Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to some common questions about the FlexPower® Hydraulic product.
What does FlexPower mean?
FlexPower allows the user to choose from three power sources to recharge a lift's DC battery. A Battery Tender comes standard on all FlexPower systems; it's fully automatic and microprocessor controlled, which will quickly charge the battery using a 110 volt AC power source if available. There is an optional 20 watt Solar panel that will recharge your battery faster than ordinary 10 watt models. You can also use your boat's battery to boost the lift battery by simply plugging them together – order the optional battery cord HA0082.
Why is ShoreStation heavily promoting DC power?
Reliable DC power delivers maximum and constant power, resulting in the fastest lift time of any power system available. No more worrying about low voltage AC power supplies. DC also yields 6 – 8 cycles on a fully charged battery. The Battery Tender or solar panel automatically recharges the battery with no daily maintenance.
How can I tell the carrying capacity of a lift?
The first two numbers are the capacity in hundreds of pounds.
How can I tell the width between the posts of entry on a lift?
The last two or three numbers are the inches between the posts of entry, prior to the installation of optional load guides.
How can I identify a used lift if the seller doesn't have the model number?
Watch the short tutorial NO LIFT MODEL, NO WORRIES here. The narrator will ask you to collect some information and pictures to send to us, so we can help you to identify your used market purchase.
On what corner of the lift can the winch be mounted?
The left, front or right, rear on aluminum and right, front or left, rear on steel.
What is the minimum water depth a lift will need to operate?
Approximately 12"-14" plus the draft of the boat.
What is the maximum water depth a lift can be used?
The standard lift leg can be used in up to 4 ft.
The extension leg can be used in up to 6 ft. of water.
The deep-water lift models can be used in up to 9 ft. of water.
Should I buy a steel or aluminum lift?
Aluminum lifts are lighter to transport and have material the resists corrosion longer.
Steel lifts have heavy construction – they are more difficult to move - as well as have a propensity to red rust as the powder coat degrades. If the water has heavy acidity or salinity, the degradation could happen quickly.
What lift parts need lubrication?
The threads of the winch drive shaft, winch cable, and drive chain.
How do I know when to replace the cables?
Fraying is a sign that cables need to be replaced.
Can I replace my lift's cables?
Please contact a ShoreStation® dealer for this service as they have experience at replacing cables and have the opportunity to attend our schools which cover this type of service.
Can I assemble the lift myself?
We suggest having a dealer or installer do the assembly as they have the training and experience to do so; they most often also have the tools to place the lift in your desired location.