Am I using the term right? I have a small woodshop and have the perfect
place for a planer (right under my tablesaw's outfeed table) I want it
to rise to a human height. Has anyone seen a spring loaded or hydraulic
lift for a smaller (150 lbs) tool? Things are made for televisions to
pop out of dressers right?
ATV jack, has wheels, hydraulic jack, big platform. Probably not very
precise, may wiggle. Usually rated 600lbs.+ I see them in Northern
Tool Catalogs and Harbor Freight.
Tom in KY, watching the kids ride their 4-wheelers on what's left of
the snow and ice.
If it works, LET US ALL KNOW!!!! I was kinda' kidding.
I wonder if it will be solid enough. I've been around a few and they
tend to rock and creak around when leaned on. Like I said though, let
us all know if it works. There may be a rush on these in the next
coming months by wood workers that will drive up the price and create
shortages in the ATV repair industry! Imagine what it will cost to have
new rings put in after your kid drives your 4-wheeler for 2 or 3 hours
with the choke on again. Or what the bill will be on your wife's
4-wheeler when you have the brakes replaced after taking her to your
favorite hilly area.(women do not down-shift ya' know?).
I'll bet on an industrious weekend, a good wood worker could make his
own lift based on the ATV lift design with the propper cross bracing to
make it solid enough to use with any 100 to 250lb. planer
Tom in KY, possibly giving too much credit to the capabilities of a
good wood worker who is about one industrious weekend from dumping his
planer onto the floor and getting hurt.
What about flip table designs? Every time I pick up one of those silly
woodworking magazines its seems they are full of weird shop designs for
DIY's. Hasn't anyone seen some convoluted way to raise a planer up two
Yes, chris, that seems to be the trick, but thats quite a lot of work.
My planer needs about 14 inches of clearance, so I will need to find
some unusual atv jack that gets up that high, before I even get to
start stablizing it.
It still seems strange that no one makes anything like this, just for
I just had an idea that you all will think is not so smart, but I think
its quite good.
When I run the planer, I put a huge pile of wood through it and then
spin the planer around and send pile back again. About six times.
Imagine this!!! A barbar's chair with the seat removed, and a platform
welded to the top. It is sturdy, strong enough lift and swivels! I
would need to find a locking mechanism, but that seems easy. Shoot, one
of those was lying around in my warehouse a few years back. I think the
rose well more than 12 inches.
Is there any similar thing I could use? Any thoughts?
Looks ideal, I wonder how wiggly it is? It may be pretty easy to put
some plywood in between the rails. That would stiffen it up in one
direction. Make sure it raises the platform level. I have a vision of
raising a surface planer, then seeing it slide off of the table.
Night-marish, ain't it?
Tom in KY thinking you've just about got this thing worked out.
I like that lift - how about this for a mod for it.
Make a track where the wheels will slide under your saw and a cradle for
them to rest in so it doesnt move.
Then add a heavy duty lazy susan bearing (about 10 bux from woodcraft - will
support 400lbs) w/ a board on top to mount the planer. Add a pin to the
board to lock it in place on each side.
Run the wood thru - pull the pin spin planer - replace pin - run boards the
I may have to check out that lift - this could get interesting.
Let me know how it works out for you.
I have the heavier version of that cart (1100 lbs?). HF had them for
about half-off a couple of years ago. Typical of stuff from HF, there
is some awkwardness about the thing, but its basic functions work fine.
Up and down smoothly, stays put at any height, stays level, doesn't
wobble or sway badly. It sure is nice to have when there is a heavy
machine to unload and assemble.
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