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Discussion in 'Riding Gear - Accessories - Workshop Tools' started by Andych, May 6, 2017.

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    Not me... I tried to buy one substantially cheaper than that one but they were dodgy... I got my money back through Paypal..
    I have seen the Edisons one though... they look OK.. they are all similar in quality.
     
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    I think I posted some plans here but if anyone wants to make their own it doesn't look particularly difficult if you've got a welder. It all depends on the type of jack you have though. If I was gonna build it I would probably make it a little narrower and with wheels as I don't have much space in the workshop.
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    the old hospital beds work well and are cheap if you can find them , I bought 6 at 20 bucks ea and gave them away as presents , kept 1 for myself but havnt used it as already had a hyd one , the cheap hyd lifts last well so long as you lower onto safety bar ie don't leave all that weight on hyd for long periods , had mine (cheapie) 8-10 yrs with a bike always on it with no probs
     
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    Yeh it seems a lot of effort for a $400 piece of kit to build one, but each to their own. If we were talking a few K per item I would have a different view. Might target a cheapie.
     
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    I bought one like this for the workshop , it's pneumatic and is so easy to use, I paid $1200 for it

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    Hi guys, haven’t touched a bike in months due to a back injury. Finally decided to bite the bullet and buy a bike lift. I’m tossing up between a full table and a thinner style that is simply a raisable channel a little wider than the wheels. My concerns are I need to be able to move it around at times and stack it away, which the thin track allows due to its weight and construction. The thin track , however, excludes being able to use a race stand to remove the wheels which is also a concern.
    Just Wondering what peoples experiences are ?
     
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    This is the item I’m looking at purchasing due to its portability .
     
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    Definately go for the full lift table. When using my 'shinny' lift there is nowhere to put and parts or tools that you are using and if I need to put the flat jack under the engine then the full table is the go. Also handy if you need to put a stand down to hold a bike up.
     
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    depends on how much room you have .. the full tables take up a lot of room no matter how you try to store them .. another option is the big blue bike lifts , i picked mine up for 450 2nd hand .. beauty of them is you can also remove the wheels with no dramas
     
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    Thanks Flea and Murdo, much appreciated, seems the more info I get the further I am from a decision.
     
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    I had a full sizee lift table and it was a real bonus when building the bike.. but once it was built to rolling status the table was a PITA. I guess it comes down to the size of your workspace and how often you are going to use it...
    I had a single car garage and the lift table made it very difficult to do anything else around it once I had work benches and storage racks in there.. and they are just trip hazzards and toe breakers when fully lowered... If somebody could come up with one that fols up or stands up against a wall it would be better but they are all built to take overweight Harleys etc.
     
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    Thanks Andy
    Yep the stackability of the lift is a serious consideration for me, even though I usually have a project on the go. I need to be able to move it around. The full tables weigh 170 to 200 kgs which is fairly difficult to get out of the way when required.
    I’m wondering if one of these with a home made, bolt on, steel plate bolted where a race stand is required for wheel removal may be the solution. These weigh around 100 kgs and can be stacked away. upload_2022-3-30_18-27-30.jpeg
     
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    The big blue stand also looks like a solution but I’m not sure if they make a unit that will cope with old moto guzzis, Honda spadas, first generation gsxrs and a Yamaha xs 650. They seem to be specific to certain bike designs

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    I wouldn't trust that blue thing, too easy to tip over. Go with the red one and add bits that you need.
     
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    Thanks Murdo, that was my concern also.
    I haven’t even put pencil to paper yet but do you think a heavy duty steel plate that can be bolted to the front and rear as required could/would work as a support to a race stand on the light weight unit.
     
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    That should be fine.
     

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