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Question for harbor freight lift owners

I have he manual HF lift and am very happy with it. I had to put wood blocks under the riight side wheel and stabilizers becausemy floor slants slightly to the right towards the drain in my garage floor. The lift is level. However when I start to raise the lift is always raises on the let side first and then the right side. The lift then goes up evenly. It is only on the first press on the pedal. Is anyone else experiencing this?

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Actually no,

I have a friend on the way over with an electrical problem on his Harley,
I watch closely when we put her up on the lift and let you know.


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Marc,

I seem to recall a slight difference in the lifting and lowering. It was nothing big. I chocked it up (at the time) to a slightly unlevel load due to my bike not being centered. It's been a month since I've raised it, so I'll take another look this weekend.

Maybe there is something in the scissor linkage?

How severe is the tilting?

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I have not measured the tilt yet. But it is when I first start raising the lift. It happens evn without a bike on the lift so it is not that I do not have the bike centered. Thanks for checking guys.

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Weebles wobble but they don't fall down

My HF lift has a wobble just as it lifts off, first inch or two. Then things seem to firm up an the lift is stable from there to the full up position.
I haven't investigated to figure out why this is, and I don't worry about it.

(I have the air powered lift, but this issue is unrelated to the method of pumping the hydraulics, it has something to do with the scissors mechanism that lifts the table.)

If your lift is like mine, and your lift is not perfectly level, I can understand how it would tip to one side when you first start raising it and then level out after raising it a little more. Or is the bike is to one side of the lift, then the table will tip to the heavy side initially and then straighten up as the lift is raised more.

It seems there is a little more "slop" in the mechanism when the lift is just an inch or two off the full down position.

I usually keep one hand on the bike to steady it when starting the lift up.

The wobble was a little disconcerting when I first discovered it, but then I realized that there really wasn't any danger.

I do think that the lift should be pretty level and on stable footing before you put an LT on it.

I am very happy with the HF lift. The price was right and it does the job for me. But it IS a $300 lift made in China so I'm not surprised that it isn't the most precise piece of equipment.

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Mine's OK

Hi Marc,

I checked mine before I parked tonight. It lifted uniformly and straight.

Didn't try it with the bike on it, but I'll lift it next weekend.

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As promised I watched closely when I "pumped 'er up"

and you're right it does wobble just a leetle when it first starts to raise,
hadn't really noticed that before and it ain't enough of a thing to worry about.


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I can confirm that mine does the same thing. Gives a little wobble as it lifts off and again as it sets down. Looks like one side lifts just the tiniest bit before the other.

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Thanks to all

Thanks everyone. Good to know because I did not want to have to try and put that thing back in my truck to exchange it.

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