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post #1 of 12 Old May 16th, 2011, 5:34 pm Thread Starter
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Question Harbor Freight motorcycle dolly

Harbor Freight has a motorcycle dolly (item 95896). Anybody try this with an LT? I'm looking for a roller to place my LT against a back wall of my garage so I can get my Wife's car inside. I've tried the Park-N-Ride without success. Any other suggestions besides divorce?
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post #2 of 12 Old May 16th, 2011, 5:52 pm
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Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle dolly

Divorce is very expensive BTDT. Harbor Freight is very inexpensive Chinese Sh1T. IMHO, Govern yourself accordingly.

BTW, haven't tried that product.

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Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle dolly

I have not tried that item, but my friend bought the Harbor Freight tire dollies to move his car around his shop. Made it 5 feet before the first caster broke.

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For the most part, I agree with Boatzo-- Items from Harbor Freight are almost always Chinese in origin and of variable (less than stellar) quality. I have purchased many things from my local HF store in the last 2 or 3 years, and consider MOST of them disposable. Some examples...

The 4x8 Folding utility trailer - No structural or mechanical problems with it (yet), but the bright red paint faded to a very weathered pink in less than a year. I imagine it's only a matter of time before seals start to fail and the frame starts to rust.

The $39 motorcycle chock mounted to the trailer was installed for less than a month, and the corrosion on the mounting hardware made it difficult to un-install. I could replace the bolts with quality stainless steel, and it would probably last forever.

It's worth mentioning that I used that trailer/chock combo to move my K-LT from North Carolina to north Florida without any real problems-- although I don't recommend the folding trailer. It flexes a LOT in corners, allowing the bike to lean a bit...


Some other examples of tools I purchased from HF:

The trigger-style furniture clamps tend to fall apart after 2 or 3 uses.

The cheap locking pliers ("vice grips") seemed like they'd do OK for household projects, but didn't hold up very well to major mechanical work.

The all-weather tarps work VERY well. Better than some 'commercial' quality tarps I've used. Definitely a good value.

The 900-watt generator has been virtually maintenance-free. It works well for about 7 hours at a time, as long as you don't mind the fact that it puts out 138 volts (instead of 120). Since most of the gear I run on it is self-regulating, I don't worry about it.

The 12" sliding compound mitre saw has completed two flooring projects (~400 sq ft total) without any major adjustments-- although the blade went dull fairly quickly against the laminate materials. Another good-value purchase for the handyman.

I have a 3-piece toolbox that came from HF, and it's held up pretty well for the last year.

I guess what I want to say is, I'd buy non-critical or one-time-use hardware from HF-- but if it's something I planned to use a lot or expected to last a long time, I'd go ahead and drop some cash on quality hardware.

How often do you plan to use the dolly?..

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Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle dolly

I bought one of those dollies, It seems to be OK so far. But I forewarn you, your garage floor must be very smooth otherwise the small casters have a hard time sliding with all the weight

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Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle dolly

I use the "Park N Move" (PNM). It took a couple of tries to figure it out but now I use it without too many worries.

Roll the back tire up on a short piece of 1X4 on a level hard surface, put the kick stand down, place the PNM under the center stand, project where the center stand will sit on the PNM and adjust, don't lock the PNM stand wheels, use the left grip and the side bag handle to stabilize the bike, move the center stand down with your left foot to touch the PNM, rock it slightly to make sure you are holding the bike level by feeling both feet of the center stand touching the PNM, and then raise the bike up with your left foot.

As a precaution I start the process by making sure I position the bike as to not hit anything on the way down in case I lose it. Maybe be having a bad day?

This has worked for me. I consider the PNM a good purchase. It rolls around fairly easily on the stand and it is helpful when doing some of the maintenance.

I think I read the center stand raise procedure on this site. It works good.

If you feel uncomfortable putting the bike up on the center stand this probably won't work for you. Otherwise this is basically the same deal. I don't know anything about the Harbor Freight lift.

