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TOP 5: PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE FOR YOUR EAGLE LIFT

We cannot stress enough how important it is to use the lift for the proper types of vehicles it is designed to handle. If you overload your lift, or do not do the proper maintenance to maintain your lift, you will encounter problems and your lift will not preform to the standards we recommend. If you want your Eagle lift to last you for many years to come, make sure you read the manual and do proper maintenance. Click here for daily, weekly and monthly maintenance recommendations.

1 – Maintain the proper hydraulic fluid and level needed or required to operate the lift. Eagle’s power units take AW-32 hydraulic fluid. DO NOT USE ATF (Automatic Transmission Fluid). Read this previous blog on selecting the correct oil for your Eagle Lift.

2- Adjust and maintain a proper adjustment on the lift cable at least every 3 months. 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.

3- Keep your chains and chain rollers lubricated to allow for less friction and proper movement. We recommend white lithium grease.  You should do this weekly.

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Rub Blocks are located in the corners of the carriage on your lift

4- Apply a thin coat of lubricant on the carriage rub blocks (and part of the carriage that rub blocks touch) to allow less friction and wear as the lift moves up & down the lift with each use. We recommend white lithium grease spray for this as well.

5 – Repair all leaks or damages as soon as possible to prevent any further damage to existing parts and others it might affect being defective. If you need assistance on repairing, or replacing a part, please call our parts department at 800-535-0016.

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.

the NEW eagle equipment experience

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Meet the NEW Eagle (from Left to Right)

Wayne Piner, Eagle expert, sales and parts specialist
Julie Surprenant, Paint booth pro
Gina Gilchrist (on forklift), Dedicated to great customer care
Michelle Duncan, Inspiring coach & cheerleader for the team (clipboard and pom-poms not pictured)
Angela Brown, Committed to exceptional customer service
Fabiola Martinez, Energetic sales and customer service professional, Español sales
Bill Daliege, Sales rebel and equipment detail expert

Not Pictured: Rosy Gonzalez, Sales rock star and español sales
Eagle Equipment has been going through a revamp over the last 6 months to bring you, our customers, a stronger, better-informed, enhanced experience. We are taking our 50+ years in the industry and persisting to evolve and cultivate it. We refuse to just be content with what we have; we want to build upon it. To continuously attempt to make it better, to deliver EXCELLENCE.

We call it Eagle 2.0.

Both internally, and externally, we’re committed to providing the highest level of service with integrity. We want you to get to know us, and become part of our Eagle family.

We’re here to serve you. Let us know if we can do that better.

We’re so excited about the changes and we think that once you get to know the NEW Eagle, you’ll be too. Visit the freshly launched Eagle web site with loaded features and capabilities. You’ll just love adding things to your virtual cart. Soon, you’ll see even more new products added, so stay tuned for rousing Eagle items to buy.

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Customer Testimonial: “Eagle Equipment is First Class … “

Our corporate mission statement is: “Delivering Excellence to the Automotive and Painting Industries. Every Product. Every Customer. Every Day.”

When we get to work and find an unsolicited email waiting in our inbox, our hearts are filled with joy that a customer took the time to take photos and write his thanks to our team. This is why we do what we do…. and do it with passion for our customers. We hope you enjoy your new Eagle lift Mr. Sunner! Thank you for the kind words.

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First, I want to thank all of you at Standard Tools for the decals you sent me for my lift. It’s much nicer walking into the shop seeing the Eagle Logo as soon as you come in.

Second, I have to tell you that I absolutely love this MTP-9A lift.

I was able to do the installation myself, with some help from some friends to lift the posts into position. The instructions that came with the unit were clear, simple, and walked me through the process step-by-step. I bought this lift after doing a lot of research on what is available and at what price. No doubt, Eagle offered the best bang for the buck.

The use is primarily for my personal vehicles and as a hobbyist. I installed it in February 2015 and have used it quite extensively since. I worked in a professional garage for eight years as an auto mechanic, so, I’m familiar with two post above ground lifts.

I can say first hand, this Eagle Lift is Superior in Quality, Safety and Performance to the lifts in the garage where I worked. Also, the 8-gallon oil drain is great. It’s so nice being able to see the oil level through the translucent plastic. You know exactly when to empty it, and there will be no accidents of overfill. Bottom line…thanks to you all at Eagle Equipment for making a Quality, Safe and Affordable lift.

Your equipment is First Class, and I tell my mechanic friends that when they come into my shop.
– Mark Sunner, Millsboro, DE

Eagle 9,000 lbs. Lift: Customer Testimonial

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MTP-9F with Mechanic-in-Training!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. We agree. We love seeing pictures of our products. We like to see how they are being used, who is using them and what they are working on. Like this photo. Could it get any cuter than this mechanic-in-training?

Here at Eagle, we spend our days on the phone, helping customers order the right equipment for their shop. From wheel service equipment, like tire changers and wheel balancers ….. to car lifts and paint spray booths. Our customer care team will not only help you order new equipment from Eagle…. But help you care for your existing Eagle equipment through our parts and warranty department. Just like our company mission statement, we’re “Delivering excellence to the automotive and painting industries. Every product. Every customer. Every day.”

