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

To: Paul Parkanzky <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] 4-post lift thoughts
From: Brad Kahler <>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 09:05:16 -0500
Cc: Shop Talk List <>
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You've got a good point about not using something flat and/or absorbent.
I'd rather not add the attachment rails if I don't have to so laying them
on top of the platforms is probably my best option.  I think I'll check
with an HVAC company and see if they can make some trays for me out sheet
metal.  Having them add the diagonal creasing would probably be a good idea
as well in helping fluids to puddle in the middle.



On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 8:23 AM, Paul Parkanzky <> wrote:

> 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,
> -Paul
> 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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