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Modified Harbor Freight Lift Table


By wizzardz

7 years ago



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    #651 3 months ago
    Quoted from pindude80:

    I am going to pick up one of these lifts but have a question. When doing the bimini caps do you tighten the bolts for whatever angle you want the handle at or does the handle just "free float" when you are using it?

    I think you are supposed to be able to tighten the bolts and have it stay in whatever position it's in, but in my case, the handle just swings freely. Maybe I did something wrong... but it works OK for me in this configuration so I haven't really tried to change it.

    #652 3 months ago

    I suppose it depends on what you use to secure it. If you use nuts with nylon inserts, you will probably be able to tighten it down and have a better chance of them staying where you want it (tight enough to stay, but loose enough that you can move it and fold it down). If you use wing nuts which makes it easier to tighten them when they come loose (every time), then more than likely, it is going to be loose all the time so you can fold it. Having it loose and movable all the time is not a bad thing though. I am still able to move, steer, and navigate the lift wherever I want with the handle in a loose setting. Works fine. But I do have to tighten up at least one of the wing nuts every time I use it. Maybe I will try finding wing nuts with nylon inserts... I'm sure they have those, right? That might be the way to go.

    #653 3 months ago

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    #654 3 months ago
    Quoted from pindude80:

    I am going to pick up one of these lifts but have a question. When doing the bimini caps do you tighten the bolts for whatever angle you want the handle at or does the handle just "free float" when you are using it?

    I left mine loose so I can lay the handle flat in storage under a machine

    #655 3 months ago
    Quoted from pindude80:

    I am going to pick up one of these lifts but have a question. When doing the bimini caps do you tighten the bolts for whatever angle you want the handle at or does the handle just "free float" when you are using it?

    You can tighten the bolts and the handle will kinda stay in place where you want it. I have the bicycle quick-lock skewers and am changing to a bolt and nylock nut. Also, make sure to either LockTite or replace the grub screws that hold the posts in the bimini caps. I haven't yet and mine come loose all the time.

    #656 3 months ago
    Quoted from Gogojohnnyquack:

    Also, make sure to either LockTite or replace the grub screws that hold the posts in the bimini caps. I haven't yet and mine come loose all the time.

    I replaced mine with allen bolts for this exact reason

    #657 3 months ago

    I guess it's time for me to mod mine to look more pro and less hack.

    #658 3 months ago
    Quoted from Gogojohnnyquack:

    Also, make sure to either LockTite or replace the grub screws that hold the posts in the bimini caps. I haven't yet and mine come loose all the time.

    Great tip right here. Thanks for the heads up!

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    #659 68 days ago

    This came in handy today! Wish it went a bit higher though

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    #660 68 days ago

    1/2 ton may be overkill but can lift higher.

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    #661 68 days ago
    Quoted from Trooper11040:

    This came in handy today! Wish it went a bit higher though[quoted image]

    Put some 2x4 on it before lifting pin. Can add 1-1/2" or 3" doubled up if needed.

    #662 68 days ago

    Got it upstairs with no issue. The photo doesn’t show it but the wood on the base of my “extra stand” extends to the side boards vs the bottom of the game

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    #663 67 days ago

    FYI. This is a rough estimate and thinking out loud. If a pinball machine weighs 250 lbs. Lifting on side rails would put 3.6 lbs per square inch (psi) on rails. Lifting on bottom would put 3.4 oz psi on bottom of machine and less stress, weigh is spread out over a larger footprint. Back to you regularly scheduled program.

    #664 67 days ago
    Quoted from Spiderpin:

    FYI. This is a rough estimate and thinking out loud. If a pinball machine weighs 250 lbs. Lifting on side rails would put 3.6 lbs per square inch (psi) on rails. Lifting on bottom would put 3.4 oz psi on bottom of machine and less stress, weigh is spread out over a larger footprint. Back to you regularly scheduled program.

    Except... the sides are thicker, vertical services and can sustain much more weight then the flimsy 1/4" press board that is barely sitting in a groove with a few triangle blocks for support.
    It would be an interesting mechanical engineering experiment/study, to determine which is the better jacking points on a pinball.

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    #665 41 days ago

    In 20 years of working on and owning pins, I have never once bused the bottom out of a cabinet, by using a lift of any type.

    #666 35 days ago

    I use a short length of 2x4 with my bimini-modified HF hydraulic cart. I lay it flat or on edge in the cart to provide 2 heights of lift-stop, which is perfect for use with the modified handle. I also use it on edge on top of the lift to raise the sides or front/back of the pin to adjust leg levelers. Using it as a leveling aid is clutch.

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    #667 35 days ago

    Nice trick

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