Harbor Freight supplies a wide variety of tools and machines from different manufacturers. It promises to deliver quality products at low prices. It was formed in 1977 by Eric Smidt and his father and now they have a mail-order business, an e-commerce business, and over 1300 stores all over North America. It can’t compete with the more expensive brands but if you need a tool or machine for light use, Harbor Freight is your one-stop shop. The reason it is so cheap is that it buys its products straight from the factory and cuts out the middleman.
Harbor Freight has one scissor lift on its books which has been manufactured by Central Hydraulics. It is suitable for both the DIY enthusiast and a small garage offering repairs. It has an electro-hydraulic pump, a hydraulic hose, and four saddle pads
It has a 220-volt motor with 2 horsepower which is more than adequate for operating this scissor lift
It is capable of lifting up both cars and pick-up trucks up to a weight of 6000 pounds
The Harbor Freight Scissor Lift is great value for money. It is solid and the welds are good. One of the drawbacks, however, is that it has a short power cable but that is easily fixable with an extension cable. Another negative is that you need a ramp to get the car on it because it is quite high. However, it has had good customer reviews. One customer purchased their scissor lift eighteen years ago and it is still going strong.
As we have said, there is just one model, the Central Hydraulics 6000-pound capacity scissor lift. It is steel plated and is weather resistant so it can be used outside without any problems. It is a strong and durable machine and can stand the test of time. It is very useful for servicing wheels, brakes, and doing work on the engine. However, the middle of the scissor lift can get in the way if you are trying to work on the clutch, exhaust, suspension, or transmission. Other features include:
This is the all-important question. Should you fork out to buy this scissor lift or would it be more economical to rent one when you need it? You need to consider your requirements. If you are a small garage, you will probably use a scissor lift on a regular basis so it would make sense to buy one. The Harbor Freight scissor lift is very reasonably priced, so it won’t break the bank and they do offer finance if you don’t have the cash upfront. However, if you are a homeowner who knows a bit about cars, you might only want to use a scissor lift now and again. In this case, renting would make sense.