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Forum topic by Micah Muzny posted 12-08-2013 06:21 PM 929 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Micah Muzny

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12-08-2013 06:21 PM

I was looking at the scissor lift carts, but the cheap ones have bad reviews and the good ones are out of my price range. I need something that can roll, and lift to 3 feet or more. Need to lift 500 lbs or more, the more the better. I will be using it to move my lathe around, wood projects, logs, and various things. Anyone have any ideas? Looking for something under $400

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#1 posted 12-08-2013 06:26 PM

I don’t own one, but know a couple guys with bikes that do….no complaints from them that I’m aware of

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#2 posted 12-08-2013 06:53 PM

Look at a used industrial supply house or industrial surplus store if there’s one near you. I go to, they’re about an hour away and you can buy something online and get your money back when you go to pick it up if it’s not what you thought you’d be getting. They have die carts every once in a while, sometimes several at once and the price for even a decent one would be well within your budget.

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#3 posted 12-08-2013 07:07 PM

I’ve used several of the HF ones with great results. The only problem we had with one was the angle of the u-joint they used in the release assy. A little adjustment and it worked very smoothly. They are a back saver and well worth the money IMHO.

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#4 posted 12-08-2013 07:18 PM

The problem with the cheap lift tables is the hydraulic jack
goes out and there’s no easy way to switch it out for another
one. I have such a cheap lift table and while it can jack
up with not much load on it, with a heavy load it is
less reliable. I don’t think mine goes up to 36”.

I do need to learn more about servicing hydraulic bottle
jacks though, so perhaps mine can be brought back
to life.

You’ll get more reliability from an engine hoist I think.

If you are motivated, you could build a scissor lift table
yourself out of wood and metal or metal alone. By
using a lead screw instead of a bottle jack, it
can be made to go up higher.

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#5 posted 12-08-2013 11:08 PM

Would an engine lift work for you? I bought one at HF on sale and with a coupon and have used it to lift my tools such as a table saw or 15” Planer so that I could get them on a base and casters. I have the one ton lift with fold-able legs.

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#6 posted 12-09-2013 12:55 AM

Here is what I use although it cost less when I bought it.

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#7 posted 12-09-2013 01:08 AM

Hey – I have the two ton shop hoist from Harbor Freight – I use it to remove outboard engines from the boats that I refinish. The thing works great – it folds up and takes up less space. There are plenty coupons around for 25% off as well.

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#8 posted 12-09-2013 01:21 AM

I’ve been looking at the same thing. If it comes in stock, I may order this one,

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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