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Lift Table and the K1200LT

Looking for a replacement lift table for my LT, since the prior one was stolen whilst we were on holiday in SoCal last month.

Since the LT is about 860# with a full tank of go-juice, I feel safe in getting a 1,000# capacity table instead of a 1,500# one. Any thoughts to the contrary?

Here are some of the tables I am considering, each of the names is a hyperlink to the web page with product info. Please chime in if you have any experience or knowledge about these tables or the organizations selling/supporting them.

HANDY LIFT Standard 1000: $954 + about $200 shipping = $1154 total

HARBOR FREIGHT 1000# Lift: $364 (tax included), pickup at store = no shipping = $364 total

WEAVER LIFT TX-1000: $620 + tax = $671.15, pickup at warehouse = no shipping = $671.15 total

REDLINE MC1K: $649.50 + about $200 shipping = $849.50 total

TITAN 1000D: $719.50 + + about $200 shipping = $919.50 total

KERNEL 1000# LIFT TABLE: $674.50 + $200 freight of pickup in Cleburne, TX (fairly close) for free = $674.50 + tax = $730.15 total (looks just like the TX-1000 and same specs, but $60 more).


I am leaning towards the TX-1000 at present. Has a lift out rear panel, comes with the wheel chock, and I can pick it up in Ft Worth and save the freight. Will cost me about $50 for fuel and U-Haul trailer rental, but that is still $150 less than estimated freight. The Kernel looks the same as the TX, can also be picked up in the D/FW area, but the TX is about $60 less.

I like the Titan 1000 also. It is similar to the TX, but comes with the "dolly," and rollers for rear drop-out section. It is about a foot longer than the others (typically 84", this one is 97"!), and it raises to 37" (compared to 30" for the TX). It also comes with a ramp extension to prevent bottoming out low-slung bikes when loading onto the table. Not sure if this is worth the $150 premium, though.

What is not to like about the HandyLift? Other than the premium price, that is.

Your thoughts and opinions, please, including suggestions for other tables I should consider as I prepare to purchase a replacement table.

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Re: Lift Table and the K1200LT

isn't this purchase sort of like closing the barn door after the horse got out?

Didn;t you just have your LT rebuilt from scratch just about?

It seems that way from your posts.

Heck you should be good for the next 2-3 years on repairs..

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Re: Lift Table and the K1200LT

A comedian in every crowd, this crowd has no shortage!

Yep, I just changed my clutch... Joy to the world!

Upcoming projects include steering damper, front tire replacement, shock swap (new HyperPro springs), and who knows what? I also use the table for changing fluids every 3000 miles or so.

I also let others come over and use the lift to work on their bikes (or learn how to).

My lift gets plenty of use, or it did before some mook stole it...

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Re: Lift Table and the K1200LT

oopss..

Sorry I missed that you had one and now it is MIA..

if I had a skosh more room in the garage I would get a lift in a heart beat..

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I have the Titan 1000 and I highly recommend getting the outside extensions unless you plan on pushing it up on the ramp. I just ride her up on there and with the extension ramp and the outside extensions its a breeze. I have also adapted it so I can put my wifes Can-Am on there when I need to.
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Re: Lift Table and the K1200LT

Hey Tony - have been wallowing around on the concrete floor of my carport with my LT's for the last 7 years but would like to upgrade to a lift. I have watched the Harbor Freight website and seen their pricing remain a little over $400 the last several months. However I picked up a bike magazine at Wally World last week and found a HF ad with a coupon that priced their lift at $299. I was about ready to jump on that when I ran across a posting on this site from jzeiler that dissed the HF lift. I think he called it Harbor "Fright". That cooled my heels enough that I haven't bought one yet, even though I don't know what his concerns may be. If you want I will find that magazine when I get home tonight and let you know what it is so you can get one and have that coupon.

Update: The Harbor Freight coupon is found in the August 2012 issue of "American Iron" magazine.

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Me and ole Toad have had an *electric* Handylift for 12 years - love the steady up and down feature and ability to stop at any height. Three suggestions - 1) get side extensions. 2) get a dolly. 3) get the front plate extension. 4) get electric!! My2c.
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Re: Lift Table and the K1200LT

+1 on spending extra $$ for the side extension thingies. Very useful, and makes loading the lift a safer operation all around IMO.

I have an air-operated lift. I've been curious every since I brought it home how much more it would cost to have a full-electric lift... assuming they exist? I think hooking up the compressor, etc. is a small PITA. But yes, it sure beats laying/sitting on concrete.

