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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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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.. :histerica
 

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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... :D
 

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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..

Paul
 

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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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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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+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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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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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! :D

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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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/products/sam-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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Dick said:
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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tips727 said:
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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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..

Paul
LoL

(you know I was just breaking' your chops, right?) :cool:
 
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