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    downhillhunter
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    Motorcycle lift?? Which one?

    I'm going to buy a Motocycle lift, but unsure of which one I should get.

    Harbor Freight has one for $300. Hyd. foot pump.

    Handy Lift has one for $750. Air lift.

    Kendon has one for $650. Only 150#s.

    And many others.

    Does anyone have any experience with any cycle lifts?

    What's your advice?

    Thanks,

    Downhill Hunter

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    Quote Originally Posted by downhillhunter
    I'm going to buy a Motocycle lift, but unsure of which one I should get.

    Harbor Freight has one for $300. Hyd. foot pump.

    Handy Lift has one for $750. Air lift.

    Kendon has one for $650. Only 150#s.

    And many others.

    Does anyone have any experience with any cycle lifts?

    What's your advice?

    Thanks,

    Downhill Hunter
    I have a Handy and they work well. I think the Snap On is a bit nicer ($) and a tad bit lower when down. But the Handy works and seems to wear well in a full time dealership for many years.
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    I've had a Handy lift for around 12 years. I didn't have a compressor at the time so I bought the electric version. The electric is slower but it can be stopped anywhere and doesn't need a prop rod. My only gripe was the surface was slippery with wet tires on a oil filmed deck, so I covered it with a non-slip surface. The lift has worked faultlessly from day one. The new ones have a rear drop out panel and are a little nicer overall than mine.
    Rick

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    Mine is from a company called Direct-Lift...it's pneumatic powered, very smooth, and lifted my full dress Valkyrie with ease. I like the diamond plate surface, tie down rings at all 4 corners, the wheel vise that holds tightly, and the availability of side extensions. Grease fittings allow for periodic maintenance and the foot pedal works well.
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    Post Lifts

    A company here in Canada called Princess Auto has motorcycle lifts
    Good unit cost @ 249.00

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    I bought the Harbor Freight unit for $300 less a 20% coupon. Some people have complained it isn't built as heavy duty as the Handy, but I don't think that is a big problem for the home user. It's rated for 1000 pounds, and handles my LT just fine. YMMV.
    Motor On '/,

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    I've had my handy air lift for about 10 years.

    Grease it once a year.

    Air in - up!

    Air out - down.

    No issues.
    Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
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    downhillhunter
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    Thanks, guys!

    As usual, your advice and experience has been really helpful.

    I was informed that the Handy Lift company now makes a lighter, thus less expensive version of their air powered lift. $595 plus shipping. Made with the garage mechanic in mind. I have ordered one today.

    If you're interested, check out their web site:

    http://www.handyindustries.com/shop/index.asp

    Look under specials. Rumor has it that because of the rise in steel prices, there will be a price increase in the Spring. If there is a dealer in your area you may get it for less and with out paying for the shipping.

    I'll let you know how it works out.

    Thanks again,

    We'll see you in Wisconsin.

    Downhill Hunter

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    I must be looking in the wrong place, at Harbor freight I dont see anything less then 399 and I dont see a 20% off coupon
    at 300 wiht 20% off, and no shipping,( we have a local H.F.) Ill take one

    Noticed that e-bay has a bunch of different styles, from 250 to 1k plus shipping
    ( for real lifts, not the little sissor jack under the oil pan)

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    It is there - saw it a couple of days ago at local HF in Albany, NY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isamemon View Post
    I must be looking in the wrong place, at Harbor freight I dont see anything less then 399 and I dont see a 20% off coupon
    at 300 wiht 20% off, and no shipping,( we have a local H.F.) Ill take one

    Noticed that e-bay has a bunch of different styles, from 250 to 1k plus shipping
    ( for real lifts, not the little sissor jack under the oil pan)
    This is the lowest cost HF lift: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=91764. They have it on their web site for $400, but I believe it's on sale in the stores for $299.00 right now. Call your local store to find out.

    HF has two web sites: www.harborfreight.com & www.harborfreightusa.com. I've been told the inventory on the "usa" site is what is carried in the stores so you can't order from there - just print out a shopping list. From the other site you can place orders, but some of that inventory is not available in the stores. You pay freight on on-line orders but not on store merchandise. That can be $50 to $75 on a bike lift.

    As for discount coupons, the only way I know of to get these is to sign up for their email flyers. I did and about every couple of weeks I get a message with coupons on specific merchandise. Some of them are discounts off of current sales in the stores so you get an extra savings. Once in a while there are blanket discount coupons - good for anything (one item or one "purchase"), and some of them are also good off of the store sales price. I started getting their mailing list about a year ago and finally their store sale on the lift AND a 15% discount coupon good off of a sale purchase coordinated with some extra $$$ in my pocket. However, even at $300 I think it's a good value.

    Oh, I have not seen any increase in spam since signing up with HF's email list.
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    thanks
    it must be a new sale, as we were in there last weekend and it was 399
    called them and sure enough 299
    wish it had the better front tire vise though
    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isamemon View Post
    thanks
    it must be a new sale, as we were in there last weekend and it was 399
    called them and sure enough 299
    wish it had the better front tire vise though
    thanks
    Yeah, the wheel vice doesn't help support the bike without a centerstand. However, you can get a replacement to bolt on for $50 on up. Here's one and Handy and others make them for $50 to $80 AFAIK: http://www.derekweaver.com/html/wheel_vise.shtml. While you're at that site, take a look at their engine lift. Looks pretty substantial and versatile to me, and it's priced right in with all the others I've seen. http://www.derekweaver.com/html/blackjack.shtml
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    Quote Originally Posted by Isamemon View Post
    thanks
    it must be a new sale, as we were in there last weekend and it was 399
    called them and sure enough 299
    wish it had the better front tire vise though
    thanks
    http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/...pe=RET&simple= $299

    Print it out and take it into the store with you. I've never had a manager who wouldn't give me the sale-flyer price, even if the flyer had expired recently.
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