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Re: Lift Table and the K1200LT

I have a Harbor Freight air powered unit. I did reinforce mine a little and made wooden ramps to assist in riding the bike on and off. The whole contraption fits nicely under the pickup truck in the garage. There are a whole bunch of nice ramps out there and they pop up on Craigslist from time to time.


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+1 on the electric Handy. I bought Munson's old unit and couldn't be happier.

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Re: Lift Table and the K1200LT

Very surprising to see all those in favor of the side extensions.

I have a set of side extensions (including the ramp portions) from my prior lift that I never used and that are all still wrapped in their original plastic. I always thought it would make it tougher to lean in to the bike to work on it, especially with my already compromised back. It may be time to re-think that.

Interesting comment about the lift fitting in the garage under the pickup. No cars fit in the garage at present, but I expect to be able to get Suzanne's car in when the WX cools off. No way anything taller than a pizza will fit under that!

Regarding the electrics, are they safe to leave outside? Have a concrete patio with a cover on it. Can still get wet if wind blows right or if a real frog strangler and water accumulates faster than it can drain.

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Re: Lift Table and the K1200LT

Hi, of the lifts you listed, the two that look good to me ( TX-1000 & the Kernel 1000 ) are one ones you had picked out. They look like copy's of a Handy SAM1000. If they work as good as a Handy ...& I think they should... I think you would be happy with either of them.


I have a Handy SAM1000 http://www.handyindustries.com/produ...-1000-air-lift . It is 4" longer that Handy's standard model. I also have the side extensions, & they make it real nice to ride my LT up onto the lift. I take the extensions off after I get the bike on the lift, so I can work on the bike. Then I put them back on to take the bike off he lift. Also, with the side extensions on I can also put my garden tractor on my lift, & lift it up too.

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Tony,

Not trying to complicate your search but while looking for a local vendor for Handy lifts I came across the Pro lifts 1200 that they say is on sale. ( $699 ) Maybe the have someone local? Take a look here for the vendor in NH.

Just found a youtube video of it. here

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Thanks JB! The same outfit in Ft. Worth that sells the TX-1000 also sells the ProCycle Lifts. Looked at your NH link. Much of the same stuff, and the ProLift looks awfully much like the TX and the Titan, which Heinz also sells.

Heinz in NH have the Titans listed as "Free Shipping" but the prices are about $200 more than everyone else I have found who sells the Titan. Certainly enough so they maintain their margins with "free" shipping.

I like the PRO 1200SE for its 1200# capacity, outriggers, and $858 price. Heinz is including a $99.95 value scissor jack or roller plate with this lift. If they knock $100 off the total price instead I would seriously consider buying it from them, as long as they do not mark up the freight too much to offset it like they did with lift price to offer free shipping. That kinda rubs me wrong.

So many options, at least I have the time to gather intel and make what I hope will be a good choice.

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Re: Lift Table and the K1200LT

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Me and ole Toad have had an *electric* Handylift for 12 years - love the steady up and down feature and ability to stop at any height. Three suggestions - 1) get side extensions. 2) get a dolly. 3) get the front plate extension. 4) get electric!! My2c.

Tell me about the front plate extension, pard. Did not have one before and LT fit well. What have I been missing out on?

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Hey Tony - have been wallowing around on the concrete floor of my carport with my LT's for the last 7 years but would like to upgrade to a lift. I have watched the Harbor Freight website and seen their pricing remain a little over $400 the last several months. However I picked up a bike magazine at Wally World last week and found a HF ad with a coupon that priced their lift at $299. I was about ready to jump on that when I ran across a posting on this site from jzeiler that dissed the HF lift. I think he called it Harbor "Fright". That cooled my heels enough that I haven't bought one yet, even though I don't know what his concerns may be. If you want I will find that magazine when I get home tonight and let you know what it is so you can get one and have that coupon.

Update: The Harbor Freight coupon is found in the August 2012 issue of "American Iron" magazine.
Thanks, Tips. I have a string of HF 20% coupons that bring price to $309. They advertise via those coupons on the back of the local Kroger supermarket's receipt tape.

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Thanks, Tips. I have a string of HF 20% coupons that bring price to $309. They advertise via those coupons on the back of the local Kroger supermarket's receipt tape.
You've got it covered then, Tony. Saving a couple of bucks wouldn't be worth a trip to Wallly World and wading through all the Wal-Martians in the checkout lane.

