Installed a Direct Lift 4-post lift in my shop the other day

Shop, Garage and Tools

  1. Bill Crowell

    Bill Crowell FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

    Messages:
    905
    Likes Received:
    436
    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2007
    Location:
    Diamond Springs, CA
    Local Time:
    9:53 AM
    Luckily I got a good friend to help me. It was a lot of work, and very tiring to install.

    lift1.jpg
     
    • Like Like x 18
    • 67Dart273

      67Dart273 FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

      Messages:
      43,465
      Likes Received:
      11018
      Joined:
      Oct 14, 2010
      Location:
      Idaho
      Local Time:
      9:53 AM
      At least you HAVE a shop LOLOL You will never regret it. I could not do 1/10 the things I do if I had to crawl around on the ground.
       
      • Agree Agree x 4
      • RustyRatRod

        RustyRatRod Bla de blizhibliz de blatde blizi bla bla FABO Gold Member

        Messages:
        61,686
        Likes Received:
        33669
        Joined:
        Jun 7, 2010
        Location:
        Georgia
        Local Time:
        12:53 PM
        That's very nice. Is it permanently mounted? I ask because if you need to get to the side of the car against the wall, good luck!
         
        • Agree Agree x 2
        • Bill Crowell

          Bill Crowell FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

          Messages:
          905
          Likes Received:
          436
          Joined:
          Oct 16, 2007
          Location:
          Diamond Springs, CA
          Local Time:
          9:53 AM
          Right, Rusty, I need to move it farther away from the wall before I bolt it down. You aren't supposed to have to attach it to the concrete, but I think I will.
           
          • Thanks! Thanks! x 1
          • Tooljunkie

            Tooljunkie King of cobble/master of the broken bolt FABO Gold Member

            Messages:
            14,882
            Likes Received:
            14032
            Joined:
            Jul 22, 2017
            Location:
            Manitoba
            Local Time:
            11:53 AM
            Mine is not fastened to concrete, and its fine. Crew cab diesel trucks are fine on my 9000 lb hoist.
             
            • Like Like x 2
            • Agree Agree x 1
            • MoparMike1974

              MoparMike1974 FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

              Messages:
              2,417
              Likes Received:
              1710
              Joined:
              Jun 16, 2017
              Location:
              Maryland
              Local Time:
              12:53 PM
            • RustyRatRod

              RustyRatRod Bla de blizhibliz de blatde blizi bla bla FABO Gold Member

              Messages:
              61,686
              Likes Received:
              33669
              Joined:
              Jun 7, 2010
              Location:
              Georgia
              Local Time:
              12:53 PM
              I don't see why it'd be necessary to mount it. It's not like it's going anywhere with something on it. Probably dang heavy enough on its own that it won't move empty.
               
              • Agree Agree x 2
              • Lord Sparky

                Lord Sparky Well-Known Member

                Messages:
                272
                Likes Received:
                189
                Joined:
                Dec 2, 2019
                Location:
                Carlsbad, California
                Local Time:
                9:53 AM
                Nice speakers!
                 
                • Like Like x 1
                • Biff

                  Biff Cheep not easy

                  Messages:
                  4,918
                  Likes Received:
                  8091
                  Joined:
                  Jan 30, 2017
                  Location:
                  Middle of the ocean somewhere in Canada
                  Local Time:
                  9:53 AM
                  I would be worried about it tipping over ,say your letting it down and you didn’t notice a safety lock was hung up and all the weight shifts ?? At least if she’s bolted down you got a chance .
                   
                • 3406pk

                  3406pk Well-Known Member

                  Messages:
                  900
                  Likes Received:
                  363
                  Joined:
                  May 11, 2006
                  Location:
                  North Dakota
                  Local Time:
                  10:53 AM
                  Congrats, Looks nice. What model is it?
                   
                • moparmandan

                  moparmandan FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

                  Messages:
                  2,435
                  Likes Received:
                  2263
                  Joined:
                  Jun 28, 2017
                  Location:
                  Deland, FL
                  Local Time:
                  12:53 PM
                  Mines not bolted down. Hasn't been a problem. Actually one of the few advantages over a 2 post. Comes with casters so you can move it around.
                   
