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Shop Crane Made From Front-End Loader
Dale Spoerl, Elizabeth, Ill., used one of the arms off a Deere front-end loader to build a "poor man's" hydraulic shop lift.
  The loader arm pivots on a 6 1/2-ft. tall steel mast that mounts on a 4-wheel dolly that's 6 ft. long and 4 1/2 ft. wide. A hand-operated hydraulic pump controls a cylinder that raises or lowers the loader arm boom.
  "The loader arm has its original pivoting mechanism and can be pinned to either the top or bottom of the vertical mast. I mounted 3-pt. brackets on one side so I can mount the boom on my tractor 3-pt. for even more lift height. I simply unbolt it from the dolly. It has a lift capacity of about one ton. I've used it to lift the axle and wheels - with fluid still in them - from an Allis-Chalmers 170 tractor. I've also used it to remove the engine from a combine and to lift a butchered beef."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dale Spoerl, 6505 S. Schnitzler Rd., Elizabeth, Ill. 61028 (ph 815 598-3277).

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1999 - Volume #23, Issue #4