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  • tackit
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    Great job, good solution too. it looks like it can handle anything you can throw at it. years ago I wanted to build a outdoor jib using I-beams from a closed grainery which was being town down, but the deal for the I-beams fell through. I use the tractor's bucket if I get in a jamb, but it still can't go very high in the shop.

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  • tackit
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    Originally posted by tarry99 View Post
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    Height as well as width is always an issue in small spaces....My Gantry rolls around inside just under the lights @ about 10 ft and well not go outside anymore without taking the top beam off......but no big deal I just back in now and grab what I want off the truck or trailer........as far as width HF did make it a little narrow....96"-97" which used to be maximum legal width without a permit in the USA and as I have already found out many of the Rental or later trailer axles all measure 102" now which is still legal... After taking a hard look at the top beam width I just re-drilled the holes in the top plate which still allowed for the moment of weight bearing to be under the uprights and that allowed for another 7" of overall width......so were good now ......and on low ceilings where you might not get the lifting height you need a Strong-back works wonders to lower the pickup points without sacrificing overall height loss Click image for larger version  Name:	hoistwiden.jpg Views:	4 Size:	646.4 KB ID:	616217 ..
    Great job, good solution too. it looks like it can handle anything you can throw at it. years ago I wanted to build a outdoor jib using I-beams from a closed grainery which was being town down, but the deal for the I-beams fell through. I use the tractor's bucket if I get in a jamb, but it still can't go very high in the shop.

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  • tarry99
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    Originally posted by tackit View Post

    That a frame is a great tool, so many times I wished I had one, but my shops celling isn't high enough for what I would like to lift with one. .lights, the door opener, and the chain fall hanging down would take another foot.
    Height as well as width is always an issue in small spaces....My Gantry rolls around inside just under the lights @ about 10 ft and well not go outside anymore without taking the top beam off......but no big deal I just back in now and grab what I want off the truck or trailer........as far as width HF did make it a little narrow....96"-97" which used to be maximum legal width without a permit in the USA and as I have already found out many of the Rental or later trailer axles all measure 102" now which is still legal... After taking a hard look at the top beam width I just re-drilled the holes in the top plate which still allowed for the moment of weight bearing to be under the uprights and that allowed for another 7" of overall width......so were good now ......and on low ceilings where you might not get the lifting height you need a Strong-back works wonders to lower the pickup points without sacrificing overall height loss Click image for larger version

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  • BukitCase
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    You're welcome Tack - that thread has 61 pages of my brain farts, SOME of which might even be useful - in fact, the idea for the crane braces started with a post on Garage Journal from a guy in Alaska - I just "complicated" things so I wouldn't lose trolley travel near the posts... Steve

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  • tackit
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    Originally posted by BukitCase View Post
    I bought one of the Pittsburg (HF) cranes a little over 3 years ago, found out it wouldn't straddle my Case 580 backhoe; so I replaced the stock I beam with a 1" taller I beam that's 12' long, added corner braces that're wide enough apart NOT to restrict travel for the trolley, replaced casters with 8" ones - still need to replace the hokey excuse for height adjustments - story starts here

    https://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/...387658/page-17

    And continues for a few pages (at least 4)

    Now I can change the distance between posts up to 10 feet and still be good for AT LEAST a ton.

    Sorry for the link, maybe when the weather gets too crappy for outside projects I'll try to figure out pics on THIS site again... Steve

    OK, I lied; the crane "saga" goes at LEAST to page 28 (about where the "mag drill vise table" saga starts) - might wanna bookmark that link for a rainy/I'm bored kind of day...
    Thanks for the pics BuckitCase i got many ides from pics members from different welding websites posted.. .

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  • BukitCase
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    I bought one of the Pittsburg (HF) cranes a little over 3 years ago, found out it wouldn't straddle my Case 580 backhoe; so I replaced the stock I beam with a 1" taller I beam that's 12' long, added corner braces that're wide enough apart NOT to restrict travel for the trolley, replaced casters with 8" ones - still need to replace the hokey excuse for height adjustments - story starts here

    https://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/...387658/page-17

    And continues for a few pages (at least 4)

    Now I can change the distance between posts up to 10 feet and still be good for AT LEAST a ton.

