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justin666
08-23-2009, 1:37 PM
Is it worth it to buy?? anyone have any experience with one? i need a lift and that one is over 100 less than most others i've looked at. but if its crap and not gonna last then i'll spend the extra money on something else. here's the link to the one i'm lookin at

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=2792

imtheslime
08-23-2009, 1:46 PM
You can get a craftsman for that price on sale and a few $ more at regular price. There on CL all the time as well.

camoback
08-23-2009, 1:46 PM
hey man, if you havent looked around on CL and i guess depends where your at, theres always some craftman ones for around $50. paid $40 for mine used and in great condition.

damn, intheslime beat me by seconds

billdozer
08-23-2009, 2:06 PM
I prefer the compact one like this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Motorcycle-Lift-Scissor-Bike-Jack-Lifts-ATV-Jacks-HD_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQhas hZitem3354f62bc7QQitemZ220468751303QQptZMotorsQ5fA utomotiveQ5fTools#ht_3800wt_1129

I've never liked the bigger ones, they just seem to get in the way.

imtheslime
08-23-2009, 2:29 PM
damn, imtheslime beat me by seconds It's all good...what did I win?


That compact lift is pretty slick, save some space.

northeasteric
08-23-2009, 3:00 PM
that harbor freight lift isn't that bad, my buddy has one. lifts my sporty up no problem, sets it down slow and smooth.

jfk
08-23-2009, 3:21 PM
My dad has the craftsman and I have the h.f. we were comparing the two they look like they were made at the same factory. I have had h.f. for two years now with no complaints. Do not buy the wobble socket extensions tho bad news. Buddy about lost a finger on one of those.

L7Josh
08-23-2009, 3:22 PM
i have a HF lift but doesnt look like that its bare aluminum with a gold anodized rails pretty low profile i like it but it was a gift if i was to buy one id go with the one Billdozer mentioned i have a few friends with those and they come in handy more due to the fact you can toss it into the chase truck or cary it in a back pack if you needed to

superflysnow
08-23-2009, 3:32 PM
i have one, it works fine... the wheels suck but it does the job, if i had to do it over again, i would spend the extra dough and get the full lift not just the jack style. Harbor freight has em for like 125-150...

GrayMitchell
08-23-2009, 4:28 PM
I have one. It sucks. Save a couple hundred more and buy their full size lift.

theOldePro
08-23-2009, 4:52 PM
I have that one, but my issue is that it is too high when in its lowest position to get under my bike. So I constantly have to push the front tire up onto a 2x4 just to be able to get the frame high enough to get the stand under the lift......

i would try to find a more compact one that goes lower if i were to do it again.

TSF
08-23-2009, 10:29 PM
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I prefer the compact one like this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Motor...ht_3800wt_1129

I've never liked the bigger ones, they just seem to get in the way.
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i have to look into one of those....bill, those ever give you trouble?

motoguru
08-23-2009, 10:32 PM
I prefer the compact one like this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Motorcycle-Lift-Scissor-Bike-Jack-Lifts-ATV-Jacks-HD_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQhas hZitem3354f62bc7QQitemZ220468751303QQptZMotorsQ5fA utomotiveQ5fTools#ht_3800wt_1129

I've never liked the bigger ones, they just seem to get in the way.

I've got a K&L jack like the one above and it kicks ass. I also have the HF one that i use to change front tires on Rocket 3's. Works fine.

motoguru
08-23-2009, 10:38 PM
http://www.gregsmithequipment.com/PhotoGallery.asp?ProductCode=TPBJ

we've got this one in the shop too. the big plate add on thingy is slick, and it fits my over priced K&L.

justin666
08-24-2009, 1:50 AM
thanks for all those awesome suggestions guys. those super compact ones look awesome. i need to look into those more.

boogieman
08-24-2009, 9:12 AM
no idea if it's good or not, but car kulture deluxe and old school rodz both have Harbor Freight 20% off any item coupons in this month's issue.

Hey, also, if you got a buddy to help you get it on there (mainly balancing) you can make a cheap ass table like I got.

Just take 3 or 4 2x6 boards, lay them side by side, then lay a few 2x4 across them at the front, back and middle. Nail the 2x6 boards to the 2x4 braces. You are basically making a table or plank to set the bike on. Now just set two concrete blocks (the ones with the holes in them) at each end. Now you got a bike table, at a perfect work height, any length you want, for about $20. I like my table a lot.

