About Steel Valley Lifts

Every major steel component of our lifts are built in-house in Warren, Ohio. Nothing is bought, built, or outsourced outside of North America. That’s quality you can trust.

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The name embraces our area’s manufacturing history of having once been the largest steel producing region in the world. This is a testament that we will not compromise our longstanding reputation of American made products, quality and service.

You can find us in Warren, OH continuing production using only North American steel and components. Through innovation and extensive upgrades to our facility, Steel Valley offers a wider range of lift capacities and coordinating garage solutions. We will still offer the traditional Backyard Buddy lifts and accessories compatible with both.

Backyard Buddy
Backyard Buddy Express

In 2017, we purchased the operation under JL Industries. Our first goal was to bring Backyard Buddy into a new era and expand our operations.

We’d like to welcome you to the future and introduce you to our new brand, Steel Valley Lifts.

Compare the American Made Steel Valley Automotive Lift to Lower Quality Imported Lifts

  • We developed the first 4-post auto lift designed for the home hobbyist over 30 years ago under our Backyard Buddy brand
  • Our quality lift operates by using hydraulic pressure provided by an electric pump, so it has plenty of power to lift any automobile, standard pickup truck or sport utility vehicle
  • Steel Valley compact size means it will fit in many home garages where a commercial lift will not, yet it is a tough tool that operates just as well or better than other models
  • Furthermore, our products are American made using all North American steel and come with a standard 5-year warranty. You can be confident that when you purchase a lift from Steel Valley Lifts, you will be buying the safest, most secure lift available, in home automotive lifts
  • We are the only brand in the industry that will offer customization of any lift to accommodate the specific customer need.
  • Every major steel component is built in-house in Warren, Ohio
  • Made from rugged, North American made, structural A36 4” x 4” x 3/16” minimum steel tubing.

  • Lifts are supported by a 12” square plate and are completely free standing, not requiring anchors.

  • Structural steel tubing legs surrounded by an exterior steel sleeve ensures positive contact and does not create an opportunity for legs to fail or sway under the weight of your vehicle. Locking tabs are trapped by the sleeve.

  • There is virtually no lateral movement (sway) because of the large, 12” long, UHMW polyethylene slides inside each corner of the sleeve riding on each post. This design gives our lifts the rigidity necessary to be safe when not bolted to the floor (free-standing).

  • Our runways are built with an angle iron superstructure with the tread plate welded on top.

  • Welded flat stock ties the sides together under the runway surface adding an additional level of support and integrity to prevent deflection.

  • All welds are inspected, both structurally and aesthetically, to maintain consistent quality and craftsmanship.

  • All raw materials are purchased with mill certifications to ensure consistent material properties.

  • USA made quick disconnect fittings allow hydraulic hoses to swivel preventing kinks.

  • Quick disconnect fittings allow easy addition of optional accessories.

  • Built-in flow restriction means that the lift will move up and down at a consistent rate of speed.

  • Back-up safety locks on each corner post automatically engage in the extremely unlikely event of a cable failure. This is standard on every lift.

  • A minimum of 10 positive locking positions are cut into the structural steel tubing legs. The engagement area is much larger than with the small welded tabs. Our locks cannot disengage or slip out until you raise the lift slightly to release the weight on the locks.

Our Commitment To You

Customer Service

Our customer service is unmatched in the industry. When you call you will immediately speak to one of our representatives. We want you to understand our lifts like we understand our lifts. We promise 100% satisfaction.


We offer a standard five year warranty on all parts and components with an option to purchase an additional four years.

Engineering & Technical Support

If you have a question, we have an answer. Our team is located in Warren, Ohio and is committed to fully satisfying every customer. We provide you with all of the support necessary to love your lift.

On behalf of Steel Valley Lifts, we want our customers to know that we have taken all concerns over the Coronavirus very seriously. Our workforce of dedicated American steel workers and machinists are back to work and building America’s best lifts in our Ohio-based manufacturing headquarters. Our team is strong. Our sales associates and service team are available take your orders and questions. We thank you for your support. We will lift and rise above the rest!