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Old 12-04-2013, 08:59 AM
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kwiklift...any good?

I saw a kwik lift for sale ($1000), and was wondering if they are any good. They look to me somewhere between just barely enough and not enough room. I have 10' ceiling, but my garage door when it is open is around 8 1/2 feet from the floor. Not much room for a lift.

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Old 12-04-2013, 10:35 AM
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I have three different friends that have them and love them. Next best thing to a normal lift.
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Old 12-04-2013, 01:34 PM
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if you only work on cars (vs trucks and vans) you could put a 2 post lift in a 10 foot garage
the garage door wouldn't interfere with the lift, but you'd need to have it down when lifting a car
my barn has 8 ft ceilings... i'm screwed
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lift clearance

for that reason I put 16 ft walls on the shop and our retirement house has 11 ft garage ceiling height, when it's done I think I will get a 4 post lift with a wheel kit for the house. and the heating guy was by last night and we will plumb Nat gas into the garage for a heater there too.
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No fair...heat too!?
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I've had my kwiklift for a couple of years now and I like it a lot.
It's great for most under-car work and it's really nice for lower body work, too.
I have used bottle jacks with the "bridge" to lift the car off the ramp for brake/suspension/rear end work; it is a solid, stable platform.
I find it very useful, but I still wish I had enough ceiling height for a real "walk-under" lift.

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it's cold up here

It was - 7 F this morning, and winter is just starting. last year our nail guns would freeze up after 15 min. We had to alternate guns under heat lamps. We were talking about the wife's cousin who owns the 10 acres next door, he spends the winters in southern arizona, It was nice a couple years ago when we visited him in January.
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How big is your garage, width and length?

If it's a 2 car garage or smaller, go with the Kwiklift. You can get it out of the way when you're not using it.

If it's a 3 car garage: since you have a 10 ft ceiling, and since you are talking $1000, I'd hold off, save a few bucks, then buy a 4 post lift.

A two post would be better than the 4, but not compatible with your ceiling height.

4 post lifts occupy a lot of real estate when not in use. Before I bought mine I made four squares with duct tape on the floor of my shop and then for a couple months used those to help me visualized how having posts there would affect working in the shop.

I have a two post Rotary asymmetric lift, and a 4 post China Man lift.. so my comments are based on experience.

Hope that helps.
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depending on the 2 post lift- if the chain runs across the floor the 2 post will need less head room then the 4 post
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My garage is a two car, but one side always has a car in it....in some sort of repair or disrepair. The other side is for engines etc... That's probably a standard set up for most guys.

After hearing some thoughts, I'm gonna save a few more bucks and get a four post. It just looks safer for one thing...and another is that with less room inside my garage , I will always have the car on the lift, even when it's all the way down. So it seems to me that the four poster would be easier to work in an around the car when it's down. A two poster might interfere with door opening and what not.

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4 post head room ?

The house we are building has a 36 X 24 garage and the doors are 10 ft high. My nephew did his new 3 car garage with doors tall enough and the floor and driveway flat enough so he could roll the 4 post lift with the wheel kit outside if he wanted to pressure wash the bottom of a new project.
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My Dad has a quicklift. He really enjoys it. It is, what it is. For my Dad to put a real lift in his polebarn, he had a lot of local red tape to wade through. Town officials can't seem to grasp using a 4 post lift as a end user home mechanic. The powdercoated finish is great but if you have aggressive, summer-only tires you can have a slippery experience. Also, Dads is BLACK and he should have opted for yellow or red, because he sets small tools on it and they kind of blend in.
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If you are wanting to lift a car and work on the bottom side for a few days they work fine, we have one. But if you are going for a quicklift and fix, then on to the next job, they are a little slow. We have low cielings so a 2 post or 4 post will not work in there. We gave 800$ for a longer version used. Have a old 1936 Weaver 4 post in another shed, but the roof trusses need reworking. How do I know it's 1936? son of the owner of the dealership told me, plus gave me it's history since, 90+ years old memory is better than people half his age.
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I have a bendpak 2 post lift. I built my ceiling 13 ft high. The lift is 12 ft.
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I've had my kwiklift for a couple of years now and I like it a lot.
It's great for most under-car work and it's really nice for lower body work, too.
I really like mine for under-dash work. No need to lay upside down in the seat.
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