Figure out how to secure the bike, I use some braces on the front tire, and some tie downs.

tscgod
08-24-2009, 10:14 AM
I have the larger one with the gold rails. I can truly say that HF tools are 95% SHIT!...BUT in this case its not that bad. I actually used it in a pinch to lift up my 4runner this weekend and work on the clutch, it worked fine, but if you leave it up for about a day it starts to sag.

BlueCollarMoto
08-24-2009, 5:25 PM
My HF lift works great! The rubber is coming off a little but some new glue will fix that.

My K-Mart/Sears lift broke and left my bike on top of me! POS. Just about caused a heart attack I was so pissed off. Craftsman is a K-Mart product these days. Blue light special. Save your money.

silk
08-25-2009, 4:48 PM
http://i416.photobucket.com/albums/pp247/gvalla/x355.jpg

I Have two lifts one is a H/F 1000 lb. platform bought on sale with my tax ex. number and 15% coupon. Cheap maybe 3 bills out the door with 3 year replacement. The other lift same but too short. Once you rake and stretch you need more lift. keep that in mind. would buy another H/F if needed. It even holds RPG's. Thats how we roll in Ohio

GrayMitchell
11-06-2009, 7:43 AM
Finally broke down and bought a lift. Tired of working on the concrete floor. Harbor freight version, $100 off. Seems pretty damn good too me.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3478/4080506706_d65f0ab223_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2651/4079747255_99a5692f93_b.jpg

Look! A panhead!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3130/4080507568_7591b1894e.jpg

KeithinSB
11-06-2009, 11:08 AM
Kinda nice to stand up and work huh?

ditto
11-06-2009, 11:10 AM
might have to pick one of them up!

Nightrain00
11-06-2009, 11:21 AM
I have same lift not the greatest but can't be beat for the price. So far the biggest thing I've used it for was my father-in-laws Roadking lifted it no problem what so ever. Beats working on the floor hands down.

Nicko
11-06-2009, 11:26 AM
I must be reading this wrong, how much was that???

ditto
11-06-2009, 11:30 AM
HF has a couple differnet versions looks like - not sure which one is picd above - they are advertising em for between $350 and $500 depending on 1000 or 1200 lift capacity - dunno how to get 100 bucks off - love for someone to chime in on that sweet nilly

buscemi
11-06-2009, 11:31 AM
he said $100 "off". usual price is 399, or 429 for the hydraulic version. i need a lift as well, mitchell how did you get the 100 off?

EnglandStGarage
11-06-2009, 2:16 PM
i got one of those in powdercoated black for $300 on craigslist. mine is also air operated. defininitlely one of the best investments ive ever made.

hugodv01
11-06-2009, 3:06 PM
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Category.taf?CategoryID=501&pricetype

Is that same one? hmmn temping.

seventhirteen
11-06-2009, 3:27 PM
harbor freight runs ads in several magazines and have 20% off 1 item in them, i grabbed a couple out of a buddy's old skool rodz magazines

$500 lift-20% off=$100 off

you can also sign up on their website for deals and they email me coupons for 15% off one item all the time, their shipping costs are simply crazy. i was recently looking at a tubing bender kit that weighed 175 lbs and shipping was only $11.99......

mikestobbe
11-06-2009, 3:42 PM
Jimmy , there's a H/F down in Chula Vista if you ever want to go down there and buy some shit , right off the 5

Nicko
11-06-2009, 3:52 PM
how flat is it in the down position? Any pictures? I have a real space issue at the house...appreciate it.

belldorado
11-06-2009, 4:09 PM
Here you go dudes. this is the link to HF

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=91764

seventhirteen
11-06-2009, 4:51 PM
Jimmy , there's a H/F down in Chula Vista if you ever want to go down there and buy some shit , right off the 5
pretty sure i cover this store's mortgage.....

gilbygtr
11-06-2009, 6:20 PM
i just bought this one for $499. it's just like the handy & local in CA.
http://www.standardautolift.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=SLEI&Product_Code=STDML-10&Category_Code=ML
1732

JKJ
11-06-2009, 7:27 PM
I built this table, it'll get a wheel chock and maybe some casters....cost about 40 beans for lumber, nothing fancy but it'll do the trick .
<a href="http://s214.photobucket.com/albums/cc16/brokenking217/98%20Sportster%20Project/?action=view&current=1016092040a.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc16/brokenking217/98%20Sportster%20Project/1016092040a.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

ChoppyGee
11-07-2009, 12:37 AM
Lifts are for old people and the Teutuls.

crass
11-07-2009, 4:51 AM
untrue!
bike lifts are pro

BlueCollarMoto
11-07-2009, 12:44 PM
Good timing on this post. Ive been wanting to get one for the new garage. The sportster just fell off the atv lift the other day. Still have the bump on my head.

