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5 Things to Consider When Buying the Best Car Lift

Buying a new car lift is not exactly as exciting as a buying a new car. However, picking the best car lift is nearly as important as picking the car you’re going to put on it.  There is nothing worse than thinking you’ve picked a quality product, only to learn later that it is substandard in design and, crucially, safety.

But with so many companies and brands of auto lifts to choose from, making the right choice for your auto needs can be difficult.  It’s necessary to understand the differences between lift designs, and make decisions based on the quality of the lift and its manufacturer.  Just like a car, if you want find out how well your auto lift will function, you need to “pop the hood”!  Whether you’re a mechanic working in a full-scale garage or a car collector who needs a car lift for the home garage, you’ll want to consider these 5 things to buy the best car lift:

Car Lift Column and Lock Design

The Column and Lock design is one of the most important things to consider as relates to the safety of your auto lift.  The leg and slider combo of a lift determines its rigidity— will it wobble, or will it stand firm under the pressure of your vehicle? To know for sure, all you really need to consider is whether the column and lock is designed as an “inside plastic slider” or an “outside steel sleeve.” The inside plastic slider is the design to avoid! These designs have a smaller plastic material block that rides inside an open-sided, bent thin gauge leg, to keep the sliders and lock inside the leg. Unfortunately, this means the legs can also pivot and wobble where the sliders meet the leg. On the other hand, outside steel slider joints are engineered much differently, because they use steel tubing to wrap around the outside of the leg instead of plastic blocks on the inside. Steel equals rigidity! An outside steel slider creates a solid joint that eliminates wobble and keeps your vehicle secure.

Power Unit

Picture this: you push the button on your lift to engage the power unit, and begin lifting your classic car. You’re approaching the garage ceiling, and it’s time to shut off the power. But instead of stopping, the motor keeps running— and your car keeps rising. In a matter of seconds, you’ve turned your classic into a crunch of scrap metal. How could this happen? Probably because your lift’s power unit came from an overseas distributor whose power units are prone to failure. A lot of Chinese units pull upwards of 30 amps, and only offer a 90-day warranty on the life of the power unit. You’re probably planning to own your auto lift for more than 90 days… so you should have a power unit that is also designed to last for much longer.  Before making a lift purchase, do some digging to find out where the power unit has been constructed. For companies like us at Backyard Buddy, American-made power units (and our 5-year warranty) are the standard put into all our auto lifts.

Construction

What kind of stuff is your lift made of?  From the cables to the lock linkage to the shape and material of the metal, how your auto lift is constructed will speak to its quality and safety.  In considering cables, a respectable rule of thumb is: if you cannot see cable coming out of the lift’s threaded end cable, they aren’t good cables.  Good cables have flexibility, strength, and intelligent design. Since cables are responsible for hoisting the weight of your car, these are three vital components you want your cables to possess!  Lock linkage is another little detail that will give you a good indication of a lift’s quality, but it’s also one of the most underrated. Steel rods that are 3/8 inch, with precision rod ends, offer positive locking and a smooth quality feel. This kind of rod engages properly so your lift locks every time. In contrast, cheaply-made lifts usually use 1/4 inch rods with cheap ends; these rods can bend and fail to activate the locking mechanism on a lift— a safety hazard waiting to happen. Don’t overlook those little details! Finally, what metal makes up your lift determines the lift’s durability.  American-made steel lift frames have been proven to outlast foreign steel, and be much stronger, because they lack the impurities that make “off-shore” steel difficult to weld properly.

Functionality

No matter what you intend to use your lift for— working on your car, storing multiple cars, conserving space in the garage— you want a lift that has functionality within its space, and also compatibility with accessories that can increase lift functions.  For example, if you’re a city dweller, where real estate is limited and storage is expensive, a residential car lift should afford you an increase in storage by stacking two vehicles safely on top of each other (so
you’ve got room for the minivan and the Maserati!). But what else can your lift do? Being able to add accessories, like hard rubber casters, increase functionality by making that auto lift easy to move around your space, so you can work in or organize your garage efficiently.  The more customizable the lift, the better it’ll suit your lifestyle.

