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A WHOLE NEW MEANING TO LEGENDARY STORAGE (LIFT)

As I walked into the large and unassuming, storage building I braced myself for what I might see. He told me to “hang on while I get the lights “ …. and as I stood there I could make out the shapes of what I knew would be an amazing collection.

The lights came on and there stood a row of the Eagle 4-post storage lifts with some historic and monumental race cars stored on them. Some gathered thick layers of dust while others were respectfully covered. This storage building held amazing treasures of the past.
IMG_6547The man who became “The King” has been in racing for over 50 years. His daddy was a NASCAR driver. These treasures were more than cars… they told his story, and the stories of his son and grandson. That’s why they are kept, and stored with care.

IMG_6539The weight of the history that stood around me suddenly hit me, and goosebumps rose up. I almost forgot that I was there to get photos of the Eagle storage lifts. There were cars that Richard Petty drove, including his last win at Daytona. There was the car the Kyle Petty drove when he was at Wood Brothers Racing. There were even Adam Petty’s cars that were considerately covered. The legend that is the Petty family is not only in racing or in North Carolina, but in their life are abundant. They make you feel truly special and want you to take a part in their history.

If you want to experience it too, you should visit the Richard Petty Museum in Randleman, NC. To have been able to be a part of this special space with the Eagle brand is an experience that is truly unexplainable. What will you store on your Eagle lift? I bet it’ll be legendary. IMG_6555

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

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.

Beware the generic car lift! Do you know who you’re buying from?

IMG_0775There is a business model in place today in the automotive lift industry that poses potential risks for the uninformed buyer.  A master distributor purchases garage equipment products, like car lifts and tire equipment, from overseas and places them in strategic warehouses around the country for sale through a secondary distributor network.

While some of these secondary distributors have prior experience selling car lifts and other garage equipment, many are simply internet stores that have no technical knowledge of the products.  Beware of these “stores”. The car lifts that these types of distributors sell are typically unbranded.  Furthermore, they provide no warranty or service support and have no service and warranty parts.  Product returns are difficult at best.  And all of these functions must be handled through the master distributor who the buyer does not know!

Why wouldn’t a legitimate company want their name on the products they sell?  Typically, because these distributors don’t stock or ship their own products, it is not possible for them to affix a nameplate or decal to the car lift. There are lots of other reasons for having an unbranded product, and none of them are good for the consumer.  Maybe they are dodging a state sales tax authority or don’t have the required product liability insurance. Maybe they know that it is difficult to give a poor online review of an unbranded product.  But I believe the biggest reason is to dodge warranty and service issues after the sale.

At Eagle we receive numerous calls in our service and parts department where the caller has no idea of the brand of automotive lift in their shop.  Many can only give us the IMG_0763manufacturer’s name off of the power unit.  Sometimes we can help them identify the lift, but many times we can’t.  Think about that.  If you can’t find the seller to get a replacement cable how will you locate them if there is an accident involving the car lift?

An automotive lift with no name should frighten you.  Certainly brand names can cost a little more but with that comes assurance that the company will stand behind its product.  And that can mean a lot if you are the person working on a vehicle supported by that no name lift!

About Eagle Equipment
The Eagle brand has been a trusted resource in the industry since 1954. Our corporate offices, showroom and a 70,000 sq. ft. plant is located in Greensboro, North Carolina. We’re excited to offer you great products, great prices and a knowledgeable sales staff to help you find what you need. Our in-house sales and customer service team have over 50 years of collaborative experience and product knowledge to answer any questions you might have, as well as provide after-sales support for warranty claims, repairs or parts/service.

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Monday through Thursday:
8:00 AM until 5:30 PM EST Office Hours
8:00 AM until 7:30 PM EST Phone Hours

Friday:
8:00 AM until 5:30 PM EST Office Hours
8:00 AM until 6:30 PM EST Phone Hours

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Corporate Office, Showroom, Warehouse and Manufacturing Plant.

4810 Clover Road
Greensboro, NC 27405
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