I purchased the Bend-Pak LR-60 lift from www.asedeals.com. The relatively low price was very attractive and the features seemed well matched to the application. The lift comes with a one-year warranty. There was an extra charge for home delivery by Intercept, which was well worth it to me. The unit was shipped from stock and arrived about 9 days after I placed the order.
The unit has a 6,000 pound rated capacity and will lift to a maximum height of 29” in 36 seconds. When in the down position, the highest point on the lift is only inches high.
The hydraulic unit operates on 120vac and works reliably on a 20 Amp circuit, although the factory specs conservatively call for a 25 Amp breaker.
The lift measures 70 inches wide and 81 inches long overall. Weight is not specified, but it is very heavy, requiring two people to slide it around on the floor. (Bend-Pak also makes this unit in a portable configuration with wheels). My garage is sufficiently deep such that there is room for my car and the lift, without having to resort to actually parking on the lift. This would not be a problem, however, since the tops of the pads are only 4 inches high and each is 18 inches wide. Each lift pad is 53 inches long, which fits nicely between the front and rear wheels. Four hard durometer rubber blocks are included that are used at the Speedster’s lift points to prevent damage to the underside of the vehicle.
The lift has a locking safety bar which locks into preset stops as the lift is raised. A release cam is manually disengaged when the lift is lowered.
Once the unit is positioned, installation is very straightforward. It involves connecting the ten-foot long hydraulic hose from the pump to the hydraulic cylinder. Hydraulic fluid is not included, so I purchased 2 gallons of Dextron III and filled the power unit.
There are three concrete anchors provided, which in the case of our light cars do not seem to be needed, but I am evaluating the situation.
The final installation step involves purging the air from the system by simply raising and lowering the lift halfway about twelve times.
Before driving onto the lift, the release cam on the safety lift bar must be lifted so that the automatic lock will engage. Each ramp and pad is 18 inches wide, so there is plenty of room for error as you drive onto the lift. However, I have installed tape on each ramp/pad, spaced at exactly 54 inches, which is the center-to-center distance between the two front tires to help center to car. I plan to replace the tape with paint when time permits. As an added precaution, my wife guides me as I drive onto the lift.
Once centered on the lift, the small rubber pads are positioned under each of the four lift points. Depending upon the height of your car, you will most likely have to fabricate blocks to shim up the height of the rubber blocks.
This is necessary so that the lift will contact the undercarriage only at the lift points. A large momentary contact switch on the side of the control unit controls operation of the hydraulic pump unit. If you suddenly release the push button, it is recommended to wait several seconds before engaging again.
A pressure release
lever is below the switch, which is used to lower the vehicle.
I am very impressed with the Bend-Pak LR-60 lift. It is relatively inexpensive and very easy to operate. It is too early to make a firm recommendation on this unit, but at this point I really haven’t found anything negative to report.