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BendPak Welcomes New Facility Early 2018

December 18th, 2017

 

 

Artist's close-up rendering of a BendPak building

The planned entryway of BendPak’s new facility.

BendPak Inc. is set to expand for the second year in a row with a 50,000+ sq. ft. facility. The bold move, coming on the heels of a massive expansion just months prior, marks a new chapter for BendPak in one of the company’s most decisive growth phases. According to BendPak management, this long-awaited announcement is simply the next step in a long series of expansions and updates that will be revealed throughout the new year and beyond. Work on the new facility is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2018.

With two new on-site facilities constructed in as many years, BendPak is setting itself up for another generation of success. When asked about his 50 years of oversight with the company, BendPak founder and President Donald Henthorn spoke glowingly about the future of his beloved brand. “BendPak is going to be here for another 50 years or more,” he said. “When you move as many large products as we do, you need a lot of space to store them. We’re making that space now and for the future.”

Because planning and multi-department coordination is critical during the early phases of construction, BendPak’s department leaders have remained involved in planning every detail since the very first discussion. “We’re excited to see all of our hard work come to fruition,” said Mr. Henthorn.

Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing Jeff Kritzer suggested this might be the most important, if not the most exciting, period in the company’s long and storied history. He said, “Our renewed focus on customer experience solutions and our pledge to become leaders in same-day-shipping mean both inventory and our ability to move freight are in a constant state of refinement,” adding playfully, “We’re in all-out attack mode.”

Early in 2017, BendPak management unveiled a 70,000 sq. ft. expansion to improve supply chain management and facilitate their growth initiatives. According to Javier Arias, BendPak’s Vice President of Operations, it was crucial that the 2017 and 2018 expansions remain on-site and on-schedule. “25 years ago when we purchased our current acreage, the aim was to expand our facilities and operational efficiencies as sales demanded.” Although our recent growth has accelerated faster than expected, BendPak has remained successful at keeping ahead of the curve.

Artist wide-angle rendering of a BendPak building

Artist rendering of BendPak’s upcoming 50,000 sq. ft. expansion.

The REAL STORY behind this Car Lift Photo that went Viral

October 13th, 2017

This article has been heavily edited from its original form.

A few things raced through our minds when we first saw the internet’s latest car lift fail. (Most of them are not safe for work.) BendPak has been in the car lift industry for over 30 years, so this would not be the first mistake we’ve encountered. Only this time, the photo went viral, with BendPak’s name clearly in the shot. Most of our customers are excellent when it comes to safely installing their car lifts. If they aren’t able to do the installation themselves, they hire a certified BendPak installer. This photo SEEMED to represent the exception, not the rule.

But we were WRONG.

Text message sent of car parked under BendPak four-post car lift, and left column has anchor bolts sticking out of the ground.

Unsafe… or just unfinished…

So, let’s clarify something right off the bat: no BendPak installer would EVER install a car lift like this. Today was a reminder of a hard truth. The internet can be full of foul play. This photo popped up at least 24 hours before we decided to comment on it, and it was really gaining steam across different channels. After we posted this article as a way  clarify our position on dangerous-looking installations, Chris, the owner of the lift, commented directly on our BendPak Facebook page. He posted this image and commented (below photo) on it:

Car under BendPak car lift with custom blocks under posts.

The REAL, final car lift installation

“Gotta love the internet. This pic must have been taken minutes before they (professional company) laid the slab concrete pedestals which can easily hold up the lift. No car ever went on this rack pre-concrete. Also worth noting that those bolts are 12″ long into the foundation plus [and now have] concrete pedestals.The rack is 100% level and we have custom ramps that work perfectly. Hope everyone can remain calm now…”

We definitely feel calm now. While it’s always safest to drill anchor bolt holes directly into the flooring, his custom installation should be fine. Anchor bolts are designed to fasten themselves deep into concrete. Once the bolts are turned in the concrete, they wedge themselves against the bolt hole. They’re now basically part of the concrete. The force of a vehicle lifting and lowering on the lift is dispersed throughout the columns and the concrete. When the bolts are sticking up in the air, you’re not only losing the surface area of the base plate, you’re applying force directly to loose bolts that aren’t designed to handle load in that manner. It’s quite to know the car lift was installed with all this in mind!