    Sorry for the link, maybe when the weather gets too crappy for outside projects I'll try to figure out pics on THIS site again... Steve

    OK, I lied; the crane "saga" goes at LEAST to page 28 (about where the "mag drill vise table" saga starts) - might wanna bookmark that link for a rainy/I'm bored kind of day...
    Last edited by BukitCase; 07-23-2021, 12:28 PM.

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  • tackit
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    Originally posted by tarry99 View Post
    It will probably be in that range.......but that work bench will be heavy even on wheels....I have smaller carts that I can easily negotiate heavy stuff coming off the tail gate but the gantry crane has already been proven to be more mobile and easier to pick heavy things out of a truck or trailer.
    That a frame is a great tool, so many times I wished I had one, but my shops celling isn't high enough for what I would like to lift with one. .lights, the door opener, and the chain fall hanging down would take another foot.

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  • tarry99
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    It will probably be in that range.......but that work bench will be heavy even on wheels....I have smaller carts that I can easily negotiate heavy stuff coming off the tail gate but the gantry crane has already been proven to be more mobile and easier to pick heavy things out of a truck or trailer.

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  • tackit
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    Originally posted by tarry99 View Post
    On the table is a Milwaukee Mag drill......using annular cutters , goes through that 3/4" plate like butter with the proper lube. And yes just finishing the adjustable legs that will allow the bench top on wheels to be set anywhere from 32"- 41" in 1.5" increments.
    It would be nice if you had adjustment holes that matched the height of your pickup's bed,

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  • tarry99
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    On the table is a Milwaukee Mag drill......using annular cutters , goes through that 3/4" plate like butter with the proper lube. And yes just finishing the adjustable legs that will allow the bench top on wheels to be set anywhere from 32"- 41" in 1.5" increments.

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  • tackit
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    Originally posted by tarry99 View Post
    Heavy in a aging body can take on many meanings.........I don't lift anything anymore unless it's under 50lbs..........most I just slide out of my PU onto a mobile cart and wheel it inside to the hoist...Stuff on wheels is your friend.

    Working on a new welding / fixture table also....3/4" plate 48"x 96" on wheels when finished. Click image for larger version

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    You're going to have a great welding table when your done, are you using a mill to drill the holes in your table's top? Have you designed frame work for the the table yet?

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  • tarry99
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    Heavy in a aging body can take on many meanings.........I don't lift anything anymore unless it's under 50lbs..........most I just slide out of my PU onto a mobile cart and wheel it inside to the hoist...Stuff on wheels is your friend.

    Working on a new welding / fixture table also....3/4" plate 48"x 96" on wheels when finished. Click image for larger version

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    Last edited by tarry99; 07-21-2021, 09:48 AM.

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  • tackit
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    Nice setups for handling heavy work, your Pittsburg A frame looks like it could handle most lifting work easily in all but the largest of shops, I think after a welding table some kind of lifing equipment is next in importance, even for lighter work which can be unbalanced, bulky and otherwise to hard to manage by hand. Sheet metal grips and lifting magnets would be great to have too.


    https://www.mcmaster.com/sheet-metal-grippers/
    Last edited by tackit; 07-21-2021, 01:30 AM.

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  • tarry99
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    I'm pretty partial to my overhead hoists.......1 ton in the main bay and 1/4 ton over the Mill here.....and then a rolling gantry at my other shop Click image for larger version

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ID:	616095 with a 1-ton hoist.....The rolling gantry if ya have the room really works well..for just about any project

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  • tackit
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    Here's an example, the first design was to high after I couldn't stand anymore and had to work out of a chair and shortened it 8 " ?
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    Last edited by tackit; 07-17-2021, 10:57 PM.

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