View Full Version : BIKE LIFT

06-25-2006, 10:46 AM
Hello eveyone,
I was wondering if anyone has built a bike lift. I have a mig, tig, plasma cutter and other stuff. If anyone has any plans, please post, I would like to take a look. After failing to keep the rubber side down one hard rain in '99, I have re-bar in my leg and would rather bring the bike up to me....I'm new here, but I've been banging around for almost 50 years now, so I might even have something usefull to throw in every once in a while.

06-25-2006, 10:53 AM
Welcome K-fly,are you looking for a table type lift?Sears has a bike lift for like 60.00.I have seen links for plans ($) for table lifts but I dont remeber where at.If it comes to me I'll post it.

06-25-2006, 11:15 AM
thanx for the feedback, IamVince, I don't trust those small, lift it in the middle type, what I would like is the full table that you push your bike on, clamp it down and lift it up. I think it would make a good project to build....either air or hyd, don't matter.

06-25-2006, 11:33 AM
LOL I tried the search deal and entered "bike lift"well came back with 9,000 post with bike or lift in it.Had better luck with just lift.

06-25-2006, 11:52 AM
Looks like Harbor Freight has one for around three bills, may not be a bad way to go...

06-25-2006, 11:56 AM
if you can get your hands on an old hospital bed , you can modify that..

06-25-2006, 12:05 PM
Thanx johnnyb57, I just happen to have one I spent almost a year on when I had my bike reck in '99. It's elect. up and down and the back tilts. I might drag it out of the barn and see if I can modify it, good idea...

06-25-2006, 12:10 PM
i got the idea from a machinist that did it just don't remember how though..

06-25-2006, 03:14 PM
Looks like Harbor Freight has one for around three bills, may not be a bad way to go...
The Harbor Freight table is a nice unit.

06-25-2006, 04:50 PM
Thanx xxxflhrci, we have a harbor freight in my town, so I might just go take a look.

06-26-2006, 02:46 AM
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06-26-2006, 11:34 AM
good look'n out xxxflhrci, thanx bro

08-15-2006, 03:30 PM
I see it's been a couple of months since anyone jumped in on this thread. If I may, I'd like to make a few comments on the bike lifts.

I've been looking to get one also. However, when I looked at the Harbor Freight unit, I immediately declined to buy it even though it's about half the cost of the lifts from Handy, Kendon, Western Manufacturing and some others.

The big difference that I saw right away is that the major lift builders use a scissors lift design. It's very stable and locks in very easily in case of air or hydralic leaks. The HF unit is a box design which, to me anyway, looks very unstable in case of leaks! The fact that it's also made out of a very thin gauge sheetmetal also adds to my trepidation about using it to put my scoot in the air!

I think I'd rather spend the bucks once rather than several times for repairs, replacement, etc. Quality costs but it lasts a lifetime.

Hope I've been some help

08-16-2006, 11:48 PM
You get what you pay for at Harbor Freight. I ain't puttin no 30k motorcycle on a lift from HF. JMO

08-17-2006, 12:41 AM
I got the lift from HF. Never had any problems with it, No leak downs Very stable. Only drawback i can see is it could use a set of "running boards" on the sides when i ride up on it.Something that could be removed when working close./

08-17-2006, 01:44 AM
they do sell running boards for those left tables and they where not that expensive i agree with you you need something on the sides for loading and unloading

04-14-2007, 10:03 AM
I built my own table. It is really heavy duty. I actually made two of them. The first was a prototype. From that I learned what worked and what didn't. I use an 8 ton air over hydraulic piston and can raise it to about 34". I have about $400 in it, but I like to do things myself.

04-14-2007, 06:07 PM
Cool, so let's see it. :)

04-15-2007, 12:51 AM
Yea, let's not be stingy with the pics now.........we love pics!!