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post #16 of 28 (permalink) Old Oct 5th, 18, 04:45 AM
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How is that center crossmember thing for raising the vehicle to take wheels off while on the lift? Ever use it? Is it in the way and more trouble than it's worth? Did you get the version with the casters so you could roll the car around?
Looks like they changed the product a bit. I have the powder coated version but mine is rated at 7000#'s which was optional at the time. I have 1 center bridge but I have never used it. The bridge is very stout and stable but I didn't feel comfortable using a bottle jack on it. I did not get the casters but you can scoot it around a bit with the end jacked up on your floor jack (no car onboard).
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Honestly for the difference in price I'd go with the Max Jax!!!
yeah i would agree with that - only think that would be of concern is if you could open the door to get in/out of the car or if you would have to pull a Dukes of Hazzard

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yeah i would agree with that - only think that would be of concern is if you could open the door to get in/out of the car or if you would have to pull a Dukes of Hazzard
You can open enough to get in and out just not all the way open

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I picked up a scissor lift about 5 years ago off of CL for $250. I did have to build full length car ramps for clearance but it works great. For transmission or exhaust work under the car you need to use jack stands on the corners and lower the lift so you can get under the car. But even that is so much easier than doing it the old fashioned way of slowly lifting front and back manually. I've R&R'd the tranny twice (don't ask), replaced the exhaust, front and rear springs, dropped the 12-bolt for cleaning and painting, all brakes, a-arm pushing etc. It's been a delight to use and takes up little room.
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Scissor lifts look like they would be great for body work, cutting and buffing etc.

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They are very good for cutting, buffing , and assembly.My back has a few disk issues, so no bending is a plus.
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Scissor lifts look like they would be great for body work, cutting and buffing etc.

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The restoration shop that did my car had one and that is exactly what they used it for. Also for masking and even used it for spraying so they weren't blowing dust off the ground.

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You can open enough to get in and out just not all the way open

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Gonna reach out and see what the lowest lock position is. I would imaging they would be lower than a traditional lift for doing creeper work. Worst part of working on a car is either having the car in your face from not being able to get it high enough or the opposite where it is too high and awkward to reach up and do that 1/2 sit-up at the same time - Those of you who had lifted vehicles know what I mean

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Honestly for the difference in price I'd go with the Max Jax!!!
X2, I have the MaxJax. Absolutely love it.

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my issue is not just ceiling height but overall space. I'm jammed up in what the call an "oversized" one car garage. I'd have to measure but I'm thinking my whole space is about 12'x24' or so. i have room to open both doors all the way and if i pull the car in to where the rear bumper is right at the door I've got about 8' in front but my work bench / tool box and everything is there. the motorcycle has to live in the shed out back with the lawn mower and stuff. feel crummy about that. I'm not sure if i realistically have room for even the maxjax. running out of storage. really inconvenient and other than the garage, i love my house and property. don't want to move but i might have to build in the future......maybe I'll dig a pit...lol
There's so many variables when it comes to different styles of lifts. If I had the space and height, I'd definitely have a 2-post lift. But I've got a 2-car garage with one 16-foot door. The SUV is parked next to the Camaro and its around 2 feet between the two cars, and I have maybe 3 feet on the PS of the camaro, 2 feet on the DS of the Cayenne. Nobody is allowed to exit or enter the Cayenne on the PS in the garage LOL, and of course I'm extremely careful opening my door when I pull in. There's just no room for a permanent 2-post, and if I used a "removable" system... it means moving the other car outside while I'd setup, work and remove.

The scissor jack has plenty of limitations, but its never in your way when you pull into the garage. You just drive over it. Its not great for muffler work, although my PYPES 3" X-pipe system I installed in my garage on the floor on jackstands because its a pretty modular system. So I think having the car 4 feet up in the air would've made that a little smoother. Couldn't get my front sway bar in on jackstands because I couldn't tilt it at the angles needed to thread it in there. But on a scissors lift it would've been fine because while we used a regular lift, the swing needed was more like 3 feet. Oil changes would not be a problem, but I'd expect transmission/clutch work might be somewhat inhibited. Like I said earlier, everybody has their own dimensional and logistical issues.

