

Did this for moving my tool bench and tool chest (both full of tools) into the garage, large pieces of furniture, and loading/unloading motorcycles from my truck.
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Having had both, yeah, its obvious that you'd do a 2 if heavy maintenance was your primary goal, but the 4 post is dual purpose.
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stevej37, jwasbury,
Thanks guys.
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Thanks for the input guys. I appreciate it.

I've been in contact with the vendor and I should have my lift in about 4 weeks.
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Did you decide to go with the 4 post ?
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Yes, 4 post. My 911 will have the top bunk
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Plan on 1 or 2 roller jacks, or bottle jack as stevej37 and jwasbury mentioned above, to lift the car off the runways.
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Pretty much everything has been said that I could add, except that if you want a trolley jack get it at the same time as your lift to save on freight. They are typically around $1000 and truck freight because they are heavy. I have a four post and agree with all of the pros and cons listed here, but I need to bite the bullet and invest in a proper trolley jack.
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I’m about to purchase a lift and despise reading all the pros/cons , I still can’t decide which lift would be better. Is there anything wrong with long term 2 post car storage for my 77 911? Who make wheel holding attachements for a 2 post?
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I’m about to purchase a lift and despise reading all the pros/cons , I still can’t decide which lift would be better. Is there anything wrong with long term 2 post car storage for my 77 911? Who make wheel holding attachements for a 2 post?
I say no, other than with both you need some type of drip tray if you're parking a car under it. This is easier to do (buy) for a 4 post.
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No 2 or 4 post lift for me. I was thinking about it, and just now went out and looked at my standard 2 car garage, ha ha 8 ft 6" inside ceiling max.

So , and suggestions scissor lift or otherwise? I'm tired of jack stands
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Old 04-25-2019, 12:39 PM
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Bendpak md-6xp (scissor) mid-rise has worked great for me...moving up to a 2-post soon
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No 2 or 4 post lift for me. I was thinking about it, and just now went out and looked at my standard 2 car garage, ha ha 8 ft 6" inside ceiling max.

So , and suggestions scissor lift or otherwise? I'm tired of jack stands
Look on your local Craigslist and Facebook marketplace people selling scissor lifts all the time. Most lift 40 " - 48 " and can be moved around . I bought mine in my last house for 1K and I have seen them as low as 500.00 . They are simple in design so as long as hydraulic cylinder doesn't leak and pump motor works buying used is the way to go . I now have a 2 post and either one is light year's better than Jack stands .
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No 2 or 4 post lift for me. I was thinking about it, and just now went out and looked at my standard 2 car garage, ha ha 8 ft 6" inside ceiling max.
So , and suggestions scissor lift or otherwise? I'm tired of jack stands
Yeah, my house has 10 ft ceilings everywhere but the garage. I had a contractor "tray" the garage ceiling up to the rafters over the majority of the car profile. Works great.
If you just want one for maintenance, then I'd go with a set of quickjacks. I have a set from pre lift days and really like them.
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Any recommendations on models or sources to buy from, with cost being a significant factor?

Or either of the above to avoid?
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I have a Bendpak HD-9 with 2 bridge jacks. Love it. Had it for 3-4 years now. I wanted a 2 post originally but did not have the space for one. The 4 post w/ bridge jacks has worked fine for me. I would think about the only thing I could not do on it is an engine drop.

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