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Beam Crane Reaches Anywhere In Machine Shed
Bob Howard, Patterson, Ill.: Bob used salvaged parts to build this beam crane that reaches just about anywhere in his 32 by 50-ft. machine shed. He calls it an "underslung beam crane". It runs on tracks made up of 4-in. I-beam that reaches all the way across the front and back of the 50-ft. width of the building. Suspended from the rails is a 32-ft. beam that came off a crane he bought at a sale.
  Bob built a couple of carriers to support the beam and move it across the building. He made the carriers out of pieces of channel iron into which he welded some self-contained, sealed bearings.
  Once the beam was in place, he attached a half-ton winch which rolls on it's own casters.
  Among other things, Bob uses the crane to help butcher hogs.

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2002 - Volume #26, Issue #1