Tired of jacking up the car you’re working on one wheel at a time, lugging around jack stands, and laying on the floor to get at the tranny? Install your own personal two-post lift! Oil changes (or engine swaps) will never be the same again.
Though they’re by no means cheap, larger sales numbers for the recent above-ground two-post electric/hydraulic versions have brought pricing down to around $2500-$4000 — which is certainly in the range of an avid hobbyist or DIYer.
The trick? You’ve got to have a really solid floor and a high ceiling — 10′ to 12′ depending on the model; some residental garages make the grade and some don’t. (Mine does, which has me drooling
.) Most models can lift plenty of weight. The real limitation is generally height. “Top post” models are best for low-slung sportscars — there’s no bump to drive over — and “bottom post” models are best for trucks (where height’s a primary concern).
The lift pictured above comes from Maxima, but there a quick Froogle search’ll turn up dozens of companies who’d love to help you get one of these. If you’re serious about getting one, remember to ask about shipping costs — to a residence, which is often priced differently — and be sure to tell them you don’t have a loading dock. Installation can be a trick, too, so you might want to make a deal (or at least talk shop with them) before ordering.
Note: The first few items on the Froogle search (as of this moment) are little models of the lift. Just scroll down a bit to see the real ones.
Street Pricing (Two Post Lifts) [Froogle]