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Harbor Freight Lift... PLease tell me NOT to get this..

So I am looking thru the Harbor Freight circular from Sunday and I see

for $299 minus 20% off ...

this is a drive out price of ~$250


Here is the one from the website.
http://www.harborfreight.com/1000-lb...8892-8495.html

I know that we have talked about the HF lifts before, but for $250????

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Don't get this...

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Re: Harbor Freight Lift... PLease tell me NOT to get this..

Works great for my k75.
Check past threads for 2 x 6 side supports if you are going to use it with the LT. You will also need the accessory wheel cock. The one with the lift is for s&%t!

Otherwise a great deal.

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Re: Harbor Freight Lift... PLease tell me NOT to get this..

I have one and it's worked great in the 2 years I've owned it. I've haven't yet had the LT on it yet but when I pulled the transmission out of my RT it made working on the bike at waist level very nice. The best tool money I ever spent.

I too get the harbor freight adds which usually list the lift at $350.00 or so. If you go and get a motorcycle magazine that has a harbor freight add in it, the same lift is always advertised at $299.00. Buy one and you'll wonder how you got along without it all these years.
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I've had one for four years and had no problems with my LT on it. Beats the hell out laying on the floor and being bent over all the time. I still use the original wheel clamp. I like being able to ride it on to the stop plate, put the kickstand down, get off, put it on the center stand, then clamp the front wheel. I added 3/8 inch eye bolts on each side in the back to cinch it down with straps for more stability.
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Re: Harbor Freight Lift... PLease tell me NOT to get this..

I tried,, they will not discount it another 20% with coupon.... $299+ tax is the best it gets... And that is great already

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Since you asked.....


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The Harbor lift works great;;I just drive mine up to the stop plate on the end of lift;;with a big mirror on the end so I can see the wheel come to the stop;;pull the bike up on the center stand with out being in the wheel choke;;jack it up good to go.
But I also put some wood pallets on each side of the lift so I can have a place to put my feet as I go up the lift;;pull the pallets out of the way jack it up ;;your all set to work on your bike in comfort. ;;;THATS RIGHT BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU PUT IT DOWN ;;SLOWLY PUSH THE PEDDLE DOWN ;JUST TOUCH A LITTLE

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Re: Harbor Freight Lift... PLease tell me NOT to get this..

All I know is, you don't want the black one!

You can't see the black screws laying on the table!

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So I am looking thru the Harbor Freight circular from Sunday and I see

for $299 minus 20% off ...

this is a drive out price of ~$250

I don't see how you get to that $250
I'm having problems with my math. 20% from $423.99


Here is the one from the website.
http://www.harborfreight.com/1000-lb...8892-8495.html

I know that we have talked about the HF lifts before, but for $250????
Plus I have seen it at $299. just never have the cash at that time.
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Re: Harbor Freight Lift... PLease tell me NOT to get this..

I got mine for the same $299 minus the 20%. The store I went to gave me the discount. Works great and have had my LT up on it, So much better for oil changes! was a little leary of getting it up there but lifted it up fine.

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Got one with a coupon from Ebay $299 , came with another coupon for a pocket size multi meter .
It will lift a Gold Wing with a grunt or two . I would recommend it for home duty .

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Why does it show me 423.00? on the site and in the ad?

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You will also need the accessory wheel cock.
The accessory wheel what?!?!?

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The accessory wheel what?!?!?
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Re: Harbor Freight Lift... PLease tell me NOT to get this..

In January I bought the HF 1000 lb foot pump lift for $299 - they don't sell the air-over-oil 1200 lb one any more. I & a friend on either side of the bike walked it up onto the table. It did try to skid forward but I had my son stand on it & then it didn't slip. Next time I'll place the front of the lift against a center pole in my garage when putting the bike on.

One modification I made was to bolt 4" swivel casters to the bottom side of the table to take the weight off the puny swivel casters when the table is in the down position. It now rolls around nicely.

I only used it for winter maintenance and now it's being stored by standing on end out of the way. I find it adequate for home use & very convenient compared to working on the floor!

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I can't tell you not to buy it. I have one and have had my LT on it many times. It works GREAT. It comes with I-bolts you can bolt on the side of the table. With these you can stabilize the bike with some m/c tie down straps. I did extend the front stop forward just enough that I can drive the LT up against it, engage the power center stand and the front wheel line up exactly with the wheel chock. I also made some ramps that sit next to the lift table so I have something to place my feet on when driving up on the lift.
I have never been sorry I got this lift. It does take about 55 pumps on the pedal to reach max height, but it is not a problem and only takes a little over a minute to get it raised up.
Be sure to lower the outrigger pads to prevent the lift from rolling when you drive up on it.

