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Old 10-09-2008, 07:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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anyone have opinion on Craftsman Pro motorcycle jack?

I am in need to buy motorcycle jack so i can lift my 2003 Harley Road King CLassic up to do all repairs what i need to do before next season start by about march or april in 2009. right now i dont have motorcycle jack and i already did tear down my 88 twin cams's camshafts area to be gear driven system (tensioners already make bad wear at 24,500 miles... Also i am planning to do 6 speed transmission swap (Ultima 6 speed gearset kit) next when i am finish with camshafts.

Anyone have opinion on Craftsman professional motorcycle jack (#50191) as the craftsman club week start on October 11, 2008...
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Old 10-09-2008, 07:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I had the Professional model (aluminum - yellow and gray) and the thing would sway back and forth like grandma's rocker. It's all right if you are cleaning, but I wouldn't trust it wrenching.

The problem is it's aluminum. It's rated for 1500lbs, but my 850lb Ultra Classic would cause it to twist something horrible. I gave it to a buddy of mine for some HD parts. He likes it fine with his Road King.

I'd go to the red and black cheaper version. It's steel and doesn't sway as much.
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Old 10-09-2008, 07:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh really?? I thought the Craftsman professional motorcycle jack are better than craftsman's???

the reviews from sears that customers bought either craftsman or craftsman professional motorcycle jack, all are negative...

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Old 10-09-2008, 07:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Try it, but don't do as me and toss the receipt.

I use to have pictures showing the degree of twist she did trying to lift my Ultra. In fact, she wouldn't even lift the Ultra. I had the jack slipped back the farthest I could go on the bottom of the frame, and she'd still tilt horribly to the back. I never even got the bike off the ground with it.

I had the red and black Craftsman, but it didn't work under my lowered Road King Custom. I had to work the RKC up on the lift and she held it up well.

Just my $0.02. The guy I gave my lift to has a lift table to do his serious wrenching on. He just uses the Craftsman to clean it.
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i am think about to buy black/red version and jack it up then use automotive jack stand (4) with wood(2x4) to put on frame. so i can make all repairs finish then put it down... what do you think???
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Old 10-09-2008, 07:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The red craftsman jack works fine. You won't need jackstands and wood blocks if you use the tie-down straps. As a Widelgide owner I have to use the HD adapters but other than that I just tie it down good. Fact is, I haven't used it but 3 times since buying it. It sure will be nice to have when the time comes to do some head work...or base gaskets (knock on wood)
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Old 10-09-2008, 08:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Craftsman Red and Black

I have a steel model Craftsman (red and black) and have used it on several bikes for several years. I use it alot too, not only for cleaning activities but have changed wheels and tires, motor work, front end work, etc. etc. There is a method that must be done when using this jack. Jack the bike to the height you want, checking the safety stop bar in the side. Raise it enough to clear the next safety stop. Now SLOWLY let it down until the safety is engaged in the stop. I usually then take a 1/4 pump or so to take some of the pressure off and tie the bike down. It makes a very stable platform to work from. I have started and run bikes with trans in gear and rear spinning even. It will shake and roll a little but can be done fairly safely. Not a bad jack, especially for a hundred spot out the door.
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Old 10-09-2008, 09:14 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I got the red & black a few weeks ago too..Ditto the safety peg trick from BigMo

It's not a platform lift by any stretch...but it's not supposed to be..
I'd say it's acceptably solid under my Ultra. I really want a platform/table style lift, but budgets you know..

I used the tie downs too, but at +800 pounds, it's not like they'd do a bunch of good if the jack crapped out..Still, I felt much better with them in place.

Started & ran the bike on the jack at full height. Everything stayed put and I'm happy with it.

On the Ultra, you have to place the jack as far as possible toward the back to make it lift even. FWIW, I'm pretty sure the front rail was across the mid-brace and the back rail was just short of where the frame curls back up. On the RK?.. dunno..probably not as far back unless you have the tour pack.

Even though my bike is not lowered, it was much easier to stand the bike straight up and have my assistant (read: kid) slide the jack under. I could get it under there while on the jiffy stand, but had to fight it on the far side frame rail..easier with a helper... Or just park your tires on a small piece if 1/2 plywood and that'd probably do the trick.

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When you run the safety straps... pay close attention to EXACTLY how/where you run them and what you do with the tails..

Exhaust pipes are not particularly safety strap friendly..but the smell and the smoke should get your attention before they burn all the way through.
If you cant see the smoke or smell the nylon meting, having a 13 yr old handy and watching you is a good alternative......

Don't ask me about this.....just trust me...
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So for those of us who might have a bit more $$$ to spend, what is a BETTER jack than the Craftsman?
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So for those of us who might have a bit more $$$ to spend, what is a BETTER jack than the Craftsman?
Why would you want to spend more than you need to for something "better"? You can always find something "better"...why not just get a platform lift? If you plan on wrenching on the bike all the time, get a platform. Otherwise the Craftsman Black & Red is good enough. Spend the extra cash you save on some chrome.

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I have the red Craftsman it it works fine..and yes Mohead1 said it right ..if you want to go better and money is not a concern, forget a jack...look at these:

http://www.klsupply.com/LIFTEQUIPMEN...7/Default.aspx

http://www.handyindustries.com/shop/...w.asp?D=1&S=21
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So for those of us who might have a bit more $$$ to spend, what is a BETTER jack than the Craftsman?
I have the PitBull lift.

It's a love hate relationship. Yes, it's a sturdy lift. I have no worries lifting my bike on this lift. A 220 pound man can in fact crawl up on the bike and sit back on the rider pillion without knocking the bike off the lift without safety straps.

I hate it because it's not conducive to changing fluids. The bars always seem to cross some drain plug.

Nothing beats a table lift. I just wish I had room in my garage for one.
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what about the Torin jack at Northern Tool?

Or should I go with the red Sears jack?
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