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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.

How-to Replace Your Lift’s Cylinder Seals

Maintaining your Eagle lift is important to insure continued safe operation.  One of the most common maintenance tasks is replacing the seals in your lift’s cylinders.  Seals wear down over a period of time or work their way loose.  This will be evidenced by leaking hydraulic fluid from the cylinders.

 

Replacing these seals is easy to do.  It requires a simple cylinder seal kit and about an hour. Sure, the instructions (you can see those here) may make it sound complicated, but we want to show you how simple it is. If you’re like me, it’s so much easier when you can see what to do, so we had Beau do this quick tutorial on how to replace the seals on your lift’s cylinder!

 

. . . . 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

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