I have been thinking a lot about getting a lift table for working on GT's, and servicing my mowers. It's getting harder to get down, then get back up with my knees & everything else getting older. It would be a great investment, although expensive. BUT, if it helps prevent injury....priceless!
Looking at maybe a Titan XLT 1500lb capacity. A little over a grand not counting shipping, but there are dealers within 50 miles of me, so I'll give them a call to check their prices. I'd rather just pick one up, but ebay sellers all have pickup near Indianapolis, which is a good haul from me....380 miles round trip. I can give more at a dealer & maybe still cost less than driving all that way.
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That's a good looking lift, Daniel. And, you'll find that 1,500 # capacity is barely enough after you use it a bit. I'd sure encourage you to get it if you can--you won't regret it.
I got to the point where all the kneeling and bending would do a number on the knees and back--sometimes I'd be so stove up after working all day Saturday I couldn't walk well enough to go to church the next day.
I bought an 1,110 lb lift off eBay about 2 years ago--before I had the JD420 or the Bolens machines. Mine is air operated and is sure sweet to use, though I'd probably get one with hydraulic or electro hydraulic if I had it to do again. It won't go all the way up if the pressure in my compressor tank is below 90 psi...
A feature I like is that mine has two wheels at the rear of the frame, and a hole at the front that's up off the ground about 4-6 inches. I made a little dolly out of a bent plate with a 5/8 bolt sticking up and two urethane-wheeled casters below, and a handle made of 1/2 inch pipe welded to the plate and running up to a pipe "T".
To move the lift I tilt the dolly up and slide the pin under the hole then push down on the handle--it raises the front end up then I can move it around--kind of like a trailer dolly that fits into the hitch on the trailer tongue... works pretty good.