Once you’re a biker, there is no going around the need for an ATV Jack. You will at some point need one either for servicing or storage of your motorcycle. At the onset of the biking culture, most motorcycle owners consider the bikes just a form of transport that they can check into the garage for all sorts of service and repair. Bikes, however, have this tendency of growing into you and rousing within you the curiosity to want to know them better.
Sooner rather than later, you will find yourself feeling adequate to do the little cure bits for your bike. All for good measure, because most of these are easy fixes and doing them on your own can really save you a fortune in the long run.
That said, it is necessary that you set out with the most appropriate ATV Jack once you get to this point. You definitely don’t want your big toy to crash mid-air, leaving you cussing and wondering why you didn’t take it to the service store. A good jack should guarantee the safety of both yourself and your bike. It should also cater for your specific needs, moving your hoisted bike around, for instance, and definitely be durable.
- 1 PowerZone 380047 1700 LB Hydraulic Motorcycle/ATV Jack – A Good Jack For Big Bikes
- 2 Dragway Tools 1100 LB Wide Deck Motorcycle Jack – Best Small Scissor Jack
- 3 Extreme Max Wide Motorcycle Scissor Jack – The Highest Lifting Bike Jack
- 4 Black Widow MC-JACK Jack (Motorcycle) – Ideal For Cruiser And Touring Bike’s
- 5 XtremepowerUS 1100Lbs Motorcycle Scissor Jack – Good Cheap Bike Jack
- 6 Conclusion
PowerZone 380047 1700 LB Hydraulic Motorcycle/ATV Jack – A Good Jack For Big Bikes
The PowerZone 380047 is a hydraulic jack with its origins in China. Rated 17000 lbs, this means it is a good enough jack for big bikes. It comprises a square base and two jointed arms for the raise, with a foot activated pump to control the hoist. The base has lockable wheels, which allow you to move your hoisted bike around with ease.
It is overall made of stiff metal, heavy duty steel, only movable at the joints, which is fine because it comes for the heavy lift anyway. The part of the rising frame that the motorcycle’s belly lies on is fitted with rubber pads for protection of the bike’s frame.
The PowerZone can collapse to a low height of 4-1/2 inches, and can rise to 14-1/2 inches with a 1700lb bike resting on it. It comes with a safety lock, which holds the bike in place to avoid tripping over. The lock can be clicked shut in multiple positions, with a T-handle designed for the task to avoid the pinches that often come with bike hoisting.
Performance of the PowerZone 380047
It works well for bikes with a narrow belly. The metal rises at each end of the rubber saddles are meant to hold the bike’s frame in place once it comes to rest, but may cause the rest to be uncomfortable and unstable if the frame is wider than the provided saddle width.
Solid frame– As the name suggests, the PowerZone is virtually indestructible. The stainless steel can take just about any kind of hit, and hits are common in the garage, and lose no more than its painting.
Heavy lift – at 1700lbs, the PowerZone largely increases the range of bikes it can be used on. Although the entire 1700lbs is a bit of a hard bargain, 1500lbs is still a reasonably heavy lift. It is not brand specific, which means you don’t require several jacks if you have more than one bike.
Easy raise – The hydraulic pump is almost perfect on the lift. It is foot controlled, which makes it to use alone because both hands are left free to do the balancing and locking. Use of the foot also means you do the pumping with less strain than if you had to swing a long lever by hand.
Easy movement– The swivel wheels on the base frame make it easy to move your hoisted bike or unloaded jack around. This is especially beneficial if your jack is for storage purposes.
Complex assembly– users have complained that the PowerZone’s assembly instructions are anything but clear. You may need to use a lot of personal innovation to get it up and running. If this is not your area of strength, you could end up frustrated or have to look for someone with experience to do it for you, definitely not what you want with a jack!
Irregular drop – The slow depressing of the foot pedal does not work. Especially under a big weight, a little pressure release could cause a sudden drop that could bring your bike down with a thud.
Easily destructible swivel wheels – The swivel wheels will also strain under huge weight. They soon become faulty, causing the jack to move with a screech even when unloaded. Movement becomes almost impossible when the bike is mounted.
