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Old 10-12-2016, 09:36 AM   #1  
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Portable Mid-Rise Scissor Lift — 6,000-Lb. Capacity

Has anyone used on these portable mid-rise scissor lifts?

I like the idea that it rolls.



http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...FU47gQodQrEG2w

Here's that I really like. The only problem I have is the post height it too tall for me to store it in my garage.



http://www.redlinestands.com/catalog...-lb-lift-p-917''

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I have a 4 post Bendpak HD-9 and the Bendpak MD-6XP

http://www.bendpak.com/car-lifts/spe...ts/md-6xp.aspx

Here's the Bendpak scissor lift. I built custom ramps. Each side is 3 pieces and locks together like puzzle pieces. I built the ramps because most of my cars are too low to clear.

How tall is your ceiling? 9' I'm assuming? Have you looked at the MaxJax system? My ceiling is 10'4".
http://www.maxjaxusa.com/buy-purchas...FQyHfgodOLMAKQ

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Check this out its pretty cool.. Seems heavy duty, lightweight, and you can break it down and put it away anywhere, or could even keep it together and secure up against a wall in your garage out of the way. Its about the same price as what youre looking at, but you can access almost everything under the car , and from pretty much any angle. Only downfalls, it seems like its annoying to raise using a drill for about 90 seconds to lift the car(still less time and work than jacking the car up all around), and the other would be that you need space to roll it under the car since you cant really drive over it.

Now i dont actually have one and this is just from videos and reviews ive checked out the last couple years, I have been thinking of buying one but never really felt the 'need' for it ...i do want one, so one day.

Check it out here
http://www.ezcarlift.com

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The garage ceiling is 9'2" inches. The garage door opening is 6'11".

Drew - I really like the portability of the ezcarlift. The drill business doesn't bother me due to my casual use. I could use my air impact tool to speed it up.

I would like to get the car high enough to drop the engine and transmission through the bottom. I think I would need get the car up at least 48" to drop the engine on a rolling cart.

How hard is it to roll around the Bendpak MD-6XP? Is it easier to maneuver with the scissors extended so you can get someone to help roll it in and out of the garage?

Does it run on standard 110 current?

I think I would want to roll it out of the garage into the driveway to drop an engine.

Wiz, can you roll around under the MD-6XP on a mechanics seat like the one in the picture?

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https://www.quickjack.com/

another option...no drill needed.

about $500(or so) cheaper than the bendpak MD-6XP....even cheaper if you get the lighter duty one. doubt you can roll around in your stool under it if that's your goal.

why not pull the engine from up top instead of dropping it out below?
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I would like to get the car high enough to drop the engine and transmission through the bottom. I think I would need get the car up at least 48" to drop the engine on a rolling cart.

How hard is it to roll around the Bendpak MD-6XP? Is it easier to maneuver with the scissors extended so you can get someone to help roll it in and out of the garage?

Does it run on standard 110 current?

I think I would want to roll it out of the garage into the driveway to drop an engine.

Wiz, can you roll around under the MD-6XP on a mechanics seat like the one in the picture?
4' is as high as it goes. No way are you using the rolling chair you posted, unless you're only 5' tall. LOL Not to mention you have a standard ceiling height of 9'2"; that will bite you in the *** as well.

Yes, it runs on standard 110v current. No special plugs either. Plug it in and you're ready to go. Plug it in to 220v with a plug converter, and it will raise the vehicle faster.

There are only wheels on one side. I'll say that maneuvering the lift around isn't easy, nor is it hard. Medium difficulty. The reservoir for the fluid is on a stand that has a hook in it which is needed for leverage to get the lift mobile and off the ground on one side. The wheels are on the opposite side, naturally. If you watch the first 20 seconds of the video on Bendpak's website, you'll see what I mean

With two strong men, it can be man-handled/dragged without the need for the stand to provide movement.

http://www.bendpak.com/car-lifts/spe...ts/md-6xp.aspx
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https://youtu.be/TCWGxpmPYug
Check this out its pretty cool.. Seems heavy duty, lightweight, and you can break it down and put it away anywhere, or could even keep it together and secure up against a wall in your garage out of the way. Its about the same price as what youre looking at, but you can access almost everything under the car , and from pretty much any angle. Only downfalls, it seems like its annoying to raise using a drill for about 90 seconds to lift the car(still less time and work than jacking the car up all around), and the other would be that you need space to roll it under the car since you cant really drive over it.

Now i dont actually have one and this is just from videos and reviews ive checked out the last couple years, I have been thinking of buying one but never really felt the 'need' for it ...i do want one, so one day.

Check it out here
http://www.ezcarlift.com
That's pretty cool but it should have some sort of locking mechanism other than some threads....
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Has anyone used on these portable mid-rise scissor lifts?

I like the idea that it rolls.



http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...FU47gQodQrEG2w

Here's that I really like. The only problem I have is the post height it too tall for me to store it in my garage.



http://www.redlinestands.com/catalog...-lb-lift-p-917''
It's nice if you're not working on your exhaust system, trying to pull a RWD transmission, RWD driveshaft assy., etc...
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I have MaxJax and can't say enough good things about it. Its a midrise - 48" lift. Its a 2 post symetric lift. When not in use, you can unbolt the columns and store them away.
It does require good concrete and anchors.
Unlike the lifts you mentioned, it allows to work on every aspect of the car unobstructed, be it exhaust, wheel/brakes, etc..
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I didn't recommend the Max Jax because of the countless complaints over on the GarageJournal forum stating how it lifts unevenly.
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I didn't recommend the Max Jax because of the countless complaints over on the GarageJournal forum stating how it lifts unevenly.
I experienced some of it as well at first. I actually had the lift for a long time before I installed it, and it so happened that MaxJax design was improved over time, so I actually had older design/instructions. I replaced most of the fittings that came with it, and had couple of custom hoses made that eliminated the adapter mess at the columns.
Bleeding the columns is also important. The hydraulic couplers that MaxJax ships with may introduce air into the system when decoupled. I purchased Skid steer flat face couplers.
My MaxJax now lifts near perfectly. It can be half an inch off, but thats nothing to worry about.

I have it in my home garage and used it literally non stop since last July. I have had anything from VW Golf to MB R350 and Odyssey.
Yes, it is probably not a perfect lift, I don't know if there is one, especially for the house garage environment.
But I can tell you one thing, after wrenching on the floor with jacks and jack stands for 6 years, this is my face every time I work on the car now
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I have a mid-rise lift in my garage and couldn't really ask for more. I'm not sure of the brand since I got it used from my old garage's body guy, but I think it's about 30 years old and a lot of the paint has worn away. Still, the brand isn't super important. Here's what it looks like:





I had to buy 1" and 3" rubber spacers so I could get the pinch welds without smushing exhaust parts:



Is it as perfect as a two post lift that goes 8' in the air? Hell no. But then again I only paid $500 for it, and it's a lot more portable than a two post. Not that I plan on moving it, because it weighs a freaking ton, but at least it's not bolted to the concrete. I have done every job imaginable on it, including removing the engine and trans from my M3. For that job, I had to back the car onto the lift, due to the orientation of the support arm, but it wasn't too bad. Changing exhaust parts isn't really too bad either, as I've done a ton of exhaust work on all my cars.

With the prices of new mid rise lifts, I think it's a no-brainer if you have the money and space. This lift has saved me so much time and frustration, I can't even begin to explain it all, I just know that I can never go back to not having a lift.

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