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It’s an Eagle Lift …. or is it?

Each and every day, we spend a great deal of time on our competitor’s lifts. Yes, you read that right. We get several calls a day from folks looking for parts and support on a car lift they have. They assume it’s an Eagle. They know Eagle; we have been around so long (since 1954) the name is practically synonymous with automotive lifts. The way every soft drink is a Coke. It can also be that they can’t find any help elsewhere, and they think that if they tell us they have an Eagle lift, we can help them. They assume all lift parts are pretty much the same. But Coke isn’t Pepsi, and Chevy isn’t Ford.

There seems to be an assumption that there is only one model of Eagle lift. The one the customer is calling about. No model number, no serial number; just: “I have an Eagle lift”. It’ like walking into an automotive parts house and telling them you have a Chevy you want some parts for; but you don’t know the make, model or year. Or telling them you have a Pontiac, when you actually have a Toyota; and expecting to get the right part. We regret that people get upset, or frustrated, with us for a lift we never built, bought or sold. There are several things add to their confusion:

1] Some less-than-reputable people sell their lifts as Eagle product, because they cannot support it. So they download our manuals, or put a sticker with our name on it. Yet, when we try to find any record of this purchase, nothing comes up. Only after much time and effort do we usually discover the product was never an Eagle Lift.

2] Sometimes people have more than one brand of lift in their shop, and if they look similar enough, it’s assumed the parts are interchangeable.

3] General designations which tend to be used throughout the industry, such as Models “TPO-9A” or the like. This abbreviation stands for “Two-Post Overhead 9,000lbs. Asymmetric”; and more than a few manufacturers have used it, based on the original Eagle lift model.

Here are a couple examples of “TPO-9” lifts that we never made or sold by Eagle:

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Here are some REAL EAGLE LIFTS:

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Labonte 1So … do you have an Eagle? To make sure you buy the brand that is sold and supported by Eagle Equipment in Greensboro, North Carolina, buy it directly from us! www.eagleequip.com.

RUB BLOCKS ON YOUR CAR LIFT: 2-Post and 4-Post lifts

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In the past few months, we have had some customers who own older Eagle Lifts (at least 10 years old) order new Rub Blocks for their lifts. Most lift operators are unsure exactly what a rub block is, why we use them in our lifts an how they are replaced.

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9,000 lb two-post lift rub block

Rub blocks are an important part of each lift and have a major role in making sure the lift performs the way it should. Eagle uses a nylon rub block for each of our 2-post and 4-post lifts. Rub blocks are installed on the carriages of the 2-post car lift, at the top and bottom of each carriage – 8 total per side.  On the 4-post lift, a 10”x 3” rub block, 2 per post (8 for each lift) are bolted on to the end of each cross member on the four corners of each carriage, top and bottom.

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Rub Blocks from Left to Right: 12K 4-post, 9K 2-Post, 10K 2-post and 12K 2-post

Once installed, the rub blocks become a stabilizer for the lift while going up and down. These rub blocks are the bridge between the actual lift post and carriage, or cross member.  The rub blocks are designed to secure the carriage or cross member inside each lift post and not allow any movement during use. The nylon creates a steady and smooth lift. We recommend a lubricant in each post to reduce the friction of block, and help with the travel of each lift. Continue reading RUB BLOCKS ON YOUR CAR LIFT: 2-Post and 4-Post lifts

IMPROVED! The NEW 10,000 lb Two-Post Certified Car Lift From Eagle Equipment

MTP-10V3-3Our certified symmetric lift and our certified asymmetric lift are now combined in one versatile lift, the Eagle ECL-10AS.

The ECL-10AS Certified Car Lift from Eagle features the ability to be installed as a symmetric or asymmetric lift, determined upon the needs of your shop. The ECL-10AS features 3-stage rear arms, providing maximum extension ensuring safe and reliable lifting on all vehicles within the rated capacity.

Some of the features that make this one of our most popular two-post certified car lifts include: adjustable height and width options, triple telescoping spin up pads, durable powder-coated Eagle blue finish, plated arm restraints and pins as well as the many other features.  This Eagle Certified car lift will easily handle the rigorous demands of a full service facility. All Eagle lifts are designed and manufactured to our highest standards.