Chris, we all owe you an apology! We were just worried about your safety, as well as the safety of others. You did what you were supposed to do, as did your installation team. We’ll make sure to do a better job tracking our sources in the future. You never know what’s real and what isn’t these days, and in this case, we clearly came to the wrong conclusion. Hopefully the internet helps get the word out. False alarm. This lift looks great.

Please see Step 15, Page 26 in this HD-9 four-post lift instruction manual for proper anchor bolt drilling/installation.

BendPak Growth More Streamlined than Ever

July 19th, 2017

BendPak has grown to be a dream 50 years in the making. During this half-century of evolving into the automotive equipment specialists we are today, our mission has been continually focused on improvement in all areas, including engineering and design, production and logistics, and of course, customer service.

A look inside our new shipping facility expansion:

Ever since our ribbon cutting ceremony earlier this year, we have been relocating over 5,000 part SKUs from previous housings to new designated bar-code bins in new warehouses. We have relocated almost the same amount in large equipment items, as well including every finished lift and wheel service product, not to mention the hundreds of other shop equipment items we stock.

Our new Total Warehouse Logistics (TWL) approach supports day-to-day operations in our multiple warehouses. All warehouse tasks are now managed in a real-time environment, supported through radio frequency data collection devices that are carried by our warehouse workers. The new wireless barcode scanners and mini-computers record all inventory and order processing transactions in real time. Warehouse productivity and workflow, including product movements, receiving, shipping, picking, counting and accuracy, are being improved and streamlined. This new era in BendPak’s history will result in greater efficiency and higher capability. We’ll be faster and fully automated.

It’s an honor for us to supply each and every one of you with our products. We’re keeping the fires lit around the clock, burning the midnight oil and then some, as we quickly become bigger and better than ever before. This entire process is going to make the best even better, so stay tuned for more big news from BendPak.

These Parking Lifts Will Make You Go Bananas

March 28th, 2017

Funny phrase, “Go Bananas.” Not sure what it takes to make people reach an excitement level equal to or greater than bananas, but we should add it to our BendPak mission statement. “If you don’t go bananas when you buy a car lift from us…” On second thought, maybe not. But we are excited about our new PL-6KDT double-wide and PL-6KDTX double-wide/extended-width parking lifts. And that’s to say nothing of the PL-6KT triple-wide model that lets you park up to six vehicles at a time.

If you’ve seen double and triple-wide parking lifts before, you probably haven’t seen one like ours. For one, the platforms rise and descend independently, which takes care of the morning car shuffle. Moving three vehicles just to get to one kind of misses the point of a parking lift, doesn’t it? The extended-width PL-6KDTX is neat-o because it permits clearance of wide-stance vehicles like trucks and SUVs. Those truck mirrors are finally kept safe. FINALLY!

So, who uses this kind of parking lift? Basically, space is the number one factor. Any commercial parking garage/lot that has room to install a lift will take one and never look back. A spacious home garage with valuable collector cars will house one of these puppies without a hitch. Repair shops, custom shops, etc. can safely hang onto customer vehicles while their customers’ cars are in the queue. Parking lifts are a small investment with a big payoff, as long as storing more vehicles in as little space as possible is important to you.

And now, at last, you can sing along as you do your celebratory parking lift… banana… thing. Warning: we’re experts when it comes to car lifts, not banana dances. BendPak is not responsible for inappropriate or awkward looks associated with the dance of the bananas. You have been warned.

Designer Car Lifts: Why Should Auto Shops and DIY’ers Care?

March 2nd, 2017

BendPak gold fashion label

The next time you pass by an auto shop, whether it’s a competitor of yours or a shop far away and out-of-state, hang back a minute and check out what kind of equipment they use. Consider:

  • What brand(s) do they use?
  • If their equipment is better than yours, how does that make you feel about your shop?

