Monthly Archives: August 2016

Better Living Through. . . Cranes

Backyard Buddy, crane system, engine hoist

Hoist slides across cross beam and along tracks the length of the lift.

You already know that Backyard Buddy makes the best four-post vehicle lift that money can buy, but did you know that we also make a great crane? We know what you might be thinking, and no, we aren’t trying to break into the construction market, we’re just making it as easy as possible for you to work on your vehicles.

The Backyard Buddy crane is probably the most unique accessory available for a car lift. It turns your lift into a true workhorse, bringing many of the features of a professional restoration shop into your own garage.

Our half-ton rated crane accessory provides two tracks that bolt onto the posts of your Backyard Buddy lift, spanning the long sides, and a cross-member with an attached hoist that slides along the tracks. This allows you to pick up a load no matter where it is positioned on or under the lift. Even more useful, the tracks have extensions that allow you to pick up or put down a load in front of the lift.

If you’ve ever taken a motor out of a car, you’ll know exactly how useful this is. Instead of trying to position a vehicle under the roof beam you’ve got holding your hoist, hoping that you’ve got it perfectly aligned so the motor doesn’t start swinging when you get it out (and if you’ve ever done that, you won’t forget it), gingerly backing the vehicle out with the motor hanging there, then fussing with a motor stand or cradle while you lower the hoist back down, you can simply lift the engine and move it while it hangs in the air.

With our crane, you can easily remove a motor from a car on the lift (and even work on it from below to do so), then gently slide it onto the extensions and put it down in front of the lift, into a truck or trailer, or onto a stand.

Combine the lift with our casters and your life gets even easier, since you’ve now got a rolling crane platform.. Having a mobile crane lets you pick up a motor off of a stand (or out of a truck on your driveway), push it back to wherever you need it, and lower it onto your stand, workbench, or into your vehicle. The crane/caster combo also allows you to pick up a heavy load anywhere that you can roll your Backyard Buddy lift and drop it back off anywhere else you can push your lift. Anyone who has taken 10 trips to move a pallet of parts from a curbside drop-off, or had to find a way to put a piece of heavy equipment into a pickup bed knows how useful this is.

Combining it all, the Backyard Buddy crane attachment allows you to roll a car onto your lift, use the hoist to pull its motor and put it on a stand, then raise the car up on the lift, attach the body to the crane’s rails and cross-member, and then lower the car, lifting the body off the chassis and setting you up for a complete restoration in your own garage. The best part about combining our lifts and a crane is that you can do all this work at whatever height is comfortable for you.

As always, we’re happy to talk to you more about our lifts and accessories, or to show them off in our showroom in Warren, Ohio. Give us a call anytime between 8:30 and 4:30 Eastern at (800) 837-9353.

Being a Target

One of the problems with being at the top of your field is that you end up with a big target on your back. Everyone is aiming to take you down, by any means they can find.

At Backyard Buddy, making the best lifts that money can buy means that we have to constantly deal with detractors who insist that their shoddy, imported product is just as good as ours.

One of our favorite things that they attempt to insult us with is that our lifts are “over engineered.” Mostly, we take issue with the idea that something you literally are trusting your life to should be called “over engineered” as a negative.

Our lifts are built to be incredibly strong and incredibly reliable, and are designed to make failure almost impossible. Our lifts have survived earthquakes with cars on them. Our guiding principle isn’t value engineering or making our lifts just safe enough so that we can avoid lawsuits if they fail while still maximizing our profits. Our guiding principle is producing the best lifts possible. Full stop.

We do things the right way, not the cheap way. Most importantly, we use high-quality, American steel that we know will perform as advertised, not foreign steel that has a low chance of actually being inspected and a high-chance of having air bubbles and impurities in it. We use welded steel and frames to make our platforms, not cold formed or pressed steel. We use full square legs for strength, not formed C-shaped legs for more profits. We use externally routed, high-quality cables so that in the unlikely event they begin to fray our users can see the damage, and not find out about it from a sickening snap and clang of a broken cable hitting steel, or even worse, the crash of a vehicle hitting the ground.

Another thing that our competitors don’t like to mention is that we use American workers who actually care about making great products. Our employees are not moving as fast as they can to put lifts on cargo ships. They’re working as hard as they can to put lifts onto trailers to go down the road or across the country, not across the ocean.

This is not to say that we don’t dish out a little of our own. We’re happy to point out that a lot of our competitors use cheap foreign steel, cheap foreign labor, and cut corners wherever they can. We’re even happy to point out that some of our competitors’ lifts wobble when you push them, even under a load.

Ultimately, we are happy to put our lifts next to any of our competitors’ and have anyone give them a try to see which one they would rather stand beneath with a couple tons of steel above them.

If you’d like to come stand under one of our lifts and try to make it wobble (we’re happy to tell you that you won’t be able to), come visit our factory and showroom in Warren, OH. Give us a call at (800) 837-9353 during business hours and we will answer any questions you might have.