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Built a 30x50 garage last year, now looking at a 2 post lift. Drive in garage through 16' door in middle of a 30' wall. Not sure where to locate lift for max efficiency of space...lift is 134" wide. Thinking right in the middle, about 2/3rds of the way in from the front. This would still allow me to park a car on either side of lift. For those of you who have a lift, what are your thoughts?
 

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Park some vehicles in there and then decide. That's how my buddy figured his out. That and it's nearby to the tool box !

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My garage is a touch bigger at 1800 sq ft. I have a two post lift and a four post lift. Four post is mostly just for storage. I don't how I lived without my two post lift. It is awesome for everything. One thing I thought about is if I had to remove a rear axle from the old car. Needs to be away from the wall enough for that. I also have a door in the back of my garage and I placed it away from that far enough to still be able to park the sled or mower and get a vehicle far enough into the lift. I went with a 10,000# rotary with the asymetric arms. View attachment 2103176 View attachment 2103176
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Shit I almost forgot. The best thing money can buy. I am insulated well enough that it costs me only 20 bucks a month to run. AC via Fujitsu mini split!!! You know how nice it is to have my garage 70 degrees and 50% humidity when its 90 and humid outside? Awesome!!
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Nice setup! Thanks for the info. So you're saying the way yours is now, it's too close to the wall? I thought about putting mine over near the right wall also, to give me more room in the middle, but didn't know if that would be an issue down the road. I think I'll lay mine out as if it would be in the middle and see if I can still get cars, etc, around it. I also have a 6x8 roll up door in the back right corner for sleds, mowers, etc, that I'll leave room for too.

My garage is a touch bigger at 1800 sq ft. I have a two post lift and a four post lift. Four post is mostly just for storage. I don't how I lived without my two post lift. It is awesome for everything. One thing I thought about is if I had to remove a rear axle from the old car. Needs to be away from the wall enough for that. I also have a door in the back of my garage and I placed it away from that far enough to still be able to park the sled or mower and get a vehicle far enough into the lift. I went with a 10,000# rotary with the asymetric arms. View attachment 2103176 View attachment 2103176 View attachment 2103177 View attachment 2103176 View attachment 2103177 View attachment 2103178 View attachment 2103176 View attachment 2103177 View attachment 2103178
 

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If you look at the pic where we are playing jenga you will see that I moved the outside of the post away from the wall about 2 feet. So I would have room if I ever needed to pull an axle. I still have room on the other side to park another car or add a lift and park 2 cars there but for now this is enough. Last winter I had 5 cars, 2 sleds, my tractor and snowblower and two lounge chairs still in the corner to watch TV. It could be bigger... LOL
 

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I have a 32x48 pole barn, roll up doors are on the 32' sides in line with each other so it can be drive in/out.
my lift is a 10k Forward lift ALI certified made in USA by Rotary. I have it near the back door, make sure that
you don't put it to close to a wall, you want to have several feet in front as well as the sides, need room to
work, roll a cherry picker around or remove axle shafts as was mentioned. mine is about 5' from the sidewall
and guessing about 12' from rear wall. one shop I worked at had the lifts at an angle, so you pulled in the
door and turned into the lift, left more room in the middle.
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Shit I almost forgot. The best thing money can buy. I am insulated well enough that it costs me only 20 bucks a month to run. AC via Fujitsu mini split!!! You know how nice it is to have my garage 70 degrees and 50% humidity when its 90 and humid outside? Awesome!! View attachment 2103180 View attachment 2103181
What size is that unit? I’m seriously thinking about buying one of those that does. Heat and A/C for my shop.
 

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I’ve worked in automotive repair facilities my entire adult life. You’d be amazed at where you can put an above ground and make it work really well. Best part about them is, if you put it somewhere that you don’t like, they can be moved relatively easy.

I have a 32x64x14 pole bar with two 14x13 overheads on the one 32’gable end. I want my shop to be one door and cold storage to use the other. Problem is, that means that currently the widest that I can make my shop is 15’ and that’s just too narrow to make an overhead work well. While I love inground hoists they are EXPENSIVE as all hell. So, my plan is to take the storage side 14’ wide door out, and put a 12’ wide door in its place. That will give me enough room to make the shop work and still enough room to get my trailers in and out of the barn, on the storage side. 👍🏻
 
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