Clutch
11-07-2009, 2:34 PM
Damn that is slick!

JesusChrist
11-07-2009, 2:57 PM
ive got about 60 bones in it. put skateboard trucks on the front to make it mobil.http://chopcult.com/jettajt/albums/1230/9222

lowfiron
11-07-2009, 7:37 PM
You need to use tie downs or you'll get more than a head ache.

lobstermobster
11-08-2009, 1:54 AM
my pops has pretty much the exact HF lift. Except its more like the black one posted on page2. only difference is the wheel chaulk, holder thingy is in the very front. works so good, can be used with a air compressor for easy lift, or with out it.

motoguru
11-09-2009, 6:04 PM
Finally broke down and bought a lift. Tired of working on the concrete floor. Harbor freight version, $100 off. Seems pretty damn good too me.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3478/4080506706_d65f0ab223_b.jpg

i suggest using tie downs as well. i had to learn the hard way :(

WOMPY
01-06-2010, 9:28 AM
I recently got some leftover angle iron from a project at work (I "accidently" ordered too much material haha) and I reallly want to build some kind of modular, retractable, portable, foldable-type lift I can put out of the way when I'm not using it.
So l know you guys won't let me down since there's some great talent here and I need a little inspiration to start.

earz
01-06-2010, 9:45 AM
Found this one. Pretty crude but very clever. May give you some ideas

http://www.xs650chopper.com/2009/11/the-best-homemade-bike-table-ever/

constriktor
01-06-2010, 10:32 AM
...some kind of modular, retractable, portable, foldable-type lift...

the one i built out of 2x4's and plywood is none of the above, but since i've moved into a bigger space, i have plans to build one modelled after this concept: http://www.afabonline.com/table_lift_plans.htm

DirtFloorJim
01-06-2010, 11:54 AM
I like the wooden one that folds into the wall. Simple, effective, & cheap. I'm going to build something similar. Thanks for sharing.

Homebrew
01-06-2010, 1:09 PM
Not really a bike "lift" more of a table, but it is homemade. I took two CHEP pallets cut them just to the side of the middle block, butted them together and plywooded the top. Flipped them and made 6 4X4 legs. Cross braced them on the ends and angle braced them on the sides. I used my truck ramps to push the bikes on. I have had my XS and NHmikes Ironhead is on it now with no problems, heck he was even up there sitting on the bike the other night. Not really the best pics but it's all I have online and I am at work.
http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm308/homebrau/bike/IMG_2148.jpg
http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm308/homebrau/bike/IMG_2149.jpg

Speedfiend
01-06-2010, 3:16 PM
Heres another wood lift. I've been using one of these for years. Its great for brits and japs but may not be suitable for big twins(400lbs+) The plans are pretty basic and could be adjusted to better suit your app. I have addded some steel angle reinforcment for my own peace of mindand a wheel chock. I have built bikes, spilt oil/gas/beer, kicked and kicked and kicked on it and have never had the lift fail. One person can easly roll a bike on or off the lift. But, a second set of hands can be helpful.
http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn211/lamoreuxh/DSCF2370-1.jpg

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn211/lamoreuxh/DSCF2371.jpg

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn211/lamoreuxh/page_2.jpg

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn211/lamoreuxh/page_1.jpg

Danisdead
01-06-2010, 3:33 PM
very nice speedfiend.

philbey
01-06-2010, 5:10 PM
that wood lift is genius!

To the hardware store I go....

Flatironmike
01-06-2010, 5:18 PM
I call her 'dolly'

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1040/1491053706_8a451d3c25_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3178/3072358514_3694eeac15.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2211/2078964390_b06590f8ea.jpg

blog: http://flatironmike.blogspot.com/

jazzmans
01-06-2010, 6:48 PM
http://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/1468821/2/istockphoto_1468821_red_milk_crate_to_sit_on.jpg


jaz

Flarris
01-06-2010, 9:03 PM
Scored a hospital bed for a slab of beer, (less the patient) its fully adjustable ,on wheels,lowers to 6-12 inches all steel, saftey bars so it cant collapse etc. When youre finished you got a place to sleep or race it around the shed

earz
01-06-2010, 9:41 PM
Show pics !!

