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Handy Truck Crane

Post by Fishless Mickey » October 23rd, 2014, 9:26 pm

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I was wondering how I was gonna get the parts of my trailer build under the tree for my come along. Then RC planted a seed and I had to make a truck crane. I had most of the material handy. Weight tested it at around 545 pounds. With a few more tweaks I think it could safely lift 700. Thanks for the idea and the input RC! Got the worm gear winch from Harbor Freight. I made a few modifications to tighten up the play it had in it, and it works great. I added a Reese receiver to an extension on the passenger rear. Everything else is removable.
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Re: Handy Truck Crane

Post by Big T » October 23rd, 2014, 9:48 pm

It beats the heck out of breaking your back lifting all that metal :kewl:


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Re: Handy Truck Crane

Post by Puff » October 23rd, 2014, 10:09 pm

RC toldme about the gantry. I've been meaning to get started but have not yet. Is it just connected to the receiver on the hitch and the two levelers? This is even better as it becomes more mobile. Might you share some of the metal specs?


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Re: Handy Truck Crane

Post by Rodcrafter » October 24th, 2014, 5:06 am

I told him you would be interested Puff.


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Post by The Czar » October 24th, 2014, 5:30 am

That's even better than a pocket on a shirt!


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Re: Handy Truck Crane

Post by Puff » October 24th, 2014, 6:57 am

DC... You can't know how I feel about that...but man, you are so right!


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Re: Handy Truck Crane

Post by Fishless Mickey » October 24th, 2014, 8:10 pm

Puff wrote:RC toldme about the gantry. I've been meaning to get started but have not yet. Is it just connected to the receiver on the hitch and the two levelers? This is even better as it becomes more mobile. Might you share some of the metal specs?
It connects to the truck in two places (the normal receiver and an additional receiver I welded on that is mounted approx in a straight line down from the passenger taillight). I'll draw up a sketch for specs tomorrow. It would be difficult to type out all the details. Here are a couple pics of a tank I got today with it. Sucker was really heavy. It must be nearly full by the feel of it. I think it is a 120 gal (24" x 65"). It felt like it weighs around 600-700 pounds.


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Post by Smokeone » October 24th, 2014, 8:23 pm

Genius!

DC- maybe smoker Tom should get these plans. =)) =))


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Post by Rodcrafter » October 24th, 2014, 8:57 pm

Good job


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Post by The Czar » October 25th, 2014, 7:19 am

I like Toms very sketchy setups....


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Post by Rodcrafter » October 25th, 2014, 10:21 am

DC we all know you just like picking on ST


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Re: Handy Truck Crane

Post by Fishless Mickey » October 25th, 2014, 11:38 am

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Here is a sketch with some details. If you want to chat some more about it, please send me a PM. After using it a few times, I would rather have changed the way the outrigger is mounted for ease of use. A pipe with multiple level holes to run it up and down would have been better. For now, I use a battery powered drill to run the jacks up and down. I use the drill to run the winch also.
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Re: Handy Truck Crane

Post by DUAYNE B » October 25th, 2014, 2:34 pm

:beer: thats pretty cool idea there



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Re: Handy Truck Crane

Post by Puff » October 25th, 2014, 2:50 pm

Mickey, Thanks for the details. Printing this out and I'll pm you in a few days.


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Re: Handy Truck Crane

Post by Miketheforester » October 26th, 2014, 9:01 pm

That is awesome!


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Re: Handy Truck Crane

Post by Grabber70Mach » October 27th, 2014, 7:32 am

Awesome job on making this up, bet it is a great thing to having a third hand when you need it.

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Re: Handy Truck Crane

Post by Fishless Mickey » October 27th, 2014, 8:30 am

Thanks! There are a bunch of commercial brands out there. I think that with the scrap metal I had in the shop (my wife calls it our "garage") and some help from RC, it cost around $100 out of pocket to make. If I didn't have that stuff, it might have been around $200 to make.


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