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ttu
02-06-2012, 06:15 PM
found a used 8000lb boat lifter hoist at the lake i generally go. i know about hydrohoist but am not familiar with this brand. any insight?

thanks.

ttu
02-07-2012, 09:15 AM
does anybody know anything about this brand of hoist?

ChandlerR
02-07-2012, 09:49 AM
I have one. Very satisfied with it. Good brand, been around a long time. Also pretty easy to obtain parts, etc when needed. Most of these type lifts are very simple. They just use a vacuum motor to fill the tanks with air. 8K is a lot of lift.

CruisinGA
02-07-2012, 09:51 AM
Many of these on our lake, aside from the occaisional lightening strike taking out a motor, they last a long time. You just don't want one with fiberglass tanks. But those are very old, probably not what you are looking at.

ttu
02-07-2012, 10:48 AM
thanks for your responses. i have sent him a email to find out how old it is and asked for a picture to see the bunk setup.

ttu
02-07-2012, 05:56 PM
just found out the boat lift is 12 years old. anything to be worried about?

CruisinGA
02-07-2012, 06:54 PM
Has he specified what sort of tanks it has?

Older versions had fiberglass or galvanized steel tanks.

The blowers are pretty inexpensive and the galvanized frame should last just about forever

ttu
02-07-2012, 10:05 PM
Has he specified what sort of tanks it has?

Older versions had fiberglass or galvanized steel tanks.

The blowers are pretty inexpensive and the galvanized frame should last just about forever

cruisin, just found out via email that they are metal tanks. your input would be great. he's down to $2800.00 for the lift. he states he currently keeps a rinker captiva on it.

ttu
02-08-2012, 01:55 PM
can anyone help? thanks

CruisinGA
02-08-2012, 02:20 PM
Got your PM, figured I'd post here for posterity.

My experience stems from two neighbors, one has one of the old lifts with metal tanks, it was the heavy duty version. The other neighbor has the lighter duty version with fiberglass tanks. The fiberglass is not great, will crack etc. The steel has held up fine, just not the most attractive thing in the world. A good coating (not regular paint) would fix that.

Is he guessing that it is an 8000 lb lift, or is he certain? I would question that. Really need to inspect the lift in person, if it is in good shape and has enough capacity for you boat I would go for it, provided the cost savings over new is worth the hassle and age.

For a point of reference, our 5000lb galva-lift was ~$6000 new.

ttu
02-08-2012, 03:03 PM
thank you for your input! going to look at it on saturday along with a 5000 lb hydrohoist.

CruisinGA
02-08-2012, 03:59 PM
Price difference?

ttu
02-08-2012, 04:09 PM
hydrohoist is $2100.00 higher.

NatesGr8
02-08-2012, 04:25 PM
for what its worth i have a hydrohoist for my X-45 and it works great. It has the fiberglass tanks, i've had it for about 4 years now, i believe its about 8 years old. So far no signs of anything letting go or breaking. I'm in brackish water and the marina that the lift stays in has a bubbler system so it never sees any ice.

ttu
02-08-2012, 10:38 PM
thanks for the input. hopefully look at 3 of them at the marina i enjoy and see which is the best deal.

CruisinGA
02-09-2012, 09:58 AM
Are you sure your tanks are fiberglass and not roto molded plastic? The only lifts I have seen with the fiberglass tanks have one single large tank vs the 2-6 tanks of the newer lifts.