SDJose
01-07-2010, 9:50 AM
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f280/SDJose/chopper061.jpg

I really need something better.

seventhirteen
01-07-2010, 10:01 AM
should took fredo's, looks like you have plenty of room in that empty garage!

wickedblockhead
01-07-2010, 11:24 AM
i would kill for that much room!

SDJose
01-07-2010, 11:38 AM
should took fredo's, looks like you have plenty of room in that empty garage!

I'll just build one. I think someone else needed Fredo's table more. Hey Jimmy, do you think you can turn down some frame slugs I have?

herecomesmongo
01-07-2010, 8:05 PM
Didnt actually bite me, but I don't think I'll do it again.

Actually, Im pretty sure I have some pictures of me sitting on it on these shitty sawhorses in some kind of stupid, drunken haze. Maybe I should open a sawhorse business.

earz
01-07-2010, 8:20 PM
^^^ Brave soul

bwagner
01-07-2010, 8:23 PM
Mine is more of a work stand, but it definitely does the trick for me.......scrap steel from different jobs, sandblasted and bolted/welded together. Variable height, foldable, and strong.....did I mention that the only thing it cost me was some time....

jpswino
01-07-2010, 8:30 PM
Got a couple of these we built around the shop. Simple 2 foot wide boxes that run several feet long. I think the one in the pic is about 9 foot.

http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll150/jpswino2/Low%20Life/100_2601.jpg

TroubleLeather1
01-07-2010, 9:01 PM
This has worked WAY more then once for me, not sayin it's the safest though!

ouch
05-04-2010, 5:17 PM
found exactly what i was looking for in a cheap bike lift with those plans. thanks

bcironhead
05-04-2010, 6:09 PM
makes life alot easier.

noah
05-04-2010, 6:56 PM
this is a version of speedfeinds that i built out of left over 2bys from a job and some spare casters(also works as a dog grooming station)my only regret was not making the bottom big enough for milk crates

eliwolf6
05-04-2010, 8:17 PM
not bad, im inspired to break out some carpentry skills

tobiism
05-04-2010, 9:03 PM
this is a version of speedfeinds that i built out of left over 2bys from a job and some spare casters(also works as a dog grooming station)my only regret was not making the bottom big enough for milk crates


That last picture makes it look more like gallows for a dog!

Speedfiend
05-05-2010, 4:39 AM
Noah, your lift looks good. Glad I was able to help somebody.

I've been thinking about a few changes to the design to make it more useful all year long. I figure, with a few small changes, it could be the only piece of furniture you'll ever need. obviously its a lift, but it could easily be a bed/couch/coffee table. Stand it up and add some shelves, now ya got a book case. Or caulk up the seams and you could ford a river. And when you've reached the end of your journey, it could be a coffin. What else do you need?

noah
05-05-2010, 5:01 AM
yeah in retrospect it doesnt look so good for the dog but maybe she will listen to me now. with the casters it could also be a go cart or if the bike doesnt run you could strap it in and roll it down a hill and almost be riding

TOOL
05-08-2010, 4:13 PM
Put this one together a couple months ago.
http://www.chopcult.com/uploads_user/1000/121/37268_thumb.jpg

albertahawk
05-09-2010, 10:32 AM
im going to buy some plans online and build a metal one just not exactly sure on if i will follow the plans to a t but should turn out ok

PanShovelGeo
05-09-2010, 6:57 PM
Sorry wasn't working on the HD this day. Wood one was a lot cheaper and works almost as well.
<a href="http://s885.photobucket.com/albums/ac59/PanShovelGeo/Supermoto/?action=view&current=IMG_0150.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac59/PanShovelGeo/Supermoto/IMG_0150.jpg" border="0" alt="Supermoto"></a>

standrew
05-10-2010, 6:29 AM
http://www.cyclejunkiemi.blogspot.com/?zx=97ce83ee7d351755

Scroll down about halfway.

Also doubles as a beer pong table.

Fredo
05-10-2010, 8:56 AM
Put this one together a couple months ago.
http://www.chopcult.com/uploads_user/1000/121/37268_thumb.jpg

Does the jack lift the table or is that just where you store it?

