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Where to Buy a Grooming Table
Question Comment 1: I need to buy a grooming table for North. He weighs 135 pounds now. Of course I need a strong table. Is the 48 inch length the best? I can't afford anything hydraulic! Could be just something else to break down anyway! Can anyone suggest any brands that are rugged yet not too expensive?
Comment 2: Hey, Actually, Harbor Freight had a great hydraulic table for $199 plus $100 shipping.... $500. CHEAPER than the non-hydraulic Grooming specialty tables. You could check Harbor Freight's website and other companies that are not grooming specialty companies.
But be v-e-r-y careful. We paid $1,100. for a Grooming table from a Groomer's supply company. It tips if a even 80 lbs or so, wiggles....it wouldn't be good for a Newfie. Nope, it isn't even hydraulic. Infact, my 60 Lab pup jumped and flipped the bugger-table. The site advertises the table using a Newf, and a man swings from it, etc., but it isn't nearly so sturdy as we wish.
Also, there are restraint systems that are very expensive and would be exceedingly simple to make for oneself at a tenth of the cost.
Build a Grooming Table Yourself
Comment 3: Build one your self. It is very easy to make a grooming table, even if you don't own a saw. Just go to your local lumber yard and buy a 24 or 26 inch wide 3/4 inch plyboard, (48 inches long) (doesn't have to be fancy finish,), and have them round the corners a bit. then go to Menard's or Lowe's or whatever and pick up a paif of collabpsible table legs, last time I looked they ran about $15.00...
Take the legs to the lumber yard and have them cut off the bottom four inches. (that way your table will be the right height.) You want a table that is about 24 to 26 inches tall.
take it home, put it all together, buy a rubber mat or one of those pieces of indoor outdoor carpet remnants and cut to fit and glue to the table top, and buy the "stripping" that goes around counter tops and tack it on around the edge...
for extra convenience at dog shows add a set of castor wheels on the underside of the table so it will roll, and a large screw eye on one end to attach a leash to...when you fold it up you can just roll it along behind you. The cost of the whole thing shouldnt run you more than $40.00 maximum I should think.
Where to Buy
Comment 4: I purchased the folding legs from the hardware store, cut them down, (pipecutter) cut a piece of 3/4 inch plywood, mounted the legs and covered it with rubber matting. Then I installed castors under it (fair sized ones with swivels, not cheap furniture castors.) Since the table surface is the same size as my large crates, I can fold the legs up on the table, and put a crate on top of it, thus having a crate that I can roll around easily. It's great for taking stuff into the building at a dog show, pile everything INTO the crate, on the table surface, and just wheel the whole thing from the van to the building. I run a bungie under the table, which keeps the legs from unfolding AND keeps the crate in place. I had seriously considered hooking the dog up and making the dog PULL their tack into the show, but never actually did it. I attached the connecter from a seat belt (female end) to the bottom of the table, and made a click in strap from the male end of the belt, so that I have a "leash" to pull the table etc. with. Mine is 15 years old, and has spent a lot of time sitting outside in the weather, with no ill effect. I bath dogs on it all the time in the summer and it's still sturdy, though a bit heavy. I doubt it cost me 100.00 to build, but that was a long time ago.
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