  • ALI/ETL certified (tested at 15,000 lbs)
  • 10,000 lb two-post lift
  • Shipped with everything you need to setup either symmetric or asymmetric
  • Adjustable column height. Provides an extra 6″ of height adjustment for ease of installation with various ceiling heights.
  • Adjustable column width. Provides an extra 6″ of width adjustment for narrow service bays to custom fit your shop.
  • Rubber door guards. Provides added security against door damage.
  • Outer hose guards. Protects hydraulic hoses from damage.
  • Double telescoping spin up pads
  • Heavy-duty arm restraint system. Oversized rugged steel gears, pins and springs.
  • Single-point lock release allows technician to disengage both columns simultaneously
  • Set of adjustable height adapters: two 6″ and 3″ extensions

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               Symmetric Setup                   Asymmetric Setup
Max Lifting Height

76.4″

Minimum Column Height

143″

Cylinder Full Height

145.2″

Total Width

136.6″

137.9″

Drive Thru Clearance

98.4″

92″

Floor to Overhead Switch

140″

Front Arm Reach (min/max)

23.6″/43.5″

Rear Arm Reach (min/max)

38.6″/61.8″

Spin Up Pad Height

4″ – 7.5″

Inside Column Width

110.2″

101.9″

Motor

2hp

Voltage

208-230 volt / 1 phase

Rise

55 seconds

Max Load per Arm

2500lbs

Minimum Ceiling Height Req.

143.5″

 

Creative Customer: Two-Post Lift Installed in the Rafters

Our customer’s never cease to amaze us by their creativity and ingenious. Let’s face it. We know who our customers are. They are the doer’s. The Mr. Fix-it’s. The one’s who figure it out and get it done. We love these types. We are these types.

We love it even more when they share with us how they fixed a problem…. like this guy who ordered an MTP-9A two-post lift but didn’t have 12′ ceiling height for the overhead design. Do you think he said “Aw-Shucks” and returned the lift? NOPE. He went over the roof. Seriously– he went into his rafters. (But he did have his Trip cord under the rafters so it would actually be useful should the lift ever need to be automatically shutoff.)toschkoff 2

asymmtric or symmetricNow here’s the deal, Eagle Equipment has 2 different styles of two-post lifts – overhead and floor plate. The overhead lift stands 12’ and has the hoses and cables running across the top of the two-post lift with a clear floor between the post. This is the most popular lift if you have the required 12’ of ceiling height. The floor plate design stands only 9’5” and has the cables and hoses running from side-to-side underneath a raised plate between the posts.

If you do not have the 12’ of height for the overhead two-post lift, the floor plate design is best suited for you.  But, if you’re like this guy ….. just because you don’t have the correct ceiling height doesn’t mean you can’t install one of our overhead two-post lifts … just make sure you have rafters.

Car Lift Maintenance: Check it Every Day

I met a gentleman the other day that was 96 years young! He was surprisingly agile and swift on his feet. He had few wrinkles and looked really good for his age! I was really impressed and thought he wasn’t a day past 70. That got me to thinking about ‘maintenance’.  If I exercise, take care of myself, eat right and stress less…. Will that help me to age just as gracefully?

There are Eagle lifts out there that have been doing their job for decades and still run like the day they were installed. They have aged well, with the right maintenance and care.  Do you know how to maintain your lift so it will run like new for many years? Luckily, it’s easier to know how to help your lift age well…. my wrinkles, not so much!

http://www.autolift.orgLIFTS MUST BE MAINTAINED AND INSPECTED REGULARLY TO ENSURE SAFETY.

 

Perhaps the most important car lift maintenance is to adjust the cables.  Over time, the cables stretch and if not adjusted, a cable can jump a pulley or cause the lift to rise unevenly.  Each cable should have about .5” of deflection (should not move more than .5”).  This is true for a two-post or four-post lift.  Adjustments are very simple to do and the steps are specific in the manual provided with your lift. Please look that over for instructions on how to adjust your cables. Continue reading Car Lift Maintenance: Check it Every Day

Annual Car Lift Inspections

CAR LIFT INSPECTIONS MUST BE PREFORMED REGULARLY TO ENSURE SAFETY.

http://www.autolift.org/You load up the car lift with a very heavy car, raise it up and then stand under it. It is VITALLY important that you take all the precautions you can to ensure you, and your staff, is safe.

You should get your lift inspected annually by a qualified lift inspector. You can find some qualified inspectors from the lift’s manufacturer or from the Automotive Lift Institutes online database at http://www.autolift.org/inspectors.php. They can inspect any style and brand of lift.

What happens during the annual car lift inspection? During the inspection, the inspector is looking to confirm that all of the lift’s components are in place and in working order. Most importantly, that your lift is SAFE. Continue reading Annual Car Lift Inspections

Outdoor Car Lifts: Can You Do It?

I was driving home from work the other day and saw this as I was stopped at a red light. An Outdoor Car Lift.
lift outdoorsIt made me sign and think of why the most common question I get asked is “Can I install my lift outside?”

People ask this for a number of reasons. They don’t have room in their shop (notice the ceiling height on the above photo), they don’t want to dedicate the space to it or they prefer to work outdoors (this is usually not the case).

Technically, the correct answer is, “You can put it outside (as in, who’s stopping you?), but should you?” Lifts are designed for indoor use, installed in a temperature-controlled environment.  Installing an Eagle lift outdoors automatically voids the warranty because it is a certainty that there will be damages to the lift caused by natural elements.

