Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Rochester, NY, USA
Re: Harbor Freight bike lift review
I bought mine on sale for $300. It was of the best money I've ever spent. The lift isn't perfect, but I'm more than happy with it.
Centering the bike is a must, and the lift will slide when you try to get the bike on by yourself. What I do, which cures that problem, is I put a large square chunk of wood underneath the rear of the table, near the ramp, and that keeps it from lifting the front when loading/unloading- works great and the lift doesnt slide.
The other thing that I do, is I get the bike on the lift, set it on the side stand, and have a helper handy when lifting the bike. I put a single strap to the frame underneath the drivers seat, and wrap it around one of my ceiling trusses. When I get the bike up high, I lower the table, and then lower the center stand. I pump the jack back up and center the bike on the lift, on the center stand. Works great. Putting the bike on the center stand the normal way you would in a parking lot isn't a great idea on the lift.
I'd suggest it to anyone considering; just wait for the sale.
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