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Old 12-01-2020, 12:33 PM   #1
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Motorcycle Lift

I'm looking to buy a Handy air lift, preferable, but open to other options.
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Old 12-01-2020, 06:00 PM   #2
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I bought a Blank Widow lift from Discount Lifts. Heavy duty, very similar to the Handy Lift. Around $800
Had a Harley Night Train up on it with no problems.

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Old 12-01-2020, 09:28 PM   #3
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I have a HF lift and a wooden work table.

The lift table is great. The HF lift table has served me very well for about 14 years. If I were to do it again, I would buy the lift from Discount Ramps https://www.discountramps.com/motorcycle-lifts/c/2121/ as they are a twice the price BUY a lot more stable and better built than the HF lift table.

I have never had a tip over or any other failure on my HF table and I have had 800+ lb bikes on the lift. But the nicer lift table would be nicer to have.
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Old 12-02-2020, 07:03 AM   #4
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I sold my home made wood one years ago to a BARFer when I bought the HF lift (maybe motomania?). Getting up and down on a wood table with very expensive motorcycles is sketchy IMO.

My HF lift has worked wonderful for many years. It gets used more than the black handy lift??? (I think). The black one I bought secondhand for $250 or $300. It gets used less because I don't like firing up the air compressor to go up and down once or twice and don't mind pumping up the HF one.

For the price new the HF manual unit is quite "handy". Lots of foot pumps to go up But if you are setting up a real shop, which you might be, and have an air compressor running, I recommend the handy lift or equivalent. It's really fast going up. I'm sure you know this being a mechanic. I guess it might be safer also in that it has many auto locking height indexes for you to choose from as it is going up. The HF one if you only wanted it up partially you may be inclined to not lock the table up. I would not trust the jack on that thing to hold a heavy bike up. In fact you can hear it clicking down very slowly when it's not locked. It has two positions to slide a solid metal bar into two lock it.




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Old 12-02-2020, 08:12 AM   #5
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Not sure how well it will meet your needs, but I recently bought a Motorcycle Lift form Harbor Freight. There are two different versions of it, an aluminum one that costs more and the steel one that I got. I was just using a dirt bike stand, but after getting my KTM up on it to take the wheels off I realized that there was no way I was going to be able to get it back off of there by myself. The lift makes it totally easy for both of my bikes. It takes up a little bit of space when not in use, but I have a spot for it that's mostly out of the way.

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https://www.harborfreight.com/1500-l...ift-60536.html
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Old 12-02-2020, 08:52 AM   #6
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The big problem with HF lifts is they use a very small ram and they have a very high failure rate. And you can't just buy a replacement ram. You have to modify something else. The lift ram on my Black Widow is almost 3 feet long.

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Old 12-03-2020, 10:41 AM   #7
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I've used those HF lifts for years at Moto Guild, but I'm actually utterly spoiled with the Handys. I am planning on this being a shop lift, so the investment is worth it. I didn't have that Black Widow on my radar, I'll check it out.

Thanks for the suggestions and feedback!
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Old 12-11-2020, 01:54 AM   #8
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I have a titan xlt 1500 lift with wheel chock, side rails the whole 9 yards, in excellent condition available at a great price, won’t be using it, if interested pm me. Edit: I use a compressor and includes also a ramp, professional’s lift��

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Old 12-12-2020, 03:50 PM   #9
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I have a titan xlt 1500 lift with wheel chock, side rails the whole 9 yards, in excellent condition available at a great price, wonít be using it, if interested pm me. Edit: I use a compressor and includes also a ramp, professionalís lift��
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Old 12-12-2020, 03:52 PM   #10
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Where are you setting up shop Lucy?
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Where are you setting up shop Lucy?
Too early to tell but somewhere in the city
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Old 12-30-2020, 11:32 AM   #12
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Check Craigslist Redding; expensive, but looks brand new. Cheers!

https://redding.craigslist.org/mpo/d...244604416.html

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Old 12-31-2020, 01:20 AM   #13
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Check Craigslist Redding; expensive, but looks brand new. Cheers!

https://redding.craigslist.org/mpo/d...244604416.html
Thank you!
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