• Time to buy a lift!  Which one/what type?
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    I store my 04 Z06 on top and my 68 on the bottom. I have a 9'-3" cieling and that leaves about 3-4inches clearence. I did'nt like the 7 weeks I had to wait either but it was worth the wait.

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    Here's a couple pics of my lift, hope they come through..


    http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...rdbuddy001.jpg

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    KEEP IN MIND THAT IF THE COMPANY YOUR DEALING WITH...

    DOES NOT HAVE,their physical ADDRESS displayed,
    THATS A HUGE RED FLAG.........PROBABLY an EXCELLENT indicator to avoid them


    IF they DON'T advertize their lifts as
    ALI certified/validated by ETL
    THATS A HUGE RED FLAG.........

    IF THERES NO LOCAL DEALER
    IF theres NO LOCAL INSTALLER AND REPAIR
    THATS A HUGE RED FLAG.........

    TAKE THE TIME TO DO RESEARCH and FIND OUT WHAT SEVERAL PREVIOUS CUSTOMERS THINK, HOW LONG THE COMPANYS BEEN IN BUSINESS , ETC.

    remember the price is only one factor, theres no gain in getting a good price on JUNK that can,t be repaired, something that parts are not going to be available for in a few years or something that will sooner or later get you killed, due to crappy workmanship or design or something being made out of marginally crappy steel, or thin steel to save weight but costing your lift strength......theres a GOOD REASON ITS CHEAPER, ITS WORTH A GOOD DEAL LESS AND IN MOST OF THE CASES, you TEND too GET what you pay for!
    what have you gained if the damn lift stops working and you can,t get it repaired or if it fails and you or your car is seriously damaged or totaled, will that great low price ,off set ,being crippled for life or dead

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    All good advice from what I have seen in this industry.

    All that said I see a "Backyard Buddy" in the garage picture and that is the conclusion I have come to also. I'll be ordering mine today.

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    If your planning on moving your lift around the garage,I'd recommend a set of dollies. They make it very easy to move it around, you can even leave a car on the lift when moving around. I think you'll be happy with your choice. How long did they say youd have to wait ?

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    I put a lift in my garage this past September. I had helped put together a BYB for a club member, but did my own research to find what I wanted. I ended up buying a lift from Greg Smith Equipment. All I can tell you is that the lift is real quality. I bought a model for extra height because I did not want to be banging my head walking underneath. My lift is an 8000# capacity, extra height... and came with drip trays, jack tray and casters... all quality... less than $1800 plus shipping (about $300). The BYB I helped put together was less capacity (weight), not the height (none offered by them)... and the guy bought the casters, drip trays and jack tray.... all for alittle over $5000. Nice lift, but too expensive for what you get and after all of the research I did, my lift is perfect. I believe the model I bought was a ProPark 8 from Greg Smith Equipment.
    Great experience... from ordering, to receipt, to installation...(less than a day to put together).
    By far, the best tool in my garage!
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    I would agree with you 100%. I have had my Pro-Park 8s (standard model)for about 3 weeks now and think it is by far the best value out there.

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    It's nice to get some positive feedback. I bought mine in September, but not before spending 8 or 9 months researching everything that was out there. You hear alot about "foreign steel", sloppy welds, etc. I checked everything out there and the final straw was a Carlisle when I approached the Backyard Buddy guy and asked about a lift with more height than their stock. After not really wanting to answer my question in front of other potential customers there, he said they could make one for a "few thousand dollars more". Add that to the $5000 for their stock model... I drove home after enjoying Corvettes of Carlisle... and ordered my lift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djohnson01247 View Post
    It's nice to get some positive feedback. I bought mine in September, but not before spending 8 or 9 months researching everything that was out there. You hear alot about "foreign steel", sloppy welds, etc. I checked everything out there and the final straw was a Carlisle when I approached the Backyard Buddy guy and asked about a lift with more height than their stock. After not really wanting to answer my question in front of other potential customers there, he said they could make one for a "few thousand dollars more". Add that to the $5000 for their stock model... I drove home after enjoying Corvettes of Carlisle... and ordered my lift.
    Yea, I heard all that too, but I can say, without reserve, that the quality of the welds, steel and service are top quality. I have been researching my purchase for probably a year. I'm not saying that BYB and some others aren't a quality product, I'm just saying that with all things considered, my Pro-Park 8s is the best buy (at least for my money).

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    Question:
    What is the minimum ceiling height required to be able to put a 67 Corvette Coupe on a Backyard Buddy and a 67 Corvette Coupe underneath?
    Also which size BYB would be best?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 67vet View Post
    Question:
    What is the minimum ceiling height required to be able to put a 67 Corvette Coupe on a Backyard Buddy and a 67 Corvette Coupe underneath?
    Also which size BYB would be best?
    The best lift for the money and the ONLY American/Canadian made lift is the Backyard Buddy. The other ones are junk. Goto BYB website for a comparison. I bought a lift that was made in China (all but BYB are, don't let people tell you otherwise), I ordered it on Saturday at Carlisle, canceled my order on Sunday and bought a BYB. You have a very expensive car, why cheap up on the lift..... I spent about $1500 more but got a much better product. Guys will defend their lifts, who wants to feel bad about an expensive purchase. But if you love your car, love it enough to buy the best. Good Luck

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    67vette,
    I have a BYB, and would recommend it highly.. worth the extra $1500. I have 9'-5" cieling in my garage. My 67 coupe on the bottom and 68 roadster on top. Have approximately 12inches on top and about 4 inches in the middle. I also switch by keeping my 04 Z06 with 67 on top with basically same spacings.
    I bet if you have 9 ft you"ll be ok.
    You'll love it,
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    Quote Originally Posted by vet'svette View Post
    The other ones are junk.
    That's a sweeping generality, and it isn't true. The BYB is a fine lift, but their new "scare tactics" marketing strategy is hogwash. There have been THOUSANDS of other lifts out there for many years; lift accidents are VERY rare, and I've never seen one that wasn't a result of operator inattention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnZ View Post
    That's a sweeping generality, and it isn't true. The BYB is a fine lift, but their new "scare tactics" marketing strategy is hogwash. There have been THOUSANDS of other lifts out there for many years; lift accidents are VERY rare, and I've never seen one that wasn't a result of operator inattention.
    Thank you for your insight JohnZ. It bothers me when a company does that. If so many of the foreign lifts fail, I would think that we would surely hear about them, and those models would be taken off the market. I know that the place I bought mine stands behind it 100%, they have been in business for a long time and sell many lifts a month. I have had mine going on a year now and love it......and I have only had the car fall off twice!

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    I appreciate your comments John Z. Thats why I am trying to gain as much info now before I make the choice.

    The comment about only falling off the lift twice is good. Does it get easier after the first fall?

    Anyone with additional measurements would be greatly appreciated.

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