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RedSmoke
post Apr 27 2014, 08:43 AM
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First, I have read every thread on this subject, here and other Harley websites, red, yellow, blue, pitbull. Pitbull was out because $$$ unless I find a reasonably priced used one.

I found a red Craftsman lift nearby, the guy was asking $100 but when I read the reviews of model number 50190, I found 101 angry one star reviews, by far the winner. The general consensus was POS...parts no longer available, seals blowing out, etc... also found the vertical floor to rail measurement was 5.6" same as my 2004 XL 1200R.

Anyone have a sportster and a decent safe jack ?

Thanks, Frenchy

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post Apr 27 2014, 10:29 AM
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QUOTE(RedSmoke @ Apr 27 2014, 08:43 AM) *
First, I have read every thread on this subject, here and other Harley websites, red, yellow, blue, pitbull. Pitbull was out because $$$ unless I find a reasonably priced used one.

I found a red Craftsman lift nearby, the guy was asking $100 but when I read the reviews of model number 50190, I found 101 angry one star reviews, by far the winner. The general consensus was POS...parts no longer available, seals blowing out, etc... also found the vertical floor to rail measurement was 5.6" same as my 2004 XL 1200R.

Anyone have a sportster and a decent safe jack ?

Thanks, Frenchy



I've used my Red Craftsman for a dozen years on the RK, the Dyna and the Buell. Don't know the model number. Got it on sale for $80 brand new delivered to my door. For the few times I use it every year, it has served me well. Wish I had other $80 tools that worked so well. While it is a tad high for the RK with it's lowered suspension, I just put a piece of 1x under the front tire and it slips under easily. Reason it was on sale at the time was because the "new and improved" yellow lifts were coming out. $100 for a used one seems pretty steep. I've heard folks that get the $100 one from Northern tool are happy.
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post Apr 27 2014, 11:44 AM
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I also have a red Craftsman and have no complaints, it does what is suppose to do no more no less it fits under my Heritage with zero room to spare.

I have heard a lot of complains about the bargain lifts at harbor freight and Northern tool it my experience you generally get what you pay for.

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post Apr 27 2014, 01:25 PM
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I have a red one and it has been fine for me
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post Apr 27 2014, 01:30 PM
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Red one has been fine for about eight years. No leaks, use the rubber adapters on my RG and WG.

Have also used it to lift various heavy objects like a dolly (tile). Can't speak to later manufactured ones or repair parts.
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post Apr 27 2014, 01:30 PM
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Red one here.... Red ones are faster...

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post Apr 27 2014, 01:32 PM
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Survey says, RED ! Thanks
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post Apr 27 2014, 02:33 PM
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Started with a cheapo Harbor Freight yellow one for $49.00. Upgraded to a Sears Red. 10 years later both work great. Lifted wife's Sportster, Nightrain, Deluxe, and Trike. My Springer, Dyna, Ultra, and trike. Minor problem with a Dyna, they have a guard welded to the frame on the right side, you need a 2X2 spacer on the other side.
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post Apr 27 2014, 04:23 PM
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Frenchy, I got the yellow one (instead of the red one) from Sears for two reasons.
They were priced a bit differently (yellow cost more), but they have the same lift capacity. The differences were that the yellow one was slightly lower to the ground, and weighed less. So if you have a bike that sits low, the yellow one might possibly fit under when the red one might not, and because it's lighter, it's easier to wrestle.

Item Weight (lbs.)
Red = 90.6
Yellow = 44

Minimum Height (in.)
Red = 5.125
Yellow = 3.5
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post Apr 27 2014, 04:41 PM
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red cause I got me a blue bike and wear a white shirt....you cannot leave the bike on it held only by the hydraulic jack...you gotta set the dogs
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post Apr 28 2014, 08:07 AM
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Once you go yellow you never go back ...


