This MaxJax Moves Setting Up and Working in Multiple Shop Bays with MaxJax

You either have one, or you want one. Yes, we bet you’ve heard of the MaxJax, and if you haven’t already got one, getting one is probably on your to-do list. A few of the reasons the MaxJax two-post is so popular are because it lifts up to 6,000 lbs., it’s easy-to-install and most-of-all it’s portable.

MaxJax can be placed in multiple work spaces

You can Unbolt and Bolt your MaxJax to where it is the Most Useful

The MaxJax can really move. This means that if you do mechanical repairs in one area of your garage or shop, and perform dusty body work in another area, you can unbolt and move your MaxJax to the spot where it is the most useful. To relocate your MaxJax you’ll simply need to purchase an additional anchor bolt kit ( ) that provides you with 10 recessed anchors, 10 anchor bolts, and 10 flat washers. Installing the anchor bolt kit in another suitable location allows the MaxJax to work where you work. The new installation will require accurately mapping out where to drill and install the 10 anchors into a proper concrete location. Once everything is ready, you simply unbolt the MaxJax from where it is, to where you need it to be. Pretty cool, huh?

And Moving the MaxJax is Easy

MaxJax’s lift columns each come standard with two durable caster wheels. So if you’re hearty enough to swap a set of tires, you’re more than able to tilt and roll MaxJax columns to another location. Just properly install Anchor-Bolt kits in a qualifying concrete location that you’ll be moving your MaxJax to. With this portability you can roll your MaxJax to any suitable work bay. MaxJax works where you do.

Simple Details about Site Layout and Preparation

You may want the MaxJax setup in both slim and wide configurations for working on narrow body vintage classics (VW Bugs, early Mustangs, etc.) or newer full-size trucks and late-model cars. In other words, for your site layout, determine the location of where the lift will be installed based on the anticipated size of vehicles you’ll be servicing. Or even choose to install additional anchors at varied width column positions for adaptability to multiple vehicle sizes. When the MaxJax is relocated to another area, the in-concrete anchors remain in place and are ready for the next time the MaxJax is reinstalled. Sizing up your site layout for a MaxJax will require accuracy. Before drilling into your 4” or thicker concrete, it’s best to perform a “Test-Fit” with a representatively sized vehicle parked in the spot where the MaxJax will generally be setup. For most applications, a 20’ X 14’ space will be required. Remember that a typical full-size sedan is 16’ long or more. Even a Toyota Camry is 16’ (193 inches) and a Suburban is almost 19’. You’ll also want to consider the approaching area and the overhead distance. For complete install details, please refer to MaxJax Downloads.

Here's a General "What's Needed" List for MaxJax setup in Multiple Shop Bays:

  • Select a 20’ X 14’ space in your shop
  • Vehicle approaching and pulling out areas open and unobstructed
  • For most vertical lifting-no interfering overhead obstructions, including ceiling heaters, rollup garage doors, etc.
  • Good condition of indoor concrete slab (no significant cracks or crumbling)
  • If slab is a Post-tension cable, requires radar mapping and avoiding cables while drilling
  • The concrete slab should be 4” thick and preferably more. No asphalt slab
  • Purchasing Multiple MaxJax Anchor Bolt Kits allow installations in other suitable areas
  • Each Kit includes: 10 internally threaded drop‐in anchors, 10 anchor bolt, and 10 flat washers
  • Wedge clip expands to secure the anchor in place
  • Masonry Drill size: 7/8", Inside Diameter: 5/8", Length: 5.75"
  • Power-operated Hammer drill
  • General hand tools; including torque wrench
  • Anchors remain embedded in position ready for next time
  • Use an accurate chalk line per install instructions to lay out
  • Keep all dimensions and angles within 1/8" or malfunctioning of the lift may occur.
  • Columns plumb-checked with a level and shimmed accordingly
  • Access to standard 110V to operate
  • Complete Setting-Up Details

What To Look For

Floor Inspection:

Visually inspect the site where the lift is to be installed and check for cracked or defective concrete. The MaxJax must be installed on a solid level concrete floor 4" or greater, compressive strength 3,000 psi (or more) with no more than 3 degrees of slope and indoors. Post-tension cable slab requires radar mapping and avoiding cables while drilling.

Inspect the floor before drilling for the MaxJax
Make sure baseplate/pillar locations are properly marked

Check on Line:

Use a chalk line to lay out a grid for the pillar/baseplate locations. Keep all dimensions and angles within 1/8" or malfunctioning of the lift may occur. After the pillar/baseplate locations are properly marked, use a chalk or crayon to make an outline on the floor at each location using each pillar’s baseplates as a template.

We Have Clearance:

Clearance around lift should be 5”. Clearance above lift must easily exceed height of top of raised vehicle.

Measure all clearance around the lift
Double check MaxJax dimensions before installing

Double-Check all Dimensions:

Make sure that the layout is perfectly square. The lift can be installed at a width that suits the vehicles you will be raising. You may even choose to install additional anchors at varied column positions for adaptability to multiple vehicle configurations.

Drill Here:

Use the squared-up base plate on the column as a guide and outline the baseplate to the concrete with a felt pen or crayon. Using a rotary hammer drill with a 7/8" masonry bit, drill each hole below the column (vertically) to the minimum depth of 5". Do not ream the concrete hole or allow the drill to wobble in the concrete. Having someone securing or standing on the columns can be helpful while also monitoring the baseplate to make sure it has not shifted. Repeat for all holes (make sure baseplate stays in place) on both columns and after completed move the columns out of the way. With drilling completed, thoroughly clean holes using a vacuum cleaner or compressed air and a nylon brush.

Drill holes for the MaxJax using the baseplate as a guide
Bolt MaxJax anchors to secure the MaxJax posts in place

Bolt and Go:

Once installed and torqued down to 90 ft.-lbs., MaxJax anchors will expand to securely hold your MaxJax posts in place. These drop‐in anchors include a wedge‐type mechanism that creates a secure grip generating an ultimate tensile strength of up to 16,500‐lbs each when installed in 4,000‐psi solid masonry and/or untracked concrete.

We Have Connections:

If an extension cord is necessary, a cord with a current rating equal to or more than that of the equipment should be used. The shortest properly rated power cord available should be used.

There are extension cords for the MaxJax

Check out MaxJax's Value:

  • Easy to setup
  • 48” Lifting Height
  • 4.5” Minimum lift arm height
  • 7 safety-lock positions
  • Quick-disconnect hydraulic hoses
  • Mobile power unit (hydraulic/electric) cart
  • Low-cost to purchase
  • High-quality, safe design
  • Plug in 110V to Operate
  • With anchors already installed in place, reinstalling the MaxJax back into position takes just minutes to complete. Remember to torque all 10 bolts to 90 ft-lbs.
  • Please refer to MaxJax Downloads Page for complete info