BullDog
05-10-2010, 1:28 PM
I too am wondering if the jack in the picture is in storage or lifts the table in the pic.

TOOL
05-10-2010, 2:58 PM
The jack does lift the table. I leave it under for added support. I am planning on using an overhead utility winch I have to lift the table when I get around to it.

BlueCollarMoto
05-10-2010, 9:05 PM
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f280/SDJose/chopper061.jpg

I really need something better.

Man! That is the shit! After you finish the bike you can BBQ some stuff on it over a campfire!
No, not totaly joking here. That would make a great fire pit grill!

I started gathering stuff to make one a few years ago. 6" round bed posts have been sitting in my old backyard just long enough to look properly aged w/o fake patina. Also have 2 1/2" wood poles for the cross braces. Going to do Mortis and Tendon joints to hook em all up together, and then set in a top made from laminated 2x4s. Just havent had the cash for the 2x4s or the space to put it.

One of Shinya's tables was my inspiration.

nick5
03-22-2011, 12:42 PM
I'm going to buy a lift and wanted to get some input on which one I should buy. After a quick search on my phone I found a Direct-Lift for $600 new directly from them which I'm sure will be costly to ship or from Northern Tool for $700. Is this a good lift, does anyone have any experience with these and advice or the pros and cons for this brand/model? Also any other brand recommendations? The Handys are all over $1100 that I saw on my search. Thanks guys.

Cramerica
03-22-2011, 1:03 PM
Why not look for a used one?

After all, it's just a lift...

Comb2
03-22-2011, 1:22 PM
Got a K&L. wored good for 8 years or so but now the jack won't pump up some times. Just stops and starts when it wants too. Seems like after it sits for awhile it does it. It's just a bottle jack in a bracket. Might get air locked or something not sure. It was like $500 back then. Get a scissor jack to get under the bike if you need to get the back Off the lift

Richf
03-22-2011, 1:36 PM
My brother just bought the 1000lb lift from HF and it's pretty nice. He got it for $280.00 with a coupon out of a bike magazine. It came pretty much fully assembled besides the casters and some other bull shit stuff. We have been using it for about 2 weeks and it has been a great buy so far. Can't beat $280.00

JahSun
03-22-2011, 1:39 PM
I just picked up this exact one off craigslist for $30, but even brand new at full price it's a good deal.
http://www.harborfreight.com/1500-lb-capacity-atv-motorcycle-lift-2792.html

vnygra
03-22-2011, 2:57 PM
I got the HF one and chopped it! Haha
http://www.chopcult.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6517

nick5
03-22-2011, 3:18 PM
Thanks for the replies guys. I'm going to go look at the HF, thanks for the write up man. I need one bad and as long as its solid, cheaper is better.

Rooster
03-22-2011, 3:47 PM
Ya, bro check out craigslist. I just bought a Pit Bull lift, hardly used for 100.00. 1500# capacity. Not saying you shouldn't buy it, but look around there is some good deals out there. Then you will have more moola for your scoot..

jluck27
03-22-2011, 3:48 PM
Check Craigslist likes the other guys said. I got mine on CL for 100 bucks pratically brand new and have used it for a year with no trouble. It's a good buy and way cheaper than the alternatives.

trnrover
03-22-2011, 4:07 PM
HF workin good for me so far. Tire lock is weak, i also added more u-bolts.

turtlem1969
03-22-2011, 6:15 PM
the HF ones are good if your building a bobber or a bratstyle, too short for a stretched out one, you'll either have to buy the extension or make one. My bike is 9' 4" and too long for it.

mjasen10
03-22-2011, 6:43 PM
i know they're expensive as hell but we have the handy lifts at work and they're tough as nails. we've had em 10+ years and no issues.

Tyler
03-22-2011, 7:20 PM
I just bought 3 of the Direct Lift Pro Cycle ones from them at $595 apiece. 2 for Lowbrow 1 for my home shop. I bought them because I used one before, it is what Wes White at Four Aces uses in his shop daily, they are real nice, pneumatic, and come with a foot pedal. Also has probably half a dozen locking positions in different heights. They are not much more than the harbor freight ones, and are longer, better wheel chock, and overall nicer. The harbor freights out here don't stock the bike lifts anyway so you have to pay shipping on lifts either way

Tyler

nick5
03-22-2011, 7:24 PM
i know they're expensive as hell but we have the handy lifts at work and they're tough as nails. we've had em 10+ years and no issues.

