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post #1 of 20 Old 08-06-2009, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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That's what I use. Get the ride-in wheel chock too and bolt that to the table. It's a pain to put the bike on the lift without one.


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That's what I use. Get the ride-in wheel chock too and bolt that to the table. It's a pain to put the bike on the lift without one.

It figures... :tongue:
That's some farkle.
That table from HF?
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It figures... :tongue:
That's some farkle.
That table from HF?
I don't think much of anything I bought from there in the past.
It is an HF piece. It would never hold up used daily in a shop, but it's perfect for bike owners who do their own work. You need to be careful choosing which of their inventory to buy. A lot of their stuff works well enough and certainly is inexpensive, but a lot is just plain cheap.

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I have the harbor freight table and have used it for about 5 years. Seems well built and I use it all winter restoring old motorcycles. While not "professional" quality, it works great, is secure, and will last me until I am tired of it. I have the foot hydraulic model, low end and purchased on sale.

I have friends who have the more expensive air models and I see no real benefit except maybe saving a few seconds when lifting or lowering the bike.

If you are going to restore old motorcycles or repair your Strom, it should be all you will need. It was under $ 200.00 on sale when I bought mine.
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MY wife bought my table for me. I own a real nice table. I got a pretty good deal. $700 delivered to my brother's shop. Will go 120" and it's 48" wide. It came with a really cool flat jack.Rate 1200 lbs.
Don't forget to buy the dolly to move the table. I made mine. It cost more than to buy one.The dolly is really important.
Buy the Harbor Freight. It works great for the money. I would have bought a HF table with the air.Whatever table you get, try to get the extensions to 48" wide.
24" is just too narrow. 48" allows to work on the lawnmower or ATV
At some point I want the drive on wheel chock.
I waited almost 30 years to get a table. They are so cheap now. If you have the space it's really a necessary tool.




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One negative on the HF table lift is that it's easy to overbalance it forward. The base doesn't extend forward far enough. If it start to go and you didn't catch it....not good. I kept a length of 2x4 cut to just the right length to wedge under the front after I realized the problem. Eventually I bought a good lift, a Handy I think it is, out of the K&L Supply book. Quite a bit more money, but worth it IMO.

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That's true because it is a parallelogram setup rather than a scissors. It only happens when it is down very low though. As the bike is raised, it moves back. In fact, the only time it has ever moved on me is when I stepped on it when the bike was off. Having a ride in chock keeps the bike from getting forward enough to be a problem.

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That's what I use. Get the ride-in wheel chock too and bolt that to the table. It's a pain to put the bike on the lift without one.
Based on my short history with this table, and I no longer own it, I'd say the chock was mandatory unless you always have a helper.

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