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    Default Banks Engine Lift?

    I ain't getting any younger, and I'm starting a build with a heavy-ass knucklehead - so am glancing askance at the Banks Engine Lift.

    https://banksbrothersmotorcycles.com/engine-lift/

    Besides calling me a pussy for not just lifting the hunk of all-American iron like a man - anybody else ever use one of these?


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    Looks like a great idea to me...... How much are they????? I looked around but I didn't see how much it was..... Ok I found it..... It's $1100.....

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    Yeah, not cheap… but compared to having back problems or dropping an engine, I think it’s a bargain!

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    Just throwing this out, what about a hydraulic engine hoist or a automatic transmission jack?

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    Looks good.. I used a two post car lift and a strap, though. Worked fine.

    So, there are ways for less $$$ if you want.

    Also, if you want to do this on a lift table, make sure the legs will clear, first. It won't work on mine for that reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kestrou View Post
    I ain't getting any younger, and I'm starting a build with a heavy-ass knucklehead - so am glancing askance at the Banks Engine Lift.

    https://banksbrothersmotorcycles.com/engine-lift/

    Besides calling me a pussy for not just lifting the hunk of all-American iron like a man - anybody else ever use one of these?


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    LOL, not calling you a pussy, I always been told: Work smarter, not harder!
    I have not used one of this type, I improvised a way with soft straps, but my little shop has a bridge trolley for my chain hoist. It's only a pain holding the lift chain out of the way while pulling it through the hoist.

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    What a pussy, not just lifting the hunk of all-American iron like a man. Haha but seriously fucking up your back is a one way ticket to shit-ville real fast, dumbasses who don’t realize that are still just rolling the dice. It’s a cool looking lift but at $1100 I couldn’t justify it based on how often I would use it. I’ve been using a craftsman motorcycle jack or 2-ton engine hoist properly rigged for automotive transmissions and motorcycle engines for close to a decade now and it has served me well. Farmall will probably chime in, from his posts the man is a rigging master and would likely have some much more sound advice. Shit if I wasn’t all the way up in far northern IL I’d just swing over and help ya move it. Best of luck

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    personally the lift looks flimsy where the arms come out to 'grab' the motor,
    & the way it 'grabs' the motor is a bit sketchy in my eyes as well,
    seeing that big twins pre 84, (& some post 84), simply sit on the frame mounts,
    I find it easy & a hell of a lot cheaper to build the motor on a small wheeled bench, then move it to the bike lift, raise the lift till level with the motor & simply slide them into the frame,
    or you can get scissor table lift, new a lot cheaper than $1100 or cheper if ya ebay a used one like this...
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    Yeah, thats nice but really expensive for what it is... If you were running a shop and doing a lot of installs it might be worth it. Why not rig up an A-frame of sorts, and just use a chain fall or come along? They work well and are a LOT cheaper. Not to mention having to store a big contraption that will get used once in a blue moon.

    Or maybe an auto engine picker if you don't mind storing it... You can pick those up for a couple hundred bucks.

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    I always put the engine on its side on some blocks to level it, then laid the frame over the engine hung a few bolts then tilted it upright. Made it way easier to avoid scratches and chips and back damage. This looks like it's way easier. If I still did bikes that had real frames I think I would spring for one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DustyDave View Post
    I always put the engine on its side on some blocks to level it, then laid the frame over the engine hung a few bolts then tilted it upright. Made it way easier to avoid scratches and chips and back damage. This looks like it's way easier. If I still did bikes that had real frames I think I would spring for one.
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    That's a good idea! And cheap too. I found a pic of a 'picker' that someone built, not sure who it was, but could be used as a basis for a good picker to use with a come along or chain fall.

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    When lifting a motor out of a frame, I have a rolling small table with locking wheels right beside the bike..... So when I lift a motor out I just step to the right and set it on a engine stand.... No bending over is needed....... Just one motion........ I've never had any problems...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by tzienlee View Post
    personally the lift looks flimsy where the arms come out to 'grab' the motor,
    & the way it 'grabs' the motor is a bit sketchy in my eyes as well,
    seeing that big twins pre 84, (& some post 84), simply sit on the frame mounts,
    I find it easy & a hell of a lot cheaper to build the motor on a small wheeled bench, then move it to the bike lift, raise the lift till level with the motor & simply slide them into the frame,
    or you can get scissor table lift, new a lot cheaper than $1100 or cheper if ya ebay a used one like this...
    I’m liking this plan…

    I just build for myself so not more than an engine every other year and storage of big single-use tools is always a problem… a table like that is something I might come up with other uses for - thanks!

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    Anymore all I build Is Sport Scouts. So I set the engine in a chair and bolt the front frame section on.

    Then the rear section, forks and etc. etc.

    And it doesn't hurt my back at all to watch the friends I invited over to have a drink and see it on it's wheels take it off the chair

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    Day-um Dusty - I need to change what I'm building - that works suh-weeeeet!

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    Do a search. Farmall had some great use from a people lifter from a hospital (I think)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tzienlee View Post
    ..or you can get scissor table lift, new a lot cheaper than $1100 or cheper if ya ebay a used one like this...
    PS:

    Harbor Freight has those ^^^ for relatively cheap..

    Looks like it would work slick.

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