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"Made It Myself Shop Hoist
"I manufacture big bale feeders in my shop and work alone so I needed a way to handle heavy loads of steel," says Henry Pirok, Highland, Ill.
  "I looked at different hoists on the market but most were made too low and too short in length. Or the wheels were too small, making it hard to push around. I also needed more reach to extend over tables to pick up loads.
  "I built my hoist with 10-in. tires, all mounted on swivels so it'll turn in its tracks. And the hoist has a boom that can reach out as far as 104 in. and as high as 12 ft. A manual hydraulic pump raises the boom.
  "The back two wheels can be controlled with two handles and the front two by use of a tie rod which is turned by my foot. Lets me turn tight without swinging the load or bumping into everything with the long boom. I can spot a big load with precise accuracy.
  "I added an equalizer that has three positions. It can be removed so you can just use a cable and hook.
  "The hoist makes it easy to turn pieces over for welding on the back side. And I can hang pieces on the equalizer for painting at the right level. Really speeds up the work, keeping my costs down on the feeders I make.
  "Anyone who's used another hoist would appreciate how handy and easy to use this one is. It's one of the best tools in my shop."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Henry Pirok, 111405 Lake Rd., Highland, Ill. 62249 (ph 618 644-5853).

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2001 - Volume #25, Issue #5