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RE: Hoists

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Subject: RE: Hoists
From: Ken Landaiche <>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 1998 17:39:24 -0800
I recently saw pictures of scissors lifts in a book on workshop design.
A horizontal frame stays on the floor and something that looks like the
swing arms of the frame lifts for holding the car. They have either
screw or hydraulic movements and look like they just get slid under the
car needing attention. Has anyone used one of these?

Ken Landaiche

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Keith Kaplan []
> What's the consensus on car hoists?  Specifically, how about the
> AutoLifters
> hoist I've seen advertised in Hemmings for $1995 that runs on 110 and
> hoists
> 7000 pounds?  What kinds of features/specs should I look for in a
> hoist?  
> It seems like there are just two major styles -- the roll-on ramp type
> lifts, and the frame lifts.  I'm only interested in the frame style
> lifts,
> because I'd like to be able to work on suspension & brakes, etc. while
> the
> car's on the hoist.  I like the above ground units that grab from the
> sides
> because they seem easy to install and don't have anything in your way
> under
> the center of the car, which will be handy if I ever get around to
> pulling
> the tranny on my 2002.  High capacity isn't really important to me.
> The
> heaviest thing I can foresee owning and needing to hoist is a tow van
> or
> pickup, and even the big ones don't weigh over 7,000 lbs, do they?
> For a
> few hundred dollars more, AutoLifters has a hoist that can lift 9,000
> pounds, but I don't know if I really need that.  I have a 10' 6"
> ceiling in
> my shop, so clearance isn't much of a problem either.
> keithka

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