Dragway Tools 1100 LB Wide Deck Motorcycle Jack – Best Small Scissor Jack
The Dragway is a small, hand-operated scissor jack from Affordable tools. It is made of two flat boards with crisscrossing metal blades between them, which perform the bike hoist when cranked using a lever plugged into a provided socket. It is mainly made of steel but has a rubber casing on the foot and the area where the bike frame rests to protect the garage floor and bike frame. The cranking socket comes either as steel or tough plastic.
The Dragway comfortably lifts its listed weight; you sense it could lift a little more. One of the few products that have not attached a wild exaggeration to their advertisement. It works well with bikes with wide bases.
The design of the rubber padding is, however, negated by the threaded steel below it, which means the rubber could be worn out after a short duration of regular use. The edges of the resting panel do not have a restricting end, meaning there is a possibility of the bike sliding over the edge if not precisely positioned.
The width of the cross area sacrifices the length of the jack along the bike’s length, causing an imbalance especially when the bike is hoisted with the fuel tank more than half full. The result is a dangling back wheel and a front wheel still stuck to the ground.
Easy assembly – Assembling the Dragway comprises pretty much withdrawing it from its package. All that is needed for the user is to fix a lever on the cranking socket and get to work.
Wide – the width of this jack’s resting area means it can accommodate bikes with a large belly frame without causing any damage.
Low height– at 3.75 inches minimum height, the Dragway will get under almost every motorcycle.
Neat – The top and bottom parts of the Dragway fit together to form a briefcase-like finish upon closure. The closed jack is easy to store, and its small size only makes this easier. That it locks its parts in is also great for the jack’s own safety.
Wide model range – the Dragway is open to almost all models, and its 1100 lb capacity also accommodates a reasonable variety of bike sizes.
Small – the sacrifice of the length along the bike’s axis makes for a weird raise, which makes the jack small despite its weight capacity. It will let the back wheel off the ground while the front wheel still remains grounded, making the entire lift quite unbalanced.
Difficult to find parts – Tough as it might be, plastic is likely to break or wear out fast with regular use. Finding the replacement for faulty part of the Dragway can be a real headache.
The hoist has to be done by hand, which makes it a complex tool to use when you’re alone as it leaves just one hand free for balancing and strapping. Well, you could insist on using it alone or be forced by circumstances, but the funny postures and use of teeth as an extra hand is something you may want to avoid.
Extreme Max Wide Motorcycle Scissor Jack – The Highest Lifting Bike Jack
The Extreme Max scissor jack is pretty much similar in shape and function to the Dragway. It is manufactured in China, and is designed for lifting a variety of motorcycle models. It consists of two padded steel boards, with a crisscrossing scissor lift between them.
The jack starts at a resting height of 3-3/8 inches, and has the capacity to lift up to 14 inches. The recommended maximum weight of bikes lifted is 1100 lb.
It has options of seven or eight-inch sockets, but the cranking wrench is sold as a separate accessory. The jack cannot be used to hoist trikes.
The edges, however, still lack a restraining rise beyond the rubber pumping, raising the risk of slipping especially when the bike remains hoisted for a long duration.
This jack is again suitable for servicing use rather than storage. The absence of wheels makes it impossible to move the bike around with it, and the tight corners of storage might not offer enough space to crank the wrench.
Wide – The width of the Extreme max makes it suitable for bikes of ranging belly widths, with the rubber padding protecting the frame from damage.
Favorable height range – It is one of the highest lifting jack, from one of the lowest available rest heights. The extra millimeters may seem negligible at first sight, but their significance comes to the fore when the actual bike servicing gets underway.
Not easily movable – The Extreme Max does not have wheels, meaning the bike can only be worked on at the point where it is hoisted. Moving would require lowering, pushing around then hoisting again, with a hand held wrench.
Separate wrench – The fact that this jack is sold separately from its most crucial accessory makes little sense. The 7-8’’ wrench is not a common socket size either, meaning a user will have little chance of owning one beforehand and has to shop for the specific one once the jack is bought.
