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The Good - The Bad and Workaround Tricks
January 31, 2016
Update: September 2017
Another great use for these tables: When painting or installing decorative shutters on the house these tables at their highest setting make a great temporary workbench to use outside for all of your needed tools. I found this lightweight table very handy for setting drills, screws, etc. when I installed plywood on my window before hurricane Irma hit Florida.
I have a bad back so using the table reduced the need for me to bend down to pick up tools, etc. The tables are easy to move. I found it easy to pick one up (makeshift crossbar and all) and lift it over my head with the legs aiming to the sky then rest the table top on my head while I walked it to the place in my yard where I needed it. I'm no muscle man. I'm a 6 foot, overweight 64 year old but I could easily handle putting the table top on my head. (I know. Bad visual. That's why there is no picture of me doing this! LOL.)
I'm reviewing Lifetime Table 4428 with the folding table top.
This table has 4 features that are hard to find in one table: a folding table top, 36" height, small footprint for storage and a decent price.
Good height as an outfeed table for my 7491RS table saw.
Highest height 36" is perfect for projects where you want to stand.
Folds up for storage.
Not too heavy for short distance carrying for a 62 yr. old male.
This is a great table for a 'weekend woodworker' who needs to store everything away at the end of the project so his car will fit in the garage again!
Only 24" wide.
Surface has a slight texture but writing with a gel pen and paper are no problem.
Not contractor quality nor durability but good for many home uses.
Not for heavy items like engines. Not a sturdy workbench.
Not easy to open for a weak/elderly person.
Tricky to open and close but this technique should help:
Pull it out of the box, stand it on end and place the hinge side on the floor.
Use a large screwdriver to pry open the end opposite the hinge. Reason being the plastic clip holding it closed is very tight until it wears a little.
Once opened, tip the table on its side edge and extend the table top and legs until they lock.
Look for one red plastic clip under the table surface near the hinges. Press it to lock the table top open.
Now stand the table on its legs. It will be real low.
To raise the table you need 3 arms, 2 people or this trick:
Put your foot on the cross bar that connects 2 legs to each other.
Press in on the 2 silver pins that pop out of the side of the legs and at the same time push down with your foot while lifting with your hands. The table will rise one level.
Do the same thing to the other end of the table.
Repeat the process until you achieve the desired height. There are 3 ht. settings.
Another con: The table wobbles side to side at the highest setting but I have a simple cure to make it sturdy:
Buy a cheap 2x2 stick of lumber for a couple bucks. Actual dimensions: 1.5"x1.5"x4ft.
Cut a notch in the center of each end of the stick to these dimensions: 1" deep by 1" wide. I used a scroll saw.
With the table at its highest setting, pressure fit diagonally the notches between the 2 cross bars at ground level. Then slide/center the stick perpendicular to the cross bars. No screws or bolts needed. The stick will force the legs apart and reduce the wobbling. If you are unable to cut notches in the stick you might get by just using a 47" stick. See photo of notched stick.