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Thread: Homemade lift

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    Homemade lift

    In case anybody has either thought about building a lift or tried to build a lift attached are a few pictures of mine built out of 2 55 gallon drums. a leafblower motor provides the air; the lift pivots on the front plate using dock post attachments I got from Menards. to keep the whole thing from sinking when the air is out of the barrels I use a pool noodle fastened across the back to provide just enough flotation to keep the lift semi-submerged when down. Really works well - and was fun to build. Ski has sat on the lift now (covered) for 8 months. simply pull the ski up on the bunks and turn on the air - the blower blows water out and the unit lifts - once lifted shut the black valve to seal - just like a Hydrohoist lift would work.
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    Re: Homemade lift

    This is a pretty cool idea you have brought forth!
    Thank you for sharing!
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    Re: Homemade lift

    Very good!! There is a site called http://www.homemadetools.net/ They would be very interested in your lift design.
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    Re: Homemade lift

    Interesting, I like the leaf blower mod as well! Nice!
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    Re: Homemade lift

    Nice looking old venture, also.

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    Re: Homemade lift

    Thanks ! its a 95 - got it from a friend who had started to rebuild the motor but didn't know what he was doing. I finished the job and also deleted the oil injection so it runs on 40/1 premix now. I expected the motor to run a bit lean after deleting the oil injection (given the viscosity difference of oil/gas vs straight gas) but it seems to run just fine and the plug color is correct.

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    Re: Homemade lift

    I've got (2) 96's, I removed oil injection from both, and also run 40/1. Don't have any issues with either one. The are great riding skis.

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    Re: Homemade lift

    So some of you will laugh - but I fish with mine and find it ideal. A very small trolling motor (made for a toy rubber raft) fits on a bracket I made and pivots off the back of the ski. it plugs into a socket that runs to an additional gel cell battery. The front storage under the hatch has been converted into a livewell. Transducer is mounted on the back and cord runs to a Lowrance sonar. The ski is very stable- I can sit backwards and maneuver using the trolling motor and get to casting structure that I could never get to in a boat - great for spring crappie and bluegill. When its time for the girls to ride I simply unclip the trolling motor and fish finder.


    Quote Originally Posted by KB2017 View Post
    I've got (2) 96's, I removed oil injection from both, and also run 40/1. Don't have any issues with either one. The are great riding skis.

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