Hand operated – The hand held wrench leaves the person hoisting the bike with one free hand to do the balancing and strapping, negating the ease that would come with the use of a foot operated crank.
Black Widow MC-JACK Jack (Motorcycle) – Ideal For Cruiser And Touring Bike’s
The Black Widow is a scissor jack specifically designed for cruiser and touring motorcycles of up to 1100lbs weight. It comprises two metallic panels bounded by scissor metal blades. It is operated by hand via a seven or eight-inch socket to which a wrench is attached. The resting height of the Black Widow is 3.75 inches, while its maximum lifting height is 16.25 inches. With the help of two frame adapters that come with the original stainless steel jack, an extra lift of two of the 3.5 inches can be achieved.
It also has a flat-base bar extending outwards across each side of its base to increase stability.
It is mainly a big-bike service jack, designed to elevate a motorcycle from one end.
This jack is especially suitable for people with good knowhow of bike repair. Usually, minor servicing won’t require such an elevated hoist, thus a jack of this type would be meaningless. It is also more suitable for a person who handles many motorcycles, as the number of instances it will be used of a specific bike is quite low. It is mainly for cruise bikes; owners of other types of bikes need not fawn over this one.
Lift height – the tremendous elevation is the Black Widow’s main area of strength. By raising the motorcycle to an almost upright position, it allows the person doing the service uninhibited access to the belly. Working from his position is relatively easy.
Stability – despite the narrowness of the main panels, the extending arms of the jack ensure it remains stable even when the bike is fasted. Its own weight also contributes to its stability.
Too heavy – The weight becomes a bother when it comes to moving the jack around. Its size alone makes it bulky, making it an uncomfortable tool to work with.
Clumsy hands – The extended bars meant for stability often go unseen and it is easy to repeatedly trip over them and fall.
XtremepowerUS 1100Lbs Motorcycle Scissor Jack – Good Cheap Bike Jack
The XtremePower is a one side elevation scissor jack designed to lift from 3.75 inches to 15.75 inches. It is pretty much similar to the Black Widow, but uses a drive system rather than a socket wrench to propel the elevation.
It has two slim long panels in bounded by the movable scissor blades. It also has two screw-on frame adapters to help achieve an extended elevation. It is designed to lift bikes of up to 1100 lbs for all types of service, from tire change to oil maintenance. There are two extended arms extending from its base panel to increase stability.
It is a pretty light jack for its size, weighing a paltry eight pounds.
The XtremePower comes highly recommended for service store owners, but could also come in handy for bike owners with a collection of bikes. Like a Black Widow, the number of times this jack will be put to use is limited.
Light – The jack is pretty light for its size, and easy to move around the working area.
Adjustable elevation – The extra frame allows a proper exposure when a more detailed look at the motorcycle is necessary.
Has no wheels – The attached bike remains on one wheel, and is difficult for one person to move around without lowering.
Clumsy – The support bars extending from the base are again easy to trip over, as is the case with the Black Widow.
No padding – The jack is all metal. This makes it a hazard for the bike frame were the two to come into hard contact.
Whether you intend to do your own motorcycle service or not, a raising jack is a great biking accessory to have. It does not need to always be carried around, but it would be wise to have one within reach when needed. The type and size of jack will vary depending on the type and number of bikes one has. For people with a collection of different motorcycle models, it is advisable to look for a jack model that can be used across the range of motorcycles. People within a rider group or club need not buy so many individual jacks; they can share a few between them.
The specific use of the jack will also determine its choice. Purely service jacks require different qualities from storage jacks. For a service jack for example, wheels are not an essential feature since the jack is just hoisted at the spot where it is being serviced. Storage may, however, require maneuvering the bike into tiny corners where working the jack would be difficult. Strength is also of more importance in a storage jack than a service jack, since the former will carry the weight of the motorcycle for a long time.
The jacks reviewed in this article have been tested and widely researched on. They offer various services for different motorcycles, albeit with the mentioned shortcomings. This should help you make an informed decision on the motorcycle jack that suits you best.