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  1. 11 Jun 2019 at 9:09 AM #41
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    Thanks for sharing that - very useful :)

    I just wish my roof had been a tad higher - it is so annoying seeing the space but not being able to access it because of the trusses !!!
     
  2. 11 Jun 2019 at 2:09 PM #42
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    The last time I looked at scissor lift what put me off them is that they don't seem to have mechanical interlocks? Not sure if that has changed? How do they ensure safety?
     
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    I've got a quickjack and works very well, easy to store away to the side, or even under the car.
    For a dedicated garage a nice inground lift would be nice, lots of room to open doors without issue, hidden away too. :)

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  4. 11 Jun 2019 at 8:41 PM #44
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    They have a locking mechanism via metal teeth, so as the lift rises it progressively locks at each level. On top of that they tend to have parachute valves.
     
  5. 12 Jun 2019 at 3:39 PM #45
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    Ended up getting a mid-sized scissor lift from a proper company - didn't trust ebay sellers claiming their products were CE compliant etc. - to be honest car ramps are not ones of those things you try to save costs on !!!

    Should be getting it delivered and installed tomorrow!!!

    Looked at full size lift etc., but a builder came out and said it was a roof off and new trusses job if I wanted more headroom - so hopefully this gives me a compromise for now :)
     
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  6. 12 Jun 2019 at 6:42 PM #46
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    Which one did you go for in the end, and are they fitting it for you ?
     
  7. 12 Jun 2019 at 7:55 PM #47
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    Fantastic news well done you won’t regret it :beer:

    I was the same when looking at the eBay gear, you wouldn’t want to be lay under the car and something fail...
     
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    Yes these do have interlocks these days

    Most of the ones I looked at needed the air supply just for this reason

    And yes the scissor lift does restrict access in some places on the car or make it difficult but as my car lives in the garage I just like to slam it in there and not have to avoid the posts you get on 4 posters etc
     
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  9. 12 Jun 2019 at 8:02 PM #49
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    Great stuff mate congrats. Let us know what you ended up with and how you get on with it. Are you going to have it flush with the floor?
     
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  10. 12 Jun 2019 at 10:04 PM #50
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  11. 13 Jun 2019 at 5:58 PM #51
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    Absolutely LOVE the scissor lift - you can park up like normal in the garage and not notice it - then with a press of a button you get so much access to the underside !!!

    I will try to get some pics up - but the quality of this one is absolutely what I was looking for - safety mechanisms galore and no messing around.

    The guy delivered it and put it into the garage and made sure everything was working - also comes with a 3 year warranty :)

    One thing to note, is that you need some form of air compressor for the safety latches to be disengaged with a push of a button - though for additional safety you have to press and hold the down button for a bit and then lots of warning beeps as the safety locks disengage and it starts to lower.

    Also my garage had a 16a fuse, so it would trip as soon as I used the lift - for a fiver I upgraded to 20a C breaker.

    All in all - love it and no regrets - will make working on the car so much nicer and far less faffing around when raising and lowering!

    If you're in 2 minds on buying one, do it and get a quality one. Also get one with the mobile kit - this is 600-700kg of weight and you will NOT MOVE it - but with a mobile kit you can move around quite easily :)
     
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  12. 13 Jun 2019 at 9:39 PM #52
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    Some pics...sorry all a bit rushed and need to sort the garage back out...but hopefully gives the idea!!!

    This was only a partial lift up too...

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    So with the mid rise is there enough access to sit on small chair and work underneath?

    Glad you went with this. What’s the total price if you don’t mind telling?
     
  14. 13 Jun 2019 at 10:40 PM #54
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    Is that a full height lift?
     
  15. 13 Jun 2019 at 10:47 PM #55
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    Hi Mate,
    Did you bolt it to the floor or not, although I’m guessing not if it’s mobile ?. Also, I’m not quite understanding the compressor part needed for lowering ?, is that extra cost etc ?, cheers buddy. Got to say it looks fantastic.
     
  16. 13 Jun 2019 at 10:49 PM #56
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    That looks really bloody good. I want one :oops2:
     
  17. 13 Jun 2019 at 11:00 PM #57
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    This is exactly what I want.

    What is particularly interesting, is that you seem to have the same ‘L’ shaped garage as me where one half of the garage is a couple of feet longer that the other. I’d put mine in the longer section of the garage. From what I can tell from the photos, you seem to have put yours in the shorter garage. Is that right?
     
  18. 13 Jun 2019 at 11:06 PM #58
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    Thanks mate.

    My one is not bolted down, as it has a mobile kit - but some do bolt it down - but honestly everything is so heavy there is no specific need.

    Re lowering - as you raise the lift, there are safety bars on each side which move across about 10 raised teeth and each time the safety bar drops behind one of the teeth then the lift gets "locked" into that height as a minimum - if you carry on raising the lift the bars move to the next set of teeth etc. However when you want to lower the lift those safety bars need to be held clear of the teeth. Rather than do that manually (which is an option) the lift has been designed to use compressed air to lift those safety bars a few centimeters so that the lift can be lowered freely. Hence you will need some form of air compressor, otherwise it will be a manual process which is difficult with one person. Hopefully that makes sense?

    Thanks mate :)

    Thanks - I sat under the car on a very low / small stool with wheels and it was simple to access and move around without flexing my neck etc. - best bit was having ample room to use tools and see what was going on. It is very different to having the car on axle stands, as there is just so much more room. As I've said previously if you have the garage roof space I'd go full height, as why go lower when you can go higher!!!

    Re price, I got a specific deal as the owner Simon was near my house today hence saved on delivery costs, but best to give him a call. A lot of companies charge £250-£300 for delivery as they use a crane. Some then deliver and leave you to assemble the lift at home or worst still leave the lift on the drive and you have to work out how to get it into the garage! Simon came when he said, lifted the ramp off, put it into my garage and ran through everything - he spent a great deal of time with me and I never felt like he was rushing me - great experience.

    It is a mid rise lift, that goes up to 1m-1.2m.
     
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    Think that is a trick of the camera - my garage is 17ft x 17ft so is a proper "square" so to speak.

    With this lift providing your car can fit in your garage, then the lift will also fit.

    I just love the fact you can park your car like normal and then when the feeling takes you, within 15 seconds the car is zooming upwards! Honestly not having to faff about with jacks feels great!!!
     
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    Would the lift be safe enough to allow the car to be started mid-air? Maybe even allow the wheels to roll in gear for identifying noises etc? I would think it can?

    I really gotta get me one of these I think.
     

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