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06-30-2008 11:26 AM
hotrodhill
above ground lifts

I have had multiple lifts and was always happy with the rotary, pound for pound, dollar for dollar, I liked the rotary, Tom.
06-20-2008 12:54 AM
jimfulco Looks like your helper beat you to it.
06-18-2008 03:32 PM
SteveU http://photobucket.com/SteveU_ Some pics of the new install
06-17-2008 07:12 PM
SteveU Got it put in today, took the installer close to 4 hrs so the 300.00 price for the install was money well spent. Just got back in from playing with it, lifted my buddies 1 ton 3500 extended cab dually with a diesel no problem so anything I own will be a piece of cake for it Glad I got this one instead of something lighter. Everything on it is heavy duty & ought to last a couple lifetimes. Only thing I would change is the manual calls for 12-4 wire, you only need 12-3 as the supplied plug is for 3 phase & I have regular 240v. Thanks to everyone who recommended this one, it was worth it.
06-09-2008 04:14 PM
SteveU Well, finally ordered the Mohawk today along with the weight gauge and it is supposed to be installed next tuesday. Aside from the obvious like moving stuff out of the way in the area where it is to be installed, what should I do or get to make it go smoother? Planned it for my day off so I will be here all day when it gets here. Anyone thinking of getting a lift should look at doing it now as I was told that the price is going up approx 8-10% because of steel increases. On this thing that would be close to 500.00 My buddy just got a 3500 extended cab dually with the diesel engine, wouldn't want that thing on a cheap lift
04-28-2008 08:18 PM
chopper99 I've had a Rotary lift in garage for 4 years-no problems what so ever.
04-15-2008 01:26 PM
jamiealf9411
Alfordteck

Hi Steve,
I have all Rotary lifts and they serve their purpose. However, if I had to do it all over again, I would have bought Mohawk without a doubt !! The construction of Columns and Carriages is way over built for lift spec.'s, nice porblem to have lifting 5-10,000 lbs. above your head. Mohawk id by far the best choice and will be mine when I replace mine, IF NEEDED.
Happy Shopping,
Alfordteck
04-14-2008 10:04 PM
dougs93ic The Bonehead is a homemade drag car that runs in A Altered class. It has a 1967 Chevy 250 CID straight six and runs in the 11's.

We will be at the Nationals @ Bowling Green in June with the car.
04-14-2008 09:03 PM
zacknolden May I know what type of vehicle is that BONEHEAD?
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03-31-2008 05:01 PM
dougs93ic Steve,

Exhaust systems will no longer the Pain they once were when your lift is installed.

You mentioned in an earlier post a Suburban.

You should consult with your installer but I like the posts to be as wide as they can safely be. I don't know why being on two slabs would matter but I can say this - even though my posts are rotated, my Astro cargo vans are still a tight fit when exiting the vehicle.

About the installation - my floor had a slight pitch because it was once used as a wash bay for school buses. I didn't think much about it.

When the installers came, they looked at the floor and said "Not level. Sorry."

I had to dig up 12" of concrete and I wasn't too happy about it.

But whenever I have something heavy on the lift, I realize the installers were right and I'm glad they insisted my floor be absolutely level.

Before I bought my lift, I assembled a four post Back Yard Buddy for my neighbor. I wouldn't even think about installing a two post lift myself.
03-31-2008 01:54 PM
SteveU I am really looking forward to getting it In the last year I have replaced the exhausts on 2 cars & brake lines on 3 with the front end on car ramps & the back on jackstands, if/when this has to be done again it will be much nicer to do on a lift. Only purchase I've made that will be of questionable use is the dogbone creeper that I bought when I was planning on getting a kwiklift but I'll find some use for it. How wide is yours between the posts? I was looking at where I want to put it and found the floor was poured in a 145" slab there so I have 2 choices: 1. move posts 7" closer together to maintain 6" clearance from the expansion joints giving me 9' 5" between the posts or 2. move posts over so that each post is on a different slab. Which option is better? I'm thinking it would be better to keep both posts on the same slab for leveling purposes and to keep them from moving differently. Will moving the posts in 7" and having 9' 5" between the posts make that much difference over the standard 10' spacing? What do you guys think?
03-30-2008 11:36 PM
dougs93ic Steve,

I have a Rotary 10k lift with Inbay and extended height options that I purchased two years ago.

I shopped automotive lifts extensively before making my purchase and admired Mohawk lifts. A Mohawk lift is way more robust than my Rotary lift but because of unbudgeted expenses (I had to dig up and replace my concrete floor), I couldn't afford a Mohawk.

It would have taken me another year to save up the extra money and I didn't want to wait that long.

Having any decent lift will make you wonder how you lived without one!

I will say this about my Rotary lift, though Mohawk may offer the same features - since I have a 12' ceiling I'm glad I got the extra lift height and Inbay is worth every penny.

The Inbay feature moves the motor and pump up high on the lift post giving you more working room around the lift and even better, it puts a contoller on each post!

Every person that has experience with other lifts and then used mine (when you have a lift, you suddenly have more friends) has commented on how convenient this feature is.

Hope this helps.

Doug
03-15-2008 06:11 PM
SteveU
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Originally Posted by oldcpecdr
Remember that in a busy dealership the duty cycle on a lift is tremendous. 10 years is very doable for a name brand lift even at a high volume dealership that has regular maintenance performed. The Rotary in your situation would probably last MUCH longer than that, the biggest enemy would probably be not enough use. But if it's a dry environment and you perform regular maintenance the only advantage to the Mohawk would be your grandchildren could use it. The 10,000 pound capacity asymetrical Rotary is probably the best selling lift at the Dealer level.
What would the problem be with lack of use & how often would one have to be used to avoid this? It will be in a dry enclosed pole building & within a couple of years will be somewhat climate controlled at around 45* instead of unheated like it is now. It would be nice if everything was able to be passed down to the grandkids like a Mohawk
03-11-2008 09:13 PM
oldcpecdr
Lifts

Remember that in a busy dealership the duty cycle on a lift is tremendous. 10 years is very doable for a name brand lift even at a high volume dealership that has regular maintenance performed. The Rotary in your situation would probably last MUCH longer than that, the biggest enemy would probably be not enough use. But if it's a dry environment and you perform regular maintenance the only advantage to the Mohawk would be your grandchildren could use it. The 10,000 pound capacity asymetrical Rotary is probably the best selling lift at the Dealer level.
03-11-2008 08:58 PM
SteveU It will be, the nice thing about my barn is that it was built by a guy who owned a cement business & was made to work on cement trucks in. He said that when he was pouring the floor that whatever was left on the trucks at the end of the day went into the floor & that it is 18" thick in parts of the back half & the front half which is where the lift will go is at least 6"+.
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