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Old 03-08-2019, 02:22 PM   #1
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I've decided to buy a drywall lift due to the overwhelming number of ceilings im gonna be hanging in the next 5-6 months..I just want it onsite for when i need them..

I've used the Panellift/Telepro stuff..basically Panellift model 138's when I've rented from Home Depot in the past, good machines..(they rent something else now)

Wondering if you guys have any opinions on other stuff out there? comparable in features..maybe not as heavy duty -but safe and reliable for a little less money...Seems there are a ton of Chinese made drywall machines out there..they look like knock offs of PAnellift machines

I'd like to save a bit of money but not to the point where im using
a crappy, no fun to use product..
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Old 03-08-2019, 03:02 PM   #2
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I bought one of the Harbor Freight drywall lifts a few years ago , it works fine.

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Thanks..Idot..What's the max height on yours?
150lb max?
Drive for the lift is good, smooth enough..im guessing it's a cable?

Is there an height extension available for it?
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I used to have an expensive one. About $700+ if I remember right. Chinese crap wasn't available then. I think I sold it. Can't remember.

Now I have Chinese crap. It works just as good. Never had an issue. About $150. I always try to buy American, but I don't know if American is available any more.

Also, check Craigslist. Homeowners buy them all the time for a small job, then re-sell them.
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I believe it will lift to 10’ , cable operated, works smooth enough.

It handles 12’ rock no problem , positions it nicely

You will wonder why you ever used a “ deadman”

There is an extension for it the do 12’ if I’m not mistaken

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I would also recommend to keep an eye on Craigslist and at the rental yards. I frequently see the Tel pros for sell at half or less than half of new.

I got my tel pro from a homeowner that used it on his basement and garage.

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Chinese metal $133:


https://www.menards.com/main/tools-h...3624386&ipos=2


Looks the same but made in USA. Not sure I’m THAT dedicated to “buy American”. $618:

https://www.menards.com/main/tools-h...3624386&ipos=1
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I bought a half price Telpro from our local HD rental desk. Its worth it to have something well built supporting that panel above my head! For only a couple hundred more bucks than the cheap ones.

A neat trick I learned from YouTube, you can use the panel lift to set your top row of wall board as well. Gets it nice and tight to the ceiling, even with 54x12 and 5/8 thick!


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I believe it will lift to 10’ , cable operated, works smooth enough.

It handles 12’ rock no problem , positions it nicely

You will wonder why you ever used a “ deadman”

There is an extension for it the do 12’ if I’m not mistaken
I checked in on a couple of the local Harbor Freight stores and nobody at those stores thought they sold an extension for the machine they sell..couldn't find one at HF online either..

my deadman (and variations of that) days are long over..

shame cause I really despise buying tools like this one online..
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As far as Craigs goes..i see them fairly often but none right now and im getting close to needing it and dont want to wait around during a 'used d-wall lift dryspell' on Craigslist..I do want a heavier american lift..for the high ceilings ill be working for the next two phases of stuff i want weight under the sheet..im sure a chinese lift would be fine..just personal dislike of the willie nillie.,,I might end going chinese tho..we'll see, soon
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I got 6 months out of the HF unit I had. Wasn't worth buying.

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I make a phone call and miraculously all my drywall gets hung. It's the damnest thing.


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I got 6 months out of the HF unit I had. Wasn't worth buying.

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TJB, what part of the lift failed? The drive?
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How bout trying out this new style of lift and reporting back to us?



https://www.toolsofthetrade.net/truc...drywall-lift_o
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How bout trying out this new style of lift and reporting back to us?



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looks like it's designed for walls..my primary need is for ceilings.. and also, you can get most drywall lifts to do walls..

weird also that they mention a '1/2 inch sheet and dont clarify that it's ok for 5/8 and up..
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Walls only, but it has me thinking....
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I saw Myron's lift and couldn't understand why he would invent a lift that only does walls when a regular lift will do walls AND ceilings.
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TJB, what part of the lift failed? The drive?
Post stack.

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Idiot drywallers always gotta break sheets over a door or window to save their lazy-hack asses a few seconds of mudding and making the trim job tougher.
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Post stack.

Tom
wow..the main post?
broken weld on a stop flange of some sort?
did the post itself break?

that's a major fail..

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