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Modified Harbor Freight Lift Table


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8 years ago



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    #901 58 days ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    These things are cheap. I too went through the “can I buy a new wheel?” Thing with harbor freight. I was kind of annoyed until I remembered I’d got over 10 years out of a lift cart I paid $120 for.

    Probably easier to just buy a new one.

    Not quite 10 years out of mine, though I have thought about it since someone my hydraulic is a bit moody (guess it is due to a drain)... I was waiting for a 20-30% BOOOOOM discount

    But if you have an old one with some extra wheels lying around, i'll take them

    #902 57 days ago
    Quoted from hisokajp:

    answer is "to buy a new one

    think I'd just go to the surplus hardware store buy a set of 4 wheels and drill new holes .....how long could it take

    #903 57 days ago
    Quoted from the9gman:

    think I'd just go to the surplus hardware store buy a set of 4 wheels and drill new holes .....how long could it take

    yeah i think that's going to be next weekend project.

    #904 57 days ago

    Harbor freight doesn't sell any spare parts for the 500 lb lift. My cylinder slowly leaks through and the table lowers itself. Not a problem for me. I called them just the other day to ask about a replacement and they told me no spare parts. The parts shown in the instruction book parts breakdown are just for information purposes. Can't order any of them.

    I went with the 500 lb lift over the 1000 lb model because the larger one didn't fit between the legs on some machines (i.e., wedgeheads for one). I easily modified for adjustable/folding handle as shown.

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    #905 57 days ago
    Quoted from pinster68:

    Still the best way to go. The latest cart I saw (and purchased) still has the fixed handle. I just muscled a 60 degree bend in it, and simply pop it out of the guides then lay it flat for storage under a game when not in use.

    Thanks. So long as the handle is actually removable, this will work for me.

    I dig that Granger one, but can’t justify the price. I have a very specific purpose for this that isn’t worth another $500.

    #906 54 days ago

    Just now watching BattleBots and all of them are using a Harbor Freight cart to bring their Bot to the ring . Looks like they don't have to worrie about the handle ! Too hard to see if they replaced the wheels .

    #907 53 days ago

    I received an email from HF today with a 25% off coupon good for most items in the store. I tried applying the coupon online just to see if it would work for the 500 lb lift table and it did. So, I went to my local HF store. The coupon worked just fine and I got the cart for $135 plus tax. Nice! Now on to the mods.

    #908 53 days ago

    Just snagged my 1k lbs cart today at HF with the 25% off

    https://www.harborfreight.com/online-promo-2020.html?cid=sitebanner_hp_friends

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    #909 53 days ago

    perfect timing to buy a replacement if i need to!

    #910 53 days ago

    So I just unboxed the 1000lb lift and it doesn't raise. I did not bleed it because it says raise before bleeding. Any insight?

    #911 53 days ago
    Quoted from mthirkell:

    So I just unboxed the 1000lb lift and it doesn't raise. I did not bleed it because it says raise before bleeding. Any insight?

    Try bleeding

    #912 53 days ago
    Quoted from mthirkell:

    So I just unboxed the 1000lb lift and it doesn't raise

    mine did the same thing right out of the box .....raised the table by hand by just grabbing the top and pulling it all the way up and then the damn thing worked .

    I have no problems with it now

    #913 52 days ago
    Quoted from the9gman:mine did the same thing right out of the box .....raised the table by hand by just grabbing the top and pulling it all the way up and then the damn thing worked .
    I have no problems with it now

    The release cable just needed to be adjusted. It was so tight the valve was closed. Just assembled poorly.

    #914 52 days ago
    Quoted from mthirkell:

    The release cable just needed to be adjusted. It was so tight the valve was closed. Just assembled poorly.

    oh interesting. I need to get mine out of the suv still.. your tip may come in handy!

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    #915 20 days ago

    Just did the bimini cap mod following the excellent instructions from daditude. Here is my how-to video:

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    #916 13 days ago

    I just bought one of these in Canada (not a HF though, we have something similar)...

    I am getting my first Stern game (AIQ) and was wondering if the bottom of the cabinet is MDF or plywood and what is recommended to do, to lift from the bottom of the cab or the sides?

    any experiences with Stern cabs?

    #917 12 days ago

    Ok bought the 500lb HF lift a month or so ago....did the handle mod...ant stored it. Now I need to move my games... pump the handle... comes up.. get it located...then nothing... release...pump the handle...nothing... wait a while etc... does the same thing... up...and then nothing... ideas..??? Brand new... never used...

    #918 12 days ago
    Quoted from JMCFAN:

    Ok bought the 500lb HF lift a month or so ago....did the handle mod...ant stored it. Now I need to move my games... pump the handle... comes up.. get it located...then nothing... release...pump the handle...nothing... wait a while etc... does the same thing... up...and then nothing... ideas..??? Brand new... never used...

    There are a few people in this thread who also had the problem, even before they modded the handle. I didn't have the problem so I didn't pay miuch attention to them, but I think it had to do with an adjustment screw somewhere.

