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Who has a lifting work bench?
09/21/18 at 02:22:07
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At about this point today I decided to shout myself a bike lift bench as one wouldmake jobs like changing tyres just a little easier and general mechanical work a bit less hard on the back.

Does anyone have a lifting work bench?  Are there brands to avoid, or ones recommended?

What's the view on air operation? I'm having difficulty understandign why a foot operated hydraulic lift is $AU700 and the air operated one is $AU1299, but you can buy a universal  "air over oil" ram that seems to fit every brand under the sun for only $AU150.

Views anyone?
  

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Re: Who has a lifting work bench?
Reply #1 - 09/21/18 at 03:48:15
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Tony Smith wrote on 09/21/18 at 02:22:07:
Views anyone?


For casual use I would go with the foot operated hydralic ram. I have a cheap Harbor Freight lift and the Ram is very nice. I had the bike on it for weeks at full extension and it never lost a drop around the seals.

As a casual user the foot operasted ram is always there to use and I don't have to listen to the deafening air compressue to pump up so I can use the bike lift.


Prices and availability in you area don't compare with what's going on here in the States. HF lifts are $499, but they are always on sale for $299, so the used market is around $200. I scored mine for $180 with very few signs of wear and tear.

Another thing to ponder is the large foot print in your garage or shop. It takes up more room than I like. Parking your bike on the lift to save space is something you won't do(it's a PITA). It weighs a million lbs ( mucho KG's) so you won't be rolling it out of the way or standing it against the wall when not in use. Its there in your garage and you will be wlaking around it for years to come.



  

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Re: Who has a lifting work bench?
Reply #2 - 09/21/18 at 14:38:04
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I have had one of the HF manual lifts, like Joe's, for probably over 10 years ($199 on sale) and it is still going strong.  Sure takes a lot of strain off the back and knees!
  

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Reply #3 - 09/21/18 at 21:30:29
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Here's my lift - bought it from Super Cheap Auto - best & most fAbulous tool I ever bought - no dodgy knees or sprained back problems any more 👍😉 The tail plate/ramp is not attached at the moment
  


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Reply #4 - 09/22/18 at 18:06:47
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I have a red one like the others it is air and foot operated cost about $500 but the jack slowly creeps down so you need the safety bars to keep it up long term.
  
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