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Author Topic: A repurposed cheap lift for the Ace?  (Read 2039 times)

Offline 2b

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A repurposed cheap lift for the Ace?
« on: Jan 20, 2015, 06:09:07 »
I am a bit sick of working at ground level.

As this has no springs, seems to me that there is not much to do to make it in to a workable lift. Secondhand good working order for NZ$80. Looks like I can get the sides off and those bed ends can come off and get re-used as a ramp maybe. Size seems good for the wee Ace at 1780 by 780, may not take a bigger bike in future though.

Anyone here used one of these for a bike? Pros and cons?
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Offline stroker crazy

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Re: A repurposed cheap lift for the Ace?
« Reply #1 on: Jan 20, 2015, 06:38:25 »
Novel idea 2b!

It should be able to cope with the 'Ace' well enough.

Crazy
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Offline RobNZ

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Re: A repurposed cheap lift for the Ace?
« Reply #2 on: Jan 20, 2015, 07:59:58 »
Want to go halves 2b? I'll need something when I pull mine to bits to rebuild over the winter... I have great plans ;)

Hey, I'm free early next week if you want to catch up. PM me if keen, you can rake mine for a rude. Dean says you're keen to compare?

Offline 2b

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Re: A repurposed cheap lift for the Ace?
« Reply #3 on: Jan 20, 2015, 13:52:06 »
Definitely time we went for a ride. I have PMed you about it and the bed.
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Harold Pinter

Build thread: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=61167.msg694438#msg694438

Offline 2b

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Re: A repurposed cheap lift for the Ace?
« Reply #4 on: Jan 20, 2015, 23:11:24 »
I got some more info.
  Highest level 755
  Lowest 450
  Ends & sides unbolt
  Lifting mechanism is in good order
  Wheels lock

So seems like an ideal platform.

However, just wondering about getting the bike on and off. Seen too many vids of people dropping bikes on ramps!

Would it be best to fashion a non slippery long wide ramp that hooks on to end of bed frame and ride on. And to get off just sit on it and roll back gently?

Sorry to be such a noob, but don't want to buy it and find it is impractical!

Cheers
Richard
He's obsessed with order and clarity. He doesn't like mess.
Harold Pinter

Build thread: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=61167.msg694438#msg694438

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Re: A repurposed cheap lift for the Ace?
« Reply #5 on: Jan 21, 2015, 03:38:31 »
If you decide to ride on (or off) make sure someone takes a video!

Great fodder for epic fail compilations.

Crazy
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Offline 2b

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A repurposed cheap lift for the Ace?
« Reply #6 on: Jan 21, 2015, 20:26:00 »
Cheers Tom. Bought it on trademe. Pick up weekend after next. I will be pushing it on and off :-) will post pics once it is in action.


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He's obsessed with order and clarity. He doesn't like mess.
Harold Pinter

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Offline stevodude

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Re: A repurposed cheap lift for the Ace?
« Reply #7 on: Mar 23, 2015, 17:08:19 »
I have seen someone else use a hospital bed as bike lift. Can't recall where though. But it worked fine.

Offline 2b

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Re: A repurposed cheap lift for the Ace?
« Reply #8 on: Mar 23, 2015, 23:48:58 »
It worked out great. Real pleased with it, definitley saving me a lot of back pain. I get the choice of working standing up or on an office chair and very easy to roll on and off. And the holes were already in the right place for the tie downs.
« Last Edit: Mar 23, 2015, 23:50:31 by 2b »
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Re: A repurposed cheap lift for the Ace?
« Reply #9 on: Mar 24, 2015, 03:49:43 »
Must be about the best piece of re-purposing ever!

Totally envious.

Crazy
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