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Shop Floor Anchors Used To Straighten Equipment
Dennis Whitsitt, Huntingburg, Ind.: "My shop floor anchors are used to straighten equipment too large to fit into our shop press. When we built our shop, I installed eight of them in the floor. We put four on the pad outside the shop at 2, 3 and 6-ft. intervals. We put four more inside with three of them in a row and a fourth at a right angle to them. The inside ones are next to our in-floor hoist so we can use the hoist as a jack to straighten large implement frames. These anchors are the least expensive feature in our new shop but my employees say they're the best feature in it.
  "One thing we use the anchors on is straightening our big bale carrier. We chain both ends down and use a bottle jack to bend the crooked area back into place. We have also used the anchors to adjust the camber on large truck steering axles by bending the axle beam. It's a job that's almost impossible any other way. We just drive the truck over the anchors, chain the axle ends to the anchors, and used two bottle jacks and a floor jack to jack the middle up to the correct position.
  "Each anchor is made from 6-in. dia. heavy-gauge pipe cut 18-in. long. One inch from the top of the pipe we drilled two 1-in. dia. holes across from each other. A 9-in. long rod inserts through the holes and is welded in place. A 10-in. sq. flat steel plate is welded to the bottom of the pipe with a hole in the center for drainage. We bury the pipe in the ground so the top of the pipe is flush with the concrete to be poured. We put caps over the anchors when not in use.
  "Each anchor cost just $25 in materials and took about 30 min. apiece to set up."

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1999 - Volume #23, Issue #2