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      Been looking for a jack for 2017 scout sixty. Was interested in the yellow 1500lb craftsman a lot of people suggested but that's not made any longer. It's been a while since people have commented on this and I figured maybe new stuff is out there or experiences with the jacks listed may have been updated. I'd like to have a jack to be able to lift up to do whatever I need, although I'm doing oil changes on the ground cause it's not that bad imo. Pitbull and J&S are more than I currently want to pay at the moment but I do believe you get what you pay for, hence why I haven't gone to Harbor Freight. Anything else with good quality a little cheaper than those?

      Any advice is appreciated
      Not sure what your budget is but the lift table from harbor freight works well and is a good price for what you get. If you watch you can find them on sale for about $300. I have had one for 6 years and use it on all my bikes including a full dress HD touring bike that weighs close to 1000lbs. You need to also budget for some good straps and a jack to use with the table.
       
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      So in your experience, still harbor freight?, the aluminum jack was a better option in terms of safety, comfort with respect to peace of mind the things not going to tip over?
      It looks like it also has additional or atleast different support beam location?
      Yea, the aluminum one is better IMHO. More stable and extension bars for higher lift height (though they don't fit under my Scout) and wheels for moving it around (once you strap it down, that is...). The table lift is what I would really want (1000 lb. Steel Motorcycle Lift), but $450 is too expensive for me and no room to store it...

      I do my oil changes on the kickstand with no lift at all. It's nice that way because it drains the oil out better because of the lean. The lift is nice for other work though (like shocks, frame members, etc.)
       
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      You could always take a trip on the wild side and get one of these...

      1000 Lbs. Steel Motorcycle Lift


      I mean their good enough for Indian....LOL :)



      What Wheel chock are you using? I bought one of these from harbor freight but the stock chock leaves a lot to be desired and was not very steady. Do you know if you can get side panels, I had to create side extenders to get my Chieftain loaded. Is this kinda wobbly when at height? I have been a bit nervous with a 1000 lb up on the lift at height.
       
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      You could always take a trip on the wild side and get one of these...

      1000 Lbs. Steel Motorcycle Lift


      I mean their good enough for Indian....LOL :)


      I have been using that Harbor Freight lift table for years. It's served me well, and has lifted my Vintage, Classic, and Kawasaki VN2000, among all manner of light, and mid-weight machines....BUT! I was never quite comfortable lifting the heavier bikes on it, regardless of the table's lift rating.

      These days, If I was going to be launching our new GL1800 up in the air for service, I'd buy a heavier-duty lift than the HF table. I would not be happy seeing a $24,000, 800+ lb. motorcycle tumbling off a a failing $400 Chinese lift.
       
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      To raise the bike to work level, a Handy Air Lift BOB 1500. To lift the bike's wheels off the the floor or the Handy platform, a heavy duty scissor jack (we like the Kage Racing one). To lift just the back wheel, Pit Bull. Pictures with all three at use.

      Meggie, I don't use a bike lift enough to invest in a real expensive Handy lift, what do you think of the foot operated hydraulic lift from Harbor Freight?
      1000 lb. Capacity Motorcycle Lift

      $299.00 with coupon, for something that I only use 6 or 7 times a year?
      I don't have the room that you do for repairs, and it would have to stay outside under a very large carport.
      This where most of my work is done on the bike.
      Right now if I work on something low on the bike I throw and old blanket down and lay on the ground to do the work!

      Then I have to wait around a lot for someone to come help me up!
      Hell getting old!

      My favorite restaurant is the one that comes around with the wheelbarrow when I'm through eating and takes me out to my Silverado pickup! LOL!
       
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      Meggie, I don't use a bike lift enough to invest in a real expensive Handy lift, what do you think of the foot operated hydraulic lift from Harbor Freight?
      1000 lb. Capacity Motorcycle Lift

      $299.00 with coupon, for something that I only use 6 or 7 times a year?
      I don't have the room that you do for repairs, and it would have to stay outside under a very large carport.
      This where most of my work is done on the bike.
      Right now if I work on something low on the bike I throw and old blanket down and lay on the ground to do the work!

      Then I have to wait around a lot for someone to come help me up!
      Hell getting old!

      My favorite restaurant is the one that comes around with the wheelbarrow when I'm through eating and takes me out to my Silverado pickup! LOL!
      Well, on other forms like Ducati.ms or ADVRider, badmouthing the HF leads to fist fights. Worse than tire or oil discussions. And for a light bike, the HF might be fine, although I wouldn't use it even for that. Other good options are the Craftsman and J&S.
       

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