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Tell me about the front plate extension, pard. Did not have one before and LT fit well. What have I been missing out on?
It's a 13" extension that moves the vise chock forward - means when you pull the bike up on it's centerstand, you don't back the rear wheel too far rearward. The up/down control cable (for the electric action) knobs move forward with the extension. You'll like it!!!.
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Saving a couple of bucks wouldn't be worth a trip to Wallly World and wading through all the Wal-Martians in the checkout lane.
Wal-Martians? Hilarious!

Not to hijack my own thread, but along those lines... if you have not yet seen it, check out PeopleOfWalMart.com for a good chuckle.

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[QUOTE=deputy5211]Wal-Martians? Hilarious!=QUOTE]

Yeah, I wish I could take credit for that term, but I can't. It seems to be universally understood, since they can be found at every location.

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Some additional thoughts for you, Tony, after reading additional comments:

If your lift comes with a wheel vise, consider replacing it with a good ride-on wheel chock. With a chock, you can ride on and step off by yourself - no assistance required. Very convenient.

Also, consider keeping the "free" scissor jack some of the units come with. I use mine all the time, especially now that I have a chock on the front of the lift. A chock or wheel vise keeps the LT rear tire on the lift, so I use the jack to get the rear wheel off the lift, and I can then remove the drop-tail section of the lift. Make sense?

I have the Condor chock, but there are many good brands out there. It looks like this.



This video shows the adjustability of the Condor.
This one shows the ease of moving the unit from one surface mount to another. All you need is an additional mounting bracket to move the chock to a trailer, another lift, your living room floor, etc.
No affiliation with this company, just a satisfied customer who found something that works as advertised and is so simple to use even I can use it.

Also: With a wheel vise or chock you'll still want to (ahem) strap the bike to the lift. DAMHIK... although you can read about it on this site.

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Some additional thoughts for you, Tony, after reading additional comments:

If your lift comes with a wheel vise, consider replacing it with a good ride-on wheel chock. With a chock, you can ride on and step off by yourself - no assistance required. Very convenient.

Also, consider keeping the "free" scissor jack some of the units come with. I use mine all the time, especially now that I have a chock on the front of the lift. A chock or wheel vise keeps the LT rear tire on the lift, so I use the jack to get the rear wheel off the lift, and I can then remove the drop-tail section of the lift. Make sense?

I have the Condor chock, but there are many good brands out there. It looks like this.



This video shows the adjustability of the Condor.
This one shows the ease of moving the unit from one surface mount to another. All you need is an additional mounting bracket to move the chock to a trailer, another lift, your living room floor, etc.
No affiliation with this company, just a satisfied customer who found something that works as advertised and is so simple to use even I can use it.

Also: With a wheel vise or chock you'll still want to (ahem) strap the bike to the lift. DAMHIK... although you can read about it on this site.
I imagine me and ole Toad have been real lucky, in that we've never used tie down straps on the lift (knock wood). However, what we're gonna do from now on is to use a Paul Bunyon size C-clamp and clamp the c/s tang to the platform. Did that when we replaced fork seals. If ole Toad falls over, then the lift goes too!!!
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Re: Lift Table and the K1200LT

Tony,

You have lot's of good info there. I have been looking at the TX-1000-XLT for $815 picked up in Fort Worth. It includes the side extensions.

I am getting tired of laying on the concrete.
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Tony,

You have lot's of good info there. I have been looking at the TX-1000-XLT for $815 picked up in Fort Worth. It includes the side extensions.

I am getting tired of laying on the concrete.
Maybe if we time it right we can buy two and get a little break on the $$. I spoke with them (Deker Weaver in FTW) earlier today, and the lift comes in a wooden crate. Gent there said if I called ahead they would uncrate it for me so I could roll the lift off of a trailer easier when I got it home.

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Re: Lift Table and the K1200LT

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I imagine me and ole Toad have been real lucky, in that we've never used tie down straps on the lift (knock wood). However, what we're gonna do from now on is to use a Paul Bunyon size C-clamp and clamp the c/s tang to the platform. Did that when we replaced fork seals. If ole Toad falls over, then the lift goes too!!!
I bought two 3/8 eye bolts and installed them at the back of my lift at the corners. Then two cinch up type straps to secure it to the lift. This prevents it from coming off the center stand also.

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I have to agree with Howard on both points. Definitely go for the scissor lift. I use a screw jack from what I believe is a K Car. I wish the base were a little narrower and the liftingsurface a little lower.

The wheel chock? I would never be without it. Very nice to ride the bike onto the lift and have it captured while you climb off the bike (and onto the side extensions). Ya gotta have them too. Not having anything under your feet when riding up the ramp is quite disconcerting.

