New hoist for garage 2 post or 4 post Ideas ?

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    I have 10'6"and have 2 B bodys with a 4 post lift with a trolley jack and yes 11' or higher would be better but I have 4" of clearance to the ceiling and can do everything I need to do. 20170526_223045.jpg
     
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      I have a 9000# Advantage Four Post Lift as well and am quite pleased with it from a functional as well as QC perspective (being Chinese manufacture). I looked at many different lifts before making my decision. My garage ceiling is 10' and works for storage of a B body and a Subaru BRZ. My garage / shop is attached to the house and is a new build. A stacking lift was in the plan all along, although I was limited to about 10' ceiling height max. I can walk under my Charger or the BRZ with only ducking a bit (I'm 6'1"), but with the Jeep or Ram on the lift I have to use the rolling stool to work underneath.

      The Backyard Buddy is supposedly made in the U.S., but I found them to be very difficult to deal with to the point I walked away. Also, at the time, the uprights on their lift were one size smaller than the Advantage.
       
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        Just make sure its a certified lift.
        Some out there aren't.
        There is a link on the net that lists all that are.
        Look up Certified Lifts
         
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          I bought a Worth for the garage I just built, looking at most it seams way heavier with a larger footprint (24") and is made in Texas. So far no complaints, I've had a Dodge Mega Cab Cummins Diesel on it along with many others but that's the biggest. Seams well built, simple to install and easy to use with a nice lift speed.

          I'll post pics once I'm home. 20180604_201210.jpg
           
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            I have been contemplating on getting one for several years and keep talking myself out of it. I have 10'-6" ceilings as some other mentioned so I know it will be tight but will work. I have my overhead door tracks converted and lights spread apart just waiting.
             
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              I refused to get one, hated the thought of wasted floor space but these guys talked me into it, I won't be without one now. Simple brake jobs, tire rotations, polishing your wheels, suspension work, etc is so stinking comfortable to do that you really don't dread any of it anymore. When it's not being used as a lift the arms are often swung in and used as saw horses or used to load heavy objects into the truck.
               
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              • G.V.Charger

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                Rotary Two post here. Great unit. There are days that I would want one of each, two post, and a four post. With a two post, every vehicle going on, requires you to get down on a knee to set the arms. At the end of a long day, it becomes a chore...not bending down, getting up off the floor 4 times each go LOL.
                 
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                  I have the larger Advantage lift, SS9000 XLT. It is the best purchase I have made. Advantage was going through the certification process when I bought mine. Really, it didnt matter to me, the lift is built like a tank. Rock solid and stable even when all the way up. Big square posts with the safety dog windows punched in to them. The load is not hanging by a bolt welded to a plate, or welded on stops inside a C channel like most others.
                   
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                    The engineer in me did not agree with some of the so called certifications either. I looked at quite a few in person and operated them. The Advantge is built sturdier than most. I have had no issues with mine and have had my Ram 2500 4x4 Cummins (6000+ Lbs.) up on quite comfortbly as well.
                     
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                      A couple guys I work with have the Aresco brand lifts and say they are great for the money. One guy has had his over 15 years with no issues and has moved it to two newer houses also. Anyone else have one of thsee brand lifts?
                       
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                      I have a 10'2" ceiling height. Advantage 4 post lift. B Body on top and a Subaru BRZ below (E Body would probably fit as well). I had to plan carefully. Locate the light fixtures properly for clearance, as well as putting stop bolts in the door track to prevent hitting the car roof. The shop is still a work in progress but is getting there. It all works, but required careful planning. I built the shop with the stacking lift in the plan, but I was limited in height due to zoning bylaws. If you are building new or have to take out a building permit, make sure you do your homework.

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                        Pretty much everything I had to do as well and what mine will look like when done. Plan on buying it as soon as the weather breaks.
                         
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                        Close on the new house March 14 the has a big double garage that will fit two pickups in and has 11 ft ceilings . Now to decide on the hoist type .
                        Thanks for all the info so far everyone .
                         
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                        Just for curiosity, what's the ceiling material in your garage?
                         
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                        What's the ceiling mat.....

                        Either tin or plastic, if it's plastic, my fear would be it's flammable status, however, easy to clean. My sheet metal guy's shop was done with plastic. Also, would welding arc brown out the color??
                         
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                        Same as mine Mark, I'd never do a ceiling any other way again. Did our plastic plant production floors ceiling with it in '89 and carried that idea home with me to the shop. The light level is amazing. Galvanized steel roofing...
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                          I guess same idea, but it's just the cheapest steel roofing you can get. Plain profile in galvanized. Believe it's 32" wide sheets and you can order in any length you want. In my case 29' full lengths and we just bent up a finishing strip around the wall tops that it fit right into which one held the sheet ends and two finished off my drywall top edge.
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                          Used the same in mine only went with seasoned panels off of an old barn for a patina look, love the look just doesn't reflect as well but with 4 bulb T5's it's plenty bright.
                           
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                            Drywall here as its attached to the house - side entry . Not a bad idea to put the metal over it .
                             
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