    #919 12 days ago
    Quoted from JMCFAN:

    Ok bought the 500lb HF lift a month or so ago....did the handle mod...ant stored it. Now I need to move my games... pump the handle... comes up.. get it located...then nothing... release...pump the handle...nothing... wait a while etc... does the same thing... up...and then nothing... ideas..??? Brand new... never used...

    The cable adjustment is very finicky. I just wiggle the cable when I need mine to lower.

    #920 12 days ago

    Yes sometimes mine won't raise or lower, just move handle up or down gets it working. I think it's the release cable moving that helps.

    #921 12 days ago

    Store manager told me all new carts ship 1/2 full hydraulic fluid . He had 6 returns which would not fully lift .

    If someone has filled their hydraulic level please post " how to " and any words advice .

    Thanks Shane

    #922 12 days ago
    Quoted from JMCFAN:

    Ok bought the 500lb HF lift a month or so ago....did the handle mod...ant stored it. Now I need to move my games... pump the handle... comes up.. get it located...then nothing... release...pump the handle...nothing... wait a while etc... does the same thing... up...and then nothing... ideas..??? Brand new... never used...

    Fixed it....adjusted the cable on the release....works like a champ now. Drops very slow....which is fine for me...

    #923 12 days ago
    Quoted from Ottawaflip:

    I just bought one of these in Canada (not a HF though, we have something similar)...
    I am getting my first Stern game (AIQ) and was wondering if the bottom of the cabinet is MDF or plywood and what is recommended to do, to lift from the bottom of the cab or the sides?
    any experiences with Stern cabs?

    bumping this, any comments on how to move newer sterns cabs?

    #924 12 days ago
    Quoted from Ottawaflip:

    bumping this, any comments on how to move newer sterns cabs?

    I just moved 2... Munsters LE and Batman 66. I just placed 2 2x4s on the table cross ways so lifted across the cabinet in 2 places... make sense?

    #925 12 days ago
    Quoted from JMCFAN:

    I just moved 2... Munsters LE and Batman 66. I just placed 2 2x4s on the table cross ways so lifted across the cabinet in 2 places... make sense?

    were the 2 x 4 extending out were you can see them from above or simply lifting from the bottom panel, in other words, were the 2x4 just touching the bottom panel and not the sides? just wondering how strong the bottom panel is and if it can take that kind of pressure (I have seen it in older games works fine, just not sure about new ones)

    #926 12 days ago
    Quoted from Ottawaflip:

    were the 2 x 4 extending out were you can see them from above or simply lifting from the bottom panel, in other words, were the 2x4 just touching the bottom panel and not the sides? just wondering how strong the bottom panel is and if it can take that kind of pressure (I have seen it in older games works fine, just not sure about new ones)

    No sticking out a few inches on either side....using the cabinet and not the bottom panel

    #927 12 days ago
    Quoted from Ottawaflip:

    were the 2 x 4 extending out were you can see them from above or simply lifting from the bottom panel, in other words, were the 2x4 just touching the bottom panel and not the sides? just wondering how strong the bottom panel is and if it can take that kind of pressure (I have seen it in older games works fine, just not sure about new ones)

    I have moved probably 6 modern Stern games with this lift table using only the bottom panel, and have never had an issue.

    #928 12 days ago

    thank you very much!

    #929 12 days ago
    Quoted from parsonsaj:

    I have moved probably 6 modern Stern games with this lift table using only the bottom panel, and have never had an issue.

    Good to know. I was not sure so the way I did seemed it would be stronger...

    #930 12 days ago
    Quoted from bepositive:

    Store manager told me all new carts ship 1/2 full hydraulic fluid . He had 6 returns which would not fully lift .
    If someone has filled their hydraulic level please post " how to " and any words advice .
    Thanks Shane

    There is a rubber plug pushed in the side of the cylinder, remove plug and fill with hydraulic jack fluid with jack lowered till oil runs out of the hole, then reinstall plug.

    #931 11 days ago
    Quoted from Ottawaflip:

    were the 2 x 4 extending out were you can see them from above or simply lifting from the bottom panel, in other words, were the 2x4 just touching the bottom panel and not the sides? just wondering how strong the bottom panel is and if it can take that kind of pressure (I have seen it in older games works fine, just not sure about new ones)

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/modified-harbor-freight-lift-table/page/18#post-5879241

    There are several creative solutions in this thread. This is one link. Post #827 is another solution.

    Like others I use a couple 2x2 boards to ensure I’m lifting via cabinet not the bottom panel.

    #932 11 days ago

    the mods are great, lots of great ideas....

    what is the point of keeping the handle other than for lowering the platform..?

    I am wondering, can the be steered by pushing the machine once it has been lifted...?

    if that is the case, the handle can be removed altogether and just keep a small release switch/lever by the base....

    the cart can then be pulled with strap similar to those used in tie-downs/ratchets, instead of this flimsy and thin metal tubing..

