Originally Posted by SilverBuffalo
I've been considering a lift for a while,
like many others I would like the best value for what I actually need it for.
After reading these posts and the other one regarding the Harbor Freight lift, I have to ask,
what in your opinion makes the Handy or Western lift worth twice the price of the Harbor Freight one?
According the Handy site, their's is made in the USA (Iowa). However, you might want to visit the factory before spending an a few hundred dollars more than the Western.
The Western is a Handy knock-off, but thirty inches wide (I'm comfortable riding up without side extensions). Both the Western and Handy have more heft (the extra weight is good when the bike is 30" off the floor). Also, notice both of these lifts have seven locking postions (don't trust the pnuematic cylinder while working on the bike). Harbor Freight has two lifts, foot pump in the store -- go look at it. And, a foot pump/air-driven one mail order.
I decided against Harbor Frieght because it is not as heavy, has only one locking position, and a local rider had problems with the seals. He said if he could do it over he WOULD NOT BUY THE HARBOR FREIGHT LIFT. That was good enough for me to spend the extra $280 to get the Western lift (shipping and tax consideration included).
The deciding factor between the Western and Handy was that Sandia BMW has Western lifts. I thought it was good enough after looking at one in use. With the sissor jack, wheel vise (included), and shipping, the total for the Western was $823. BTW, the Handy would have been about $1100 for the SAM lift (same accessories and 24" width instead of 30").