If you own a shop, you should be putting yourself in the shoes of your customers, as well as your competition. This is especially true if you’re more impressed by their BendPak equipment than you think they would be of your off-brand, bargain barrel stuff. That desirable BendPak label sits near a second label too: the gold ALI Certified sticker prominently featured on the post. As purveyors of the world’s best “designer” two-post lifts, four-post lifts, scissors lifts and alignment lifts, we have a list of reasons why our ALI Certification and designer status matter. You already know BendPak is the real deal. Here’s a reminder of what we offer.

1. Car lift quality

ALI Certification gold label

Only buy certified car lifts

There are a lot of cheap lifts out there. They’re cheaply priced, cheaply made and cheap-looking too. Some shop owners will wonder why they should pay more for an ALI Certified lift when they can get a non-certified product for a few hundred dollars less that’s rated for the same weight capacity. Well, it’s the same principle behind spending $120 or more on a pair of Ray-Ban® sunglasses when there’s a six-dollar knockoff at the local convenience store. The cheaply made sunglass pair is going to break. For the cheap price, you get a set of ill-fitting, crappy-looking knockoffs. Unlike car lifts, a broken pair of cheap sunglasses is easily replaced. With a bad lift, you risk some serious damage to your property, even your own life.

2. Create an identity, not an identity crisis

The stuff in your garage or shop says something about you. Everything talks, from the posters, art and photos that decorate your wall, to the cars you drive, to your choice of garage equipment. If you drive a Prius, you’re probably concerned about mileage and the environment. If you drive an SRT Hellcat, you’re our kind of friend—let’s hang out. But seriously, your car lift speaks volumes about you. Off-brand, uncertified lifts don’t belong in a garage full of nice things; what’s more, those knockoff lifts speak for themselves. They say that the owner doesn’t respect his or her business (or his or her customer’s property) enough to make long-term investments with real BendPak car lifts.

Identity matters in professional environments. Word gets around when shops take shortcuts with their equipment. If a shop owner is willing to skimp on car lift purchases, what conclusions will a customer draw about how that owner treats his or her customers, charges for parts and labor, etc.? Not good conclusions, that’s for sure. When you see a shop outfitted with BendPaks, you’re entrusting your vehicle to smart minds and capable hands.

Try as they might, even DIY’ers will be on the receiving end of judgment for their garbage, off-brand equipment. While working from home in a locked-up garage is likely to disguise your shoddy image most of the time, your friends and fellow car aficionados care about the BendPak name too. When they rip on your cheap lift, they’re basically saying you don’t know what you’re doing. Your identity as a car expert is tarnished. You’re out of the club. Maybe there’s an opening at the bridge table…

3. Stand out

This is related to creating an identity. A strong identity will earn you respect, and therefore help you to stand out. (It’s also possible to stand out by being the worst, but we don’t wish that on anybody.) As you know, not everyone buys the best brands, but most people can identify those brands by name. Those familiar with fashion know the difference between a Coach® purse (granted, men don’t usually notice things like this, but we’re making a point) and one of those “Coach” purses children sell off the tourist-ridden streets of Jamaica. Likewise, BendPak is the real deal, and people are going to recognize you on that basis alone. We’re not shy about showing off our name along the posts of our lifts, loud and proud. You won’t be, either.

4. Elevate your status

By now you’re probably noticing a trend among numbers 2, 3 and 4. They all have to do with image. The designer status that appeals to fashion lovers also appeals to car lovers. While quality is the backbone of designer status, people who walk into your shop or garage won’t be thinking, “Gee, that ALI Certification is so important, good thing they have it.” They’ll be thinking, “BendPak. Nice car lift, man!” They’ll connect with you more on that emotional level, and associate you with good feelings. Why? Because everyone knows BendPak is the designer name that’s all over town.

At the risk of sounding vain, we’re proud of the fact that our car lifts cost a little more than the competition. We put pride into our work, which means better engineering, a sleeker aesthetic and safer, oversized components for your protection. It takes a savvy businessperson to go with BendPak over a no-name, and it’s an investment you won’t regret.