Warranty

As mentioned earlier, you’re probably planning to own your car lift for a long time. Which means it needs to maintain working order for a long time.  Any distributor that has a warranty full of caveats and asterisks, or a “ship and wait policy,” should automatically raise a red flag.  An auto lift that offers a free, no-questions-asked policy, or has an extended warranty period, is going to give you the best (and most long-lasting) bang for your buck.  For example, at Backyard Buddy, we offer a warranty of 5 years top to bottom, with no fine print to wade through.  Extended warranties are also available at the time of lift purchase.  When buying your lift, always ask about the warranty!

Once you’ve considered these 5 things while buying a car lift— column and lock design, power unit, construction, functionality, and warranty— you’ll be on the right track to choosing the best lift to fit your needs and your life.  When it comes to car lifts, you truly get what you pay for. Considering the key elements that go into an auto lift, from the initial construction to the after-purchase warranty, will help you determine what is worth the most— a lift’s price, or its value? When you’re driving your car, you want that car to be safe, reliable, and maybe a little bit impressive. You should expect the same from your car lift!

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.

Our Hometown – Warren, Ohio

If you have read more than a couple of our blogs, you know that Backyard Buddy is extremely proud to be a manufacturer of American products made by American workers. You probably won’t be surprised that we’re not only proud of our country, we are all so proud of our city: Warren, Ohio.

Warren is a small city of 41,000 residents in Northeast Ohio, about an hour east of Cleveland, and has a proud industrial history. It was the first city to have electric street lights, thanks to the Packard Electric Company, which also spawned Packard automobiles, one the first major automobile manufacturers in America (our facility is just down the street from their original factory). As its industrial might grew, the city also made steel for thousands of American products for most of the 20th century.

Unfortunately, like so many small industrial cities in the Great Lakes, Warren fell on hard times when the American steel industry collapsed in the face of cheap, foreign steel in the 1970s and 80s. Good jobs became scarce, and many residents either left the city to find their fortune elsewhere, or struggled to find new jobs in the Warren area.

One of the things that we are most proud of at Backyard Buddy is that we’ve worked for almost three decades to stop these losses. We make a quality product using American steel and American workers, making us almost alone in a sea of foreign junk.

Today, Warren is home to many small and midsized businesses like ours, including AVI Foodsystems, a national-level food service and hospitality provider. The National Packard Museum downtown celebrates the city’s important place in the history of the automobile, with more than 30 historic cars, and an archive that is the envy of any Packard enthusiast. For those looking for wings instead of wheels, the Ernie Hall Aviation Museum showcases planes and artifacts from the early days of flight.

Warren has a lively arts scene as well. The city’s Packard Music Hall brings in national acts (did we mention that Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters fame was born here?), touring theatre productions, and classical and modern performances from Warren Civic Music. If you’d rather hear your music under the stars, the Riverwalk Amphitheatre features a rock and pop concert series every summer. Downtown, the Trumbull art gallery has rotating exhibits of local and national artists.

Warren also has lots to offer outdoor enthusiasts. Mosquito Lake State Park (don’t worry, it’s just a name) is about 15 minutes north of downtown Warren and offers boating, fishing, swimming, camping, and hiking. There are also several public hunting areas less than a half hour drive away.

We should also mention that our showroom is another local attraction where you can check out our impressive quality and features firsthand and talk to our knowledgeable staff. We invite you to come see our products and then spend a day or two taking in all Warren has to offer.

Let’s Make America Great Again

Normally, I wouldn’t dedicate a blog to the U.S. presidential race, but this year we have the choice of someone who isn’t the normal candidate. This year, I ask that you join me in supporting Donald J. Trump, because he is not just another politician, and he is the best candidate that American businesses and workers have had in their corner in years.