                  • Agree Agree x 2
                  • Tooljunkie

                    Tooljunkie King of cobble/master of the broken bolt FABO Gold Member

                    Messages:
                    14,882
                    Likes Received:
                    14032
                    Joined:
                    Jul 22, 2017
                    Location:
                    Manitoba
                    Local Time:
                    11:53 AM
                    All these new fangled lifts have a secondary lock, and if it goes wonky it basically jams up.
                    Have had a couple buddies that thought they knew how to operate hoist and got it stuck on one latch. You notice right away.
                    I wasnt pleased to say the least.
                     
                  • Dana67Dart

                    Dana67Dart Like a fine wine, only getting better with age! FABO Gold Member

                    Messages:
                    4,593
                    Likes Received:
                    2802
                    Joined:
                    Jul 16, 2017
                    Location:
                    Northern Colorado
                    Local Time:
                    10:53 AM
                    "I don't know nothin' bout no stinkin' bolts"

                    Can you say EARTHQUAKE!

                    I wouldn't just bolt it down, I would cross brace it, 3500 lbs 6 feet off the ground in a 6.0 would create a lot of forces where you don't want it
                     
                    • Agree Agree x 1
                    • Bill Crowell

                      Bill Crowell FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

                      Messages:
                      905
                      Likes Received:
                      436
                      Joined:
                      Oct 16, 2007
                      Location:
                      Diamond Springs, CA
                      Local Time:
                      9:53 AM
                      It's a Direct Lift "Pro Park 8S". I don't think my floor is as level as it should be, so first I am going to level the lift out by putting steel plate under the low column(s). I can get the plate locally, in 1/16" thickness increments, from AirGas. Then I'll decide if I want to bolt it down. The casters for moving the lift around are pretty ingenious and work well, but I doubt that I'll want to move it after I get it finally situated.
                       
                      • Thanks! Thanks! x 1
                      • rustycowll69

                        rustycowll69 Well-Known Member

                        Messages:
                        2,228
                        Likes Received:
                        1028
                        Joined:
                        Feb 19, 2016
                        Location:
                        Pacific northwest
                        Local Time:
                        9:53 AM
                        OP is from CA! Hell yeah, I'd bolt that down, AND I'd cross brace it, too. Earthquakes do happen. I had a car on rollers in my garage during our so-called Nisqually earthquake in Seattle back in 02(?). My '78 Magnum skated several feet and I found it up next to my 67 Cuda. Fortunately, the layers of Hazard Fright shipping blankets saved them from making hard contact. and major damage.
                         
                      • Kendog 170

                        Kendog 170 Let the boy go !

                        Messages:
                        1,097
                        Likes Received:
                        694
                        Joined:
                        Mar 10, 2016
                        Location:
                        Tewksbury Ma.
                        Local Time:
                        12:53 PM
                        I'm jealous! I have no garage as of last year and have to work outside at 62 years old. Sucks to say the least. 2 more years and I'm going to NC. Then I hope to have a shop again. Congrats! Looks great!
                         
                      • jefflock

                        jefflock 69 Dart 408 10.008 best pass so far

                        Messages:
                        3,645
                        Likes Received:
                        45
                        Joined:
                        May 18, 2006
                        Location:
                        Kansas
                        Local Time:
                        11:53 AM
                        I have one of Advantage 9000 lb 4 post lifts. It also has the caster kit. I haven't bolted it down yet and really don't see the need to.
                         
                        • Like Like x 1
                        • famous bob

                          famous bob mopar misfit

                          Messages:
                          16,827
                          Likes Received:
                          6531
                          Joined:
                          Aug 14, 2011
                          Location:
                          okla
                          Local Time:
                          11:53 AM
                          I got an old concrete floor and a few pieces of cardboard !
                           
