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Shop lift for home use

Post by Da_Hose » Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:55 pm

Hey folks,

I have decided the time has finally come to buy a decent shop lift, and after much deliberation, I have made a decision. In the end, several things really informed my choice.

I am renting, so a two-post unit like the MaxJax is not a possibility, because it needs be anchored into the right kind of garage floor. The next best option is a scissor type lift. However, they need to open 6-12 inches before you put real load on them, otherwise the pistons don't have enough leverage and cannot lift to their full rating, so it is important that a scissor lift go as high as possible. The perfect solution for me would be a high lift, open center scissor lift. However, all the high lift units on the market are upwards of $5K, and they require 220V. The price, and the need for big power really put high lift scissor lifts out of my reach.

The next best solution would be a mid-rise, open center lift, but all the models I see on the market seem to only offer 38" of lift height at the frame. Also, I want to be able to roll around on a shop seat, and my little round one puts my head right at 50". So I need every inch of lift height I can get.

Ok, so now we land at the Atlas TD6MR. It is not open center, but it is a mid-rise scissor lift, and it has a 48" table lift height. Add the truck brackets, and it gives 53.5" of lift at the frame. Another thing I like is that TD6MR frame has a pretty small footprint on the underside of the car. I think I would be able to use high rise, 2-ton jack stands to hold the car up and drop the lift completely out from underneath. The really good thing is the price of a TD6MR. The full rise, open center lifts I would love to have are $5000+, and even the mid-rise open center lifts are over $2600. The TD6MR is $1700, and with 4 high rise jack stands lands at $2K. That is doable for me.

So based on ease of installation, power needs, lift height, and price, it looks like it's the Atlas TD6MR for me. I will report back when I have it in place, and get the vehicles up in the air.

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Re: Shop lift for home use

Post by Da_Hose » Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:26 pm

Hey people,

So getting the Atlas model lift was my goal, but I ended up going with a zero interest purchase option that led me to another brand. It's the same lift though. Say hello to my Eagle Equipment PMR-6000.

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I am using the low truck lift parts on the front, and the high lift parts on the rear. Still comes up pretty much level, and it is super stable. I have already had it up/down 4 times to check on things and make some adjustments. This kind of lift is not perfect, but I do have access to all the parts of the car. I had it up in the air, and worked on the heat shield between driveshaft/exhaust, so accessing the underside, at the middle is no problem. I am extremely happy with the lift so far.

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Re: Shop lift for home use

Post by GazM3 » Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:42 pm

Like it Jose. Sure beats jacks and stands.
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Re: Shop lift for home use

Post by sansouci » Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:45 pm

Congratulations on your new addition! What is your floor-to-ceiling height and do you lift it to the max in your garage?
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Re: Shop lift for home use

Post by Da_Hose » Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:22 pm

Not sure about ceiling height. I think it could be 10 feet, but I'll measure it out and update this thread. I am able to lift the M6 to full height, with a little room to spare. If the trunk stays closed, I can even keep the garage door about 1/3 open at full lift. That will be nice for any time I want to run the engine and see what's going on underneath. I can just connect a dryer exhaust hose and pipe out my exhaust fumes.

This TOTALLY beats jacks and stands, gaz! I will be able to do brake work standing. 8) I also verified that I can put my rolling shop seat all the way down, and roll around under the engine bay and rear end. Woohoo! \:D/ =D>

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Re: Shop lift for home use

Post by hornhospital » Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:57 pm

Congrats!

And all the time my Rotary two-post lift lays there waiting for the concrete to be poured that i planned on TWO YEARS AGO. :cry:
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Re: Shop lift for home use

Post by Da_Hose » Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:40 pm

Yeah, that whole "adequate concrete" thing really is a bugger. I love that you can use this guy pretty much anywhere.

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Re: Shop lift for home use

Post by brickwhite » Tue May 01, 2018 3:17 pm

I put in a knock off 2 post lift .. it was $2500 installed....

Love it


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Re: Shop lift for home use

Post by Da_Hose » Tue May 01, 2018 8:50 pm

Yep, that right there is THE way to go brickwhite. My little guy is way better than crawling around on the ground. I'm a grownup for god's sake, time I start working like one. :lol: :wink:

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Re: Shop lift for home use

Post by Da_Hose » Thu May 31, 2018 4:47 am

Today I added a little upgrade to my lift. I can easily disconnect the safety lock cable and stow it away with the lift, but being unable to detach the hydraulic hose means I have to leave the power unit in the middle of the floor. So I decided to make it detachable with some adapters.
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What you see above is a combination of the following parts.
1/4" NPT quick disconnect male/female fittings - $20 from Amazon
1/4" NPT male to 37degree female adapter (Gates 6FJX-4MP) - $2 from a local supplier
1/4" NPT female to 9/16-18 adapter (Gates 6MJ-4MP) - $5 from a local supplier

So for another $30, the hydraulic hose can be disconnected at the power unit, the hose coiled up safely on the lift, and the power unit stowed away with the 10-ton jack stands, leaving a more open floor.

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Re: Shop lift for home use

Post by Carlp336 » Thu May 31, 2018 1:07 pm

i have an atlas lift.. its the ATTD-APEX10H
the tall 10k lb model.

i was fortunate to buy a home that had great start for a shop with a nice structure.. fast forward 8 yrs and concrete. i have a lift..
this will be my second year of owning it, i love it. i wish i couldve gotten it much much sooner..

i wired in a second box on the outside with a removable breaker/fuse like on AC units. allows me to make it inoperable with out having to kill the power. great with kids and traveling if i go out of town.


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Re: Shop lift for home use

Post by Carlp336 » Thu May 31, 2018 1:10 pm

i did buy the lower pad for the lower cars... and some of these for safety and support of heavy items
https://www.harborfreight.com/automotiv ... 61600.html
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Re: Shop lift for home use

Post by Da_Hose » Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:05 am

I found these for $25 more than the HF units, but they are 10-ton.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0093 ... UTF8&psc=1
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Post by hornhospital » Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:20 am

The good (as I see it): much greater capacity.

The not so good: height adjustment by pin-in-hole.

From having used both, I can tell you the screw-adjustable stands are MUCH easier to use.
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Post by Carlp336 » Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:50 pm

i got the HF ones on sale and with the coupon for an additional 25%. i think i paid around 55$ each for them.. they are really nice and solid. suits my need well.
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Re: Shop lift for home use

Post by Da_Hose » Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:54 pm

I did look for ones with a screw adjustment issue for stuff like holding up exhausts and whatnot. I figure the several screw type jacks I have laying around ought to work well if I need to hold a transmission up, or something like that. For stuff like holding up exhausts or other smaller things, I have several adjustable roller stands like these.

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Since my lift only goes up to 48 or so, I figure they should work for my needs. We'll see how it goes.

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