In fact, people with a few extra bucks to invest on intelligent purchases tend to flock together; these are the people who are investors, spenders and go-getters. You want them to notice you, as their attention improves your appeal, wins you their business and increases your bottom line. Trust us: you do not want to be known as the ugly duckling the auto industry. Even if you’re new on the block and struggling to pay rent, people gravitate toward the most successful-looking shop. Money matters, and BendPak will help you look and act like you already have it.

DIY’ers also benefit greatly from the respect of the car community, even if their reasons are not business-related. A higher status among the experts will ensure you stay engaged in better discussions about garage work, finding better deals, etc. The people you want on your side will always, always, always respect your BendPak equipment.

5. Celebrity car guys and shop owners choose BendPak

Gas Money Garage guys with BendPak lift

The boys of Gas Monkey Garage… monkeyin’ around.

Watching most TV car shows, you’ll notice something they have in common: BendPak car lifts service their expensive custom cars and trucks. The guys you see on TV don’t use BendPak just to make their shops look pretty. While there’s a level of glitz and glamour to the world of television, these guys are on tight deadlines, both in their shop work and their film schedules. They want the best, so they choose us. It’s not bragging if it’s true, right? It’s a competitive world out there. If we didn’t meet and exceed their needs and expectations, these shops simply wouldn’t choose BendPak lifts. Pay attention to who’s-who in the automotive world, and you’ll see that BendPak car lifts inspire the highest trust, not to mention that extra glimmer of celebrity status. We like the attention, and we earn it by being the only car lift name worthy of the hype.

BendPak Wins NASPO Contract for Vehicle Lifts and Garage Equipment

February 17th, 2017

NASPO How to Purchase link
SANTA PAULA, CA—February 2017—BendPak Inc., a global manufacturer of car lifts and specialized garage equipment for servicing wheels, tires and brakes, won its contract bid from the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), formally WSCA-NASPO. Under Master Contract no. 05316 for Vehicle Lifts and Garage Associated Equipment, BendPak will be providing municipalities and government buyers two-post lifts, four-post lifts, mobile column lifts, scissors lifts, wheel balancers, tire changers and brake lathes via central purchasing offices in each of the 50 states, including the District of Columbia and other U.S. territories.

As a national cooperative purchasing program, NASPO utilizes the collective purchasing power of all 50 states to acquire the best deals for a variety of products and services. A single Lead State manages select contracts on behalf of other states. Furthermore, NASPO membership states and government entities are not required to pay membership fees.

Several BendPak two-post lifts in an open garage space. Trucks, SUVs, and sedans are loaded on the car lifts.

The Master Contract was awarded to select companies that fulfill strict government, military and vocational requirements and only those companies that have globally recognized products specifically designed for heavy-duty and commercial fleet services.

BendPak’s vehicle lift offering provides a broad service range covering vehicle types ranging from buses and military vehicles, to fleet, passenger cars, trucks and SUVs. Specialty lift models including two-post lifts designed for lawnmowers, turf equipment and landscaping utility vehicles help fill the special needs of schools, parks and golf courses. According to Jeff Kritzer, BendPak Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, this is an intentional move by the company in order to reach the widest audience possible.

“Our cities and military typically have different needs when searching for car lifts and service equipment,” said Kritzer. “They want heavy-duty equipment that can handle the big stuff, in addition to smaller passenger vehicles and trucks. From government fleet vehicles, to city buses and military transport trucks, safety is always paramount.”

Military vehicle on a BendPak four-post lift

Military vehicle on a BendPak four-post lift

“It’s a huge opportunity for BendPak,” said Pat Weber, Director of Sales and Business Development. “Only the best of the best get included in NASPO contracts of any kind, so it’s an honor to be recognized as leaders in our field.” BendPak’s contract runs from February 2017 – February 2019 with an optional three-year extension.

NASPO awards contracts only after vetting competing businesses through a lengthy, comprehensive bidding process. Companies are awarded contracts for their pricing, warranties, service record, distribution network and guarantee of available parts after-the-sale.

