Anyone use hydraulic lifts?

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Anyone use hydraulic lifts?

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Thinking of trying one of these types.
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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MOBILE-SCISSO ... 419ae54d33

Same idea, just different brand
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CAR-LIFT-MID- ... 1642283533

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looks cool Jim, guess the logic over conventional lifts is the mobility, not price?
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Yes, if you go for a conventional 2 post, (or 1 post or 4 post), then the posts are always in the way when you're not using them, where this can be left under the car and your doors aren't obstructed, or you can lean it up against a wall out of the way.

Plus, 2 post lifts need to be bolted down to the concrete slab, and you have to know / trust that your slab is strong enough. Mine isn't for sure.

If I had the space and head room, I'd have one of these and a 2 post lift to cover the various jobs.
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Ordered, arriving Monday.
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which one did you order at the end? looks really cool!
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The one from BH Repairs.

Slightly cheaper as better shipping price, plus it included the hydraulic oil and a caster modification to move it around easier.
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Only down side I can see is you can't stand up underneath it and therefore you'll be permanently bending over and looking up if working under the bus. I can feel the backache now !

As it's scissor it also means you can't slide underneath if it's 2' off the floor.

I suppose no lift is ever going to be perfect - they all have compromises somewhere...
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95% of what I do is either the front or the back, with only a tiny bit in the middle. And I don't have the head room to get a van at standing height unfortunately. I wish...

So yep, it's a compromise. Better than trolley jacks as it lifts squarely straight up, both ends at once. And higher too.
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You've whet my lift appetite Jim ! Been reviewing different types and found a place 2 miles from me that does 4 tonne single phase 2 post lifts for £1k inc VAT. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ex-Showroom-G ... 51d5cc69da

I just know that if I go and check if I have the garage height the next question to Mrs CJ will start with "if you're thinking of a Christmas present..."
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Yep, if I had a different shaped building, I'd be tempted.

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http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-POST-LIFT-CAR ... 0408.m2460
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I've fancied one of these for a while, but wasn't sure whether it would work with a bus and finding sensible lifting points. Will look forward to hearing your thoughts on whether they are a good fit for a bus.
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BH Repairs sent me a load of photos of various vehicles, big trucks, T5's, Bays etc.

And a mate liked his so much he bought another.
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Hi Jim
Have you got your new toy? would appreciate some pics of a splitty hovering safely!!
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Not yet, arrives Thursday as the courier didn't arrange delivery as booked.
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Hi,
I bought one of these type of lifts earlier this year and find it great for working on the bus or stag. Yes you cannot get under the middle of the vehicle when on the ramp, most of your work is on the front or back axles and engine so it works well.
So much easier than trolley jacks and axle stands.
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