It’s no secret that I, along with many other American business owners, have to constantly fight against a tide of cheap, crummy, low-cost foreign products. For most of my adult life, I’ve watched good manufacturing and industrial jobs leave the United States for Mexico, China, and everywhere else but here.

As a patriotic American who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, as someone who loves my country, and as a businessman who is trying to provide for my family and the families of all those who work at Backyard Buddy, it pains me to see good jobs leave the country. Our hometown of Warren, Ohio, like many other small cities and towns across America, has been devastated by the mass exodus of manufacturing jobs over the past 40 years. I’m sick of watching the “American Dream” fight for its life.

For the first time in a long time, I have faith that a presidential candidate will actually live up to his promises. Trump has repeated one simple pledge over and over: to make America great again.

Here at Backyard Buddy, I’ve spent decades doing my small part to keep America strong. To keep good jobs in America. To help my fellow Americans make a decent living while producing an excellent product. To keep good jobs in the Rust Belt. It hasn’t been easy. It seems like every politician for the past two decades has sold out hard-working Americans for international trade and a flood of foreign crap coming to our stores.

Trump is the first presidential candidate in a long time to set himself apart from this tide of globalization that is hurting America. Trump knows that Americans are getting ripped off in trade, watching our hard-earned dollars flowing to Asia and South America. He knows we’re losing millions of jobs and thousands of businesses. He has pledged to help stop this tide by taxing cheap imports, making it less attractive for companies to leave the United States and undercut American wages by hiring people living in poverty in the third world.

Trump will stem the tide of illegal immigrants coming from the Mexican border and taxing our social services while undercutting American workers. He has also pledged to be the greatest job producing president that the country has ever seen, and to develop a tax plan that grows the U.S. economy and trims the debt.

I would urge you to vote Trump even if I only agreed with him on these critical issues that will help American businesses and workers, but I stand with him on so much more. He has pledged to uphold the Second Amendment, to keep our military the strongest in the world, to fix our education system, to stop the flow of illegal drugs coming from over the border, to respect our law enforcement officers, to end the tyranny of political correctness, and to make America a better place however possible.

I ask you as a fellow American, as a small business owner, as a veteran, and as someone trying as hard as he can to provide good jobs for my workers: Vote Trump!!

Thank you,
Larry Gross, Owner, Backyard Buddy

Trump is the Answer

If you’ve followed Backyard Buddy, you know our strong position on cheap, imported steel; especially steel coming from China.  No cheap, foreign import steel used in our lifts like with so many of our competitors.

Foreign steel, produced with minimal regard for quality or worker safety has flooded the worldwide market, putting thousands of Americans out of work. Cheap, imported steel is not only a bad product, it’s bad for our country.  It’s time we stand up to China…and there’s only ONE person willing to fight for American businesses and workers – Donald J. Trump!

In short, his plan “is a negotiating strategy to bring fairness to our trade with China.”  Trump supports threatening China with a significant tariff on its exports.  To fully understand his position on US-China trade reform, visit his site, https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions/us-china-trade-reform.

As Americans, we have an incredibly important decision to make concerning the future of our nation. For so many reasons, this country needs a strong business and world leader, not another Washington insider, status-quo, establishment politician.  Trump is the answer.

The “establishment” certainly doesn’t like him because he’s different, and frankly, that’s a good thing.  He’s not reliant on donors so no one “owns” him.  And let’s face it, Trump says what most people are thinking; he’s just not afraid to say it.  What’s wrong with encouraging his fellow Americans to boldly stand up for their beliefs about what’s best for our nation?  He’s given us our voice again!

“Make America Great Again!”  Vote for Trump!

Veteran’s Day

Backyard Buddy was started by a Vietnam veteran and Marine who served his country with distinction. He was proud to be a veteran when it seemed that many people would rather not be reminded that there were Americans fighting and dying in Southeast Asia. We’re loudly and proudly American, and never miss an opportunity to point out that we make American-made products with American workers.

