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Re: bike lift
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2021, 08:11:39 PM »


MJ, did you use your lift much before sinking it in the floor?  If so how much do you notice the difference in height?

I've used my old table lift for years and have gotten so used to its work height I really don't want to have to adjust "down" to losing the several inches that would go away were it in the floor.  As much as I like the idea of burying the lift that way I'm afraid the lost height would annoy the hell out of me.

Yes...I used it before it went in the ground, but just lower the roll around stool and it's still not bad. We are moving in 2 months so it will be back above ground in the new house...unless I decide to cut the floor again.  And also yes---I highly suggest the side extensions if it is above ground...makes life much easier and I am only 5'6".....
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Re: bike lift
« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2021, 03:43:37 AM »

Has anyone tried that one that's powered by a hand drill?  It's supposedly supposed to be a good sturdy set up.
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Re: bike lift
« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2021, 05:54:24 AM »

I have 2 Sears (Craftsman) lifts. Never had a problem and can move the bike anywhere. I think I paid $90 on sale. Strap them down if need be and they aren't going anywhere. Handles my Ultra like a boss.
Big difference between a lift and a jack.
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Re: bike lift
« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2021, 08:34:42 AM »

Big difference between a lift and a jack.
Yes. I have both from Harbor Freight and both work good. Depending on what you want to access on the bike at the time.


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Re: bike lift
« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2021, 09:05:33 AM »

Some guys have bought the HF lift table and have no complaints.  However, if you look at a commercial grade lift table vs the HF, you’ll see a big difference in sturdiness.  There are many posts and pics on line of the HF table failing.  $1200 vs. $400...there’s a reason for that.
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Re: bike lift
« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2021, 09:13:59 AM »

Most of the failures pictures I’ve seen of the HF lift have been of the one particular item number with the non C channel lower frame.


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Re: bike lift
« Reply #21 on: January 30, 2021, 01:21:31 PM »

Some guys have bought the HF lift table and have no complaints.  However, if you look at a commercial grade lift table vs the HF, you’ll see a big difference in sturdiness.  There are many posts and pics on line of the HF table failing.  $1200 vs. $400...there’s a reason for that.

Yes there is......and I always think if it happened to someone else, it could happen to me. With all the people using it, the odds are against it, but not going to take the chance.
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Re: bike lift
« Reply #22 on: January 30, 2021, 04:11:59 PM »

Yes...I used it before it went in the ground, but just lower the roll around stool and it's still not bad. We are moving in 2 months so it will be back above ground in the new house...unless I decide to cut the floor again.  And also yes---I highly suggest the side extensions if it is above ground...makes life much easier and I am only 5'6".....

Since I moved now three years ago my lift gets used quite a bit less than it used to.  Not as many others coming by for service and beers now without the big shop and (probably) with all the stupid of 2020/21 impacting how much we're all out messing around.  My old lift has quite a few miles on it but the thing still keeps on working just fine.  It's strong enough to do all I need from the Road Glide at one end to little bikes on the other.  But.... the last couple years I still keep thinking about something new. 

The Handy 1200 goes higher.  I like it's lifting and locking mechanism. And it'd be new.  Still probably not replacing the old one.  Just works too well.  If I sunk it in the floor; that could be an excuse.  Or when it breaks; but it will probably last longer than I do.
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Re: bike lift
« Reply #23 on: January 30, 2021, 04:55:28 PM »

Yes there is 2K. Garage space is the biggest to me. I can have both bikes on my jacks, work on them then push them in the corner and drive my truck back in the garage. If using the big lifts you still have to use another small jack to take the wheels off. By using the jack the wheels are off the ground and easy to R2. Recon it's all in what you want and need.
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Re: bike lift
« Reply #24 on: January 30, 2021, 05:02:22 PM »

I have been using the one from harbor freight for 5 years now. Bought it from a friend after her husband passed away way way to early but he used it for 2 years before I got it. Have another friend that has the same lift been used for over 10 years with no problems. The only thing that was done was change out their tire chock for a better one and add different tie downs.
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Re: bike lift
« Reply #25 on: March 04, 2021, 05:36:32 PM »

Since I moved now three years ago my lift gets used quite a bit less than it used to.  Not as many others coming by for service and beers now without the big shop and (probably) with all the stupid of 2020/21 impacting how much we're all out messing around.  My old lift has quite a few miles on it but the thing still keeps on working just fine.  It's strong enough to do all I need from the Road Glide at one end to little bikes on the other.  But.... the last couple years I still keep thinking about something new. 

The Handy 1200 goes higher.  I like it's lifting and locking mechanism. And it'd be new.  Still probably not replacing the old one.  Just works too well.  If I sunk it in the floor; that could be an excuse.  Or when it breaks; but it will probably last longer than I do.
Hey guys I know its been a while scince posting anything, but any way I put a Handy electric hydraulic 1500 in the ground and it works great, cost more but goes up 48"
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Re: bike lift
« Reply #26 on: March 04, 2021, 07:42:23 PM »

Yes there is 2K. Garage space is the biggest to me. I can have both bikes on my jacks, work on them then push them in the corner and drive my truck back in the garage. If using the big lifts you still have to use another small jack to take the wheels off. By using the jack the wheels are off the ground and easy to R2. Recon it's all in what you want and need.

A buddy of mine is fortunate enough, like Mike, to have his Handy Lift in ground, and when it comes time to pull the wheels off for new tires and such he is able to put his RG on sideways and lift it up to remove them. Pretty slick!
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Re: bike lift
« Reply #27 on: March 05, 2021, 01:30:28 PM »

56.....Now that is using your noodle.   8)
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Re: bike lift
« Reply #28 on: March 05, 2021, 04:00:55 PM »

A shop I know uses the DT by from Direct Lift. He has 3 of these in his shop and says they work great and last, even being used daily putting heavy Harleys on them.

https://directlift.com/product/pro-cycle-dt/
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Re: bike lift
« Reply #29 on: March 05, 2021, 06:08:23 PM »

A buddy of mine is fortunate enough, like Mike, to have his Handy Lift in ground, and when it comes time to pull the wheels off for new tires and such he is able to put his RG on sideways and lift it up to remove them. Pretty slick!

Wait, what?  That's something I hadn't thought of.  If the lift was narrow enough to come up between the wheels and nothing hung below that would be slick.  Trying to bring up the mental image of my bikes' frame now seeing them from the side.  Pretty sure some part of the kickstand protrudes slightly below but not sure if this would be an issue or not.  Almost certain it wouldn't work on the old FXRs.  Still a cool idea though.
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