Join Date: May 2004
Location: Hazel Green, AL, USA
I probably have one of the oldest Handy electric lifts. In fact the model that replaced mine has now been discontinued. I got a good deal on it and it works just fine but it had an aggravating electro-mechanical control. It was a rod that you had to slide past a pin to go from up to down and it was a cable running back to a lever that threw a toggle switch! It was very hard to actuate the damn thing and it was fixed up under the front right side of the lift.
I opened it up and looked at how the switch was set up and designed a circuit with two DPDT relays to replace the function of the switch. I added two micro switches to act as limit switches as the original design had a rod that was coupled to the same lever that threw the toggle switch. I hard wired a 12 VDC wall wart to provide the control voltage and mounted the switches in a little junction box.
Anyway about $80 worth of relays, sockets, push buttons and robbing some of my parts bins and now I have a very nice remote control dongle that attaches with a magnet. Took the better part of the weekend to put it all together but now the lift is much nicer to operate.
2009 K1300GT Red Rocket
2009 R1200GS (Gone)
2005 K1200LT Ocean Blue Blue Wizard 110 K and counting...
2006 Bushtec Turbo+2 Spell
2004 330 Ci Convertable
Have ridden a Motorcycle in all 48
But lack DE, MA, RI and CT with the 2005 LT
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Last edited by jzeiler; Feb 25th, 2018 at 3:35 pm.