Continue reading Eagle 9,000 lbs. Lift: Customer Testimonial

This knucklehead needs an Eagle motorcycle lift for his Rat bike

rat1Do you or someone you know build rat bikes? Any motorcycle lover will know a rat bike and the terms panhead, knucklehead and shovelhead. A rat bike is a motorcycle built from scratch with “spare” parts. Parts from a motorcycle enthusiast’s garage or picked up at local swap meets, EBay and Craigslist. A frame is typically the starting point of the build. It is purchased and then the creation begins. It is a bike that is ridden, not washed or polished. They leak, they’re loud and their owners are proud!rat2It would be much easier to work on a motorcycle with an Eagle Motorcycle Scissor-Style lift. They a perfect for body shops, bike repair shops and even the hobbyist who builds his own or just needs to do some repairs. Imagine how much nicer it would be to see this work in progress on one of our scissor lifts:

rat3As you can see in the above picture there are blocks under the front tire to stabilize the bike from tipping. That is from a poorly made lift purchased from a local tool distributor which does not have the customer service or parts that we have to offer after a sale is made. We take pride in the products we sell and stand by them after the sale is made with a 1-year parts warranty. Get yours today!

Check out how this bike looks on our Motorcycle Lift:

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About the ML-1000 from Eagle Equipment:

  • 1,000 lb. lifting capacity
  • Air-powered lift
  • Ideal for motorcycles,snowmobiles, ATVs, jet skis, etc.
  • Extra-large platform 30″ working height
  • Comes with Wheel Vise for a safe and secure hold
  • Choose from a range of accessories to customize this table for your shop
  • Removable rear wheel access plate

See the ML-1000 on our website!

WHAT IS THE BEST OIL FOR MY EAGLE LIFT?

Types of Eagle Car LiftsJust like different sorts of gasoline, transmission fluids and hydraulic oils have different additives, density and purposes for use.  Fluids are made for very specific uses and products are made to be used with a specific fluid.  When something else is used, the performance is poor and the product is damaged.

In years past, there were lift manufacturers in North America who said that ATF (Automatic Transmission Fluid) could be used in their automotive lifts; some manufacturers still do. Some professional installers, familiar with such manufacturers, tend to assume all lifts take ATF; but they don’t, and never have. Please do not use ATF in your Eagle Automotive Lift.

You wouldn’t use the wrong oil in your engine. You wouldn’t put leaded gas in your unleaded car. Read on to see why you must use AW-32 Hydraulic Oil in your Eagle Equipment Auto Lift.

The AW stands for Anti-Wear. It also protects against Rust & Oxidation, and contains Anti-Foam additives. An oil’s rating refers to its viscosity, which determines its ability to flow at different temperatures. Lower numbers indicate thinner, more easily flowing oils. AW32 is approximately 10-weight oil with the additives and is ideal for all climates. Whether you plan to use your lift on a cold morning or down in Miami, AW32 is universal.

For Eagle Equipment lifts, AW32 is required in all circumstances. We do not recommend the use of automatic transmission fluid (ATF) because its thinner viscosity (5W) can allow the oil to “leak” around hydraulic cylinder seals and will reduce the life of the pump seals. When you use ATF, you can expect your seals to break and your lift to be useless. This is why Eagle Equipment must void your warranty if you put ATF in your Eagle Lift (This is also stated in all Eagle Lift manuals.)

Important to Note: When looking to buy your AW32 Hydraulic Oil just make sure it says “Hydraulic Oil” not “Hydraulic Tractor Oil” or “Hydraulic Fluid” as they are not the same thing! Hydraulic fluid is used in small systems such as car brakes. Hydraulic oil is used in large systems such as lifts.

CASE STUDY: Automania Picture Cars

Automania Picture Cars, in Oakland, California, has supplied picture cars for the filming industry since 1982. Their warehouse is full of classic beauties like police cars, hearses, farm trucks, muscle cars, convertibles and cars with tailfins … it is simply amazing!

Bill Silveira, the founder of Automania, recently investigated alternative ways to store their vehicles in a compact and safe solution. “I’m not the type of guy who generally lays down and buys the first thing I see; we’ve all heard horror stories about dealing with fly-by-night outfits” he says. “In this case I spent a good month comparing companies, their ratings and their products.”

Bill decided to do business with Eagle Equipment and ended up purchasing more storage lifts than initially thought, “After talking with numerous companies that sell automotive storage lifts, I chose Eagle because their sales representative was polite and knowledgeable about their product and their prices were very competitive.”

After purchasing 48 Eagle MS-8000 XLT Storage Lifts (that’s enough storage for 96 cars), Bill needed some help with the assembly. “I had no prior experience in the assembly of automotive lifts so it meant a lot that Eagle’s customer service department was extremely helpful in answering all of my technical questions and was able to walk me through the assembly procedure over the phone.”

“If I ever need another product that Eagle Equipment carries I wouldn’t think twice before buying from them again,” Bill says. “I just can’t fit any more of these lifts in my warehouse!”

 

 

 

Fall Show

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Eagle Equipment attends automotive shows because they offer us an opportunity to do business face to face with our customers instead of over the phone or through e-mail.  Our team enjoys discussing car lifts, motorcycle lifts, tire changers, wheel balancers, and other automotive repair equipment.  Eagle has been in the automotive equipment business for almost 40 years and would love to share our product expertise with you.  Please be sure visit the Eagle Equipment booth to learn about our special show pricing.

Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet & Corral
Show Schedule:
September 29 – October 3, 2010
Carlisle Fairgrounds – Carlisle, PA
Look for us on Manufacturer’s Midway
www.carsatcarlisle.com

Car Lifts in In Stock – Buy NOW before Prices Increase

Eagle Equipment has 2 post car lifts, 4 post car lifts, heavy duty auto lifts, and storage/service auto lifts IN STOCK in our North Carolina warehouse.  These car lifts are ready to be shipped to you and will arrive at your auto body repair shop in just a few days.

Steel and freight prices are increasing in the very near future and, as such, we, along with our competitors, will be forced to increase prices.

We want you to get the best deal for your money.
Buy our “In Stock and Ready to Ship” automotive lifts today!

Call 1-800-336-2776 or visit our website www.EagleEquip.com

 

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