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Old 02-07-2008, 07:37 PM
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Mohawk lifts? How do they compare to the others?

I have been trying to gather information on 10,000 lb 2 post lifts & ran across the Mohawk which seems like it is heavier duty than most of the others. Has anyone here seen them up close or owned both the Mohawk & another brand where they could compare them to the other lifts out there? Wondering how they compare to a Rotary or Bendpak. Looking at making a once in a lifetime purchase so want to get a good one the first time & not something cheap that I regret everytime I use it.

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Mohawk and Rotary make great lifts. Bendpak lifts aren't the same quality. I've used a 10,000 pound, 2 post Mohawk lift for 35 years in a repair shop and have probably only spent $200 give or take maintaining it. The key is to be sure it's installed properly in the correct thickness of high quality concrete.
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What exactly did you have to do to maintain it? How did this level of maintainence compare to shops using competitors lifts? This will be way overkill for what I will be doing but I don't feel comfortable getting under a 'cheap' lift & if you take the 6000 or so & spread it out over the next 30 or so years it isn't too bad. If one lasted you 35 yrs in a repair shop going up & down what 5-8x /day, my use as a hobbyist maybe 5-8x/mo it'll serve me & my kids a lifetime Crawling around on the floor in the winter trying to work under the car while it is on car ramps is not my idea of fun & sometimes I can't get where I need to be on the creeper
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I had to replace all the guide wheels on the side plates one at a time over the years and I grease the chain occasionally. I did have to replace the release cable once also. So I may be in the $300 ball park. I don't know what others do to maintain theirs. I know a lot of guys use and like the Rotary's. The Bendpak is more of an amateur's lift. I personally wouldn't want to work under one. Then again, I've been spoiled by the strength of the Mohawk.
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I had to replace all the guide wheels on the side plates one at a time over the years and I grease the chain occasionally. I did have to replace the release cable once also. So I may be in the $300 ball park. I don't know what others do to maintain theirs. I know a lot of guys use and like the Rotary's. The Bendpak is more of an amateur's lift. I personally wouldn't want to work under one. Then again, I've been spoiled by the strength of the Mohawk.
I don't know, it looks like BendPak has significantly upped their game. Here's a head-to-head comparison from not to long ago. [url]********************************************

Anyways, my whole thing is to just make sure the thing's certified and you'll be okay.

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I have a Mohawk 2 post 6000LB. Have had it for years, do not remember what year I bought it. It is a very nice lift, it will outlast me for sure. If I had to make the decision again I would not even think about another brand of lift. If you can afford it, buy the best and never have to worry about it again
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I did end up going with the Mohawk System 1 10,000 lb lift and have had zero complaints or regrets other than not getting it sooner. I have picked up everything from my daughters wagon to the riding mower to my buddies 1 ton dually no problem. Bought a flat rate manual & by looking up the work I have done on just my own vehicles x the going shop labor rate around here it has about paid for itself. Being able to put a car in the air anytime I want day or night including holidays & not having to wait or make an appointment is great I highly recommend a Mohawk lift to anyone in the market for one.
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I don't know, it looks like BendPak has significantly upped their game. Here's a head-to-head comparison from not to long ago. [url]********************************************

Anyways, my whole thing is to just make sure the thing's certified and you'll be okay.

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Sorry, didn't mean it as advertising! Thought the comparison link might be helpful.
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