About BendPak‐Ranger: BendPak / Ranger manufactures car lifts, parking lifts, pipe benders, and air compressors. Their Ranger Products brand includes tire changers, wheel balancers, wheel aligners, brake lathes, and a wide variety of garage equipment. BendPak and Ranger related marks are registered trademarks of BendPak Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. For more information contact BendPak Inc. at 1-800-253-2363 or visit www.bendpak.com. General press inquiries: info@bendpak.com

Transform Your Garage with a Gunmetal Gray Car Lift

November 23rd, 2016

Since we announced the BendPak color shift from blue to Gunmetal Gray, we’ve gotten a huge response over the web. We didn’t make this choice blindly, of course; we spent months gathering opinions from customers and distributors, and overwhelmingly, the public call was for us to make the change to Gunmetal Gray. So, who are we to argue? We’re excited about this change because it marks a new chapter in BendPak’s storied history as one of the most successful and longest-running car lift manufacturers in the world.

While a minority out there has been hesitant to accept the change to Gunmetal Gray, we’re sure that when people see what these beautiful lifts look like in their garages, they’ll lose their fears very quickly. To help that process along, we’ve taken some four-post lift photos our customers sent us recently and digitally changed the lifts from blue to Gunmetal Gray. Hopefully this demonstrates why we’re making the change.

The overall contrast in this garage—comparing the two pictures below—is very clear. The original blue pops out and leaves a very obvious visual footprint in the garage. When you compare this to the effect of the Gunmetal Gray, you see the latter is much more at home in the shop. The BendPak blue will always have a place in our hearts, but it’s shocking how cleverly the Gunmetal Gray blends with the DeLoreans. We think the new color also lends itself better for showrooms. If you’re displaying a rare or classic car, like a DeLorean, you want a solid, functional car lift that looks great but doesn’t draw attention to itself.

DeLorean on blue BendPak two-post car lift

DeLorean on Gunmetal Gray BendPak two-post car lift

In the shots below, notice how your eye is quickly drawn to the vehicles. In the past, when we were a younger and smaller company, we liked the extra attention on ourselves. Now that we’ve made our mark in the industry and you folks know that BendPak stands for the utmost in quality and reliability, we trust our name alone makes the difference for our customers—more than any color ever could—and that’s something that’s never going to change.

Yellow car under and white car over on blue BendPak four-post car lift

Yellow car under and white car over on Gunmetal Gray BendPak four-post car lift

Yet another great example why Gunmetal Gray is a better color for servicing and displaying classic custom rebuilds. The original car lift nearly pops off the page; in fact, the vibrant blue appears almost as prominent as the car itself. That’s not necessarily what you want if you’re into classic builds. The Gunmetal Gray version, in our opinion, is much sleeker and sexier, especially because it helps emphasize the car. The individual who sent us this photo was initially skeptical but pleased with the result when we showed him what his garage would look like in the new color scheme. Can’t say we’re surprised!

Red classic car on blue BendPak four-post lift

Red classic car on Gunmetal Gray BendPak four-post lift

The Camaro-lover in this last example has two beautiful cars that look great on our blue lift. With Gunmetal Gray, it’s clear BendPak is moving itself out of the limelight. Typical garage environments don’t necessarily demand a bright blue car lift to announce itself at all times, but if you do want the blue, we will be retaining it for special orders. That means there will be an extra service fee, but we always do our best to accommodate everyone’s preferences.