    #933 11 days ago
    Quoted from Ottawaflip:

    the mods are great, lots of great ideas....
    what is the point of keeping the handle other than for lowering the platform..?
    I am wondering, can the be steered by pushing the machine once it has been lifted...?
    if that is the case, the handle can be removed altogether and just keep a small release switch/lever by the base....
    the cart can then be pulled with strap similar to those used in tie-downs/ratchets, instead of this flimsy and thin metal tubing..

    First off the expensive pinball dollies - dollies made specifically to move pinballs - see image below, are designed to lift up on the bottom panel, not the sides.
    Agreed the sides are stronger but unless you have a machine with a rotted bottom panel (which should be replaced anyway) you shouldn't need to worry about lifting using the bottom panel. Be more concerned with where you place the dolly so it is balanced well when it is lifted.

    Having the handle is useful for moving/locating the dolly under the machine, moving/jockeying/driving the machine once it is lifted and for moving your dolly to a good storage spot. The handle is a pain for storage which is why there are so many mods to get these to fold flat when not in use. Also some of the handles need to be modded because they will not go past 90 degrees which prevents being able to move the dolly far enough under your machine to get a good balanced lifting spot.

    I have seen/used handleless dollies which are pretty cool. But I still prefer the handle because its usefulness exceeds its limitations.

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    #934 11 days ago
    Quoted from fnosm:

    First off the expensive pinball dollies - dollies made specifically to move pinballs - see image below, are designed to lift up on the bottom panel, not the sides.
    Agreed the sides are stronger but unless you have a machine with a rotted bottom panel (which should be replaced anyway) you shouldn't need to worry about lifting using the bottom panel. Be more concerned with where you place the dolly so it is balanced well when it is lifted.
    Having the handle is useful for moving/locating the dolly under the machine, moving/jockeying/driving the machine once it is lifted and for moving your dolly to a good storage spot. The handle is a pain for storage which is why there are so many mods to get these to fold flat when not in use. Also some of the handles need to be modded because they will not go past 90 degrees which prevents being able to move the dolly far enough under your machine to get a good balanced lifting spot.
    I have seen/used handleless dollies which are pretty cool. But I still prefer the handle because its usefulness exceeds its limitations. [quoted image]

    Fnsom - Do you have one of these? I have the HF lift table that I use in the garage and it works great, but I admit I'm little leery of bringing it in the basement. Would hate to have it puke oil on the carpet. So I've thought of trying one of those pin dollies like you showed since it doesn't appear to be hydraulic. Or is it hydraulic (sort of looks like there might be a piston)?

    #935 11 days ago
    Quoted from parsonsaj:

    I have moved probably 6 modern Stern games with this lift table using only the bottom panel, and have never had an issue.

    That myself too. 25-30 lifts some pins 3-4 time. A few pins twice in one day, when I shuffle line-up.

    #936 11 days ago
    Quoted from mbwalker:

    Fnsom - Do you have one of these? I have the HF lift table that I use in the garage and it works great, but I admit I'm little leery of bringing it in the basement. Would hate to have it puke oil on the carpet. So I've thought of trying one of those pin dollies like you showed since it doesn't appear to be hydraulic. Or is it (sort of looks like there might be a piston)?

    I do not have the pin dollies but I have had the same oil puking issue with my HF's. They don't leak anymore but it was a mess for a while. As for the pin dollies I have used both hydraulic and non-hydraulic versions. The hydraulics require less athletics then the non-hydraulic versions, but both are easy to use once you have been instructed on the way they are designed to be operated.

    #937 10 days ago
    Quoted from Spiderpin:

    That myself too. 25-30 lifts some pins 3-4 time. A few pins twice in one day, when I shuffle line-up.

    do you extend the table by means of extra wood or anything? just wondering.

    #938 10 days ago

    No I just line it up so it's under cabinet and not touching the sides, front or back. That includes pins build in the 1970's.

    #939 10 days ago
    Quoted from Spiderpin:

    No I just line it up so it's under cabinet and not touching the sides, front or back. That includes pins build in the 1970's.

    Here's s pic of Aerosmith on HF lift.

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    #940 10 days ago

    Another ? Do you drop top while moving? I did...not sure I needed to...

    #941 10 days ago
    Quoted from JMCFAN:

    Another ? Do you drop top while moving? I did...not sure I needed to...

    Yes I do. If moving to load and haul on truck. Didn't in this picture, from room to room or just moving in a room I don't. Just go slow.

    #942 10 days ago
    Quoted from Spiderpin:

    Yes I do. If moving to load and haul on truck. Didn't in this picture, from room to room or just moving in a room I don't. Just go slow.

    Remember, also, that moving around the room or from room to room, you only need the game slightly off the floor. My back legs are probably less than an inch off the ground when I move mine, that way if something were to go wrong and it falls, it’s not falling far or tipping over.

    #943 9 days ago

    Has anyone figured out a easy wheel replacement for this cart yet. So it can go over door jams easily.

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