                          • Like Like x 1
                          • Agree Agree x 1
                          • Oldmanmopar

                            Oldmanmopar Going left turning right FABO Gold Member

                            Messages:
                            8,410
                            Likes Received:
                            4571
                            Joined:
                            Jan 8, 2009
                            Location:
                            Danielsville Pa. 18038
                            Local Time:
                            12:53 PM
                            Nice lift. But your speakers look a tad to small.LOL
                             
                            • Like Like x 1
                            • Agree Agree x 1
                            • halfafish

                              halfafish Damn those rabbits, and their holes! FABO Gold Member

                              Messages:
                              1,561
                              Likes Received:
                              1357
                              Joined:
                              Aug 14, 2016
                              Location:
                              SW Washington
                              Local Time:
                              9:53 AM
                              I've had my 4-post lift for a little over a year and love-love-love it. It makes all the difference in the world for working on the car comfortably.

                              @Bill Crowell I will send you a PM, please contact me. I have a different brand lift but it looks EXACTLY like yours. It could be they are from the same factory but with different branding? Anyway there were cable routing issues on mine that were mis-assembled at the factory and gave me grief until I puzzled it out. Some were a nuisance. Some were outright dangerous. I'd hate to have something wonky with yours and have you not know about it.
                               
                            • Scamp Rohnda

                              Scamp Rohnda Well-Known Member

                              Messages:
                              394
                              Likes Received:
                              346
                              Joined:
                              Jan 18, 2017
                              Location:
                              Blaine MN
                              Local Time:
                              11:53 AM
                              I have the go ahead from the boss to get one so I have few questions if you don't mind. Did you have it delivered to your place and did you have to unload it yourself? Is there anything you would do differently now that you have it all set up? By the way, congrats on pulling the trigger on a great buy.
                               
                            • qkcuda

                              qkcuda Well-Known Member

                              Messages:
                              1,241
                              Likes Received:
                              961
                              Joined:
                              Mar 6, 2013
                              Location:
                              Jarvis, Ontario
                              Local Time:
                              12:53 PM
                              Following as well. I looked at Direct Lift and Atlas. Where I am they are sold out of the same warehouse
                               
                            • moparmandan

                              moparmandan FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

                              Messages:
                              2,435
                              Likes Received:
                              2263
                              Joined:
                              Jun 28, 2017
                              Location:
                              Deland, FL
                              Local Time:
                              12:53 PM
                              Me too.
                              Tuxedo Distributors, LLC
                              Sold under several different names. Like it or not this is the origin of many of these lifts. Mine is a ProKar. Same thing. I bought it used and the PO really liked it. I wasn't checking country of origin when I bought it. I just wanted a damn lift. The price was right and it was available right around the corner.
                               
                            • Bill Crowell

                              Bill Crowell FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

                              Messages:
                              905
                              Likes Received:
                              436
                              Joined:
                              Oct 16, 2007
                              Location:
                              Diamond Springs, CA
                              Local Time:
                              9:53 AM
                              Just discipline yourself not to buy anything you don't really need, and to save a little money from each paycheck, and within about a year you'll be able to afford to pay cash for your lift.
                               
                            • Bill Crowell

                              Bill Crowell FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

                              Messages:
                              905
                              Likes Received:
                              436
                              Joined:
                              Oct 16, 2007
                              Location:
                              Diamond Springs, CA
                              Local Time:
                              9:53 AM
                              The seller, Shop Equipment USA of Hayward, CA, works with an independent delivery company that charged me $400 to pick it up in Hayward and to tow it about 200 miles to my location. The young man who delivered it did about 90+% of the work of unloading it onto the ground (I had to help him a little bit). Then I broke the package down and carried the heavy parts into my garage separately with my tractor, using the lift boom from my post hole auger on the 3-point hitch.

                              In retrospect, I would have first obtained a large, tapered pin in order to line up the bolt holes in the end of the ramps with their mating holes in the yokes. Lining up those holes and starting the bolts was the only difficulty that I had in assembling it.

                              The written instructions aren't really that great for somebody who has never assembled a lift before, but there are videos on the internet about how to assemble it.
                               
                              Last edited: Jul 2, 2020
                            1. This site uses cookies to help personalize content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
                              By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.