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Old May 28th, 2013, 10:39 AM   #1
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I am looking into a lift for my barn. What do you guys like better for more typical Jeep / Truck / SUV / 4x4 usage? Symmetric or Asymmetric hoists?

I've read up the other threads that search was able to find, and its mostly about brand of lift.


With a symmetric lift, where about is the post if I lift my Jeep, or my F150? Is it roughly at the 50% mark front to back?

And where is the post on an asymmetric lift?


I'm trying to determine where, depth wise, to put the lift in the bay. My barn is 30ft deep, and I have a few feet to work with, where I put the concrete pad for the footer.


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BendPak XPR10a. It can be used as both asymmetric or symmetric. I am ordering mine in a couple weeks.
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Asymmetric are great for cars, small suv's, ect but as soon as you get into anything full size they suck imo.....the short front arms don't allow you to get far enough forward and everything always feels way rear heavy....i have one of each at work and use the symmetric one 99.9% of the time just because it feels more stable
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Mine is symmetrical. My jeep door is about midpoint with the post. I've had a Ford Explorer on it both directions without issue. Still haven't done my truck yet.
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Old May 28th, 2013, 12:05 PM   #5
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I have the Asymetrical, and dont seem to have any trouble with either my crew cab diesel or the grand cherokee. In fact I like having the weight of that diesel motor closer to the posts. It may not make a difference technically, but it puts my mind at ease.

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My symmetrical seems like its easier on the floor, and less lever action on the cement and bolts.
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In ground dual post lift is best lift. The newer ones have containment wells and there's even one that uses water instead of hydraulic oil.
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In ground dual post lift is best lift. The newer ones have containment wells and there's even one that uses water instead of hydraulic oil.
OK.... well, I have a barn with an existing floor and footers designed for a standard 2 post lift. I don't think I want to mess with an in-floor lift.


I am not a heavy user of this stuff anymore, just want to be able to lift my vehicles when I want to work on them.
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Also, have you guys put them up yourself, or have them installed?
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Subscribed, I'm ordering a hoist as soon as the new garage is done.

I'm thinking that I'll do an A Symmetric one
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In ground dual post lift is best lift. The newer ones have containment wells and there's even one that uses water instead of hydraulic oil.
I would rather have the above ground 2 post for home use, it is really nice if you need to lift a body/truck box off or lift something heavy and back a truck/trailer under it. We have only in-ground ones at my shop and some days I really could use an above ground set-up.
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Old May 28th, 2013, 02:16 PM   #12
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Also, have you guys put them up yourself, or have them installed?

Yes, I did,...........instructions were horrible, but I was able to do it.
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I would rather have the above ground 2 post for home use, it is really nice if you need to lift a body/truck box off or lift something heavy and back a truck/trailer under it. We have only in-ground ones at my shop and some days I really could use an above ground set-up.
This is what I've read, also, that they interfere with lifting some bodies off frames. Which is the type of thing I do. Also sometimes have a hard time aligning the vehicle on the first try, since you don't have the columns as reference. I will stick with a standard 2 post, overhead/clear floor style, I think either the Eagle or Atlas 9000 lb hoist.
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I bought the 11,000lb., because I have a that F350 Crew Cab Diesel. I probably could have gotten away with the 9000lb. though.
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You will find out that you will use the hoist for allot of different applications. I recently used mine to unload a washing machine from the back of my truck.
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My largest vehicle is my F150 supercrew, and I don't anticipate going any larger. Family isn't growing, and the 1/2 ton handles all our towing needs just fine. Besides that, I have a CJ6, CJ7, and 2012 Durango.
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You will find out that you will use the hoist for allot of different applications. I recently used mine to unload a washing machine from the back of my truck.
I would use my tractor with front end loader for that.
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I would use my tractor with front end loader for that.

The hoist will work when taking the rear loaded tires off from your front end loader as well.............ask me how I know.

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You will find out that you will use the hoist for allot of different applications. I recently used mine to unload a washing machine from the back of my truck.
i lift my zero turn up with mine to change the blades
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You will find out that you will use the hoist for allot of different applications. I recently used mine to unload a washing machine from the back of my truck.
this is truth... I used mine for picking my boat off the trailer when I redid the trailer frame. And I have used it for picking up heavy metal tables off trailers.
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