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so i took the plunge and bought the craftsman motorcycle/ATV jack at the local SEARS today, on sale for 99.99. I was hesitant to actually try this, as on the SEARS website it received tons of bad reviews, but a couple other members on here have used it and have been pretty pleased with it. i decided to post some initial feedback as to what i have expierienced thus far:

overall, the build of the jack itself seems craftsman solid. there was some assembly required but nothing too big. my only real "complaint" if you can call it that is that the foot pedal to actually raise the jack feels awfully flimsy and not too solid. the jack gets the motorcycle up nicely though, and is easily done even if you are by yourself. most of the bad reviews were due to a hydraulic oil leak, but only time will tell if i encounter that. anywho, here are some pics for those of you who are interested in seeing where it pics up the bike, and how high it can get it.

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Jack

Most valuable tool I got for my bike!! The only thing it wont do is oil chng, but unecessary anyway! Good move!!
 

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Most valuable tool I got for my bike!! The only thing it wont do is oil chng, but unecessary anyway! Good move!!
i haven't looked yet, but why wouldn't it be capable of an oil change? is the position of the jack just not suitable for for draining or access to the filter?
 

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Oil/ Jack

Hey Vegas- cross beam in the way. Just do it on the side stand. It sure as hell will do everything else!!
 

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I was torn for weeks, trying to decide to buy a jack stand, or spend the extra 100 bucks for the center stand. (which, by the way, is way over priced, when you look at how much raw metals and other materials go into a jack vs a center stand... tis a conspiracy I tell ya)

I ended up going with a Harbor Freight jack stand for $75, and love it. I raise the bike with the jack to the rear of the bike to keep the front tire on the ground for a bit more stability. I purchased a good wheeled workshop stool to use, which works a bit better than crouching around the bike all weekend.

Regarding the leak, couldn't we just replace the hydraulic cylinder at that point, for cheap?
 

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i second the harbor freight jack. i while back sears had the same jack on sale for $59.00 and i still didn't but it because it just seemed cheap, and a lot of people here have had issues with it, like not lowering while the bike is up on it. i decided to spend $15 more and paid around $75 for my harbor freight jack. so far it's been flawless in it's operation, and is built like a flippin' tank. it also weighs a ton.
 

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Most valuable tool I got for my bike!! The only thing it wont do is oil chng, but unecessary anyway! Good move!!
+1. Got one myself last year and love it.
 

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+2 I got the yellow version. from memory its was not the base version but the better quality one. Works well - just remember to tie your bike on properly
 

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just realized how much it sucks that this jack can't be used for an oil change lol.
 
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