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Old 04-19-2004, 11:27 AM
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Does anyone have a autolifters m-6 or m-80 four post lift if so I would like to know if you like it and if it is steady with a load on it. I also want to know if it is well built (I think so by the lifetime sturcture warrenty). I can't decide between a Backyard Buddy or this lift, the backyard buddy is about twice as expensive but I have looked at one of them and they are steady, and well built.

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Old 04-20-2004, 08:39 AM
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I'm picking up my M-80 at the truck terminal sometime today. I compared to to the BYB and it looked the same to me. I'll let you know.
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Old 04-21-2004, 08:18 AM
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Got it yesterday afternoon. OOOphaaaaa, is it heavy !!

Sunday is erection day. <Snicker> I think I'm gonna get 6 or 7 Hooters girls to give me a "hand" building it.


Whatever lift you get, be sure to have a way to unload 2000# ! My compact tractor (JD-790) front bucket would BARELY lift one end! This was just the two ramps bolted to the end plates. I took the rest of the parts out of the center.

I would recommend hiring a rollback. Then have 3 to 4 friends there to help break it apart to assemble it.

Looks like it will be pretty easy to build!
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Old 04-21-2004, 09:12 AM
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How's the lift...

So, how is the lift working out?

I am looking at purchasing a lift but cannot decide if I should get a drive on or a 4-post type. I talked to a couple of former shop owners and they said most likely the 4-post lift would be better.

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Old 04-21-2004, 10:19 AM
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I'll let you know as soon as its built !
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Old 04-26-2004, 09:32 AM
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Its built !!

Went together pretty easy, too ! The directions suck, but it's not rocket science by any means. Worst part of the whole job is unloading the trailer alone. The thing is rock solid with the chevelle on it. I'll try to take a pic tonight to show you.
I did it alone, other than about 20 minutes of help from 1 friend. I used my engine hoist and a small work bench. My buddy came over to stabilize the uprights while I jacked the ramps into place. After the 2 ramps were in, he had to leave. An hour and a half later, I was done.

Disclaimer: I was supposed to build it Sunday, and had the boys all lined up. It was calling to me all Friday night and Sat. Morning, it won. It was up by noon !
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Check out my gallery. There are pics of it. I love it !
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I've got a four post lift in my shop (a little over a year now), but only because I didn't have enough room to put in a two post. The only real advantage the two post has over the four is that when you grab the car and pick it up, the suspension is unloaded. Makes brake and suspension work a lot easier. However I figured if it really hurt my feelings that bad, I'd just get one of those air jack things that roll along in between the two ramps of the lift. So far I haven't had need for it. I've noticed that I have a lot more friends visiting too...
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Shp question..

Beenaway2long,

How big is your shop? I am thinking of building one either 30x40 or 40x40. Not sure what the cost would be but that I what I would like.

Also, do you like that lift? I was thinking of getting a 4 prong lift rather than a drive on. Not sure which one to go with.
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Old 06-15-2004, 07:44 AM
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30x40- 12' high
Barn kit w/ doors $ 8,200
Stone $ 700
Concrete $ 2,500 (incls labor-subcontracted)
electrical $ 500
interior framing and OSB $ 1,500
Metal ceiling $ 800
3/4" BIP airlines $ 300
total $14,500

I did all the labor myself, except the concrete. Depending on who assembles it, expect to pay about $30,000 for turnkey.

I love the Auolifter M-80.
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