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Boat stands - difficulty raising up

Old 04-15-2019, 09:30 AM
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I picked up a used pair and one (Brownell mb3 base) is an absolute bitch to spin when under any pressure. Ive wire brushed the grooves and then WD40'd the hell out of it but i almost give myself an aneurysm trying to lift the boat just a bit to block the stern. The other one works fine. Is this a lubrication issue? or did the seller mix n match a handle and now the grooves are not 100% lining up. It spins fine when under no pressure. thx for any ideas.
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:49 AM
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Grease, not wd40.
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Old 04-15-2019, 12:57 PM
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unless its a very light boat it takes quite a bit of muscle and leverage to raise the boat with the stands, its not really the intended purpose , maybe the balance of the boat has more weight on one side versus the other.

I do have stands that some are easier to operate than others, but rarely can I basically dead lift the boat from the stands
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Old 04-16-2019, 06:26 PM
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You need a bottle jack and some wood cribbing. Jack it up and then spin the stand up to the right height. Lower boat on to stand.
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Old 04-17-2019, 01:46 AM
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As others have said here, the stands you have are intended to simply balance a boat in a level position on land. These are not intended to lift a boat.
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Old 04-17-2019, 10:25 AM
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A 2ft length of pipe can help (slip over the wing nut on the jack stand to turn). Generally if you need to do that you are trying to lift too much with it. It could also be bent slightly. I have one like that and it's a bitch to move the top.

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Old 04-17-2019, 10:27 AM
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Take the top out of the bottom. Turn the wing nut / adjuster. Still hard to turn? Probably galled threads or nut. Just get another top.

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Old 04-17-2019, 10:28 AM
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As others have mentioned, youre doing it wrong. They are to balance, not lift.
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Old 04-17-2019, 12:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Boat Hound View Post
As others have mentioned, youre doing it wrong. They are to balance, not lift.
I will beat a dead horse. Not the purpose.
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Old 04-18-2019, 03:53 AM
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Since one is working fine and one not Id double check the balance first and then lube the threads with grease. WD40 wont do it. I did the same to mine and it helped a lot and they were new at the time. I have no problem lifting and leveling my hull on the stands but its a small boat. How big of a hull are you working on?
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Originally Posted by ktisdall View Post
Take the top out of the bottom. Turn the wing nut / adjuster. Still hard to turn? Probably galled threads or nut. Just get another top.

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You would have to put about an 8 foot bar on those stands on gall the threads.

They aren't made to lift a boat, just balance it.
Grease it up and be done with it.
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Boat Stands are boat stands not Boat Lifts.....
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Old 04-19-2019, 07:18 AM
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Boat Stands are boat stands not Boat Lifts.....
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