"I assembled this myself, with a come-along and engine hoist. Not easy but doable. It would have been so much easier with a good manual. Mine came with no insert, and the only reason I found out I was goofing up and had to retrace my steps (a lot of work) was I looked at the manual online. A few pictures and better parts naming is sorely needed. Also use one orientation description for each setup, as in where the power unit is.
My lift came all beat up. The packing was done poorly causing some major scuffs, and the shipper really gouged it badly. Plus I wasn't pleased with YRC's driver/customer relations.
If you buy one of these, call the factory to get the latest manual or go online, and really watch yourself and read the manual.."
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Review 2 for Commander 7000 4 Post Lift
Date:July 16, 2010
Excellent for the price; confusing instructions
Pros: very solidly built, great price, sizing is ideally suited to a domestic garage, good factory support pre-sale
Cons: unclear/incorrect instructions, baulky castering, hydraulic connectors to runway need protection
Model Number: D7
"I bought the Commander 7000 (which is the same as the older Danmar D7 Model) for home use - mainly storage of a Miata over the winter, but also for 'occasional' maintenance work.
I installed it about a week ago, so can't speak for it's long term reliability or robustness. However, it seems very solid and well built, especially considering the price. I assembled it in about 8 hours (on my own, with some help from my mechanically inclined significant other). We used an engine crane to assemble the lift - don't attempt this unless you have one, or at least 3 or 4 helpers. It took about 8 hours to assemble, but would have been a couple of hours quicker if the instructions had been less confusing. They appear to have been written for a slightly different model (we still have a few parts left over that didn't appear in the instructions at all).
Also, the instructions make it very clear that 10ft clearance is needed at the 'front' of the lift when assembling it. But - it's never made clear what the 'front' is (in fact it's the end of the lift opposite to the drive on ramps). But, even then, the instruction is wrong - you need the clearance at the opposite end to the power unit - wherever you decide to install that. As a result, we had to move the entire lift halfway through installation - not easy - and very frustrating
The optional caster kit (not sold by Costco, but the manufacturer can supply direct) is useful, but it can be tough to move the lift. We found that it's usually necessary to manually point the casters in the right direction before starting to move the unit.
One other (minor) concern I've got - where the hydraulic hoses attach to the runways seems pretty exposed - I can see someone stepping on them. I plan to add a metal cover to avoid them being damaged or stood on.
Though this sounds like a negative view, I'm generally very pleased with the unit, and would recommend it. With a better instruction book (perhaps include some photos?) it would have got a '5'.
Before purchasing I called Danmar for technical advice- they were very helpful"