Red is the color of ANGER ... and should not be near a happy bike ....
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post Apr 28 2014, 08:44 AM
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Frenchie,


I have one you can borrow if you want (Red Craftsman). Come pick it up, bring it back when your done.
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Yellow Craftsman. Red won't fit under my bike.
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post Apr 30 2014, 05:17 AM
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Actually I pulled the trigger on a lift I saw on Amazon that got a lot of solid reviews. Free shipping and 30 return policy, my first lift in 35 years of bike riding, talk about ass backward. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/holysheep.gif) I knew this yellow v/s red lift thread could get ugly, so I went with a neutral color.... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/schreck.gif)
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post May 1 2014, 01:50 AM
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QUOTE(RedSmoke @ Apr 30 2014, 05:17 AM) *
Actually I pulled the trigger on a lift I saw on Amazon that got a lot of solid reviews. Free shipping and 30 return policy, my first lift in 35 years of bike riding, talk about ass backward. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/holysheep.gif) I knew this yellow v/s red lift thread could get ugly, so I went with a neutral color.... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/schreck.gif)



Where's the link fucker? Why be so vague? We're gonna need a full review so we can add to these damn lift color discussions... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif)


For the record, I've had two red craftsman lifts. The first one blew a seal on the bottle jack. I gave it to a friend who easily adapted another cheap bottle jacks into the lift and it works great. All he had to do was drill some matching holes in the bottom of the bottle jack's flange so it would bolt up to the lift like the stock one. I think he said he spent $18 for a new bottle jack.

I was lucky one of my friend's brother was getting out of Harleys and into BMW bikes so he ditched his PitBull lift to me for an even $100...that's like $300 off. Both my 2nd red craftsman and the new lift still work great.
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post May 1 2014, 04:32 AM
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Late to this thread, Redsmoke. I have a Pitbull. Buddy had two and gave me a helluva deal on one of 'em or I probably would not own one.

I have an old jack from, I think, Sam's Club. Under $100. Doesn't go very low but worked for a long time.... 'til I got a Pitbull. Damn, it works nice!!!!
Good Luck with the new jack.
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post May 1 2014, 10:57 AM
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QUOTE(SeaHag @ May 1 2014, 02:50 AM) *
Where's the link fucker? Why be so vague? We're gonna need a full review so we can add to these damn lift color discussions...


Sir Sea Haggis, I'll post the link as soon as I send to China for the assembly instructions. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/pirate.gif)
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post May 1 2014, 01:53 PM
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For whatever it's worth, Harbor Freight is offering it's lift TABLE (1000# Capacity) for under $400. I just got the sale catalog yesterday. Couple more bucks, but a lot more convenient.
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post May 1 2014, 08:22 PM
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QUOTE(screwball @ May 1 2014, 02:53 PM) *
For whatever it's worth, Harbor Freight is offering it's lift TABLE (1000# Capacity) for under $400. I just got the sale catalog yesterday. Couple more bucks, but a lot more convenient.


Thanks Brudda, I considered one but my shop bay is a bit crowded for a table lift. I just finished assembling my stealth grey OTC Scorpion sans directions from US via China...tips the scales at 97lbs works fine...I did have a hair raising moment (IMG:style_emoticons/default/schreck.gif) when I jacked it up while the bike was strapped down tight, I jacked it up one more notch all good, when I decided to test the release it came down like a rocket....forgot to loosen the tie-downs... I changed my technique and she came down nice and steady.
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I bought a motorcycle jack from Harbor Freight made by Pittsburgh Manufacturing?. I'm not 100% of the manufacture's but it's a common stock item for them. I used it on a 900 lb. Victory Vision & my FLHTK without any issues. With that being said it should work well for your bike as well.

QUOTE(screwball @ Apr 27 2014, 02:33 PM) *
Started with a cheapo Harbor Freight yellow one for $49.00. Upgraded to a Sears Red. 10 years later both work great. Lifted wife's Sportster, Nightrain, Deluxe, and Trike. My Springer, Dyna, Ultra, and trike. Minor problem with a Dyna, they have a guard welded to the frame on the right side, you need a 2X2 spacer on the other side.



God bless you both! Forever "three" wheels.
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Good info but I think he got one since it was 2 years ago. LOL. No worries. I've done it too.
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