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I put 8" x 1/8" strips down both sides and use a different wheel stop wider makes it easer
to get on it and I can use it for the lawn mower and I roll it under the bench when I don't
need it also I use a truck scissors jack with it handy to raise the back tire to change the tranny fluid

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My lift did try to scoot when I first tried to ride up on it. So I got some inserts out of my old work boots and put under the out riggers and now it stays put. (and no they don't stink)

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Bolt your lift to the floor. Side extensions are a nice addition too. I may build some.

I have the older model with a good wheel vise. It has worked well since initially having a leak in the lift hydraulics.

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I bought one last summer, I hadn't built a width extenders yet, So when looking at it from the BMW didn't seem wide enough for my feet to land on the lift.
So rode my Suzuki Intruder up on and found out how right I was. The Zuke side stand missed the lift entirely, my wife tries to close the wheel chock, But wouldn't hold the bike up so she stacked wood next to the lift for the kickstand
I then got off , Ratchet tied it upright and there is where the Zuke spent the winter
I won't ride upon it till I get something to widen it and a mount a better wheel caulk
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I bought one last summer, I hadn't built a width extenders yet, So when looking at it from the BMW didn't seem wide enough for my feet to land on the lift.
So rode my Suzuki Intruder up on and found out how right I was. The Zuke side stand missed the lift entirely, my wife tries to close the wheel chock, But wouldn't hold the bike up so she stacked wood next to the lift for the kickstand
I then got off , Ratchet tied it upright and there is where the Zuke spent the winter
I won't ride upon it till I get something to widen it and a mount a better wheel caulk
I didn't build side extensions and didn't feel comfortable driving the LT up on it anyway, so a friend and I walked it up and I put it on the center stand no problem. I only use the table for winter maintenance, not to park on regularly.

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After all that ........Do Not Get It !!


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After all that ........Do Not Get It !!
In spite of all that, for the money I'm glad I have it rather than nothing.

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So I am looking thru the Harbor Freight circular from Sunday and I see

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this is a drive out price of ~$250


Here is the one from the website.
http://www.harborfreight.com/1000-lb...8892-8495.html

I know that we have talked about the HF lifts before, but for $250????
Sooo Paul, inquiring minds would like to know . . . DID YOU PURCHASE ONE??

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These photos show the swivel casters I added that take the weight when the table is down. I use C clamps to raise the front of the sub-base to the table & easily roll it around the garage. I store the table on end out of the way hopefully until next winter.
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Don't get the Harbor Fright lift. Spend $$$$ on a good one.

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Harbor freight lift works good for me If a guy was going to work on the lift every day I would say no

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Harbor freight lift works good for me If a guy was going to work on the lift every day I would say no
I agree with GaryEm. I have the HF Lift and it is a fine lift for a home application although the front wheel clamp is crap so you will need to get a better one. I just bolted my front wheel stand to the lift and it works great. It takes 26 to 30 pumps to get the lift up to where you can insert the safety bar and with something like the LT on it, you can press down on the front of the lift and it doesn't take much to get it to tilt forward as the lift is in its most forward position when down. It becomes much more stable when raised as all the weight moves back over the center. I have no issue with the HF lift or recommending it other than the wheel clamp. There are other threads listing alternatives to the supplied clamp but as long as you use if for occasional use and not for making a living, it should work well for those home tinkerers doing maintenance and oil changes.
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Mine wont lift LT any more. 5 years old. I think its the oil in bottle jack, but all I've done trying to fix is make a mess.
A little wobbly, but nice to have until it quit.


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Mine wont lift LT any more. 5 years old. I think its the oil in bottle jack, but all I've done trying to fix is make a mess.
A little wobbly, but nice to have until it quit.
David, sounds like a seal or a valve has gone. I just got mine so no issues yet. can you give us an idea of how much service you got out of it like how many times you lifted the LT a year? Just curious.

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I agree with GaryEm. I have the HF Lift and it is a fine lift for a home application although the front wheel clamp is crap so you will need to get a better one. I just bolted my front wheel stand to the lift and it works great. It takes 26 to 30 pumps to get the lift up to where you can insert the safety bar and with something like the LT on it, you can press down on the front of the lift and it doesn't take much to get it to tilt forward as the lift is in its most forward position when down. It becomes much more stable when raised as all the weight moves back over the center. I have no issue with the HF lift or recommending it other than the wheel clamp. There are other threads listing alternatives to the supplied clamp but as long as you use if for occasional use and not for making a living, it should work well for those home tinkerers doing maintenance and oil changes.
What wheel chock do you use on your lift? I kind of looks like the one from Cycle Gear. I originally bought one for my LT but could never get it adjusted correctly and had a hard time getting it out of the chock, no matter which setting I used. I finally took it back for a refund and bought a Condor.

