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j4rowell
03-27-2011, 05:44 PM
Just bought a lift and trailered it home. The guy told me up and down it was a 4k lb lift. As I was unloading it a sticker near the base caught my eye. 3k lb lift. I don't know how the heck I missed it before. What to do? Loading it back up and driving several hours back to the guy is not an option. I paid $1200.

The lift is in perfect condition however it's probably 8 years old. My boat is an 09 x2 so about 3500lbs. Do I have an option of using this thing or should I list it for sale?

bigmac
03-27-2011, 06:56 PM
3500 lbs plus gas, oil, gear, people. Depending on the brand, you more likely need a 5000 lb lift.

TX.X-30 fan
03-27-2011, 07:21 PM
What kind of lift, can it be beefed up to handle your boat?

onejdgreen
03-27-2011, 07:27 PM
Do some research and see if it can be updated. Most likely it just needs heavier cables...

blakehardesty
03-27-2011, 08:41 PM
I dont know what brand of lift but i have a shore station 3000 Lb lift that I replaced the winch tube and the winch itself to 4000 lbs. It was about $850 total but it worked. It did void what warranty I had left.... If i had any. It was 15 years old so I doubt it had any left

Jeff Lyman
03-27-2011, 09:09 PM
I called my lift company with the same concern, getting close to the limit. They said theres about a 20% over rateing factor worked in the advertised weight limit of the lift. The only diff on mine was an extra brace which I did not buy 5 years ago and still working fine. I did break one cable from rust and corrosion when the boat was on the lift. Replaced it with stainless the only way to go.

bturner2
03-28-2011, 09:15 AM
I was told that on the Shorestation that the only difference on the weight ratings between the 3000 and 4000 rated lifts was the winch. All the main lift cables are the same. If you have an older lift changing out the winch tube pretty much rebuilds all the pulleys and moving parts. Add the winch to that and you've pretty much taken care of 99% of what goes wrong mechanically.

You're next step should be to find out exactly what you bought. The PO may have already upgraded the winch.

j4rowell
03-28-2011, 11:47 AM
I was told that on the Shorestation that the only difference on the weight ratings between the 3000 and 4000 rated lifts was the winch. All the main lift cables are the same. If you have an older lift changing out the winch tube pretty much rebuilds all the pulleys and moving parts. Add the winch to that and you've pretty much taken care of 99% of what goes wrong mechanically.

You're next step should be to find out exactly what you bought. The PO may have already upgraded the winch.

What does something like that normally run? $800-1k?

jkski
03-28-2011, 12:15 PM
FWIW, I know on my Hewitt lift, the difference between the 3k/3500k and 4500k was a different cable and an extra set of pulleys. All total, probably a couple of hundred dollars.

j4rowell
03-28-2011, 03:25 PM
Found out it's a shoremate lift. Talked to shoremate and there's no way to upgrade it. He said he could get me thicker cables and what not but the steel is only rated for around 3100-3200 lbs. Crap.

j4rowell
03-28-2011, 03:26 PM
lift for sale!

thatsmrmastercraft
03-28-2011, 03:48 PM
Another lesson learned. We have all been there before.