MEN AT WORK
Use the handle to operate the cylinder and lift the ATV. The lift range
is from 4 1/2 inches to 19 inches. If
you use the included saddle extensions, add 2 inches— 6. 5 inches collapsed and 21 inches extended. The
lift saddle and the surface of the saddle extensions are rubber-covered to
avoid marring the machine. After lifting the machine, loosen the knurled
lock and remove the handle for safety.
This lift makes working on heavy
quads a breeze. The lift saddle has a
wide enough spread that you should
be able to lift most machines and still
drain the oil. The lift looks good, and
being aluminum, it should stay that
way. There is a 90-day warranty, but
ours is well past that and still work-
ing perfectly. Visit www.harborfreight
.com, or see your Harbor Freight
retail store. ❏
Like a vacation for your back
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
The lift comes with these risers. Just
pop them into the holes in the lift arms.
The Jack/Lift is two inches taller on the
ground, but lifts the quad two inches
The proof: One Yamaha Grizzly lifted
completely up with all four tires elevated.
❏ Harbor Freight’s trick, light ATV/
motorcycle lift looks like a wide, low,
light floor jack specially adapted
to lift ATV and large-displacement
motorcycles. The lift rolls on large-diameter plastic wheels that are very
tough. As a result, the lift is easy to
maneuver, even under a large quad.
The only real trick to using it is to
leave some room. The lift doesn’t lift
the ATV straight up. Once the carriage of the lift contacts the frame
rails or skid plates, the lift raises the
machine and moves it toward you. It
isn’t a big deal, and you barely notice
after the first time.
The lift is wide enough to be stable,
lifting all four wheels of most quads.
In the photos we are lifting a Yamaha
Grizzly to change all four wheels and
tires. It wasn’t a problem, and with a
1500-pound capacity, this lift is ready
to take on big jobs. When we bought
ours (retail $199.99, but frequently
on sale for cheaper), there was a
cheaper $99 steel version available.
The aluminum unit is relatively easy
to carry, but the steel one was a boat
anchor, so unless you plan to use it
only in the garage, go with the aluminum version. Even with smooth dirt
or grass, the lift will roll, but we just
carried it from the garage to the van
when planning on working on quads
in the field. Like a jack, the lift uses a
long handle. Fortunately, it is made of
aluminum as well. Simply slide it into
the socket, and a hex in the bottom of
the handle engages a male hex that
opens and closes the hydraulic lift
cylinder. A knurled set knob tightens
up and keeps the handle from pulling
loose when you don’t want it to.
The Harbor Freight ATV/motorcycle lift
is a very nice piece of equipment. It is
easy to use, rolls and carries easily, and
it will lift up to 1500 pounds.