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    I opened my shop in June. Before that, I was grooming out of my home and my $59 special (that I got for free because somebody gave it to me) worked just fine, but that's not the case anymore. When I first opened the shop, I ordered a hydraulic table - one of the "lower end" models, because it was cheap and I couldn't afford a $1500 table. The husband put the table together for me, and I put my Standard Poodle on it and the table was all over the place. Figured we had a faulty table, so we sent it back and got another. That one was no better, (did the same with a 20 lb. dog on it) so it was returned and I bought some height extenders for my $59 special and that's what I've been using.

    There are only a few groomers in my area who will take dogs over 40 lbs, so I get bombarded with them. I don't mind so much, as long as they don't think I'm a Big Mac, but I can't put a dog bigger then a Cocker on my table, so anything larger is groomed with me sitting on the floor. My shop has been open for 8 months now, and my back and knees make me feel like I'm 80. Now that my GH is on the way, it's time to get those big dogs, and myself, up off the floor.

    So now I'm back to the table decision making, and after my experience with the hydraulic mess I've already had, I'm leary. But since I've only been in business for 8 months, $$$ is also an issue. I really don't want to spend over $700 on a table right now - quite frankly, I would like to keep it under $500. OTOH, I've learned the hard way that buying the cheaper stuff doesn't pay off and I wind up spending twice as much because I have to reorder name brand. (Don't ever buy off brand blades. Trust me on this'n)

    A client of mine gave me a catalog from a place that sells hydraulic equipment. Nothing to do with grooming, but there's hydraulic and electric tables in the catalog for far cheaper then the grooming tables in my grooming catalogs. Problem is, I can't find one with a table top bigger then 19" width. I get some BIG dogs in my shop and 19" wouldn't work. So now I'm thinking maybe I should go ahead and order one of those tables, and then have my dad make me a wider tabletop for it. Has anyone attempted this? Or am I just talking myself into blowing unecessary money when I should just say the hell with it and spend the money on a good grooming table.


    **sigh** Decisions, decisions.

  • #2
    your grooming table is your backbone. invest in it!! they are worth their weight in gold! and besides, you depend on it to make your living and since you're going to be using it say 8 hours a day, its worth it!! I have an edemco hydraulic..only about 450.00! you can go electric if you prefer but its not big deal to pumped it up IMO..I like the petlifts also that go down to 12" with a rotating top thats about 685.00, on my petlift I can put a Bernese Mountain Dog on with no problem, so upgrades are up to you, but the 450. table works great.. doesn't shake and wont tip over! good luck! lets us know which you decided on!

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    • #3
      have you considered Hanvey? He has an elevator table for $795 - you could add a Lips systen for another $199 - (he gives you a little discount if it's purchased with with the table) - I think he also offers a payment plan on some things - can't remember if he excludes the tables though (I think it was the tubs, you would have to call him) - he has a very good reputation for taking care of his customers

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      • #4
        Ok, here's the deal. If you were to buy one, the tables I've heard are among the best are PETLIFT brand. Hydraulic is great, I think easy to repair (not sure, but I think easier than electric table problems), and much much cheaper. Around $600 and the table is yours.

        If you do resort to one of those hydraulic scissor carts like your client showed you in the catalogs, the way to make that work is to BOLT a piece of plywood (covered in rubber/vinyl on top) to it. This is what I did.

        You know, Curtis Hanvey is selling these already made for a LOT of cash, you can make it yourself for around $300 (I got my scissor cart on sale for $199, and my father-in-law bolted on a covered piece of plywood for $20). I LOVE this table. It's not "all over the place" but if it were, it has locking casters, which I love.

        Here is a photo of mine....OOPS it says I've already attached the photo in the "Most Important Equipment" thread---so find that thread and you'll see a photo. SCOOP has this same table, in fact I got the idea from her. The table is 180 lbs., wont tip over (I've hung on it myself, I'm 125 lbs. and it wont budge), nor will I do a dog that heavy or crazy anyway, works great with my groomers helper, etc.

        The plywood was cut and rounded on the corners to the specific length I wanted (24" X 42") and then covered with a vinyl cover we got from the same store (home depot). The scissor cart came from Harbor Freight, it has a 1000 lb. lift capacity (for those 800 lb. cockers we get), and comes with a rubber mat on top---I like the rubber mat because that is what the dogs stand on, I place it on top of the vinyl covering and then I can take it and clean it very easily!!! Here is what I bought, and NO, the handle thingy doesn't get in my way:

        http://search.harborfreight.com/cpis...cart&Submit=Go

        If you're NOT going to make your own, a PetLift Hydraulic table would be a great one, and you can get them from www.groomershelper.com as well, tell them you bought a Groomers Helper from them and want a good table now!

