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Re: [Shop-talk] 4-post lift thoughts

To: Brad Kahler <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] 4-post lift thoughts
From: Paul Parkanzky <>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 08:23:26 -0500
Cc: Shop Talk List <>
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Hi Brad,

On Saturday, we reassembled my four post hydraulic over cable lift (Direct
Lift Pro Park) because we moved to a new home.  Mine came with the trays,
but since none of the cars I've ever stored up there have leaked anything
I've never even taken them out of the box they came in.  I think that the
important thing about the trays is that they are "trays" and not "sheets."
 So if something does leak onto them they would collect it instead of it
just finding an edge and dripping down somewhere else.

If all you want are leak trays and you are building them, then what I'd do
is make them wide enough to span your lift platforms.  Then you don't need
any sort of rail.  Your car tires likely don't end up at the inside edges
of the platforms, so you should still be able to park on them.  I wouldn't
build them out of plywood or anything else absorbent and I'd make sure that
they sit on the platforms or rails, but then drop down in-between to form a
place to collect fluids.

Good Luck,


On Sun, Jan 4, 2015 at 10:15 PM, Brad Kahler <> wrote:

> I'm in the process of resurrecting my older 4-post hydraulic cylinder &
> chain car lift that I sadley let sit outside for a number of years. This
> particular lift is rated at 9,000 lbs and is adjustible enough to handle my
> Triumph TRs and F250 Super Duty diesel pickup.
> Most of the modern lifts always seem to come with trays that fit between
> the platforms so you can park a vehicle under the lift while storing one
> above without leaking oil on the car below (these are Triumphs after all!)
> I've been debating adding attachment rails to the platforms to hold trays
> but I just don't know if its worth the trouble and expense when I could
> probably just as easily use 1/4" or so plywood sections to accomplish the
> same thing. Also these trays would only work when the platforms are a
> specific distance apart.
> Anyone have a 4-post lift that has the trays and if so how well do you like
> them? I need to make a decision soon as I will probably be painting the
> platforms this coming weekend.
> Thanks,
> Brad

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