Archives : 2010 : June

RML-600 Motorcycle Lift in WIRED Magazine

June 25th, 2010

WIRED Magazine gave the RML-600 Motorcycle Lift by Ranger a very nice writeup in their July 2010 issue.

As you might remember, we told you a few weeks back that the DIY Network was airing a special episode of their hit show Garage Mahal in which WIRED Magazine was going to assist in the ultra-technological makeover of some lucky guy’s garage. The episode aired on June 18th at 6:30 PM PST.

The garage in question belongs to RC model airplane builder Gambina, whose garage was in serious need of an overhaul. WIRED and Garage Mahal hooked him up with a number of helpful tech innovations to keep his workspace organized and user-friendly.

For our part, we supplied the RML-600 Motorcycle Lift, which the crew “hacked” (that’s modified to you and me), to enhance its usability as a mobile workbench. Here’s what WIRED said:

Finding a workspace for larger items can be a challenge. Gambina didn’t want a huge, permanently installed bench taking up the room he sometimes needs for, you know, his car. Our solution? We hacked a BendPak motorcycle lift ($1,200) into a movable surface that can be raised and lowered to the perfect height for aircraft maintenance.

It’s great to see our equipment adapted to unique projects. That’s what it’s there for.

You can read the full WIRED makeover article over on their website.

The Best Car Lift Buyer’s Guide: Essential Safety Features

June 24th, 2010

Look at your calendar! Today’s Thursday, and that can only mean one thing: an all-new chapter in our Best Car Lift Buyer’s Guide.

Today’s chapter focuses on something that’s very important to car lift operators–safety features. There’s a lot of different methods that reputable car lift manufacturers use to make their lifts safer. Now’s your opportunity to learn all about them.

It’s no secret that a car lift has to hold thousands of pounds of automotive metal every day. Whether you’re a hobbyist wrenching in your garage or a seasoned automotive service technician, these essential safety devices keep you protected every time a car or truck goes up on the lift.

A lot of safety features are specific to a certain style of car lift, so no one solution will work for every type of auto lift. The more you know about the way these features are designed–and the thinking behind them–the better you’ll feel depending on them.

There’s some technical information and the car lift safety chapter is a little bit of a read, so you might want to grab a cup of coffee before digging in. Now it’s time to find out which essential car lift safety features make the most sense to you…and then make darn sure your future car lift has them!

Drop Top Customs Converts Hardtop Camaros into T-Tops

June 22nd, 2010

Jalopnik featured our good friends at Drop Top Customs today in an article about the new Chevrolet Camaro’s conspicuous lack of a T-Top option. As the article states, “They’re ridiculous and sorta vulgar and they leak and rattle, but they’re so damn cool.”

We couldn’t agree more and we’re are happy to see the guys at Drop Top Customs getting the press they deserve for their noble work. They specialize in turning hardtop vehicles into convertibles. Looks like they can add T-Top to their growing list of specialties.

You can read the whole article over on Jalopnik. Oh, and that is definitely a BendPak four-post car lift in the image.

The Best Car Lift: A Buyer’s Guide

June 17th, 2010

We’re trying something new on the BendPak website. Starting today, we’re going to be posting one chapter of our new car lift consumer’s guide per week.

Last year, we brought you The Top 10 Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Lift, which we’ve heard has helped a lot of people. Now we’re picking up where that guide left off and taking a hard look at your different options when buying a new car lift.

This new guide will help you get the best lift for you–even if that means not going with BendPak. That’s why we call it, The Best Car Lift: A Guide.

For this first edition, we’re giving you a double-dose of insider car-lift information. After you’ve made the decision to buy a new car lift, we understand that it’s sometimes difficult to decide where to begin–especially if you’re a first time buyer. So the first chapter is an Introduction to Car Lifts to help you get your feet wet and start gathering important information about your garage or work bay.

The second chapter gives you an even-handed look at all the popular styles of car lifts. Auto lifts basically do the same thing, so it’s astounding that there are so many different car lift designs to accomplish it. Which car lift is best for changing tires? Which car lift is the best option for storage? What auto lifts fit into small shops? The answer to these questions and more await you in the Car Lift Style Comparison chapter.