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Some additional thoughts for you, Tony, after reading additional comments:

If your lift comes with a wheel vise, consider replacing it with a good ride-on wheel chock. With a chock, you can ride on and step off by yourself - no assistance required. Very convenient.

Also, consider keeping the "free" scissor jack some of the units come with. I use mine all the time, especially now that I have a chock on the front of the lift. A chock or wheel vise keeps the LT rear tire on the lift, so I use the jack to get the rear wheel off the lift, and I can then remove the drop-tail section of the lift. Make sense?

I have the Condor chock, but there are many good brands out there. It looks like this.



This video shows the adjustability of the Condor.
This one shows the ease of moving the unit from one surface mount to another. All you need is an additional mounting bracket to move the chock to a trailer, another lift, your living room floor, etc.
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Also: With a wheel vise or chock you'll still want to (ahem) strap the bike to the lift. DAMHIK... although you can read about it on this site.

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Yup. But as his punishment he had to do the clutch replacement laying on the floor!

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I've been using the harbor freight lift for about 8 years now, the quality and strength of the lift doesn't compare to the others listed but it will do the job for years to come.


Even though I have had this for this long and it's done it's job well if I had to do it again I would go with a better lift. The bike is a little wobbly on the lift raised up all the way.

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I am pretty much there on the HF unit. Price is nice but not wanting to get myself wrapped up in or under the LT on a wobbly platform. Had the big girl already fall on my head once!

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I imagine me and ole Toad have been real lucky, in that we've never used tie down straps on the lift (knock wood). However, what we're gonna do from now on is to use a Paul Bunyon size C-clamp and clamp the c/s tang to the platform. Did that when we replaced fork seals. If ole Toad falls over, then the lift goes too!!!
Dick, that used to be me, until I DID drop it off the lift because it wasn't tied down. Even though insurance covered the $5,500 in damage to the LT when that happened, the phone time, hassles, down time, more hassles, negotiations, and yet more hassles of having it repaired (multiple visits to the dealer) were not worth it. I should have tied it down every previous time. I do now.

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I bought two 3/8 eye bolts and installed them at the back of my lift at the corners. Then two cinch up type straps to secure it to the lift. This prevents it from coming off the center stand also.
I like this idea, because it leaves the back tire off the lift and makes some work a little easier. Where on the LT do you secure the straps to - I assume the rear subframe? Or the center stand itself?

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Maybe if we time it right we can buy two and get a little break on the $$. I spoke with them (Deker Weaver in FTW) earlier today, and the lift comes in a wooden crate. Gent there said if I called ahead they would uncrate it for me so I could roll the lift off of a trailer easier when I got it home.
Tony, let me know when you are ready to buy. I will bring the truck to Dallas,let you buy me lunch,and we will pick up a couple of lifts.

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I have this chock and it is a great piece to have. I picked mine up from the Harley store with a Harley emblem. But I think it is made by Condor. The best part is that it was less expensive than the Condor brand.

Tony I have a truck and trailer when you are ready to haul your table home.



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What's the consensus on getting the LT on the lift .... do you ride it on or push it on? (Not that I have the strength to push the fat girl up the ramp).

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What's the consensus on getting the LT on the lift .... do you ride it on or push it on? (Not that I have the strength to push the fat girl up the ramp).
Well, I pushed mine up the ramp once. It took a few tries to get it on, as I keep hitting the wheel clamp. So I had to back down the ramp & try it again. I almost dropped it a few times doing it that way.

So now I ride it up, it is a lot easer. Setting on the bike I have a lot better chance of hitting the middle of the lift, & getting the front tire were it needs to be.

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Re: Lift Table and the K1200LT

Tony,

I use the Harbor Freight manual lift once in a while. Right now, I still have the wheel vise and will look into getting the HF Condor knockoff.

I have an HF here in town.

For the rear, I cut the small piece out that forms the opening for the rear wheel drop area.

It does not affect loading the bike on the lift. It makes it easier to drop the rear tire without forcing it to fit in the normal opening.

I have never had an issue putting the LT on the center stand yet...We will see how that works when I get a Condor knockoff...

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Re: Lift Table and the K1200LT

I'm looking for a lift myself. I was looking around another forum for advice and found titan lifts at clark heintz lifts include a free wheel chock which seems like a big savings. http://www.nhproequip.com/blog/?p=1706

anyone have experience w/the 1500 lb capacity?
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Re: Lift Table and the K1200LT

ha, i just noticed there is another deal on the pro lift now - maybe you will get your $100s knock off the price after all????
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