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Re: [Shop-talk] erratic fuel gauge and a legitimate shop talk

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Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] erratic fuel gauge and a legitimate shop talk
From: Jim Franklin <>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2008 20:44:39 -0500
Same deal except that I had left the choke on. I was aware of the  
self-lowering feature, but a bug in the design (IMO) lowers all 3  
arms at once, instead of in order, (or ideally, selectably from the  
bucket) so the bucket hit the roof before it could move horizontally  
enough to clear the roof. I had to climb into a window, something  
that would have been far easier before I tried loweing the bucket.


On Feb 25, 2008, at 8:31 PM, Pat Horne wrote:

> Several years ago I was building my shop building and rented an
> all-terrain platform lift to help out. Working 30' in the air the  
> engine
> quit, actually running out of fuel. There was nobody around to add the
> fuel that was sitting a few feet away from the lift, so I climbed  
> out of
> the lift and spent about 10 minutes working my down through the  
> framing
> to the ground. After filling the fuel tank I was able to drop the lift
> and all was well. Later I was telling a friend about the ordeal and he
> mused that most hydraulic lifts use the engine to raise the  
> platform and
> gravity to bring it down. I promptly fire the lift up, raised it and
> shut the engine off. With the key on I pressed the lever to drop the
> lift and almost miraculously, and silently the lift dropped to the
> ground. I'll remember that for the next time I rent a lift and get  
> stuck
> up in the air!
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