Continue reading Outdoor Car Lifts: Can You Do It?

. . . . I wish I bought it years earlier!

It makes our day when we get an email like the one below. Seven years later, and we get reminded on how much what we do affects people’s everyday lives. Thanks for the email Pete, we wish you many more years of ‘tinkering’.

Car on car liftJust a note to say: Thanks or such a useful product.

It was the Spring of 2007 when I drove to your business and bought my four-post storage/service lift. So far I have used it to keep my kid’s cars running through their high school and college years. After that, I used it to always have a project car or two around to tinker on.

I now am helping my daughter with some much needed maintenance and repairs to her “new-to-her” car. It’s been great having the lift in the garage available for so many money-saving automotive projects.

Only regret I have is  . . . . I wish I had bought it years earlier!

Thank you,
Pete Owens

Four Maintenance Tasks For for Your 2-Post Car Lift

Mechanics Car Lift UsesIf you own a mechanic shop or you like to do work on your own vehicles, you might be in the market for a car lift. Car lifts make performing routine and complicated maintenance much easier because you do not have to get down on the ground or under the car. There are several different types of lifts, but the most popular are the 2- and 4-post lifts. At Eagle Equipment, we carry both.

4-post lifts are more suitable for vehicle storage, and 2-post lifts are a lot better for major reconstruction and mechanical repairs. Realize which projects are easier when you own a 2-post lift and make the right investment.

Below, find four common repairs that can be done more efficiently with a 2-post automotive lift.

1. VROOM! VROOM! Working on the Engine
If the full frame is under the body of the car and you are working on the engine, a 2-post application will make it easy for you to lift the car up off of the engine and the suspension sub frames. This makes the job less involved and complicated.

2. Transmission Repairs
Hoisting the car off of the ground with a 2-post application will also make for easier transmission repairs. They will provide easy access to the transmission from the undercarriage of the vehicle and will prevent causing damage to other vehicle components you would have to bypass when working under the hood.

3. Tire Rotations
When you are doing tire rotations you need all of the wheels to be off of the ground. These lifts are far more convenient then using a car jack and will prevent errors and injuries when you are rotating tires. It will take less time to complete this type of project. Using a car jack can be dangerous because it can easily slip while you are working under the vehicle.

4. Quick and Easy Oil Changes
If you do not want to get dirty while you are doing an oil change, a car lift is the answer. These lifts will give you easy access to the oil pan so you can perform oil changes in less time.

Working on difficult projects or even routine tasks is much easier when you have the right equipment, so it’s time to invest in an automotive lift! You can keep your customers satisfied and get your home projects done quickly so you can enjoy your free time. Shop Eagle Equipment Lifts now.

Car Lifts: Staying Safe

The biggest danger of automotive lift operation is improper or inadequate training. Although some automotive lifts may appear to be simple to use, it’s important that owners of lifts take the time to properly train their lift operators thoroughly.

Working with a car lift can be hazardous, particularly if the vehicle falls off the lift, so all safety rules should be followed at all times. Once the lift has elevated the car; the danger of falling debris and objects increase. It is important for lift operators to wear safety glasses to protect their eyes from falling dirt and debris as well as hard hats to protect their heads from accidental bumps or falling car parts that might have loosened during the repair process.

Listed below is a general checklist of do’s and don’ts, to keep you safe, when operating your car lift.

Do’s

  • Ask for training from your employer before you operate the lift for your first time.
  • When you arrive at work, do an inspection of the lift prior to your shift.
  • Make sure the lift’s locking devices engage.
  • Wear safety glasses for work done under the car.
  • Make sure the vehicle is centered and balanced on the lift as described in a service manual.
  • If the lift is of the drive-on type, be sure to use chocks behind the wheels.
  • Check ceiling clearance before raising trucks and RVs.
  • Gently check to see if the car is stable when it is at knee height.
  • Clear the area of tools and bystanders before lowering the lift.

Don’ts

  • Never raise a vehicle that has occupants.
  • Don’t exceed the capacity of the lift.
  • Never stand below a vehicle on a lift that does not have the locking devices engaged.
  • If vehicle support stands are used (such as in the case when an engine or transmission has been removed), do not lower the vehicle onto the support stands because this might push the car off the lift. Instead, bring the supports up to make solid contact with the vehicle once it has reached the proper height.
  • Do not try to repair a faulty lift yourself. Let your supervisor know that the lift needs attention.

 

At Eagle Equipment we want to make sure our consumers are following automotive lift safety rules. To ensure this our company has taken the time to make a manual to read before installing or operating the lift. Manuals can be accessed on any of our products from their product page online at http://www.eagleequip.com/. We will also be sending a training DVD with the proper use of your lift when you order. The safety of you and your lift operators is very important to us!

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