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AlanKerr
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Posted From: 124.168.135.139
Posted on Wednesday, 25 August, 2021 - 15:33:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Constructing a new shed for the 20/25 and aim to install a hoist. Seeing if anyone uses a 2 post hoist for the older Rolls or is a 4 poster the way to go?
Alan Kerr GNS4

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Jack Higginbotham
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Username: jhinmd

Post Number: 47
Registered: 11-2017
Posted on Wednesday, 25 August, 2021 - 19:06:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

You will enjoy the lift. Iíve had one for about 10 years and it increased my enjoyment factor in the shop exponentially!!
I use a two post lift on my Wraith Limousine with no issues. It is a 10,000 pound lift.
Certain jobs are better with a four post, but in my case, I find having the wheels free on a two post is more useful.
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David Gore
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Username: david_gore

Post Number: 3997
Registered: 04-2003
Posted on Wednesday, 25 August, 2021 - 19:12:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

For safety reasons, I prefer a 4 post hoist to a 2 post hoist as the risk of uneven balance causing a car to move on or even fall off a two post hoist is much less with the 4 post at the penalty of some additional obstruction of access from the support posts.

The heavier the vehicle, the greater the risk of balancing problems.
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Theo Whitmont
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Username: old_mate

Post Number: 53
Registered: 04-2020
Posted on Wednesday, 25 August, 2021 - 21:25:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

I have nothing to add except envy.
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Dorien Berteletti
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Username: dorien

Post Number: 22
Registered: 01-2013
Posted on Wednesday, 25 August, 2021 - 22:31:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

I have a 4 post lift and would NEVER consider a 2 post for vintage cars, especially a SH Rolls due to the chassis stringers.
A 4 post is inheritantly safer and can be placed above grade without lagging/bolting to the floor.
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Jack Higginbotham
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Username: jhinmd

Post Number: 48
Registered: 11-2017
Posted on Thursday, 26 August, 2021 - 02:01:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Iím the odd man out it seems! If a car is going up on jack stands for an afternoon, thatís the same as a lift from my point of view. I also donít leave cars in the air while not working on them. (I do mess around with a variety of vehicles and not all vintage. I do play with racing cars where 4 wheels clear is a necessity). If I had room for both types of lifts, Iíd have them both for sure!

Also, I do take into account load dispersion and use some common sense when lifting. I also lift my 1 ton truck with no issues, but care must be had with basic laws of physics!
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DorienBerteletti
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Posted on Thursday, 26 August, 2021 - 02:34:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

I have many cars including GP cars and the 4 post allows me to lift any or all wheels via small jacks. Another good point is that I can store a car or stuff? under the hoist with a car on the hoist. Essentially it can become a storage tool with the car sitting on the ramps in it's normal operating position and not have the suspension stretched at unnatural angles for long periods of time.

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AlanKerr
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Posted on Thursday, 26 August, 2021 - 18:07:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Thanks all for your thoughts, much appreciated. Sorry Theo, I wonít ask for help on the spray booth, wheel balancer or lathe:-). Probably leaning towards a 4 post hoist after some further homework.

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John Rowney
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Username: johnrowney

Post Number: 103
Registered: 02-2015
Posted on Thursday, 26 August, 2021 - 20:10:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

I based my shed design on the Lionel Gell School of Instruction (LGSI) in Victoria which has four 4 post lifts. Using a rolling jack makes lifting the wheels a snack. By not requiring the hoist to be bolted to the ground, and using the ability of the fittings to make the hoist mobile, I used the hoist to raise the heavy air compressor I purchased onto the roof of my office within the shed. The ability to easily relocate the hoist anywhere in my shed is a real bonus in addition to joy of being able to raise and lower the cars at a whim.
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JonasTrachsel
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Posted From: 85.7.52.221
Posted on Friday, 27 August, 2021 - 01:24:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Sirs
I have a 2-post lift to do service work on my 20/25 HP. The arms are too short to reach to support the front. Hence I have to use a wooden beam under the front chassis stringers (see picture). I wouzld prefer a 4-poster with a hydraulic axle jack on rails, but now I have this 2-poster and have to live with it.

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