Garage lift power


FlagstaffGT

GT Owner
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I'm getting ready to wire my new garage with two 240 volt lifts. Where does the power cord usually go, up to the ceiling or along the floor and typically to the inside or outside front or back post? thx.
barry
 

Beach-GT

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May 8, 2006
883
Seminole Florida
Mine goes to the outside of the front left post. I ran it on the floor with a big plug on it along with the airline. Would be cleaner overhead I guess but my shop's a mess anyway. Air compressor, CMC Mill, Lathe and lots of crap.
 

mmlcobra

GT Owner
May 25, 2013
1,084
Both my air and power come from the ceiling.
Clean and no trip factor.
Best,
Mark
 

TO AWSUM

Ford GT Owner
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Jul 4, 2007
1,396
Niceville FL
My electrical and air goes up the post to the ceiling so there is nothing on the floor to trip over or to roll a floor jack, oil catch can, transmission jack, etc. over. This was the best way to get the power cord and air line out of the way in my case. I've never seen a commercial business' hoist 240v power cord laid across the floor probably due to safety regulations.

It doesn't matter which post, front or back, you place the controls. Put it wherever it's the most convenient for you to use.
 
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AJB

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Jun 28, 2006
2,791
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Both of my lifts have power at front left corner post. Power From wall or overhead...not on ground.
My lifts are only 7000 lb capacity so I only have normal 110 volt service to each.
Andy (ajb)
 

Sinovac

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Jul 18, 2006
5,689
Largo, Florida
Ceiling for sure. Surface mount EMT if necessary.
 

ChipBeck

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Feb 13, 2006
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Scottsdale, Arizona
Barry,

Power on most lifts goes to the left front post and it’s much safer to have it come down from the ceiling for multiple reasons. In addition to tripping over a ground cord or damaging it you’ll probably want to hose off your garage floor sometime and won’t want electric down there. Everybody has power in their garage ceiling anyway to run the garage door openers. Mine is 110V which works OK but it’s slow. If I was wireing my garage today I’d put in 240V too.

Chip
 

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FGT899

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Dec 10, 2013
276
Scottsdale, AZ
I wired 240 to the ceiling but I didn't like the look of a hanging wire in a clean garage. So I opt to patiently wait 30 seconds longer for my Bendpak to go up by using the power from the wall. The way it's setup in the back center of my double deep 6 car garage poses no issue for tripping, etc.
 

viva gt

GT Owner
Sep 15, 2010
409
toronto canada
mine were designed to go to the wall for 20a power. the two lifts were designed to be against walls. no air needed to operate lifts.
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MTV8

GT Owner
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Jul 24, 2010
916
Houston Texas
While I like the idea of using a ceiling outlet to get the cord out of the way, I also like to leave my lift unplugged when not in use. Wall outlet it is.
 

PeteK

GT Owner
Apr 18, 2014
1,331
Kalama, WA
Ceiling for sure. Surface mount EMT if necessary.
Ditto. I installed my 240V outlet in the ceiling, then ran the cord up to the outlet. Neat, and no tripping (well, there's still the air hose and 120V extension cord laying around...). Just do it. You'll be happy you put it there.
 

BtwoG

GT Owner
Dec 8, 2013
915
Atlanta, GA
I'd also recommend the ceiling.

I'm not sure all lifts are like mine, but the pump is on the front, right side of the lift. If the lift were turned 180 degrees, then it would be on the back, left. So just keep that in mind when you decide where in the ceiling you want it.
 

PeteK

GT Owner
Apr 18, 2014
1,331
Kalama, WA
Barry,

Power on most lifts goes to the left front post and it’s much safer to have it come down from the ceiling for multiple reasons. In addition to tripping over a ground cord or damaging it you’ll probably want to hose off your garage floor sometime and won’t want electric down there. Everybody has power in their garage ceiling anyway to run the garage door openers. Mine is 110V which works OK but it’s slow. If I was wireing my garage today I’d put in 240V too.

Chip
Chip: Your garage isn't big enough!
 

ChipBeck

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Feb 13, 2006
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Scottsdale, Arizona
Chip: Your garage isn't big enough!
That photo only shows part of the right hand side of my main garage. The left hand side is bigger and I have a separate 4 car garage for the boat BUT.....you are correct. It's not big enough. It's a lost cause though because no matter how much garage space a guy has he will quickly overwhelm it (your wife does the same thing with her bedroom closet) and need to leave his daily driver(s) outside in the elements.

Chip
 

junior

GT Owner
Mar 9, 2007
1,121
So Cal
Fixed wiring method is not a good choice if you plan to move the lift around the garage. Cord connection (SO or SOW type) from the motor to a wall (or ceiling) mounted receptacle may be a better choice :cheers
 

TO AWSUM

Ford GT Owner
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Jul 4, 2007
1,396
Niceville FL
While I like the idea of using a ceiling outlet to get the cord out of the way, I also like to leave my lift unplugged when not in use. Wall outlet it is.
I did both. My power runs down from the ceiling into an outlet box attached to one of the 4 posts. I then plug the lift motor into the outlet on the post. You could unplug it here if you desired. I did it this way so I could plug a 240v arc welder or another tool into the outlet box if required.
 

Empty Pockets

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Oct 18, 2006
1,322
Washington State
I did both. My power runs down from the ceiling into an outlet box attached to one of the 4 posts. I then plug the lift motor into the outlet on the post. You could unplug it here if you desired. I did it this way so I could plug a 240v arc welder or another tool into the outlet box if required.
I did almost the same thing for the exact same reason.

My double wide hoist sits darned close to a wall. So, I ran the power from the ceiling, down that wall, and into an outlet box mounted on that wall. Rather than let the hoist's factory power cord simply lie on the floor, however, I chose to run it from the top of the 'control/motor/fluid tank' post, thru a hook on the wall, and then down to the outlet box from there. It's completely out of the way.

The power for my 115 v single car hoist is supplied via a dedicated outlet mounted on the ceiling directly above the post that holds the control/motor/fluid tank. The power cord from that hoist is also looped thru a hook (near the outlet box on the ceiling)...but, that was done just to keep the weight of the cord from 'unplugging' the hoist. There'll never be a need to access that outlet to power anything else since there are 4-plug 115 v outlets located e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e along the walls of the shop.
 

MJSFRX

GT Owner
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Jul 26, 2010
782
Carlsbad, CA
I'm a fan of 2-post lifts, but one thing you MUST check if you get a 2-poster: The clearance of the arms under the car. We all know the GT sits low, so you need arms that have preferably 4" or lower clearance. Some go down to 3-1/2 or a little less. Otherwise, you'll have to position 2x8 boards and drive up on those to get the arms under it.
And that the arms are long enough to reach the lift points. My father in laws lift would not extend long enough on my GT. He never had a problem with any other car.
 

33Bravo

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Nov 3, 2006
686
Minneapolis, MN
What are the current recommendations on a 4 post lift? I had one years ago - long since gone....
 

Sinovac

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Jul 18, 2006
5,689
Largo, Florida
What are the current recommendations on a 4 post lift? I had one years ago - long since gone....
I have 2 Rotary lifts (12,000 and 14,000) and they are great. Whatever you get, I hope you make an effort to buy a USA made lift.