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I've been looking into purchasing a lift for my garage but I am limited to an 8ft ceiling. I looked around and found this MaxJax lift by Dannnar. Does anyone have one? If so please comment on it.

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You can also find low and medium rise scissor lifts. Bendpak has several models. I have a full height (68.5") scissor lift that I am installing but I also have a shop with high ceilings.

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I've looked at the scissor lifts but the one thing that I don't like about them is how they block much of the undercarriage compared to a two post. It would definitely be an easy option.

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I was in the same situation. My garage has high ceilings, but my doors open over the car at about 8ft. I didn't want to drill into my concrete, and I wanted full access to the undercarriage of the car. I found a good solution in the EZ Car Lift. I've used it for the past year and have had no issues. The drawbacks are it only goes up 26" and it takes about three minutes to reach that being powered by a drill. The upside is I don't have to mess with hydraulics, moving heavy equipment or drilling into my floor. It isn't the best solution if you need to be able to sit under the car. This is strictly to crawl under.
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I was in the same situation. My garage has high ceilings, but my doors open over the car at about 8ft. I didn't want to drill into my concrete, and I wanted full access to the undercarriage of the car. I found a good solution in the EZ Car Lift. I've used it for the past year and have had no issues. The drawbacks are it only goes up 26" and it takes about three minutes to reach that being powered by a drill. The upside is I don't have to mess with hydraulics, moving heavy equipment or drilling into my floor. It isn't the best solution if you need to be able to sit under the car. This is strictly to crawl under.
First off let me say I love the garage floor. I have mine epoxied with grey, white, and blue flakes. Anyhow, so with that lift do you have full access to the middle line of the undercarriage? Like if you were doing full exhaust for example? Also, are the feet fixed or do they come together as the lift rises? This could be a potential option for me. What's the price of this as well?

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The lift has two small supports that tie the two sides together. They are not very wide and are on the bottom edge away from the car. The feet are fixed. The top part comes together. The lift uses a screw type system so it is very stable and won't lower unexpectedly. I can't remember the price but check out his website (EZ CAR LIFT - FREE-STANDING USE-ANYWHERE CAR LIFT! FAST. SAFE. STRONG.EASY.) Very good quality and customer service. The lift is very low maintenance. The only issue i have now is my suspension is lowered so I have to drive up on some mats that lift the front end an inch or so.

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For starters, there are minimum concrete slab thickness and minimum concrete strength requirements for any lift that uses any kind of anchor bolting to it. You'd have to verify that your floor meets - and preferably exceeds by a significant margin - those specs. Failing that they do, or that you cannot determine that they do, you get to chop out a couple of sections of floor and replace with a thicker slab that does meet spec.

My previous day job in engineering involved very much the same kinds of anchor bolting calculations that somebody had to do when writing up the installation instructions for these things, so I've got some idea about lifts. I've also seen first-hand where the matter of locating an anchor bolt too close to a floor seam or crack was about to be ignored by a professional installer on a commercial job.


Concrete failure modes tend to be very sudden, and with little warning. I was normally working with 12" or more of 5000 psi concrete, so just the thought that residential stuff may only be thin slabs of 3000 - 3500 psi concrete gives me the willies here.

I'm not at all against the MaxJax, and it at least appears to be possible that you would not have to disconnect the hydraulics if you plan your lift storage and setup sequence with that in mind.


I'd really like to see the EZ-Lift with better lateral support. Front to back it looks OK, but in the sideways direction I can see some stability issues once the pivot pins wear, if your setup area isn't level side to side, when you're set up outdoors and a wind crosswise to the car picks up, or possibly if you have to really pull hard on a wrench and you're pulling crosswise to the car.


There either is or was a sloping drive-on lift that works with a floor jack to level it after you've driven onto it. Undercar access is somewhat compromised, and the lift height is similar to the EZ-Lift. I think there was something about trolleys being available so you can lift the wheels clear. Forget the name, though.


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Norm,

You're referring to the Kwik-Lift I believe. It does limit the underside and also does not suspend the car with the suspension unloaded, which is one of the main reasons I'm looking into a lift. I understand your concern with the concrete conditions and whatnot, and have confirmed I'm within tolerances for proper mounting of the lift. I still think the MaxJax fits my needs better than the above option or the Kwik-Lift. Also, at $1999.99 with free frieght from Costco...It's a deal to be had!

Gonna continue to weigh out my options before pulling the trigger just yet.

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