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Pulled the trigger on a QuickJack

I was discussing the QuickJack with a couple of owners over on Jalopnik today. One of them pointed out that Home Depot had them on sale every now and then. Sure enough, I looked, and they have the BL-5000SLX on sale: instead of the usual $1499, they're selling it for $1099, with free curbside shipping. That model should work just fine on the 107.

I'll let yall know what I think of it once I get it.
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some years back i had access to a 10000lb 2 post, lost access to it but had the luck of finding a old "mid rise" snapon scissor lift for 1200, got it from an estate sale where the old owner used is mostly as a work bench..it had neer zero wear except for the top and even it was pretty nice, it had always been used in the home shop, it can be semi portable and ive used it in the shop as well as in the drive way, and will tell you its the best thing ever save for 2 things, transmission/driveline work and exhaust, anything else its a godsend, i routinely use mine for motorcyles, bikes, its currently in work bench mode, ive got a max height lift of 4 ft and min pancake of 4inches, which means keeping planks around for the low stuff.....ive even used it as an engine hoist via jackstands on the car and using it to lower the engine out

any time you can say goodby to hand pumping a jack handle and jack stand its a huge improvement
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Jelly, my dream garage will have a lift like RonCallos and soon Nobsters.

Jack stands terrify me.
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Yeah, I've sworn off jackstands except as backup supports. I like the idea of the QuickJack over a scissor lit because it gives access to the entire underside of the car. It's not as tall as some lifts, but it should be tall enough for what I need.

My garage isn't tall enough inside for a full lift. There's a great big crossmember running right across the center that's about 7 feet off the floor.

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Jack stands do not scare me....but they are a pain in the ass.

I am still leaning towards a 2 post.

Gotta see how much extra $$ that will cost for a strengthened garage floor.

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I am still leaning towards a 2 post.

Gotta see how much extra $$ that will cost for a strengthened garage floor.
I have a 2 post MaxJax. All that is required is minimum 4" of concrete. Why do you think you need a strengthened garage floor? Even if you did need special strengthening, you could pour the pad where the lift posts would go to a deeper thickness. You wouldn't need the entire floor to be strengthened.

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I have a 2 post MaxJax. All that is required is minimum 4" of concrete. Why do you think you need a strengthened garage floor? Even if you did need special strengthening, you could pour the pad where the lift posts would go to a deeper thickness. You wouldn't need the entire floor to be strengthened.
"MUST be installed on 3,000 PSI reinforced concrete only"

"8,500 lbs Ė 10,000 lbs lifts: 4″ Minimum Thickness"

I assumed that this is above and beyond a standard residential poured floor.

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"MUST be installed on 3,000 PSI reinforced concrete only"

"8,500 lbs Ė 10,000 lbs lifts: 4″ Minimum Thickness"

I assumed that this is above and beyond a standard residential poured floor.
3000 psi concrete mix (a.k.a. 5 bag mix) is fairly standard. I'm unclear as to what is meant by reinforced. Today they use fiber mixed in with the concrete and call it reinforced.

If you want additional strength (probably not required) you can up it to a 6 bag or a 6 1/2 bag mix which is 4000 psi. The cost difference should be minimal.

I'm assuming the concrete pad will not be subject to a freeze thaw cycle... if it is then all bets are off.

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youd have to check in your area, but setting up for a lift isnt bad, when we did the concreet for the shop with the 2 post, we did the entire floor of a 30x60 with "chop strand", its fiberglass re-enforced concreete, so no need of rebar etc, and we did deep pads under the lift, ..in an "add on" all you would need is to cut out and do this in just the area you want the lift and you would be fine, HOWEVER i have a cheat for you ..buy the lift first, and then make 2 pad copys of the base of the unit so that you can locate the bolts in the concreete and they wont deviate from position when curing, watching an owner take a torch to 3 bolts on one side after cure, sure didnt instill me with trust on the lift when i put a 4wd van conversion on it or a big f350

as for jack stands, i swore off "little" ones ages ago and use the BIG 6ton units, mostly for the big footprint, you can sure shake and beat on a car with the 6s and feel safe compared to those 3's
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I'm assuming the concrete pad will not be subject to a freeze thaw cycle... if it is then all bets are off.
Ah. I guess there is a twist. It could be POTENTIALLY subject to freeze / thaw....however the plan is to heat the garage.

OK...thanks for the info.

Funny....a 2 post jack scares me more than jack stands.

A 4 poster...well, it's not what I want, but those things aren't going anywhere.

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