So I am building a garage and want to put a lift in, what do you guys suggest? Want something solid and reliablefor the Jeeps, but do not need all the bells and whistles. Just something safe to use.
John, if I do it right, I'll have the lift mount plate dimensions and anchor hole spacing before pouring the slab. That way I can embed mount bolts into the concrete and tie them into the rebar. I have a little time before making a commitment. I want to see the economy settle down first. We plan to talk to our realtor and explore options of selling our house and looking for a bigger property...lots of unknowns with property prices right now, however.BendPak and Rotary are probably the best lifts or at the very least very popular - especially the Rotary brand. My lift required a 5" thick slab which we had. The slab was poured to handle a 20,000 pound axle like on my motorhome so the footers are deep and the rebar I think is on 14" centers.
Don, when planning on a slab for a lift, keep the rebar away from the lift post footprint. When I was drilling holes for my posts I ran into rebar on a couple of holes - it took a lot of work with a metal drill bit to get that out of the way. I also used a special two part epoxy that was especially made for anchors or whatever into concrete. I have a good shot of epoxy in the hole before pounding the anchor in.
Exactly what I did and it worked out well. During the move in, I relocated the lift 6" closer to the exit to gain more room to move between my workbench and the lift post.Don - too many variables to embed bolts in the exact place for the column mounting plates. I would use the mounting plate footprint and distance between the two to provide a slab area with no rebar. They could dig a sort of footer where each column would be and rebar the bottom of the 'footer' (or dig a footer in a + configuration.) That would be plenty strong for any kind of lift you would need.
Whoaaa! Okay! cracking me upI bought a two post lift from Greg Smith Equipment, mine is the 10,500 pound model. I think they call it a 10k lift now. It's been a good lift, no complaints except it's not wide enough for easy exit and entry when I put my F250 on it. I have to bias it to one side so I can get out of the truck. I made some videos of the install, below is the first one (I have a larger tractor now.)