Bike Lift Bench The Joys Of Getting Old

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  1. Eldon

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    Without a bench, and using any of the other options, just think how much more difficult the operation below would be and where would you put the tools and components?

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  2. TEZ 217

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    Got the big blue bike lift, gets the T bird up a treat.
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  3. tcbandituk

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    Easy and with less jacks and lashing down :D
    And all the tools etc are either put away between use or on a small desk just out of sight.

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  4. Sandi T

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    That sounds great, Wayne! What a wonderful and very thoughtful gift from Donna. :):heart: Have fun giving that Honda some TLC and share a pic or two with us along the way if you would. And good luck with that knee.
     
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  5. Eldon

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    The bike is up for a more convenient working height but, everything else is still on the floor is my point.
     
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  6. Eldon

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    #26 Eldon, Jul 10, 2023
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    Agreed, alll methods have got advantages and disadvantages @tcbandituk
    The lashing down is just for my piece of mind.
    The putting tools away mid-operation soon turns into a ball ache.
    Stripping the forks down, as I was doing here, requires a fair bit of space and my usual bench was in associated use with a 10t bench press. I note your forks are out, but not in pieces in your picture, which is exactly my point.

    Find what you think will work for you @Havit and buy it, hopefully we've given you a few pointers here.

    Lifes too short and why make it difficult for a relatively small outlay over the life cycle of the equipment.
     
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  7. tcbandituk

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    I've had both a hydraulic bench and the skylift.
    Neither is perfect, the bench was a better choice for engine and bodywork stuff, the skylift is better for chassis work and just using a lot less space.
    You just have to suss out what works best for your circumstances and working methods.
     
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  8. Royston Jones

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    Friend of mine bought an old hospital bed for £50. Makes an excellent work bench.
     
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  9. Eldon

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    I suppose you have to be "patient" when getting the bike on though!
     
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  10. Havit

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    No wonder theres a waiting list for Hospital Beds:rolleyes:o_O
     
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  11. MICK LEONARD

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    Same problem mate. Been under the bike ( I have a sidecar fitted) grovelling over the weekend due to an MOT failure. All my joints are aching now and would love one of those lifts, but not sure they do one for a combo.
     
  12. steve lovatt

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    Just changed the chain and sprockets on the Tiger. Not a difficult job but a lot of time spent sitting on the garage floor :joy:
     
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    Chains and sprockets, how quaint
     
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  14. Sandi T

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    Nice to see you back here, Mr. Beemer (aka Shaft)! ;):joy::heart::heart::heart:
     
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  15. TEZ 217

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    The reason @Eldon my tools is on the floor, because that's where I was sat removing the cat to fit 45 degree elbows, hence rubber mallet :D when working upright I would normally use a small trolley which has magnetic bowls too.:cool:
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    I thank you, but for the avoidance of all doubt I (unfortunately) bear no resemblance to the cool dude Richard Roundtree played in the film, something that can be confirmed by many on here......
     
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  17. Eldon

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    #37 Eldon, Jul 10, 2023
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    @MICK LEONARD leonard
    Depending on your available space, but it could be an outside thing, couldn't you make (or have made) a see-saw style ramp to get the outfit at least 400 mm off the floor?
    With two troughs, for the wheels to run in, then I can't see this being difficult to manufacture from box section etc.

    Certain items may not be possible to work on but lots of other servicing tasks etc could be far more comfortable to do.
     
  18. Eldon

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    #38 Eldon, Jul 10, 2023
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    I wasn't having a go @TEZ 217 but simply pointing out to @Havit the pros and cons of different options.
    I like my jack-in-a-box lift for lighter off road bikes as that goes to something like 750mm tall and provides far greater access than my bench.... but, where to put stuff is always a pain.
     
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  19. steve lovatt

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    Only on the two Triumphs :joy:
     
  20. TEZ 217

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    I never thought that for one second Eldon, and completely agree regards things being conveniently placed, but thought I should explain my messy garage floor :D:D
     
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