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Adjustable Height Overhead Hoist
When Illinois farmer Fred Roth built an over-head lift hoist for his shop, he came up with a design that makes it handier to use than any other hoist he's seen.
The hoist consists of a large I-beam cross bar supported at either end by A-frame stands. What makes the hoist unique is that the A-frame stands adjust up and down so he can raise or lower the crossbar as needed, depending on the job.
Roth uses a come-along to adjust height of either stand. The come-along is hooked to steel cable that raises the lowers the single upright that supports the crossbar. He raises or lowers them when there's no load on the hoist, and then pins the uprights into place for lifting. A chain hoist rolls back and forth on the I-beam crossbar. He used heavy-duty thrust bearings from a tractor engine as dolly wheels on the frame that holds the hoist.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Fred Roth, Rt. 2, Darlinville, Ill. 62626 (ph 217 854-8634).

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1998 - Volume #22, Issue #2