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post #21 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-07-2018, 11:26 AM
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Actually, I was more motivated by safety than convenience... It was always a pretty hairy situation getting my bike up on that lift, so I vowed to recess it if I ever built a new garage... Now I just drive right on to it - no issues at all and my buddies love it!!!

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It would be nice. If I were to build a new shop, I would definitely do that. My house was built in 1961, but has a glass smooth concrete floor. I would hate to cut into it. At present, I have a 4x4 on each side to help out. In spring, I'll order the wings from Handy.
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I have the HF lift and it works well for me. I also built wood platforms for each side and welded up an extended front wheel holder. If you use the junky one that comes with the lift your center stand will be on top of the removable plate - inconvenient and dicey. I also made my own tie-down brackets. I tossed all the small bolts that came with the lift. They broke when tightened. I replaced with US built. One thing nobody else has mentioned - after a while the lift wouldn't lift my '99 goldwing. I have to get it started upward with another jack. After it's up a few inches the lift hydraulics take over. It lifts lighter bikes no problem. Now that I have all the customizing done I'm glad I have it. I'm 73 years old and bending down is no longer an option.
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One thing nobody else has mentioned - after a while the lift wouldn't lift my '99 goldwing. I have to get it started upward with another jack. After it's up a few inches the lift hydraulics take over. It lifts lighter bikes no problem. Now that I have all the customizing done I'm glad I have it. I'm 73 years old and bending down is no longer an option.



I have the HF lawn tractor lift.
and I have noticed the same exact thing.


IF, the lift is allowed to go completely to the bottom, it will not go back up with the tractor on it.


so, I had to back the tractor off, pump the lift up about 2 inches, then jump the tractor up onto the lift. now, it will accept the hydraulic pressure and lift the tractor.



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My HF lawnmower lift wouldn't work from day one. I found an adjustment on the front of the jack under a cover. Lifts good now.
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My HF lawnmower lift wouldn't work from day one. I found an adjustment on the front of the jack under a cover. Lifts good now.



Hmmm, I will have to look at that and see what happens, must be out of whack.



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Something else to consider...I used to work at a motorcycle shop. We had two Handys and three off-brands. Not Harbor Freights, but they looked just like them. Keeping in mind that these were used all day, every day, we refilled the hydraulic fluid on the cheap ones a couple times a year. The fluid wouldn't leak out, but would leak past the seals. Sometimes it would act as was described above, and other times it wouldn't drop all the way down, especially if it didn't have weight on it. For example, when you raised it to clean the floor below. We'd drain the oil and refill them and they'd work fine.
We'd do the same thing to the Handys, but only as a preventative. If a Handy gets low, it will "jump" as it fills.


Speaking of lifts; Does anyone have experience with tying two air operated ones together? Running both cylinders off of a single valve? My son thinks I should get a second one so I can lift the sidecar bike without taking off the car.

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Speaking of lifts; Does anyone have experience with tying two air operated ones together? Running both cylinders off of a single valve? My son thinks I should get a second one so I can lift the sidecar bike without taking off the car.

I don't think you will like the results:
one is going to lift faster than the other one.


I would run the supply line into a Tee Valve so you can rock it back and forth to keep them level.


When they reach Max Height, no problems, as you will have them locked in place.



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To the guys having lifting problems, be sure to keep all pivots and slides lubricated. A heavy bike can cause an immense amount of drag on a dry slide or joint.
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