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Old 01-18-2013, 02:28 PM   #31
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Wow, I brought mine home in the back of my Ford Focus ZX-4. Removed it myself too. Pulled the crate out as far as I could, set that end on the ground and wrestled the other end to the side and set it down. It's not that hard if you don't fear a hernia. . For the record, I'm 5'8" and 170# soaking wet with a couple rocks in my pocket.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:41 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by JimVonBaden View Post
HF has some. They are cheap, but good!

Exactly what I did. I used the one the window AC unit sits on in the winter plus one I keep a couple storage bins on. Put heavy en toward back of truck at store, slid onto dollies, rolled lighter end to tail gate the lowered down to floor.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:04 PM   #33
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Congrats on your purchase of the HF lift. I've had mine for 3 years now. Works like a champ. I did like a few others did. Forklifted it into the Avalanche at the store. When I got home, I just opened it up and tooks parts out one at a time. Eventually, it got down to man-handling the last big parts by hand. Not really a big deal.

I actually roll mine out of my shop into the driveway all the time when I'm working in my shop. Shop is a full woodshop that also is where I park my four motorcycles. Each time I roll it out or bring it back in I have to pick one end up and drag it back into the garage as the garage floor is higher than the driveway.

The thing is a beast. I also bought for around $40 on sale at HF, a wheel chock. Bolted it to the front of the lift. I just roll the bikes up on the lift and into the wheel chock. Then strap them in place. Works great.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:28 PM   #34
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Another great use for the ligt:

I use it for a lot of different things, including a tire changer!

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Old 01-19-2013, 09:40 PM   #35
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Put your BIG BOY Pants on.....

Couldn't resist Back your delivery vehicle up to where you want it and slide one end out until it almost wants to tip out. Then slowly let one end down, then pick up the other and with your Legs slowly set it on top of a 2x4 on the floor. 2x4 will save your fingers. I do this stuff all the time in my shop by myself. It's a "can of corn". Guess I work by myself way too much. I'm in Oly if your close let me know I'll help. I have a pick me truck too.

Good luck. Wiz
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:38 AM   #36
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If you have a truck, lower the tailgate and back into your garage.

Have a second person help you make sure no one is in front of your path or going to enter your path soon.

Put the truck in first gear, rev engine to 2200 rpm, drop clutch, and punch the accelerator.

HF table in garage. If you're lucky, it may become unpacked for you.
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:12 AM   #37
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get a cherry picker ... get a good one that folds up, out of the way in between uses.

primary objective is not to hurt yourself, secondary is to get it unloaded.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:27 AM   #38
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Ever watch the cop car scene in American Graffiti??? It could be a "hold my beer, and watch this" moment.

In all seriousness, when you need a cushion to drop something off a truck, car tires work great. Many moons ago I worked at a dealership and we got our oil in 55 gallon drums, all we did was stack 3 tires on top of one another, and roll the drum out of the truck and on to the tires. Worked like a charm.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:49 AM   #39
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I'm not sure why everyone is making this a bigger production than it needs to be...

HF loaded mine in the back of my son's S-10, heavy end to the back.
I got home, backed it into the garage, my 17 year old and I slid it back until one end rested on the floor, each of us got on either side and slid it out the rest of the way and set it on the floor.

I uncrated it, put the caster on by myself.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:29 PM   #40
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I guess I was overthinking this. Rented a 5x9 trailer instead of a truck - lower deck, and no mileage charge too (and no extra gas). Backed it up right to the garage door - by far the most tricky part of the ordeal , uncrated the lift and just dragged it off. The bottom part of the crate served as a slide, sort of.

Thank you everybody for replies and suggestions!
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:31 PM   #41
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Put it together today.
Managed to break (not strip, break) one of the bolts holding the caster to the frame with a 4 inch wrench... Went like butter.
Not very confidence inspiring

Now have to shorten the HF chock (this one and mount. Without shortening, it looks like it's going to interfere with working clearance around the front of the skid plate.
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