The PNM people are somewhat apologetic about using their product but I think it works as good as you could expect when you are dealing with 800 pounds.
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I have the Harbor Freight 1200 lb pneumatic lift. I got it 3 days before I got my LT over 2 years ago and about 2 months ago I used it to lift the LT and it emitted a very aggravating hissing noise when I put the foot pedal in the "neutral" position. Aw crap! Time to buy a new hydraulic cylinder. Until I discovered the hole in the hose caused by me running over it with one of the lift wheels. My LT is on the lift as I write this. It is in the full upright and locked position so that I can get photos of the sidecar sub-frame for one of this boards contributors and I'm not in the least bit worried about it being in any danger.

As far as the HF car dollies go I have 4 of them that I used to push around my 1946 Chevrolet pickup. Don't have the pickup anymore so I use three of them for a roll around storage cart and installation jig for my Hannigan sidecar.

What I want is one of those HF motorcycle wheel spinner thingeys that you can use to clean wheels etc. Looks kind of like a tiny dyno with nothing hooked to it.

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What I want is one of those HF motorcycle wheel spinner thingeys that you can use to clean wheels etc. Looks kind of like a tiny dyno with nothing hooked to it.

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I believe these are on sale now. I was just in there yesterday to buy the motorcycle chocks/stands. Print the 20% coupon off and they should be around 20 bucks. That is if you have a Harbor Freight near you. I have one 5 minutes from the house.

I have had mixed results with the stuff I buy from there. On a side note, I did help a guy build an airplane with a pneumatic pop rivet gun from there. He gets teased a bit for it, but the plane is done and it looks good.

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The 4x8 Folding utility trailer - No structural or mechanical problems with it (yet), but the bright red paint faded to a very weathered pink in less than a year. I imagine it's only a matter of time before seals start to fail and the frame starts to rust.
Mine has about five years and thousands of miles on it. Might be time to do a bearing and seal service, but I keep forgetting. Still works great. Still ugly as ever, and pink.

I've been extremely pleased with their aluminum bar clamps, and find the generic thin clamps to work alright for their intended purpose. Their parallel clamps are on par with my Bessey and Jet parallel clamps.

All of the air tools I have from HF have been great. Impact driver, die grinder, drill, sander, stapler, nailer, etc. The sander seems to use more air than my friend's high-end one, but it was literally one tenth the cost, and I have a true 5HP compressor that can keep up.

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Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle dolly

Thanks Mike

I have a Harbor Freight near me so I'm going to check this dolly out. Like most on here I've used many of their items without any problems.

I appreciate all the feedback!

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I believe these are on sale now. I was just in there yesterday to buy the motorcycle chocks/stands. Print the 20% coupon off and they should be around 20 bucks. That is if you have a Harbor Freight near you. I have one 5 minutes from the house.

I have had mixed results with the stuff I buy from there. On a side note, I did help a guy build an airplane with a pneumatic pop rivet gun from there. He gets teased a bit for it, but the plane is done and it looks good.

Here is the link to the coupon.
http://i56.tinypic.com/vynqxk.jpg
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Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle dolly

Thanks for the tip mike. I'm off to HF in the morning!

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I believe these are on sale now. I was just in there yesterday to buy the motorcycle chocks/stands. Print the 20% coupon off and they should be around 20 bucks. That is if you have a Harbor Freight near you. I have one 5 minutes from the house.

I have had mixed results with the stuff I buy from there. On a side note, I did help a guy build an airplane with a pneumatic pop rivet gun from there. He gets teased a bit for it, but the plane is done and it looks good.

Here is the link to the coupon.
http://i56.tinypic.com/vynqxk.jpg

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Re: Harbor Freight motorcycle dolly

SoCal,

I have the harbor freight motorcycle dolly and I park my 2000 LT on it every day. It works great and I can move my LT into and out of the area I park my bike in. I have a 2 car garage but with the wifes car and bikes from 3 kids along with all the other stuff, it gets a little cramped to say the least. I have no complaints and with a 20% off coupon, I probably paid well less than $50.00. More than worth it. It's been 2 years and it looks and works as new. Seems everything else is made in China now a days so who cares about this one. Pay more if you want but why?

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