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post #16 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-20-2010, 11:16 AM
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Re: Review of a Dannmar D7 lift

I'm a space freak - I hate seeing space wasted.

Those monstrous ramps dangling off the ends of the lift are ungainly, sharp and hit my garage door! So the question was "where to store them?"

I replaced the post/cap bolts (crappy metric things) with 2" long 1/2" stainless grade 5 bolts. Then, I drilled a hole through the top of the ramp - Voila! when I've got the vehicle driven up - I pickup the ramp and hang it on the protruding 1/2" bolt - I've got 4 kids under 11...... they run around in my garage.... if that ramp slipped off and hit one of them.... the ramp might get dented and I don't even want to know what it would cost to have a replacement shipped out! So, I put a washer and a 1/2" stainless nut finger tight over it to keep my ramps safe. (The super magnets out of hard-drives are great for holding the nuts & washers when you take the ramps down.... unless you use stainless like me - 316 stainless is non magnetic).

The retainer plates you drop in the end of the runway to keep your vehicle from rolling off got the same treatment - 1/2" hole and the post @ the pump got another 2" bolt and those plates hang there (also secured with a nut when not in use).
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Re: Review of a Dannmar D7 lift

Another 4 post lift supplier boasts a "flush jacking platform". I didn't realize how important this would be until I tried jacking up a vehicle to remove a tire on the lift.

Last week I make my own flush sliding platform and I intend to modify the one that came with the lift one of these days.

I used a chunk of 4" channel I got from the scrap yard along with a 16"x16" x 1/4" piece of diamond plate and some scraps of 5/16" thick angle iron to make a single sided jacking platform flush with the runway.

For the next one I think I'll keep the top flat rather than the textured diamond plate surface - it works well keeping the jackstand in place but the floor jacks don't roll on it too smoothly.

Oh yeah, where to keep the floorjacks? The big ones have homes under my toolbox, but the little ones just kept getting in the way when not in use - those of you who've read my other projects may realize I have one whole post with nothing hanging off it. A 28" piece of 3/8" bar stock, a torch, my welder, a 3x2 plate with a hole in it yeilds a double jack hanger that can be bolted to the top plate of the remaining post.
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Re: Review of a Dannmar D7 lift

Finally, since I don't like cords, cables & hoses underfoot while working, I ran an airline with 3 drops under the righthand runway opposite the 3 electrical boxes.

I used 1/2" blackpipe and a handful of elbows & nipples along with a 5' coiled hose so that I plug an airline in at the top of the right front post - this comes off an overhead coil unit so it stays out of my way when I'm working.


I hope this gives you guys (& gals) some ideas to make your new lift even more useful in the garage.
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Re: Review of a Dannmar D7 lift

Anyone know if this will roll out a 7 foot garage door opening with the casters engaged ? That only allows for another 2 inches beyond the post height. I'm really trying to find something I can move outside on occasion without rebuilding my door opening.
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