I know man, the guy that lets me use his shop has two Handy lifts and has had them for a decade and theyre great with no issues, I just cant justify dropping that much for a lift I'm not going to use everyday.

nick5
03-22-2011, 7:33 PM
I just bought 3 of the Direct Lift Pro Cycle ones from them at $595 apiece. 2 for Lowbrow 1 for my home shop. I bought them because I used one before, it is what Wes White at Four Aces uses in his shop daily, they are real nice, pneumatic, and come with a foot pedal. Also has probably half a dozen locking positions in different heights. They are not much more than the harbor freight ones, and are longer, better wheel chock, and overall nicer. The harbor freights out here don't stock the bike lifts anyway so you have to pay shipping on lifts either way

Tyler

This was my initial choice and Im going to do some spec comparisons tonight and/or tomorrow and compare shipping/overall cost. Ive got a 75 flh and a rigid with 4" stretch so the longer length will probably be a plus for me. The working wheel chock from the manufacturer seems like a plus too. Thanks for the responses guys.

dok7997
03-22-2011, 7:39 PM
http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/ele/2280604155.html

OldStfCycle
03-22-2011, 7:48 PM
I have four of the harbor freight ones cause I'm cheap when it comes to bike lifts. Two are air over hyd and two are manual hyd only but the lifts are all the same design. All of them are 3 to 5 years old. Two of them have taken a shit on me (hyd bottle jack) but cheap to replace the jack and easy to fix.... and still have four lifts for the price of one "top of the line" lift. Mine see every day use so I'm sure they would last longer for the guy with only one or two bikes.

nick5
03-22-2011, 7:48 PM
Thanks man, I e-mailed to ask if it was a floor jack style or a scissor lift style. Im guessing its a small floor jack like the one I have already.

nick5
03-22-2011, 7:54 PM
I have four of the harbor freight ones cause I'm cheap when it comes to bike lifts. Two are air over hyd and two are manual hyd only but the lifts are all the same design. All of them are 3 to 5 years old. Two of them have taken a shit on me (hyd bottle jack) but cheap to replace and still have four lifts for the price of one "top of the line" lift. Mine see every day use so I'm sure they would last longer for the guy with only one or two bikes.

Did you have to change the wheel chock or modify it? How about the length, is it long enough for all your customer bikes or did you have to modify the length? Thanks for responding, its turning into a tough decision.

me
03-22-2011, 7:55 PM
I got a HF for about 280 as well...i really like it...I agree the front wheel lock is shit but besides that it seems to do just what I need it to...I would recomend it

nick5
03-22-2011, 7:59 PM
Where are y'all finding the HF lifts for $280? I just looked and the only one I saw was $499.

nick5
03-22-2011, 8:01 PM
http://www.harborfreight.com/automotive-motorcycle/lifts-stands/1000-lb-capacity-motorcycle-lift-91764.html

vnygra
03-22-2011, 8:15 PM
They go on sale for like 350. Sign up online to get the flyers or emails. And then get a 20 percent off coupon. I think now they're trying to not take the coupons for "big" items. Depends who's the cashier though. Some take em. Some dont

nick5
03-22-2011, 8:18 PM
Ahh ok, I will sign up if I go that route. Thanks again.

OldStfCycle
03-22-2011, 8:20 PM
Did you have to change the wheel chock or modify it? How about the length, is it long enough for all your customer bikes or did you have to modify the length? Thanks for responding, its turning into a tough decision.

I did not touch the wheel chocks, I agree they are not great but like another mentioned we did move the tie down points which only requires drilling some holes. With the proper tie down I don't worry to much about the wheel vise. I've had long bikes and heavy bikes on them with no problem or modification. They are 7' 3" long and sell for 280ish with coupon (red foot pump only) and the added air power (black) has a better wheel vise is another 75ish.
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nick5
03-22-2011, 8:35 PM
Thanks for the response and the pictures, that helps a lot. Im used to strapping my bike to the jack I have anyway so tying it down is no big deal.

Richf
03-23-2011, 4:10 PM
I also got the wheel chock that is meant to be bolted down in the truck bed but I put it on the lift. It helps out alot but you still need to strap the bike down. One of the things I liked about the HF lift was the removable section on the back of the lift. It made it easy to install my brothers springer cause you didn't have to keep lifting the bike up to put the wheel on to play with the wheel spacing. Same thing when we installed the wide tire kit on the rear.

