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bfinley
03-19-2012, 08:52 PM
I have a 2006 X2 and I'm shopping for a boat lift. I can get a used Shore Station 40120 (4000 lb lift 120 inches wide) AC Powered Hydraulic for about $5500. Or, I can get a used 50120 (5000 lb lift 120 inches wide) AC Powered but not Hydraulic for $4500. Is it worth the extra expense for a hydraulic lift. My boat weighs about 3500 lbs, is it worth it to get a 5000 lb lift?

Thanks,

Brandon

Datdude
03-19-2012, 08:54 PM
Where in Sconnie are you? I may know of some nice used lifts for sale

bfinley
03-19-2012, 09:20 PM
Madison area - Lake Wisconsin

Barefooter92
03-20-2012, 07:44 AM
I have the Shorestation 40108 lift for my PS205. The lift itself is the same as the 3000# only the wench is different. However, my boat is a bit lighter than yours. Once I installed the AC drive in place of the wench it did not matter. With that said I would go with the 5K for less. Once your not lifting it by hand who cares if it is DC/AC/Hyd. Save the cash for the canopy, you will add that next. Good Luck!

Ben
03-20-2012, 08:08 AM
Do you need to pull it every winter? Will you be doing that, or paying for it? I think the hyd are heavier. I know my 3000 lb SS is much easier to put up on the seawall than neighbors 4000 lb SS with canopy frame. We usually have 6 guys, but still is heavy to do. Something else to consider.

Barefooter92
03-20-2012, 12:34 PM
Good point Ben. These are real back breakers. $40 in an out is cheap back insurance!

yeahmooney
03-20-2012, 05:35 PM
Get the 50120! Keep in mind that 3500lbs the 'dry weight' of your boat. Once you add fuel, boards, people, life vests, and beer you're well over 4000 lbs. (I'm sure you'll have times like the rest of us when you forget to empty the balast tanks. :o )

The hydraulic motors are faster than the AC but they won't lift more weight. I have an AC motor and love it.

:toast:

barefoot
03-20-2012, 07:37 PM
I've always wondered...how much capacity play is there in a lift? I mean, if a lift is rated for 4,000 lb, im sure the engineers did some tests to overload the lift. In which case, could you be 50% over capacity on a give day and not have to worry?

vision
03-20-2012, 08:02 PM
I've always wondered...how much capacity play is there in a lift? I mean, if a lift is rated for 4,000 lb, im sure the engineers did some tests to overload the lift. In which case, could you be 50% over capacity on a give day and not have to worry?

It seems to vary with manufacturer. For example, my X-star sits on a lift rated for 4K. Clearly the X-star with fuel and crap is closer to 5K. I was going to change out the lift. But, the motor for the 4K and 6K lifts for my brand are the same. The cables are the same. The cradle is the same. The only difference was the spreader at the top was beefier, so I had that installed.

Tlxstar
03-20-2012, 09:03 PM
FWIW - I have a 2007 X-Star on a 40120 Shorestation lift. Haven't had an issue with the lift getting the boat out of the water to its max height with a full tank of gas + gear. IMHO, this lift should be plenty for what you need.

barefoot
03-21-2012, 01:20 AM
It seems to vary with manufacturer. For example, my X-star sits on a lift rated for 4K. Clearly the X-star with fuel and crap is closer to 5K. I was going to change out the lift. But, the motor for the 4K and 6K lifts for my brand are the same. The cables are the same. The cradle is the same. The only difference was the spreader at the top was beefier, so I had that installed.



That's clarifies things. I have a ShoreStation that my '83 sits on. Granted, I'm know where near maxing out the capacity. My father-in-law has the wake boarding boat that could probably be on a bigger lift. But it's been sitting on the same lift for ever without any problems.

Tlxstar
03-22-2012, 09:04 PM
Brandon - PM at you.

Tri4X2
03-22-2012, 10:31 PM
Our 2010 X2 Sets on a 4000Lb

erkoehler
03-22-2012, 11:17 PM
Hydraulic is nice, but generally over kill on a 5,000.

We have a used 4,000 or could set you up with a new shore station.

Lars
03-22-2012, 11:57 PM
Extra capacity never hurts. My ps197 snapped my lifting cable last year on my 4000 pound shore master lift (know now to lube it). Hydraulic is very slick, used to install hydraulic pontoon lifts. Kinda wish I had one for my boat.

What is your shore line like? are these vertical or cantilever lifts? Does your water fluctuate much?

TonyG
03-23-2012, 12:38 AM
I was not sure if I should start a new post , but I am also looking for a lift for a 1994 MC PROSTAR , used - new , I have no clue what size , model to look for ...weight requirements etc.. I'm in the Chicago land area , but I have a place on palmer lake in Michigan ( colin, sturgis ) ..I checked out craigs list , but the descriptions are very brief.. any help would be greatly appreciated - I'm pretty new to this..Thanx