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What wheel chock do you use on your lift? I kind of looks like the one from Cycle Gear. I originally bought one for my LT but could never get it adjusted correctly and had a hard time getting it out of the chock, no matter which setting I used. I finally took it back for a refund and bought a Condor.
That was given to me with the bike. The brand is Trackside and I tried it out lose on the floor with the cradle all the way back. I almost never got it out of the darn thing same as you. It wasn't mounted to anything so even in reverse, it had nothing to brace it against. A big lever and a lot of force finally managed to get it off the stand

I now have it in the farthest forward position so the bike doesn't drop so much into a hole plus it is anchored to the lift so reverse should be able to get it out. I will let you know, I may be attempting that today in just a short while.

If all else fails, I have some long steel rods I can put into the cradle and rock the thing out. If I have trouble, I will purchase one of the other wheel clamps mentioned in other threads on this lift but for now, it holds the bike securely.

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What wheel chock do you use on your lift? I kind of looks like the one from Cycle Gear. I originally bought one for my LT but could never get it adjusted correctly and had a hard time getting it out of the chock, no matter which setting I used. I finally took it back for a refund and bought a Condor.
Reverse had no issue pulling it out of the chock with it set on the furthest front setting. If it wasn't anchored, all bets are off. It would probably just slide along.

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Don't put an LT on a HF lift! They are too light! The lift that is! It is close to its max capacity. It is scary. I did and bent the pins and bolts. I use a Handy lift and never worry.

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David, sounds like a seal or a valve has gone. I just got mine so no issues yet. can you give us an idea of how much service you got out of it like how many times you lifted the LT a year? Just curious.
I'd guess a bike was lifted twice a month. Changing oil (thanks to this site) and really good cleanings is where my skill level is. I also have a shiny road king.
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Love my Harbor Freight Lift...

I have had every size and shape of bike on my HF lift over the past 6 or so years of use, including my LT's and several Goldwings. Works perfectly and has never had an issue. I did add a couple of tie-down eyelets.

Go get one. You'll wonder why it took you so long...

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I have a different brand lift but my food pump died and I bought a Harbor Freight air hydraulic pump and cobbled together a connection to he lift. No more pumping.
A word of caution, the swivel out put fitting that comes along with the pump I bought had O-rings a tiny bit too small for the cuts for them or the cuts were too big. I was able to squeeze in the next size up O-ring and sealed the dribble leak. Here is the pump:
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I use it a lot, work on other peoples bikes so it gets plenty of use. I watch the lift jack closely each time I use the lift. I look for any signs of leaks. I don't want to get a bike in the air and lock it then have the jack fail. I do agree your on the cutting edge of science with an LT on one of the HF lifts. On the other hand a lift is one of the best additions to the shop for your motorcycle.

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A word or two of caution if you get it:
Mind the lowering lever!
I take it off once the bike is up. I kicked it once by mistake. Once.
Also check around the table before you lower it.
That picture with the two wheels leaning against it gives me the willies!
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NO !

I ordered a Harbor Freight ATM Lawn Tractor Lift online while on sale.

Lifted tractor 2 times, then failed. Checked hydraulic cylinder oil level, was full, purge did not work.

Harbor Freight would not respond to my inquires about replacement at all, calls went unanswered, no responses..

In my book, their products and their standing behind those sales are not to be trusted at all...

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I've had good luck with mine. After uncrating, make sure to carefully fill the hydraulic cylinder as directed. My unit was very underfilled.

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I use my HF lift for both R1100RT and K1200LT with no problems. I would recommend them. Just be careful as you can be with 650-800 lbs lifted off the ground. Take proper care in maintenance... and USE the safety bar when the lift is raised.

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Mine works great for the LT. After a couple of years, though, I had to get a new hydraulic ram cylinder for it. Check the oil reservoir and make sure there is enough oil in it. Mine did not and that is why it failed. They don't put enough oil in it from the company. It uses regular hydraulic oil. I would definitely get another one. Great piece for the money.
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Nearly a three year old thread, but since it's active again...

Is this enough to convince you not to get one?
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Ouch! That's why I am very cautious about buying one. If I do buy a lift, it would probably be something like a Handy lift, with a higher load rating. The Harbor lifts just don't look too substantial...
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You can't leave us hanging...what happened?
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You can't leave us hanging...what happened?
Ok, so, Sunday night after Thanksgiving I put the bike on the lift and mistakenly conclude it is stable and neglect to tie it down like I normally would. I woke up to this the next morning. Compounding the problem is the wheel chock I used to replace the one that came with the lift. It's a drive-in type that locks the wheel in place, but clearly doesn't hold it firm enough.

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