Sharky
04-30-2011, 7:35 PM
Just made these plans...Going to mull it over for a day or two.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_a4pAj6kU6Zk/Tby4qPIcK9I/AAAAAAAAAWg/iQEdoF1lPYk/s1152/Moto%20Work%20Bench.jpg

richfrazier
05-01-2011, 4:45 AM
on wheels....i like it..let me know how you make out!!

TimB1640
05-01-2011, 5:27 AM
makes life alot easier.

bc is that a summit viper or the broadhead i see hangin in the back there?

HumblePie68
05-01-2011, 5:37 AM
still use what I used since day one,,good old fashion steel milk crate

starwolf
05-01-2011, 7:41 AM
http://members.cox.net/starwolf/My%20Ride%2012.jpg
6X6 "Center Stand " , its about 24" long.
(Although it does not appear the rear tire is off the floor ,it is. I have 4" ground clearance, this lifts the back tire about 1" off the floor)

flourman
05-01-2011, 8:55 AM
Ratchet straps and rafters before i bought a harbor freight lift.

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee54/psychoandcrazy/100_3002.jpg

Spade115
05-02-2011, 3:59 PM
Thought I would bump this back up, Seems very useful. I am printing the information out so I can make one at home :D

mosten
09-26-2011, 10:03 AM
The Harbor Freight wheel lock that comes with the lift is junk. I replaced it with their $25 wheel chock and it works great. You simply ride up, get off and work some straps.

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn11/michaelosten/photo-1.jpg

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn11/michaelosten/photocopy-1.jpg

mosten
09-26-2011, 10:04 AM
The Harbor Freight wheel lock that comes with the lift is junk. I replaced it with their $25 wheel chock and it works great. You simply ride up, get off and work some straps.

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn11/michaelosten/photo-1.jpg

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn11/michaelosten/photocopy-1.jpg

mosten
09-26-2011, 10:07 AM
The Harbor Freight wheel lock that comes with the lift is junk. I replaced it with their $25 wheel chock and it works great. You simply ride up, get off and work some straps.

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn11/michaelosten/photo-1.jpg

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn11/michaelosten/photocopy-1.jpg

mosten
09-26-2011, 10:08 AM
The Harbor Freight wheel lock that comes with the lift is junk. I replaced it with their $25 wheel chock and it works great. You simply ride up, get off and work some straps.

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn11/michaelosten/photo-1.jpg

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn11/michaelosten/photocopy-1.jpg

djturnz
09-26-2011, 1:09 PM
I saw a lift table once that was partially home made. It was like the wooden one pictured earlier, but it was sort of hinged (like a scissor lift) and it used the Harbor Freight jack style lift to hoist it up.

LDNCLR
09-26-2011, 1:16 PM
The Harbor Freight wheel lock that comes with the lift is junk. I replaced it with their $25 wheel chock and it works great. You simply ride up, get off and work some straps.

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn11/michaelosten/photo-1.jpg

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn11/michaelosten/photocopy-1.jpg

you should find 3 or 4 more threads to post this in!!

damn!

vnygra
09-26-2011, 1:21 PM
you should find 3 or 4 more threads to post this in!!

damn!

lol, no shit. whats goin on with that?

davidabl
09-26-2011, 2:36 PM
re cheap ATV lifts dropping your bike, I make sure that the safety fingers are engaging their grooves
and then wedge a pair of 2x4 into the scissors just in case.

The fingers are supposed to drop automatically as you raise the bike. Don't count on it.

mjasen10
09-26-2011, 4:08 PM
does anyone else have any experience with the platform lifts they sell? i want one but im not sure if i should get it or just save and buy a handy lift

vnygra
09-26-2011, 4:47 PM
Love it. Especially for the price.

mjasen10
09-26-2011, 5:46 PM
ya i just saw your write up on the other thread about lifts. cool man, thanks

weentron
09-26-2011, 5:59 PM
does anyone else have any experience with the platform lifts they sell? i want one but im not sure if i should get it or just save and buy a handy lift

My uncle has a Handy lift and it's really nice but my Harbor Freight lift works awesome for me. I bought it used and the previous owner made a wheel chock setup that works pretty well. Just roll my bike up, it locks the front tire in and then ratchet strap the front wheel down.

If it were up to me I'd get the Harbor Freight. I mean, my uncle's Handy is sweet but my lift does the job just fine for me.