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Anyone use portable 2 post car lifts?

Old 01-05-2019, 09:34 AM
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Default Anyone use portable 2 post car lifts?

Looking to buy a portable 2 post car lift, I see a couple options, however I prefer something made in America, anyone find a good one?
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Old 01-05-2019, 12:09 PM
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I believe Rotary Lift, in Madison, IN are made in the US since they meet the ISO 9001 certification. They have several around the US
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I just finished shopping for a two post lift for my home shop. I ended up with the Dannmar M6 portable lift. I wasn't so concerned about portability but finding a lift that would work with low ceiling height was a main factor. The M6 is a hydraulic two post lift that will will go up 45". which is about the capacity of my garage here in SoCal. The posts are anchored to the concrete with 5 threaded anchors. The power unit is on wheels and the two hoses use quick connect dry break couplings. To move the lift, you unscrew the bolts (5 per post) and the posts can be tilted back on their wheels and moved. I do every possible service on my cars and that includes engine and trans work so a scissors lift or drive on lift was not an option for me. A full size lift would not work in my garage unfortunately.

With the exception of having to use a creeper or a roller seat, the lift is as versatile as a full height two post lift. The Dannmar is made in China but is AIL certified and comes with a 3 year warranty. SInce I do not plan to move it, I ended up mounting the power unit on the wall and ran the hydraulic hoses overhead since I have no plans to move the lift until I move.

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I bet most post lifts aren't very portable due to anchoring.
I use a quickjack. It has made my life easier many times. It lifts to about 20" which is enough for anything I want to do at home. It is completely portable.
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Originally Posted by C5inWV View Post
I bet most post lifts aren't very portable due to anchoring.
I use a quickjack. It has made my life easier many times. It lifts to about 20" which is enough for anything I want to do at home. It is completely portable.
I second that. I just cut 4 pieces of 1 1/2 inch rectangle steel to shim up to the URO jacking pucks. I haven't finished the project but I think this will be a great combination to raise the ZR1 with my quick jack.
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It was hard for me to justify $1100 for a Quickjack which really only allows wheels and brake type service with a max lift of 20", when a true two post lift with unobstructed undercar access and a 45" lift height was only $900 more from Dannmar. I've used both and for me, the Quickjack is just too limited. The arms on the M6 are only 3.5" and low enough that it doesn't even require the typical drive on boards for my C5 or R8. The main drawback to the M6 is it absolutely needs to be anchored while I don't think the QJ does.. A significant difference but worth it to me.

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2 post lifts are inherently not portable.

4 post lifts are.

My 4 post lift allows me to move the lift while a car is on it.

Enough said.
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Originally Posted by D K View Post
2 post lifts are inherently not portable.

4 post lifts are.

My 4 post lift allows me to move the lift while a car is on it.

Enough said.
Will your 4 post lift fit in the back of a pickup truck or van like my two post lift or a Quickjack? How about vehicle suspension work or removing an engine or trans? How does that work out on your 4 poster? Don't see many 4 post lifts in dealerships because they are inherently designed for storing cars or as alignment racks.

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My MaxJax lift posts are sitting in the corner of my garage where they are out of the way until I need to use the lift again. The lift anchors are sockets Vs studs so don't cause any issues when the posts are stored in the corner. The garage floor is completely usable. If you decide to leave the lift in place it can also be used to stack cars. My ex-neighbor used to have a Lexus sedan he would park on the lift and then park his Miata under it. The M6 is identical to the MaxJax other than it has more safety bar holes to provide more lift positions than the MaxJax provides with its two positions.

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Originally Posted by DunlevysZ View Post
Will your 4 post lift fit in the back of a pickup truck or van like my two post lift or a Quickjack? How about vehicle suspension work or removing an engine or trans? How does that work out on your 4 poster? Don't see many 4 post lifts in dealerships because they are inherently designed for storing cars or as alignment racks.
I actually used to prefer the 4 post and definitely did suspension and brake work. A 4post combined with tall lift jack stands is pretty quick and convenient. Easy to get the car in the air really quick and get working. I really debated getting another 4 post, after getting rid of my 4 and my 2 I had. I like the 2 posts for sure, but many big 2 posts require more slab thickness than many places tend to have, in order to truly be safe. 4 posts don't even need anchored at all.

In the end, I bought neither and just went a whole new route....no obstructions, doesn't need deep anchors, unobtrusive to anything that needs worked on 95% of the time, etc....BUT...a HEAVY pair of slabs to move. There is no "perfect" answer to the lift problem.





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Originally Posted by DunlevysZ View Post
Will your 4 post lift fit in the back of a pickup truck or van like my two post lift or a Quickjack? How about vehicle suspension work or removing an engine or trans? How does that work out on your 4 poster? Don't see many 4 post lifts in dealerships because they are inherently designed for storing cars or as alignment racks.
no to being able to put it in the back of a van, but I'd like to see you put a 2 post lift there...

I use a quickjack on top of my 4 post lift and I also have an adjustable jacking tray which gives numerous combinations of what you can do. I also use one of the runners as a crane if I have to.
Being able to move it while the car is on is such a huge plus, I don't think I can over emphasize that.

They each have their advantages, but 2 post lifts aren't as portable as you think.
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Originally Posted by K.I.T.T. View Post
I actually used to prefer the 4 post and definitely did suspension and brake work. A 4post combined with tall lift jack stands is pretty quick and convenient. Easy to get the car in the air really quick and get working. I really debated getting another 4 post, after getting rid of my 4 and my 2 I had. I like the 2 posts for sure, but many big 2 posts require more slab thickness than many places tend to have, in order to truly be safe. 4 posts don't even need anchored at all.

In the end, I bought neither and just went a whole new route....no obstructions, doesn't need deep anchors, unobtrusive to anything that needs worked on 95% of the time, etc....BUT...a HEAVY pair of slabs to move. There is no "perfect" answer to the lift problem.

I have been thinking of selling my MaxJax and getting one of these. I like the idea that I can park the car over it and I don't need to take up garage space storing the posts. Also after a buddy had an issue with one of the posts of his two post lift pulling a section of concrete out of the floor and tipping over while his Vette was on the lift makes me think a large flat load bearing surface may be the best solution for in home lifts since it reduces the chance of damaging the concrete or having a defect in the concrete cause a failure that might suddenly destroy all of the fun.

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