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    Lifting advice

    I am investigating options for buying a new system of lifting the car in my garage.

    I have narrowed it down to mid rise scissor lift or four post lift. I have ruled out two post as I just do not like them and I am not sure the floor is thick enough.

    So advice from my learned colleagues. Which would you recommend and why?

    I accept there is no perfect answer but....

    For reference I can lift the car a maximum of 1.5m before the top of the windscreen will touch the ceiling.

    Therefore a four post gives a little more height c500mm and has nothing underneath. Scissor lift automatically takes the wheels off the floor.

    Help please.
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    You will get a number of different preferences!!! It’s an individual choice. I went for a mobile single post from Nottingham Garage Services but similar are on EBay too. Works for me. Gives good access underneath and wheels off the ground with the added bonus of being able to pull it to the side of the garage when you don’t need it (or take it outside for full height lift on a sunny day)

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    I was going to go for a 4 post due to lifting difficulties with a GD with it's backbone chassis.
    In the end I went for a 2 poster as it was more versatile. And made up a beam to locate under the rear of the body & Chassis to allow a safe lift.

    I was concerned about the attachment to the floor bit figured if I saw any issue I'd maybe brace it to the roof or chop out and remake the floor.
    As it turns out I've had my Skoda Superb on it which most likely does not carry its weight as central as the Cobra and if it can handle 1.5-2T of front heavy saloon car it won't struggle with <900KG of Cobra.
    Only had it a couple of years but had a heck of a lot of use, feel like I've had it forever. Makes taking the body off nearly as easy as changing a wheel! (OK, I know that's not an issue for many cars, but good for th GD)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisP View Post
    You will get a number of different preferences!!! It’s an individual choice. I went for a mobile single post from Nottingham Garage Services but similar are on EBay too. Works for me. Gives good access underneath and wheels off the ground with the added bonus of being able to pull it to the side of the garage when you don’t need it (or take it outside for full height lift on a sunny day)
    Is that these folks, Chris? https://www.automotiveliftservices.co.uk/

    If so, did you get the Dama or EE lift?
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    I have a 3t scissor. 1 metre height underneath , perfect for me as any higher and ceiling an issue.

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    I also have a 1m lift scissor which works really well.
    The good thing for me with a scissor is that it is all under the car and does not take any space down the sides of the car.

    I am amazed at how much I use it so whichever option you choose will be an eye opener
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    Quote Originally Posted by KugaWestie View Post
    I also have a 1m lift scissor which works really well.
    The good thing for me with a scissor is that it is all under the car and does not take any space down the sides of the car.

    I am amazed at how much I use it so whichever option you choose will be an eye opener
    Agreed, although the downside is you end up doing jobs you would otherwise not have done. Or is that just me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KugaWestie View Post
    I also have a 1m lift scissor which works really well.
    The good thing for me with a scissor is that it is all under the car and does not take any space down the sides of the car.

    I am amazed at how much I use it so whichever option you choose will be an eye opener
    I'm just glad the old lift is getting some use these days
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardG View Post
    I'm just glad the old lift is getting some use these days
    Hi Richard.
    Yes it gets used almost every time I am in the garage
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    Attachment 39189 two post, wouldn't be without it

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