        I am 36 years old, my back and knees aren't so great from years of gymnastics and now grooming (as well as 2 car accidents), but this table has helped me SOOOOOO much. I don't have the back pain that I used to suffer from, I think my table and wearing "CROCS" shoes have helped! Anyway, that table, whether you buy it or make it is SOOOO worth having. I physically cannot work on the floor, it is very bad for your back to do that. I started having severe back pain from living in South Korea where we ALWAYS sat on the floor to eat, to socialize, etc...the only time we didn't sit on the floor was at work and at church. My back pain has subsided a little thank goodness. GET THAT TABLE, GIRL!

        Tammy in Utah
        Groomers Helper Affiliate

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        • #5
          Tables...

          I bought this table and am very happy with it dog.com/itemdy00.asp?T1=192215 The company offers free shipping on your first order ,too!! Nicer color than the "hazardous orange" ones you have to spend time on to rebuild the table-top. Some tables require more,messy hydraulic oil when setting up,this one does not. The rubber on this table-top will appear to be permanently scratched when your first dog is groomed on it...all that's needed is a cleaning with a scrub brush,which should be done anyway,and the finish is brought back up to it's original look. Like most things,it's made in Asia.
          It also has a screw for the speed adjustment when lowering the dog, or yourself...after a nap. I bought this on sale for $299.00. You might ask the company to call you when it's on sale again...who knows? They might be on sale tomorrow...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ZoomGroom View Post
            I bought this table and am very happy with it dog.com/itemdy00.asp?T1=192215 The company offers free shipping on your first order ,too!! Nicer color than the "hazardous orange" ones you have to spend time on to rebuild the table-top. Some tables require more,messy hydraulic oil when setting up,this one does not. The rubber on this table-top will appear to be permanently scratched when your first dog is groomed on it...all that's needed is a cleaning with a scrub brush,which should be done anyway,and the finish is brought back up to it's original look. Like most things,it's made in Asia.
            It also has a screw for the speed adjustment when lowering the dog, or yourself...after a nap. I bought this on sale for $299.00. You might ask the company to call you when it's on sale again...who knows? They might be on sale tomorrow...

            That is a very nice table, indeed, especially for that sale price. I agree the "hazardous" orange color sucks, but dang it's a lot better than no hydraulic table.

            BUT, if you're going to pay $600 for a table, then don't get this one, get a PetLift table, made in the good ol' USA. They're a great brand.

            Tammy in Utah
            Groomers Helper Affiliate

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            • #7
              orange table

              well being from tennessee (go big orange) that is the table that i use and yes i kept it orange. but anyways i love it. i did not put a wooden top on mine, i use the size it came with and i do 2 st. bernards every other week and they are fine with it, as a matter of fact the bigger the table top area the more they will move around on it. i have had this table for over 5 years and it does the job just fine. plus the price is great and yes it is just like the one that hanveys sells. i did drill a hole for my grooming arm and i glued a piece of rubber on it.

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              • #8
                Yep Spikey and I have the same home made table. She did hers a little different then I did mine. I just took my old table top off and attached it to the top of the new table. The handle part I put towards the back and attached a HV dryer to it. It doesn't get in the way. The locking casters are great. Yes it is orange, but honestly I don't even notice that anymore. I will post a picture tomarrow. I LOVE this table and the price was right!!

                Scoop

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                • #9
                  I've decided to order from Harbor Freight and make my own


                  Thanks!!!

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                  • #10
                    Okay here are some pictures of my table. Mine has a small HV dryer attached to the handle. The table can actually go even lower then pictured or higher than pictured too.

                    Don't mind my floor it is being replaced this week-Whooo Hooo!

                    Scoop
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                    • #11
                      That's an awesome table Scoop! I've seen Spikey's too in another forum. I'm considering doing something similar myself. I love how you've made it custom to your needs and put the dryer on it and everything. Very ingenious! CONGRATS on your new flooring!!

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                      • #12
                        Scoop

                        That is an excellent use for the handle!!

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                        • #13
                          hey hey if that was MY grooming table id love it! BRIGHT ORANGE! WOOHOO! okay..id paint it LIME GREEN! LOL!!!!!
                          Hound

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                          • #14
                            I LOVE my pet lift big dog table. It's model 2010. If you talk to a rep you may be able to get it a little cheaper than it's listed. I got my for 1500 including shipping. It lowers to 12inched and raises right up to my face, lol. It is longer for the big dogs and the post rotates around the top part of the table so it's not in the way. If you can spare it def. spend the money for a high quality table!

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                            • #15
                              Shelti- here is that thread you were looking for. I posted pictures of my table, I don't think Tammy could post hers for some reason, but we have the same set up, in fact I gave her the idea. I really love my table and I know Tammy does too. I attached my small HV dryer to the back on the handle, you don't have to do that but it is handy. Also Tammy had her father-in-law build a table top. I just took apart my old table and attached it. If you need anything I would be happy to help with any questions and I know Tammy would too.

                              Scoop

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