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    I recently purchased a small Durhand scissors type lift table (16 1/2" x 13 3/4"). It has a 300 lb capacity, and raises objects from just under 14" to to a height of 36". It has 4 swivel casters (2 locking), and requires maybe 20 pedal strokes from bottom to top. It cost around $180 with free shipping at:
    www.aosom.com.

    When fully extended, it will only reach the surface of my Bridgeport table when the knee is almost all the way down. I wanted to avoid having to raise and lower the knee to remove or replace my vise and rotary table, particularly with a substantial weight on it. The answer was to make a booster block out of 2x8s and plywood as shown in the photos. A small rectangular piece screwed to the bottom of the block registers in a matching hole in the table top to keep it from sliding around.

    The table will easily lift any item I am likely to use on my mill, and takes up very little floor space.

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  • #2
    Nice find. The smaller footprint makes more sense for most of our garage workshops.
    Here's a direct link:
    https://www.aosom.com/item/durhand-3...s~C30-009.html
    Glenn
    So many projects . . . so little ambition! Arroyo Grande, CA

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Tmate View Post
      I recently purchased a small Durhand scissors type lift table (16 1/2" x 13 3/4"). It has a 300 lb capacity, and raises objects from just under 14" to to a height of 36". It has 4 swivel casters (2 locking), and requires maybe 20 pedal strokes from bottom to top. It cost around $180 with free shipping at:
      www.aosom.com.

      When fully extended, it will only reach the surface of my Bridgeport table when the knee is almost all the way down. I wanted to avoid having to raise and lower the knee to remove or replace my vise and rotary table, particularly with a substantial weight on it. The answer was to make a booster block out of 2x8s and plywood as shown in the photos. A small rectangular piece screwed to the bottom of the block registers in a matching hole in the table top to keep it from sliding around.

      The table will easily lift any item I am likely to use on my mill, and takes up very little floor space.

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      Great idea!

      It looks like a natural application for "FOAM" core to keep the weight down. (Blue board or pink, your choice!)

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      • #4
        I got one of the import 600 lb hydraulic lift carts 15 years ago or so and the older I get the more useful it becomes. Best $250 I ever spent.

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