Safety and maintenance
A bike lift shouldn’t really require too much owner input but it pays to make the occasional checks. Mounting bolts and fixings need to be secure and it’ll never hurt to oil the pivot points. Any sign of oil leakage from the hydraulics should be investigated immediately. No one wants a bike landing on them from three feet high! Always use the turn screws to prevent the lift being inadvertently moved across the floor and use the stabiliser bars at maximum span for added stability. The table locking bar should always be used, even on a five-minute job; hydraulic rams rarely fail but when they do your hands and feet don’t want to be in the vicinity! If the lift is being used where it is damp, lower the bench so that the ram body is protected from potential corrosion, or you end up with a damaged seal or fluid leaks. Finally, don’t trust a bike to sit on a raised bench unsecured. Numerous unhappy owners have turned their backs for a second or opened a shed door the next morning to find a bike that has fallen off a bike lift. A pair of tie downs is really cheap insurance when compared to repairing a dented NOS tank!