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Automobile lifts..anybody remove one before?
February 14, 2009
6:32 PM

Yikes!!! sounds like a big hairball mess, Sparffo! Still no word, and maybe thats a good thing! If you find the video or some pics, please post them. Would be great to at least see the work in action. Thanks!

by the way- your English is better than most with it as their 1st language.:yesway:

February 14, 2009
2:11 AM
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Bully;10885 said:
Has anybody done one of these before or anything similar? I'll update with more info when I take a look at it.

We did at least 16 this summer! I can't remember the price for the job or how long it took any more, i would guess it was 2 days for one lift.
the eqipment we used was:
- 2 operators
- Diamond floor saw
- fork lift
- 2,5 ton skidsteer
- 2 ton miniexcavator with bucket, hammer, concrete cutter and clamshell bucket.

the lift was "easy to remove", just unbolt the top bolts and lift up the 2,5m high pacage with hydraulic cylinders and stuff with the fork lift. then cut around the lift base so you get enough space for the digging operation, then hammer all the concrete you can hammer.
Dig out the concrete rubble and the gravle around the cylinder pipes.
The ones we did had a 300mm plastic pipe that was covered with reinforced concrete, the pipe went down 2,5m in the ground.
Hammering the walls down in the hole was totally impossible, so a concrete cutter was put on the miniex to crush the walls. because of the difficult depth and shape of the hole we used a clamshell bucket to dig out the hole to remain it's shape. the bottom floor of the holes was the then hammered and dug out with the clamshell (it could reach 2,7m on the 2 ton ex).

for us it was a real pain in the *** project, we had to do it at night (to not disturb the buisness) and the place was really low so no big equipment could fit.

I had really good video and picture footage of the project, but my computer has lost it somehow? :mad:

Hope you did understand my bad english :)

February 13, 2009
9:00 PM

I was thinking that it would be pretty messy with all the Hyd. oil in it. My plan is to drain the sump tank and as much of the piping as posible. Then removing the packing gland and pulling the ram then the sleeve. I'm pretty sure the structure is staying. The guy never got back to me, I'm more than likely not going to get the work. He's in Illinois, out in the SW Suburbs near Midway. Kinda surprised I got the call in the first place. I'm thinking he wanted someone to shoot him a price first, then he wants to talk turkey...

February 13, 2009
10:37 AM
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Bully, they are constructed like a hydraulic elevator cylinder. If the building was going, you just have to hook to the caisson and pull hard. With the rest staying, I would try to find out if there is going to be anything going into the ground. If not I would (depending on local codes) suggest to the client that the ram, packing and oil be removed and then the caisson be grouted level with the floor.

February 12, 2009
9:43 PM

I'm assuming everything else is going to stay, but like I said, kind of a language barrier. He asked if I could do it, which I said,"Sure"...the second thing outta his mouth was "how much." :rolleyes:

Was supposed to hear back from him this afternoon, will call tommorrow and maybe go and take some pictures and make a plan.

February 12, 2009
9:43 AM

Got a call to remove 3 hydraulic automobile lifts in a machine shop. I may be able to do the work, but have never seen one installed, so I don't know what I might be getting into. From what the customer has told me, they are set in the floor inside a cassion, but doesn't know how they are secured. Their was a bit of a language barrier also, so I wasn't quite following him.

This is what i believe he has:

3 hyd. lifts mounted in cassions set below the concrete pad.

a main sump and manifold system for all 3 lifts or separate systems/sumps.

no access to the rams from a basement or crawlspace.

I haven't been out to inspect the job yet, but don't know what I could even begin to be getting into. Has anybody done one of these before or anything similar? I'll update with more info when I take a look at it.

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