+1 one on the HF table lift. I bought one two years ago and could kick myself for not doing it earlier. Greatest thing for working on or cleaning/polishing the bike. No more bending over, lying on the round, and getting up and down for tools. Being a 3 bike house now, it gets lots of use and my back loves it.I also have one from Sears similar to Harbor Freight, it works okay but sometimes it scares the hell out of me like my bike is gonna fall off of it. The J&S lift seems like a nice lift but like reddyford said upper $300 is well overpriced. Why would you go spend that kinda cash on that kinda lift when you can buy a table lift for about the same price at Harbor Freight. I know someone that has one of these tables and it seems to be a pretty solid table, love to have one someday.
Yeah Bear I could only imagine how much easier it would be to have one. lol! I for one change my own tires and thinking how much easier on my back it would be to bring the bike up to me instead of bending over. Unfortunately the one person I know that has one is my Uncle and he lives more up by you in Genoa IL.+1 one on the HF table lift. I bought one two years ago and could kick myself for not doing it earlier. Greatest thing for working on or cleaning/polishing the bike. No more bending over, lying on the round, and getting up and down for tools. Being a 3 bike house now, it get lots of use and my back loves it.
I have and use the HF table. Yes you do need another jack to lift the bike off the table to remove tires. I use a simple bottle jack or a screw jack (swiped from my F150) to lift put bikes. The table has a removable section that allows the tire to drop below the deck level for removal. It works. I use straps and have an over-center-pivot tire chock which about negates the need for straps, but, being the coward that I am...I can understand being on a budget and the Hf jack is a workable although slightly dangerous option, but when I was researching mc jacks a little over a year ago the j&s kept coming up as having the best quality, stability, and usability. The price was the only hold back. So I like others have mentioned started looking into tables and again the HF table was the low bid. But I thought if I wanted to do tires and wheels myself I would have to buy another jack to raise the bike off the table and then how was I going to stabilize it and the bike on the table. By the way I would still like to have a table. I started dropping hints in early November and low and behold on Christmas morning Santa (MBW) Had left me a J&S Jack. I can honestly say they perform even better than expected. In the year I have had it the only thing I haven't done is pull the tires off the bike while on the jack but I have no doubt I can without even strapping it down. Some things they didn't mention in the video are the stabilizers that can be screwed down to keep the jack from moving which come in handy if you are trying to break something loose or torquing something down with a lot of pressure. Also the oil change pan makes a normally messy job a peace of cake, the design allows easy access to the drain plugs and channels the oil out from under the bike and jack so it can be caught in a standard used oil container or a bucket of your choice.
The video does look like an ad for the J&S but during my research every comparison I found looked about the same and I looked at and read dozens.
The bottom line is will the HF jack do the job for a lot less money? The answer is yes but why not save up for a few more months an by the last jack you will ever buy.
They are def talking about two different things, intentionally. I happen to race two R6's, so I have two of the table lifts, and yes the table lift works for everything for sportbikes, including changing the tires. But that's because like you, I can just throw a front end stand under the front forks while still on the table. I also own a Vaq. and so that is not an option. Good luck changing your front tire on a heavy cruiser on the table lift unless your fabbing something up while on the table. These guys need a conventional lift for certain jobs, and in my opinion they should def save the cash and get one that works right and will last. Hey it's your 10,15, 20,000 bucks swaying in the breeze...Are you guys talking about two different things here?A jack and a table are two different things.We have both,a craftsman jack and a HF table.The jack will lift two of the bikes,sportster and the vulcan 1500 just fine.I did take a little time and cut a couple pieces of wood out so that the jack would lift on the frame rails.The R6 has the belly fairing on it and the jack would work if I drop that but if i have to work on that at height,like tires and brakes.I usually hang it from the ceiling.The table lift works fine for everything
I agree. I happen to have both, but like I said above, I have sportbikes and a Vaq. I've never bothered to try and secure the Vaq on the table. It's a HF table and honestly it would be more work to get that heavy bike situated and secure. The HF is awesome for sportbikes and I'm sure people use 'em all the time for heavy bikes, but I personally just feel better rolling the jack under the Vaq. Seems more secure. Maybe the expensive table lifts would be a diff story. They are a lot more stable. IMO the HF tables are more suited for sportbikes.I notice that a number of guys seem to prefer the TABLE over the traditional JACK (as in the J&S). I used a Kendon Stand-Up Lift (Table) for a few years and while I have no complaint with the quality or design of the unit, I found that, practically speaking, if I had to choose only one I would choose the jack.