This November, as Veteran’s Day approaches, we’d like to take a moment to thank those who have made America, our lives, our work, our freedoms, and even our company possible: the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces.

Thankfully, our veterans are now treated as heroes. They receive ovations in airports. They get front row seats at football games. They have a hard time paying for a drink in most bars. As wonderful as it is to see our veterans given this respect, we need to understand that this is not why they joined up, and this is not why they fought.

Our veterans – whether a 90 year-old who fought in the Philippine Sea in 1944, his son who fought in Khe Sanh in 1968, or his granddaughter who fought in Kandahar in 2001 – served because they thought it was the right thing to do. They served to protect our freedoms. They served to protect their families. They served because someone attacked America and it pissed them off. They served to make sure that their children, and our children, will continue to live in a free world where they are rewarded for what they do, not who they are.

The funny thing is, despite the importance of their task and the often-impossible odds they faced to do it, if you ask any of these veterans if they are heroes, they’ll all say no. They’ll tell you the guy who didn’t make it back is the real hero, or that the medic who came and got them in a firefight is the real hero, or that the pilot who took out a dug-in enemy that had them pinned down is the real hero.

But there’s one thing we hope that every veteran realizes. Everyone who they call a hero in their story is telling a different version of that story where the “other guy” is the hero.

This year, and every year, let’s remember the men and women who are heroes to everyone but themselves. Without these veterans, who committed their blood, sweat, tears, and even their lives, to America, we wouldn’t have so much of what we have.

All of us at Backyard Buddy give a loud OORAH! (remember, our boss is a Marine) to all of those who served, and want them to know that we don’t just remember them on November 11th, but that they are in our thoughts and prayers every day.

Worth Every Penny

Why a Backyard Buddy Home Auto Lift is Worth Every Penny

If you’ve read this blog, you know how proud we are of our home auto lifts at Backyard Buddy. They use American components and American steel put together by American workers right here in Warren Ohio. It’s very rare that we hear complaints about our quality, but we do occasionally hear grumbling about our price.

We’re not afraid to come out and say it: A Backyard Buddy home auto lift isn’t cheap. They’re not cheaply made, they don’t use cheap components, and they don’t use cheap labor. The steel to make a Backyard Buddy lift alone costs more than some complete Chinese lifts.

So why do we insist on making such a high-quality auto lift?

A car lift for the home is a purchase that you are trusting to hold thousands of pounds of steel above your head while you work on your vehicle. You need to know that it won’t drop your vehicle, destroying it and whatever happens to be under it, including you. You want the safest, most stable lift available:

•    Unlike the flimsy light-gauge steel U-shaped posts of our competitors, the lift posts on a Backyard Buddy 4 post car lift are square and made of 4×4 structural steel tubing.
•    Our lifts are free standing, and can even be moved with a load on them, unlike our competitors’ lifts, which must be bolted into the floor to remain stable.
•    Our lifts have welded decks with a full angle iron frame and cross braces supporting the diamond plate deck, while our competitors’ decks are usually just stamped diamond plate with no support under it.
•    While our competitors use small tabs welded to the legs as locking points, our decks lock into the legs through a precision key cut into the steel itself
•    Our hydraulics have built-in flow restrictors that keep pressure in the system even in the event of a hydraulic failure, while our competitors’ lifts risk slamming your vehicle into the ground over something as simple as a burst hydraulic hose.
•    Where our competitors do their best to hide their cables and end them with welded caps that don’t let you inspect the cable, ours are fully swaged with visible ends so that you will know if they are starting to wear or slip.

But maybe our incredible safety and stability won’t convince you. If you’re the type of person that is okay with trusting your life to “good enough,” maybe you’ll be more interested in some of the options we offer that help make your life easier.

