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post #1 of 4 Old Feb 25th, 2018, 3:25 pm Thread Starter
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Lift Overhaul

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.
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Re: Lift Overhaul

Nicely done!

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Re: Lift Overhaul

Nice!,

That brings back some memorys.... I use to help a friend a little at his BMW repair shop in the early '80s. He had two Handy lifts, one electric and one air. I used the electric one to change tires on. Tie the front end down at the wheel clamp, then he had two pipe/brackets that went into some holes in the top of the lift. Then you put a piece of 2x4 across the brackets. The 2x4 was under the center stand ( as I remember) . Then let the bike down a little the 2x4 held the back of the bike up then I could get the rear tire off.. turn the bike around to do the front..

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Re: Lift Overhaul

Wait a second, I thought all those old airheads balanced on the center stand. Take one wheel off it rocked to balance on the opposite wheel. What I used to do anyway.
Anyway, good save on the Handy lift. I once called them for a part, I wanted their hydraulic pump. Would not sell me one for my Italian lift. So I bought an air/hydraulic pump from Harbor Freight. Works well after I put some proper size O-rings in the thing. But having a lift is a great asset in the shop. Go for it if you can.

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