Blue Chevy Camaro under and red Chevy Camaro over on blue BendPak four-post car lift

Blue Chevy Camaro under and red Chevy Camaro over on Gunmetal Gray BendPak four-post car lift

Inside Look: Everything You Need to Know about the RP-50FC Oil Filter Crusher

November 21st, 2016

Ranger Products RP-50FC important features
The first feature we look at in an oil filter crusher is how easily it flattens metal filter casings. The RP-50FC oil filter crusher applies 25 tons of force, so it even works on thick, stubborn truck filters that can cause trouble for lesser machines. The other important thing we need to look at is how much oil is actually drained out. This is where a lot of small businesses can get into trouble. Our crusher gets 95% of residual oil out of the filter, and it gravity drains the oil runoff into a collection bin beneath the crushing compartment. Because the RP-50FC is so powerful, it takes about 8 seconds to crush most cans down to 20% of their original size. We’re also proud of safety features like the automatic shutoff if the compartment door is opened during operation, as well as the convenient foot-pedal controls, which add versatility to how you control all major operations.

Man operating Ranger Products RP-50FC Oil Filter Crusher

The development process
Oil filter casings are a common byproduct of every quick-lube station and repair shop, no matter what kind of work they do. Before the crushing process, these oil filters are filled with up to 10 oz. of waste oil, even if they’ve been gravity-drained. Therefore, these filters are considered hazardous waste and need to be properly handled and disposed of by licensed transporters, which is expensive and totally on the shop owner to pay for. The RP-50FC ensures your oil-heavy filters are flattened, emptied and totally reduced to scrap metal. In other words, using the RP-50FC means these casings will no longer be considered hazardous waste. If you’re not using a good filter, and there’s still waste oil in there after crushing, your whole businesses gets smacked with huge government fines, in addition to any standard disposal fees. Some especially strict laws have recently sprung up in California, but it’s everywhere, really. These fines are serious: up to $10,000 per violation per day. Our crusher gives you great peace of mind, so you don’t have to stress about it. The best part is that the RP-50FC pays for itself. All the used oil you’ve collected can also be repurposed or recycled, so now you have separate oil and metal casings that can actually earn you profit just for doing your job.

Improvements from past models
We need to make sure that we’re offering bigger and better versions of our existing products whenever a need for them exists. Our previous model, the RP-20FC oil filter crusher, is still great for flattening common oil filter casings and paint cans, but the RP-50FC is bigger, offers more than twice the crushing power and comes with a built-in stand. Some of those larger oil filters, like ones you see on commercial trucks and transport vehicles, are pretty robust, and we wanted to make sure we provide a machine that will handle those products flawlessly.

Saving time and money
Foot pedal for Ranger Products RP-50FC oil filter crusherIt’s a no-brainer, honestly. Under the definition of “solid waste,” the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that “recycled hazardous scrap metal is a solid waste when disposed of or recycled.” However, untrained or uncrushed filters contain too much oil to qualify for the scrap metal exemption. There are few options for disposing of non-terne plated filters (most commonly used).

  • The generator could crush the oil filter using the most appropriate crushing method to force excess residual oil from the filter. As a best operating practice, the EPA recommends that used oil filters are crushed to ensure that all free-flowing oil is removed and to make certain the crushed filters qualify for the hazardous scrap metal recycling exemption. The used oil and metal casings can then be recycled and sold for profit.
  • Alternately, puncture and hot-drain to remove the oil. This means puncturing the filter anti-drain back valve or the filter dome end and draining the filter above 60 degrees Fahrenheit (preferably near engine operating temperature) for a minimum of 12 hour to remove the oil. The used oil filters are then exempt from the hazardous waste regulations. The used oil and metal casings can then be recycled and sold for profit.
  • Pay exorbitant fees to have the used oil filters collected as hazardous waste.
  • Gravity drain the used filters by tipping them upside down and letting the oil slowly drain. In this method they are still considered hazardous waste. Costly collection fees will still apply.

With heightened awareness and scrutiny regarding the disposal of used oil filters, many processing facilities won’t even accept uncrushed filter casings anymore. Another plus for mechanics is anyone can get trained on these machines in a matter of minutes. You put the filter in, close the door to the compartment and depress the green button. If you let go, the process stops. The oil that gets squeezed out is automatically collected through a flexible tube, so virtually every aspect of the oil removal and collection process is handled for you.