•    Our lifts have an optional built-in hydraulic jack that slides back and forth between the lift decks so that it can be used in any position and on even the lowest-profile vehicle. This lets you roll your vehicle onto the lift, raise it to whatever height you would like, then jack the wheels off the lift deck. The first time you do a chest-level brake job, you’ll know why this is one of our most popular options.
•    Our lifts are so stable that you can use the optional heavy-duty caster set to move the lift easily even when it’s got a vehicle on it.
•    Our crane attachment moves along the entire length of the lift, allowing you the freedom to easily lift a body off a chassis, pull a motor, or do any other heavy lifting you may need.
•    Combine the crane attachment with our heavy-duty casters and you can use the lift to move heavy loads around your garage or driveway.

While the foreign-made lifts may beat us on initial purchase price, we beat them in every other area, including value. You’ve no doubt heard the adage “buy once, cry once,” and it applies to a Backyard Buddy Lift home auto lift.  More than one of our customers threw away their money on a Chinese home auto lift first, and then ordered a Backyard Buddy lift when they realized just how crummy the foreign-made lift was.  A Backyard Buddy car lift for home and garage is a “once-in-a-lifetime” purchase; an investment in a tool that helps you store and work on your vehicles more safely and easily.  Buy one first and be done (until you find more room in your garage and order another one).

Another place we have the foreign competition thoroughly beaten: you can actually talk to us on the phone. Whether you’re an owner who has a question or someone who’s “just looking” and needs more information, a live person right here in our factory will be happy to talk to you between 8AM and 5PM EST at (800) 837-9353. And if you happen to be near our factory in Warren, Ohio, stop by our showroom and see just how safe, stable, and incredibly well built each and every Backyard Buddy home auto lift is.

Safety through Quality

There is never room to cut corners on safety. Think about your own priorities: aren’t good health and safety for you and your family at or near the top of the list? At Backyard Buddy, we feel the same way. That’s why we build our lifts and accessories with an industry-leading array of safety features—because nothing is more important than the safety of our customers, their families and their property.

Unfortunately, our competition cares more about making a quick buck than taking care of its customers, and this has led many people into the mistake of buying a cheaply made and designed product that can endanger them and their loved ones. To prevent this, our goal is to educate customers on the safety features they should be looking for in a car lift. We’re confident that our Backyard Buddy lifts have every feature needed to keep our customers safe. Here are a few of our safety features (and you won’t find these in our competitors’ products!):

–Highest quality American-made steel: Our lifts are made from rugged, American steel—not the cheap thin, imported metal our competitors use. This virtually eliminates any chance of dangerous structural failure.

–Reinforced runways: Our durable runways are reinforced to remove any chance of distortion under the weight of a vehicle. This ensures there will be no unnecessary or potentially dangerous movement in the lift.

–Hydraulic flow restriction: Even though our swiveling hose design prevents kinks that can deprive the lift of pressure, we still include a hydraulic flow restriction mechanism in our lifts. This means that the lift will maintain its position in the unlikely event of a problem with the hose. Competitors’ lifts without this feature will immediately fall back towards the ground if hydraulic pressure is lost, which is the #1 thing a lift should never do! Our restrictor eliminates the chance of this dangerous mechanical failure.

–Backup safety locks:  Each corner post of our lifts has a backup safety lock that will automatically engage if the lifting cable goes slack for any reason. We’ve never even seen this happen to our lifts, but we include the feature anyway because your safety is that important.

We think it’s clear that Backyard Buddy lifts are the safest lifts you can buy. That safety is the result of the highest quality design and construction on the market, and it means you can rest assured that your vehicle and your family are safe.

To see a more technical comparison of our lifts with our competition, click here:  http://www.backyardbuddy.com/side-by-side-comparison.html.

