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    I wanted to post a picture of a folding game hoist I made using a MM 251 with a Spoolgun but, for some reason, cannot upload the picture. It tells me the file is too big but from other pictures I've seen posted, this is hard to believe. If anyone has any advice or suggestions, please post them.
    It's kind of a neat project in that the hoist folds onto itself for a total weight of 12-18 pounds. It mounts in a trailer hitch receiver with a total unfolded height of approx. 14 feet. It was my first aluminum project using a Spoolgun and I could definitely have used some of the suggestions others have posted regarding Spoolgun operation.

    Thanks.

  • #2
    I would like to see it.

    When you post a picture it has to be quite small for the server to accept it.

    When you open this picture with whatever editor you use there should be an option to 'saveas' a smaller size or to export it as a smaller size.

    It should be in the FILE or EDIT portions of your editor.

    Hope this helps. Looking forward to seeing the picture.

    Steve

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    • #3
      Thanks for the tip, Steve. Orginally, I scanned the picture into a file and increased it's size a bit not realizing this might become a detriment. I've managed to reduce the stored image size somewhat. Whether it will be sufficient, has yet to be determined. However, if unsuccessful this time, I'll re-scan the picture. With luck (I profess to knowing very little about computers) I'll come up with a size that the server will accept.

      Dean
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      • #4
        Nice hoist!

        On an unrelated note, if anyone has any pictures that they want on the forum, and are too big, send them to me at [email protected], and I will be happy to resize them and post them on my server!
        -Tanner

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        • #5
          Thank you for the image info. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

          A couple of additional things about the hoist. In order to get the aluminum square tubing to fit into the trailer hitch receiver, I had to round the edges using a flap disc. If one pays attention while doing it, the fit can be made to be quite close. The second item, the hoist needs lateral legs. It can get a little tippy if you hang something heavy. I'm going to make another one and incorporate two adjustable legs starting from a little over half-way up the first vertical (and ending on the ground). I think this will give the device the amount of support it needs to make it rock solid. If it works, I'll post another picture.

          Until then, hang it high so your meat stays clean!

          Dean

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          • #6
            SWEET

            looks like a cool ideal i might just try to whip 1 up for deer this winter.


            p.s. you pluged it into your trailer hitch recever right?

            thanks for the help
            ......or..........
            hope i helped
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            feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. [email protected]
            summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
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            • #7
              To answer your question, Yes. It plugs into the receiver where the insert holding the ball for your trailer hitch usually goes. It is my friend's deer that is hanging (darn it!)and he was very happy with the hoist's performance.
              If you decide to make one, please post a working picture of your hoist. It's great to see what others put together.

              Dean

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              • #8
                Here's another idea that you probably could have used prior to posting your hoist: SEE A PATENT ATTORNEY FIRST! It still may not be too late.

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                • #9
                  patent ????

                  i dont think he was interested in production just making somthing to make his life a little easyer.
                  if he was looking to make money he would have atleast 1 on e-bay witch would be easyer than a pattent and trying to get it marketed.i made a POW MIA table for e-bay but didnt take out a patent.i make a some things for e-bay when i can get out to the shop but not looking to start a prodution line. just trying to get back some of the $$$$ i spend on tool. playing in the shop is what i do to keep from going postal.
                  it seems he is ok with others making there own.
                  thanks for the help
                  ......or..........
                  hope i helped
                  sigpic
                  feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. [email protected]
                  summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
                  JAMES

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                  • #10
                    And here I was thinking he owned an arcade.

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                    • #11
                      I would like to take credit for this item as an original creation but such is not the case. A friend came to me with a similar hoist only it was made of steel not aluminum. This steel hoist was so heavy it took two of us to lift it out of the car not to mention the care we had to use in carrying the thing for fear one of the sections would come down and eliminate a finger or two!
                      My friend asked me to do something similar in aluminum which I did and,I think,turned out quite nicely. It certainly was lighter and a whole lot safer to move around than that steel monstrosity!
                      I'm sure money could be made off producing and marketing this thing. However, it was posted to be shared so those interested are more than welcome to build their own. My only request is that those that do, post a picture of their hoist when finished.

                      Enjoy!


                      Dean

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                      • #12
                        Deanomags
                        What are the overall dimensions? Looks like when working on the lower portion of the carcass you might have to get on your knees. Would you recommend it being taller? How many feet would you recommend the carcass be set back from the bumper and allow enough room to work? thanx

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                        • #13
                          The following are the dimensions used for the hoist in the picture:
                          First leg (Vertical off insert) - 48.25" long
                          Second leg - 37.25" long
                          Third leg - 40.5" long
                          All material was at least .25" thick.

                          The above sizes were based on the steel sample hoist.

                          I'm sure the leg lengths could be modified which, when increased, would assist in raising the height of the hoist and, thus, whatever was hung from it. The trade off in leg lengths is ease of set-up and storage. As far as maximum amount of weight that can be hung from one of these hoists, I know not. I do not profess to have the slightest idea of what that might be and leave such a decision to the builder/user of this device. In other words, use good sense and don't be stupid when using this contraption. Metal workers should be good at doing just that.....right?

                          Dean

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