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SamuraiSaw

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483 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: sewing machine lift

Anyboby have a source for electric sewing machine lifts? I’ve used the air lift Rockler sells but have a request for an electric version. The only one I’ve found so far is this one: http://www.allbrands.com/categories/1898/3283-fashion-roberts-electric-lift-mechanism-3position#tab_product_description

I’m hoping to find other sources, especially if a lower price point is available

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas.... www.awwtx.com


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woodbutcherbynight

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#1 posted 482 days ago

I looked for these as well for a project I wanted to build. The cost was higher than my wallet wanted to part with so I let the idea “simmer” for a time while I consider other options. Having tried out the airlift I did not like it for what I wanted.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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SamuraiSaw

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#2 posted 482 days ago

I can live with the price if I have to. These will be custom order sewing cabinets and the price point will reflect the cost of the lift. I have to think other options are out there. Koala is a major maunfacturer and has a remote control lift available in their line. I’m pretty sure they have a lock on that particular design.

The airlifts work well with heavier machines, but are tough for the lighter ones. There is no adjustability for the tension.

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas.... www.awwtx.com

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Loren

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#3 posted 482 days ago

Dunno if you need to make more than one… but it’s probably
possible to find an unwanted sewing machine cabinet
in your area with a lift in it. I salvage hardware and
mechanisms off old junk all the time.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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SamuraiSaw

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#4 posted 482 days ago

Thanks Loren, but hopefully this will be an ongoing situation. It looks like the first order will be for 2 cabinets with air-lifts and 2 with electric lifts.

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas.... www.awwtx.com

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kdc68

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#5 posted 482 days ago

I know you are looking for an elecrtic lift. I didn’t find one other than what you have already found. But here’s a link for Lee Valley for another air lift.
I posted it because it may be a better lift/price than Rockler’s ..??..

http://www.leevalley.com/US/hardware/page.aspx?p=41821&cat=3,48759

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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SamuraiSaw

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#6 posted 482 days ago

On the surface that lift is identical to the Rockler, but I’ve read there are differences. I’d really like to get to the actual source instead of dealing with a reseller. Thanks for posting the link.

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas.... www.awwtx.com

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woodbutcherbynight

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#7 posted 482 days ago

Remote control sewing table lift, man that is the life! (laughing) Kept posting if you find a reasoanably priced unit I am still wanting to make a computer desk with this as the mechansim so I can put the computer away when company comes without having to disconnect everything, or add on to the house.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Grandpa

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#8 posted 482 days ago

Check with Bernina sewing centers. We have one from them.

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huff

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#9 posted 482 days ago

I’ve used the Roberts electric lift before and ordered it directly from Roberts Mfg.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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SamuraiSaw

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#10 posted 482 days ago

Huff—do you have a direct link for them? All I’ve found so far is distributors. PM me if you want.

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas.... www.awwtx.com

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huff

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#11 posted 482 days ago

The only info I have handy is;

Kathy Koltermann
sales@robertsmfg.com

All my files are stored away, so let me do some digging and see if I can find the info where I ordered from.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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SamuraiSaw

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#12 posted 482 days ago

Thanks huff….......

That’s a big help!

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas.... www.awwtx.com

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huff

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#13 posted 481 days ago

SamuraiSaw,

Hold-on; I screwed up and gave you wrong information. I went out to the shop and went through my old files and found where I ordered the actual lift. I remembered e-mailing Kathy @ Roberts Manufacturing and she sent me the spec. sheets on the unit I wanted to order, but I see where I actually ordered the units from Sew Vac Direct.

Old men should never rely on their memory! lol.

Hope I didn’t mess you up. With that being said, I don’t know if Roberts Mfg. would sell directly to you or not. May not hurt to drop Kathy an e-mail and see what she says.

Sorry for the mistake.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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SamuraiSaw

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#14 posted 481 days ago

LOL….........

It sucks gettin’ old, huh?

I’ll send her an email, but I have a feeling she’ll direct me to a a distributor since that’s all I can find. Several names come up, but they may all actually be the same distributor. They all have the same price. I have to admit, paying ~$400 is gonna cut into the margin quite a bit. Hard to say if there will be enough volume to warrant a purchase large enough to garner a discount. Time will tell.

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas.... www.awwtx.com

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