Benefits of Backyard Buddy Lifts

Most men and women who enjoy working on cars truly appreciate good equipment and tools.  The right tool helps make a job fun because it can be done more quickly and efficiently.  We tend to have our favorite tools that we go to over and over again because we like them and the way they work.  At Backyard Buddy, we are confident that our lifts provide our customers with several benefits.  Here are just a few:

  • A Backyard Buddy Lift is the very best tool you will ever use in your garage.  It allows you complete access to work on your car, even underneath it.  No matter what job you need to do – whether it’s working on your exhaust or changing out tires, the Backyard Buddy Lift makes this job easy and fun.  These lifts hold cars, trucks and recreational vehicles up to 9000 pounds, allowing you to work and service your own vehicles right in your own garage.
  • Backyard Buddy Lifts are completely safe.  Safety is of the utmost importance to Backyard Buddy.  We guarantee that our lifts are manufactured using the best materials and design possible making these lifts the safest available in today’s market. Accidents occur when the proper equipment isn’t used.  Working under your car with jacks can cause a potentially hazardous accident if the jacks slip or were knocked out.  Backyard Buddy Lifts allow you to safely work below your car without any worry of slippage because the weight of the vehicle is fully supported.
  • Backyard Buddy Lifts create space and storage in otherwise crowded garages.  These lifts allow you the ability to store cars, boats, ATV’s, snowmobiles and other seasonal vehicles on top of one another as long as you have the height space within your garage or storage unit.  By storing one on top of the other, you give yourself double the storage capacity.  Backyard Buddy can also supply you with accessory kits so vehicles can be properly stored in the off-season.
  • Customer service guaranteed.  Backyard Buddy has a great track record for 25 years now and is committed to great customer service and satisfaction.  We are the largest manufacturer of four-post freestanding car lifts for the residential and commercial business in the U.S. which keeps us committed to serving our customers well.
  • Backyard Buddy supports locally owned businesses and companies.  As a locally owned company, we are committed to supporting other small business owners in order to help grow our own economy.  We desire to see small business owners make an impact in the communities in which they live.

To find out more details about a Backyard Buddy Lift or one of our other great products or to get more information on how to purchase one of our great products today, visit our website at:  http://backyardbuddy.com. 

 

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Why “Be American, Buy American?”

We’ve been asked why we put so much time and effort into our “Be American, Buy American” series of videos (available at our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUMSXZ0OVtg_VRn2qYs5yQA)

The simple reason is because we believe in the message and want to share it with everyone we can. Our founder and owner, Larry Gross, is a former Marine (as much as any Marine can be considered “former”) and Vietnam vet who loves Backyard Buddy, but loves his country more. Everyone at Backyard Buddy wants the company to be successful, obviously, but they also want to help make America stronger in the process.

We want every American to know that they have the power to fix the economy, provide jobs for themselves and their neighbors, and to increase the quality of the products they buy. All we all have to do is vote with our wallets and demand high quality, American-made products.

As we talk about in the videos, we know this won’t get you bargain-basement prices, but it will get you a product that is immeasurably better than its foreign competition while keeping the money you spent in the US. This leads to a ripple effect of positive benefits for you and our country. When you buy American, you and all the rest of us benefit from a stronger overall American economy. Buying American keeps good-paying jobs here in the US. American employees making a good salary benefit the American businesses that those employees patronize. Your purchase also benefits the American companies that supply the raw materials for the item you just bought.

Putting this all together with an example that is near and dear to our hearts: If you buy a Backyard Buddy lift, you get a top-quality lift for yourself. Your money stays in the US economy and pays the salary of our American workers in Warren, OH. Our employees put that money back into the local economy at the grocery store, buying personal and household items, paying their utility bills, and even buying a coffee on the way to work. If they also demand American-made products, the entire cycle of benefits starts all over again. Your money also pays the salary and materials costs at our American parts and steel suppliers and other vendors, who then continue the cycle as well.

On the other hand, if you buy a foreign-made product, the majority of your money leaves the US, never to be seen again, and you are stuck with an inferior product.

The choice is stark, simple, and yours to make.

Be American. Buy American.