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Old March 3rd, 2012, 04:13 PM   #1
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I'm looking to pick one up for my barn. I'd appreciate and feedback/referals/who to avoid . . . and what ever else you find intersting to mention.

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Old March 3rd, 2012, 04:33 PM   #2
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Some more good info.
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Old March 3rd, 2012, 08:24 PM   #5
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I have a eagle 9000 lbs hoist. Finishing the hook up tomorrow. I'll report back when it's running. Price was good. Shipping was fast.
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Old March 3rd, 2012, 08:46 PM   #6
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atlas lifts are very good quality and not too bad on the prices. Warranty seems very good as well.
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Old March 3rd, 2012, 08:58 PM   #7
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I have had a rotary and a eagle in the past. I now have a challenger. And IMO the challenger is the best. Cost a little more but well
Worth it. By the way it's a 12000 lb capacity.
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Old March 3rd, 2012, 10:07 PM   #8
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Good deal- act fast:

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Friend of mine is looking to sell at least two hoists. They're indistinguishable from new and he did all that research. Lmk if you want to move one from MI to OH.
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We have 2 ALM 2 post hoist and they are top notch. Also have 2 atlas 2 post and are pretty good and affordable. Our 5th hoist is a rotary, not a real big fan of this hoist but it is our oldest hoist at 20 plus years old, so it's age really reflects. We use all these hoist daily and have never had any issues. The ALM's are around 10 years old and the atlas' are about 5 years old. We do have a challenger but it's a drive on so I don't think any input on that will reflect there 2 post.
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I have a Rotary #9000. its been a great lift. its about 12 years old and no issues. at work we use rotary lifts. we must have 200 + hoists and the old globe in grounds get replaced with rotary's as they break down. we're probablly at about 50% rotary now. we have a few of odd ball ones but these hold up the best.
one of my favorites is a 12,000 in ground Rotary. its the strongest hoist in my opinion. we offset load the thing all the time and it has no issue. it has a drive on deck like you would see for an alinement rack so we can put wadded up vehicles on it. we also have a 8000# weaver in ground with a deck and its gets stuck with half the weight.
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Old March 4th, 2012, 10:15 AM   #12
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I have a eagle 9000 lbs hoist. Finishing the hook up tomorrow. I'll report back when it's running. Price was good. Shipping was fast.
Likewise, I've had my Eagle 9000# for probably 12 years now. It's the symmetric style. I've had zero problems with it. I've had vehicles up to a 3/4 ton extended cab diesel pickup on it. No problems.
However, with vehicles that heavy I elect to utilize stabilizing jacks at both ends of the vehicle. Simple screw jacks that minimize the off center weight distribution and lessen the force on the bolts holding the hoist to the floor.
It allows me to get a bit rougher with pushing and shoving things like transmissions and transfer cases during reinstallation.
I've also found it benneficial to tie strap the frame to the arms when I'm removing large components as it throws the weight off and causes the vehicle to teeter.

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Old March 4th, 2012, 10:21 AM   #13
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I like the symmetric style too. its easy to put stuff on from either direction. mine is set up to tow through with a door at either end in line.
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I've got an Atlas in my barn. Its picked up a Escalade EL a few times and i've felt completely safe under it.
But mine is the Low profile style which is great for not a lot of height. its 11.5' exactly.
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Old March 4th, 2012, 11:02 AM   #15
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Damn you guise with high ceilings.

I have to go with a danmar maxjax because of my 8'8" garage ceilings.
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I have used Bend-Pak and Rotary, both worked really well. I would not go cheap on a lift.
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I just got a used rotary asym. 9k hoist and so far I love it. There are some pics in the "time to link" build thread. I like the asym design for my garage because it allowed me to put it back further to save some space. The guy I got this one from also had a symetrical 9k rotary and he had a crew cab duramax dually with a tool box, full bed mounted fuel tank, and an 8' commercial plow on it up in the air. I thought that was a bit much but he said they did it all the time.

X2 on what Jim said about strapping down the frame when removing large items like axles!
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Mine is the new style Asemetrical. Should be running in a few min
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Old March 4th, 2012, 06:42 PM   #19
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I always wonder how deep the bolts are actually sunk in that are holding this rig over my head with 2 post lifts. Are they corroded from being sunk in the cement for years on end?
I feel a lot better under 4 post with the ramps and all but that's just me.
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When I installed my rotary and eagle I just used wedge anchors. But with my challenger I cut out the floor and dug out 20" deep stantion pads. I then sunk in 14" long by 3/4 anchor bolts. I have had my dads Chevy 6500 wrecker on it for brakes and another time for new a le bearings. Not sure what it weighs. But it has a cat 3126 engine and it's a steel bed with side boxes. As said before the challenger cost more but IMO is better than the rotary by far. Only issue I had with the rotary was the pump burned up on me but it always lifted and held what I asked it to.
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