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Old 11-20-2009, 12:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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HF tall underhoist stands any good?

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=41860



I'm in the market for some tall stands, one that go 36-48" high or so. This goes 49-93". It looks like it would be cheaper to cut down a few of these than to buy the more expensive, but still Chi-com quality ones. Has anyone messed with them?

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Old 11-20-2009, 12:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Very nice for the price and sturdy - not HF sturdy, actually sturdy.
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Old 11-20-2009, 12:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You may also want to look into pipe stands, they should be about the same price and you won't have to cut them down.
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Old 11-20-2009, 01:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've looked into them and can't seem to find a place around here that has any in stock. I always wait until I need something to buy it and now I need 4! I've called a bunch of places around here and they are dumbfounded.

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Old 11-20-2009, 01:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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There are some on Ebay but they are more expensive (like 80 a pop)

Do you need them just for one project? Just build some at the height you need out of square tubing.
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Old 11-20-2009, 01:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I think I could use them for a bunch of projects but I need to use them on the next project in line I thought about making them but I spend a lot of time at work and commuting and don't have much time to mess around at home anymore.

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Old 11-20-2009, 07:39 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've got a set of pipe stands that are the height you are looking for. Look around for a good deal on the, they are crazy sturdy and well built. I have seen them go for as cheap as $60 a pair or so if you dig...
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I have one of the stands like the one pictured-but not bought from HF.

Now that they are on sale, I've been thinking of buying a pile of them, keeping some as they are for underhoist use and cutting four of them down to suitable size for frame work. At $60/each, it's hard to beat having them done and not having to fab them up.
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I've used that one for years and love it.
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Old 11-21-2009, 04:11 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I picked up 3 of them today! The box says they are 49 lbs, and I believe it. I'm cutting them down tonight so I'll take some pix. They are much higher quality than I would have expected. They have a roller bearing on the keyed acme threads to it's easy to adjust with weight on it.

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Old 11-21-2009, 08:41 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Well here we go. I cut all three down quite a bit! It was simple to do. I'm impressed by these things. Here's a few pix (I'm not sorry about the size, suck it).

FWIW all these photos were taken w/o a flash in my shop. 48 T8 bulbs and white walls help!

Original unit before mods. The base was 24" wide and minimum height was about 57":


Close-up of the bearing:


After mods here. I chopped about 18" off the legs and cut about 12" off the center tube:


After mods, fully extended:


Overall I'm very pleased with these. I paid $59.99 each but I had a couple of 20% coupons and made several trips to the parking lot

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Old 11-22-2009, 06:51 AM   #12 (permalink)
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holly hell you did chop them alot. that king dont look wide enough when its fully up. did you take some measurements when new to get the same height to width ratio?
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Not bad at all! MSC sells the Ridgid pipe stands quite reasonably and you have the advantage of quick adjustment of the slider/stachion tube, using only the washer that binds. But this approach is pretty cool too
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Not bad at all! MSC sells the Ridgid pipe stands quite reasonably
$60/each and no shipping?
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