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table lift

Postby flash1942 » Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:35 pm



Has anyone used or own a Harbor Freight motorcycle lift table? Opinions?



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Re: table lift

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:50 pm

Have a read through this: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=21738

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Re: table lift

Postby thrasherg » Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:40 pm

I bought the one that you can raise by pumping with your foot, or connecting a compressed airline, the hydraulic jack started to leak a little hydraulic oil after 6 years of light use, but I am very pleased with mine, I have used it to change tyres on my Goldwing and build other project bikes. If I was using it every day in a professional capacity I would be a bit concerned about how long it would last, but for my weekend warrior projects it has been great and it's so much nicer to work on a bike when everything is at chest level rather than bending over all the time!! I waited for an HF voucher giving $100 off the price of the table and then bought it.. No regrets on my side, I will have to change the seal that is leaking, but it's not hard to do. Hope that helps.

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Re: table lift

Postby rudolphwolven » Fri Sep 12, 2014 6:10 am

1500 lbs hydr. table, easy storing flat to the wall (66 lbs)........cheap, Chinese, 10-100 x thousands are made, no leaks, excellent/mainly for low frequency application.....dismanteled my 1975 K1 with not any real stability problem (however cautioness is required)......









New Painted Block still on the lift.........

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Re: table lift

Postby tfdeputydawg » Fri Sep 12, 2014 8:35 am

Sorry, after a very bad experience w/a Horrible Fright cheap bike jack (not a table lift), I decided my bikes and my life were worth buying a good lift that is made here in the USA!!!! I would suggest the same for a table lift!

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Re: table lift

Postby rudolphwolven » Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:09 am

tfdeputydawg wrote:Sorry, after a very bad experience w/a Horrible Fright cheap bike jack (not a table lift), I decided my bikes and my life were worth buying a good lift that is made here in the USA!!!! I would suggest the same for a table lift!

What was the very bad experience exactly; did it broke down ?
I understand is was a jack and not a (small/scissor)-lift or lifting table ?
Can you submit a link to the specific bike jack ?
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Re: table lift

Postby tfdeputydawg » Sat Sep 13, 2014 4:25 am

It collapsed w/my 99 Wide Glide up in the air. I was standing beside it and caught the bike. Wasn't under it at the time! At least this model is no longer available but, for me, a lesson learned about cheap, imported jacks that carries on to cheap, imported table lifts!!!!

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Re: table lift

Postby rudolphwolven » Sat Sep 13, 2014 4:29 am

Thank for reply.....
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Re: table lift

Postby reggiefavre » Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:49 pm

I have a air operated table lift and a smaller hydrolic lift that goes up about 18 inches. So far so good had them both about 4 years now. Use the table life almost every day.

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Re: table lift

Postby harvey01 » Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:33 am

I have a Pit Bull jack that is great for getting the Wing and any other bike up off the ground. I can remove both wheels when the Wing is on this jack. I can also roll the jack with the bike on it around the garage with no problem.

Yes the Pit Bull is expensive as compared with the Craftsman or Larin but it is better built and has lasted me some 6 years now. In fact if I ran a professional repair facility I think I would have one of these in addition to a lift. And it takes up less space than a lift.
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Re: table lift

Postby muddy » Tue Oct 28, 2014 8:03 am

I have one. Paid $299 on a $100 off sale. It works fine and lifts an Aspencade with no problem. As far as durabilitydurability, time will tell. I've been working on bikes for many years without one. Just getting to old to lay on the floor.

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SilverDave
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Re: table lift

Postby SilverDave » Thu Oct 30, 2014 12:10 pm

... and I've heard too many stories about even good jacks ,expensive jacks collapsing , or a heavy Wing or Harley falling from the jack ..
That cannot be a good thing .

Mine is a very sturdy " Home-made " with all sorts of stability ...

But I also tie it to 6 strong eye-bolts on the ceiling of my carport with 6 tie-down straps :



and I jack it up as high as I'd like , strap it up, and lower the jack slightly.... the bike is swinging slightly , just hanging there.
Each eyebolt has a break point of 400 lbs, each strap is certified to 800 lbs ... so even if one or two "let go ... its still safe.

I feel quite confident I can shake and tug on the back wheel of my 1200 for a tire change, and not EVER have it fall over on me ...

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Re: table lift

Postby DRDIESEL77 » Fri Oct 31, 2014 3:41 am

I have had the Harbor Freight motorcycle table for about 3 years now and I have had no problems with it. I paid $260 for it with a 50% off coupon (originally almost $600 without coupon) and I have been pleased. I use to work on bikes while on the ground, and I have never been a big fan of the regular motorcycle jacks, so when I decided to break down, and try a table I didnt want much cost outlay if I didnt like it. I have completely taken everything off my 84 Aspy and rebuilt everything on it while it was on my lift table. The bike was very sturdy and i didnt feel uncomfortable at all being next to the lift. The only thing that I didn't really care for was the small front wheel clamp. I attached a taller piece of aluminum plate to the clamp so it clamps more of the wheel. This has been a great addition to my garage.

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Re: table lift

Postby PurpleGL1200 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 3:46 pm

I have one of the Harbor Freight table lifts and use it to maintain 4 gold wings. It is stable and will pick the bike up to 30". The only issue I ever had with it was the jack yoke wasn't installed correctly from the factory and I had to take it off and get reinforcements added to the yoke. Works fine now.

Changing a motor is easier if the bike is on the floor so you can roll a sissors jack under the engine. On the table, you need a cherry picker (or two husky buddies) to lift the engine out & down. Same thing to reinstall the engine.

It's a good buy at $299, not a good buy at full price.




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