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Offline DachshundUberAlles

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Lifts/stands
« on: September 26, 2015, 02:44:29 PM »
I'm looking to get a lift for the house. While I know nothing beats a Handy for shop use, and the K&L's are pretty top drawer themselves, both are really too overkill for my home needs. The choice is really between the Harbor Freight and a Kendon (middleweight). The Harbor Freight just stomps the Kendon on price point at $300 (w/coupon) versus $800 (retail), but that Kendon is a pretty good looking piece. My only reluctance about the Kendon is that it seems a bit narrow.

Does anyone have either of these, or have seen the two up close or in use to offer an opinion as to just how well the HF stacks up, or why the Kendon is worth the extra money?

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Offline Chuck A.

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Re: Lifts/stands
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2015, 06:40:37 PM »
I have the Harbor Freight lift. Lifts the 1500 Nomad (800+ lbs.) with no problems. I did put the good floor mount chalk on the front. One that came with it just holds the tire from going side to side. With the one that's on it now I don't strap the bike half the time. I'd buy it all again if needed.
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Re: Lifts/stands
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2015, 06:48:09 PM »
I have the Harbor Freight and you can't beat it for the price. Like Chuck, I added a better wheel chalk and the table has had every style bike you can think of on it.
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Re: Lifts/stands
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2015, 10:30:22 PM »
I know actual motorcycle shops that use the HF lift. Some will replace the hydraulic system with a better one and like others said replace the chock with a more solid unit depending upon what you usually work on (cruiser, dirt or street bikes).

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Re: Lifts/stands
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2015, 11:20:03 AM »
The HF lift is good value.  Unless you are going to be using it every day for multiple bikes, it okay.
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Re: Lifts/stands
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2015, 11:55:58 AM »
Thanks for the feedback. My needs are very basic, just oil/filter changes and the occasional "super clean". Longevity is important, that's why the quality of the Kendon appeals to me. It seems like the HF is going to give me what I'm looking for, as long as I do the wheel chock upgrade. What brand did you guys use for yours?
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Re: Lifts/stands
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2015, 01:11:10 PM »
I have the CG chock, bought on sale for $69.99 and use it on a trailer. I'm very happy with it, certainly with the sale price. I think they're usually on sale for $79.99 now. The flipper thingy also adjusts for wheel size.
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Re: Lifts/stands
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2015, 04:09:01 PM »
Thanks.
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Re: Lifts/stands
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2015, 11:49:40 AM »
I'll tell you, a wide lift kills your back. I'll take narrow any day. I have a K&L shop lift and love it. To me as much as I use it, it's well worth the investment.

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Re: Lifts/stands
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2015, 04:19:03 PM »
I am fortunate that my friend Joe Hargrove allows me the use of his lift at the shop to do my oil changes. Since ATVs are his main customers, he has the side extensions and you are right, that extra width requires more bending/leaning in to do the work on a bike. The lack of width I was referring to is that the Kendon lifts are only marginally wider than the typical loading ramp, hardly enough room to put down the center stand. That's what makes me nervous about them. If they had the width of a standard Handy, K&L, or even a HF, I'd grab one in a heartbeat. It's got the quality advantage over the HF, the price advantage over the K&L, but is hamstrung (in my view) by its narrow platform.
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Offline Chuck A.

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Re: Lifts/stands
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2015, 08:11:18 PM »
Unless you are working on a 18 speed bicycle the HF lift isn't a problem with the width, not for me I should say. The lift pedals slid off easily so they are not in the way while working with it.
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