A new chapter should come out every Thursday for the next six weeks, so make sure to keep an eye out on the website for more car lift buyer’s info. And please feel free to drop us an e-mail or a comment if you have any suggestions of your own. We love hearing from the BendPak community.

Car and Driver’s Garage Mahal Makeover Featuring BendPak Garage Equipment

June 14th, 2010

If you’ve been following along on Twitter, Facebook and of course the blog, then you’re already eagerly anticipating this Friday’s episode of Garage Mahal with Car and Driver Magazine. Their garage was in serious need of renovation, so DIY Network called in only the best equipment from BendPak / Ranger to help turn it into a bona fide testing facility with all the works. At the heart of this newly anointed workshop is none other than a BendPak XPR-9FX Two-Post Car Lift.

You could wait to get your hands on the July issue of Car and Driver to read their take on filming Friday’s episode and all the awesome automotive equipment involved…or you could just head over to the Car and Driver website and check out the article right now. Here’s what they say about the BendPak car lift:

Atop our wish list was a two-post lift. We had to rent a forklift to unload its 1700-pound mass. A local crew got the posts upright and working in about four hours. With this 9000-pound capacity lift, we can now swap wheels, inspect suspensions, and otherwise mess up perfectly good cars without getting our Dockers dirty.

They also posted a time-lapse video that shows everything that went into making the Car and Driver garage what it is today. Days of work compressed into about two minutes–you can even see our guys set up the two-post car lift. For your convenience, we embedded it below.

Old BendPak Car Lifts Spotted at Willow Springs Raceway

June 2nd, 2010

Here at BendPak, a lot of us put as much love into our own vehicles as we do into the BendPak car lifts we make. And there’s nothing like seeing all that love and tender care pay off during a hard day on the track. One of our own intrepid BendPak team went down to Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond this past weekend for a particularly pulse-pounding Memorial Day. When he wasn’t racing around like a deranged madman on his Suzuki Bandit 1200S, he also happened to snag some photos of a couple of really old BendPak car lifts, long out of production.

But the good news is that those BendPak car lifts, however many years it’s been since they were brand new, all still lift like the champs they were designed to be. In fact, the one BendPak car lift that’s actually located on site at Willow Springs was just recently purchased used by the owner. It’s for that very reason that we put everything we have into every single car lift we make, regardless of type, year or model. As for the ancient, rusted race cars that also appear in the pictures below…not so much.

Garage Mahal Episodes Featuring BendPak Equipment Air Dates

June 1st, 2010

As you might recall, we reported a couple months ago that BendPak / Ranger equipment was going to be featured on an upcoming episode of DIY’s garage makeover show, Garage Mahal. You may also recall that we promised to let you know when they were going air. Today, we’re proud to announce that we’re here to fill that promise.

Mark your calendar! Set your DVR! The Car & Driver Magazine garage renovation episode featuring a BendPak XPR-9FX Two-Post Car Lift, Ranger RS-500 Spray Wash Cabinet, TriMax Air Compressor and a number of Ranger Hose Reels airs June 18th on DIY Network at 6:30 PM PST / 9:30 EST.

But we’ve got more great news. The fine folks at DIY / Garage Mahal loved our equipment so much, they decided to use it in another episode with WIRED Magazine. You can see a RML-600 Motorcycle Lift from Ranger on June 11th, same time and channel.

Finally, host Bill Goldberg’s own garage is slated for a complete overhaul. Although the air date is unknown, you can expect to see a Ranger RML-750HD Motorcycle Lift and a Ranger RML-800 Low-Profile Motorcycle Jack in his upcoming, ultra-customized man cave. Click on the sneak peek photo on the right for a closer look.

You’ve got almost two weeks until the WIRED Magazine episode, so make sure to catch up on previous episodes in the mean time. There’s a whole bunch on the website, including one of our favorite episodes featuring none other than our old friend Jay. Enjoy!

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