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Old 04-30-2015, 02:47 PM
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Lift diference and why?

I've been beginning to look at a Lift for the shop.
Specifically because I don't know I ask.
What is the difference between the 2-post and the asymmetric 2-post and why would one be mo-gooder then the other?

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Old 04-30-2015, 03:13 PM
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Old 04-30-2015, 03:28 PM
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Thank You all the answers I could want except for the OFN user opinion.

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Old 04-30-2015, 04:19 PM
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Never seen an asymmetric lift over here,only advice I can offer is gantry style as in vid,auto locks and widest you can get
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Old 04-30-2015, 05:22 PM
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I have a bendpak asymmetric clear floor.
It has been great, and allows the car doors to open further.

Think it is an xp10 from memory.

You can also get them with rotated posts to the same end.
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Old 04-30-2015, 08:56 PM
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Asymmetric has the post turned a the angle and gives more door room to open. And the lower arms are different lengths. I have one I am selling to bad you too far away.. GREG smith equipment = CHINA
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Old 04-30-2015, 11:32 PM
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I bought a symmetrical from Greg Smith...10k xtra wide/xtra tall version. It is China but has been excellent so far in the 3 years I have had it. Handles my F350 4 door dually with ease. Like previous poster said, the wider the better!
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Old 05-02-2015, 11:33 PM
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Wow! Never heard of this either but it's pure genius! Even us skinny(er) guys have a hard time squeezing in and out. There were times I would choose to do things on the ground just because I knew I would have to be in and out of the vehicle. Id say whatever extra you have to pay is well worth it. How that for an OFN user opinion???
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Old 05-05-2015, 12:44 PM
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I have an Eagle 9000 lb capacity asymmetric. It's also Chinese. I got it in a trade, I don't think I would have purchased it outright.

My lift just has shorter arms toward the front side. The posts are square to the vehicle centerline. The clearance to the doors is a bit better than if it were symmetric. The design also makes sense when you consider the weight distribution of most vehicles. Shifting the posts forward on the vehicle means they should be more evenly loaded and put less stress on the floor anchors.

I think the lift is probably "enthusiastically" rated. It might lift 9K if everything was perfect, but I doubt it would work for a real vehicle. I've lifted stuff up to a half ton pickup with it without a problem. I have not lifted my F350 dually with it, which has a curb weight of roughly 6600 lb.

I think it's narrow between the posts. I can back the dually in between the posts, but I have to have the lift up to do it. The tires would run over the lift arms if the lift were down.
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Old 05-05-2015, 03:51 PM
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Ive been shopping for a lift lately myself.

At first I was going to go with either a 9k lb 2 post asymetric from Direct Lift $1995 or a 10k lb "versametric" from Forward lift $2895. Both are made by the same company that owns Rotary and are distributed by a company just 80 miles from home. Which means I could pick it up and save shipping but pay have to pay 8% sales tax. The price of the Direct had my attention at first. However, its not ALI (American Lift Institute) marked. Not to say that it couldn't be, but its not. So that got me leaning towards the Forward unit which is marked.

However, then a friend of mine turned me on to the Bendpak XPR-10A (which he just purchased for his ~$1M race shop) which can be had from Northern Tool for $3010 shipped (and no tax for me in NY). Also if you use ebates you can get another $90 back. Overall the Bendpak seems like a much heavier built unit. The uprights are one piece vs two. In general the metal is of much heavier gauge and the floor plates are thicker and of bigger footprint. If I can find the comparison I found showing the difference between Bendpak and others Ill post it. Im sure google would find it pretty quick for you.

Anyway, long story short, I think if you want something quite nice and "reasonably" priced Id go with the Bendpak XPR series. Thats what Im going to be doing soon (I hope)

EDIT: http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...5288_200485288


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Old 05-05-2015, 07:46 PM
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BendPak is my first choice...
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