BendPak Recreates Color Scheme for Brand New Look

November 7th, 2016

gray2Santa Paula, California – November 2016 – When BendPak designed its earliest car lift models, they were painted Burgundy to match the tastes of that era. Years later, in the late 1980s, the company redesigned its brand and color scheme with the brilliant “BendPak blue” that defines their look today. This bold blue has helped solidify BendPak’s reputation and brand and has become a staple in the automotive aftermarket. After nearly three decades, BendPak intends to reinvent its colors to keep their brand evolving and relevant.

BendPak is updating from their classic blue to what they anticipate will become the next color staple that the automotive industry will come to adopt: a gunmetal gray with white and yellow accents. The look will remain consistent across all of BendPak’s car lift models.

gray1

“Our bold blue made BendPak the most recognizable car lift brand in the industry, but everyone around the world has adopted the same look,” said Jeff Kritzer, BendPak Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing. The company recognizes bright blue-colored lifts can contrast with certain franchise, business or residential livery colors.

That’s not to say the design is meant to make BendPak more invisible in garages. The color scheme update is part of a marketing trend in BendPak to let the company name sell itself rather than force brand recognition through slogans and colors. “We surveyed both our dealer and customer base, and the overwhelming majority felt the new color scheme adds a touch of class,” Kritzer stated.

The company believes this change in direction offers a message of strength and is part of their commitment to keep expanding into new markets. BendPak President Don Henthorn said, “BendPak is going to look as modern as any new technology that’s out there. We’re growing as a company, and the BendPak name is what people really want to see on their equipment to know they’re buying the best.”

Want to know more about BendPak’s change to Gunmetal Gray? First check out our BendPak Going Gunmetal Gray FAQ page or email hello@bendpak.com to get in touch with a BendPak representative today!

The Worst Car Lifts Ever Built

October 7th, 2016

We searched the Internet to find the worst car lifts ever built, and they come from all over this great nation of ours. Seriously, folks. Buy a real car lift before you attempt to replicate any of these hilarious-yet-stupid makeshift heaps of beautiful junk.

1. 101 Ways to Use a Lead Pipe You Found Sticking out of the Ground
Keep an eye on the back-right chassis corner when he lifts it up. It totally doesn’t scare us one bit.

2. Do Away with Pesky One-Touch Button Controls
Ancient man probably lifted his chariots this way. Ancient man also had a life expectancy of 35 years.

block-lift

3. “I’m Not Saying It FELL… I Feel Like You Aren’t Listening.”
We shared this photo with our engineers, sales team and customer service reps, and no one is in total agreement on this one. Is it Photoshopped? Is the bed supposed to be… bolted on? Someone help us out here.

broken-lift

4. But… they said I should use frame cradle pads on my truck!

We’re all about the frame cradle pads. But, did we say smash them against the vehicle chassis, nowhere near the lifting point, without using the necessary truck adapter set? How long do you think it took for them to go from “well, it’s still crushing the frame, better lift it higher,” to whatever the opposite of that thought is?

lift-points

5. “Honey, Your Car is on the Fritz Again. Grab my Log. And my Really Big Stick. And My Tractor. No, the other Tractor.” 

We’ve probably said all we need to say.

log-lift

6. Just in Time for Halloween

This looks like something you’d see in a zombie movie when they try to rebuild society using PVC pipe and duct tape. Someone get this guy a scissor lift, please.

pipe-lift

7. Caught Playing Transformers on the Side of the Road

Never mind that the truck is perfectly capable of towing the car. Ignore the incredibly unsafe center of gravity this rig creates. Forget about the immense effort, timing and planning it must have taken to get it up there in the first place. Let us focus on the achievement. Let us argue over whether they called the police or got pulled over. And yes, let us remember the time two grown men tried to make a real-life Transformer out of their cars. In the rain. We give thanks to the person who pulled over to capture this moment.

roadside

8. 50% Ramps, 5% Blood Alcohol, 100% Worst Car Lift Ever Built

We’re not saying it’s Redneck. Someone else said that.

This link will take you to a place where you can rest your eyes. If you have more crazy car lifts that you think represent the worst ever built, share them with us, and we’ll all have a laugh.

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