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X2, I have the MaxJax. Absolutely love it.
Please enlighten me on the MaxJax. I was online reading reviews and read more negative than positive. Mostly issues with leaks from the cheap fittings and bleeding the system so it operates smoothly. Any issues with yours? Also EVERY negative said customer service was an absolute joke which kind of scares me.
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There's so many variables when it comes to different styles of lifts. If I had the space and height, I'd definitely have a 2-post lift. But I've got a 2-car garage with one 16-foot door. The SUV is parked next to the Camaro and its around 2 feet between the two cars, and I have maybe 3 feet on the PS of the camaro, 2 feet on the DS of the Cayenne. Nobody is allowed to exit or enter the Cayenne on the PS in the garage LOL, and of course I'm extremely careful opening my door when I pull in. There's just no room for a permanent 2-post, and if I used a "removable" system... it means moving the other car outside while I'd setup, work and remove.

The scissor jack has plenty of limitations, but its never in your way when you pull into the garage. You just drive over it. Its not great for muffler work, although my PYPES 3" X-pipe system I installed in my garage on the floor on jackstands because its a pretty modular system. So I think having the car 4 feet up in the air would've made that a little smoother. Couldn't get my front sway bar in on jackstands because I couldn't tilt it at the angles needed to thread it in there. But on a scissors lift it would've been fine because while we used a regular lift, the swing needed was more like 3 feet. Oil changes would not be a problem, but I'd expect transmission/clutch work might be somewhat inhibited. Like I said earlier, everybody has their own dimensional and logistical issues.
I hear you. I already know a scissor lift is not for me. I have used one at the restoration shop and like that it is movable if needed, but if I am spending that much money on a lift, I want it to be the most forgiving in working on the car. The only draw back of a 2 post lift for me is the same as you to an extent. I have a 2 car garage and the thought of a 2 post lift being there and trying to walk around the car and just detail it would not be easy unless you used a MaxJax and took it apart everytime - not sure if it would be worth the effort. I do love the Raceramps that John suggested earlier, but they are more than the MaxJax or Kwik-Lift. Honestly I love the idea of a 2-post with the exception of the leaking and potential hydraulic failure. Decisions decisions

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Honestly I love the idea of a 2-post with the exception of the leaking and potential hydraulic failure. Decisions decisions
These hydraulic lifts have safety latches and you never leave the cylinders with pressure on them. The car rests on the stops. A hydraulic failure will not cause the car to drop to the ground.

I also only use lifts that are certified.

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Please enlighten me on the MaxJax. I was online reading reviews and read more negative than positive. Mostly issues with leaks from the cheap fittings and bleeding the system so it operates smoothly. Any issues with yours? Also EVERY negative said customer service was an absolute joke which kind of scares me.


I hear you. I already know a scissor lift is not for me. I have used one at the restoration shop and like that it is movable if needed, but if I am spending that much money on a lift, I want it to be the most forgiving in working on the car. The only draw back of a 2 post lift for me is the same as you to an extent. I have a 2 car garage and the thought of a 2 post lift being there and trying to walk around the car and just detail it would not be easy unless you used a MaxJax and took it apart everytime - not sure if it would be worth the effort. I do love the Raceramps that John suggested earlier, but they are more than the MaxJax or Kwik-Lift. Honestly I love the idea of a 2-post with the exception of the leaking and potential hydraulic failure. Decisions decisions
Greg, I have had the Maxjaxx for 5 years now. I mounted it permanently, meaning the hydraulic controller is mounted to the wall and not on the hand truck that came with it. I used my OWN custom made hydraulic hose with quality fittings. I have had NO leaks in five years and would purchase this lift again. I do have a lil fluid sweat from bottom of drain on reservoir. Teflon tape would of fixed that. I left it. I'm guessing the negative reviews were from guys who are not mechanically inclined LOL
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