How do I unload the HF table lift by myself?

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  1. MaestroPNW

    MaestroPNW Me!

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    The thing, I suppose, is HEAVY. I'm planning on renting a Home Depot truck, or a U-Haul with a ramp, and I think that they'll load it for me at the store.. how do I get it out though. Is there really a way to do it alone? How many people do I need?
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  2. rapidoxidationman

    rapidoxidationman Easily trainable

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    levers, rollers, a friend or two and a 6 pack of beer or a piece at a time.

    Is it already assembled?
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  3. Helipilot

    Helipilot Been here awhile

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    I used an engine lift I have in the shop. Another approach might be to call the local manpower office and get a couple of guys for half a day. The third way might be to just unpack the table on the truck and unload the pieces individually. My HF table was in a couple of pieces but the main unit with the base was very heavy and you need to have help to either tilt it up on edge to install the casters or lift each end with a jack. Good Luck and don't strain your back.
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  4. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    I opened the crate in the bed of the truck, and pulled it out in pieces. The main part you drag to the edge, let it lie on some ply wood on the ground, then hold the end up as you have someone drive out from under it. OK, so not exactly alone! It is heavy, but not that bad. Maybe 125 pounds lifting one end only.

    Jim :brow
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  5. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    Haha, my lift is so heavy (CL purchase) we had to buy the trailer it was on because 3 of us couldn't get one side of it more than 2" off the ground.

    The HF is heavy but not terribly... buy a couple 2x4's to use as levers/ramps and you should be fine... unless you have to take it up stairs.
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  6. greywolf

    greywolf Unpaved road avoider

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    I pulled the trailer into the garage, ran a rope around the crate to a couple of wall studs and drove the trailer out from under it. Then I cut the crate from around it. I don't remember details after that but the rest is easy in comparison.
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  7. NoVa Rider

    NoVa Rider Long timer

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    I removed the crate from a pickup with myself and two kids. Pulled the light end out the back of the truck bed until the crate teetered to the ground. Then, me on one side, 2 kids on the other, and slide the remainder off. Gravity is taking the heavy end to the ground anyway, so you and your helper are only softening the landing. . .. :clap
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  8. vfxdog

    vfxdog Been here awhile

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    Slid the crate down my aluminum bike ramp from the pickup bed. Did the rest with prybars and bits of 4X2.
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  9. 74C5

    74C5 Long timer

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    Slide it out onto a raised floor jack.
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  10. boardrider247

    boardrider247 Weekend Anarchist

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    That's how I did it:clap
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  11. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    I wouldn't want to dead lift the whole thing, but I loaded it onto my trailer recently by lifting one end up and in, then the other.
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  12. MaestroPNW

    MaestroPNW Me!

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    So, how about this - I back the truck enough to put the end of the ramp into the garage. Undo the crate in the truck, then drag the heaviest part down the ramp with a come-along.
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  13. rapidoxidationman

    rapidoxidationman Easily trainable

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    What is the actual weight of the box???
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  14. wee-twin

    wee-twin Been here awhile

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    I would go with that method. I use straps to keep ramps from sliding on tailgate or remove tailgate and rest 2x boards on rear bumper if you do not have ramps.
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  15. CaptTeach

    CaptTeach Been here awhile

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    While you are at HF also buy a hand truck - slide out of pickup and land it on the dolly - roll to assembly location Dollies come in SOoooooooooooooo handy moving stuff around the shop
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  16. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    I purchase my 12GS with out wheels, she came on a crate on a 18wheler, What I did to bring her down and into my house (the street was to narrow for the 18wheler to maneuver anyway) is a hire a "tilt bed" tow truck that made the job totally painless (sorry I don't have photos) hey even back the truck into my driveway and with the help of the tilt bed deposit the bike into my garage, did I mention it was snowing like crazy..:deal

    So for $90 I got the bike to be transport from outside the city but also drop exactly where I need it..
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  17. mrt10x

    mrt10x Dumba$s Jarhead

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    +1 on cutting the box open in the bed of my truck and taking it out piece by piece.. wasnt too hard.
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  18. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    I just slid the crate, as slowly as possible, out of the pickup . . . .

    Note Bene, I unfastened teh lil cables that hold the tailgate at a 90 degreee angle when open, because they didn't look strong enough to support the weitgh of the crated lift . . .


    the end of the crate wound up dropping the 3 feet, and this did absolutely no damage to the lift what so ever . . . . .

    Months later, I helped a buddy get one home, and we did the same thing, with the same results.

    It's a pretty stout series of steel pieces, and not very fragile.

    Don't over think it.
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  19. Wlfman

    Wlfman Long timer

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    Tilt bed trailer. Tilt it up, slides right off.
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  20. VTvfr

    VTvfr Been here awhile

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    Was just about to ask the same thing as I'm planning to grab one this week.

    According to their website, the shipping weight is 339lbs. :deal
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