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Heavy Duty Rolling Shop Crane
"My homemade shop crane makes it easy and safe to move heavy loads virtually any-where inside my shop," says Daryl Scheer, Mapleton, Iowa.
The frame of the 4-wheeled crane was built from scrap steel. It's equipped with a 3-ton chain hoist that rolls back and forth on the top I-beam. Both ends of the crane mount on wheels so it can be rolled any-where in the shop.
"It's one of the handiest tools in my shop," says Scheer. "I looked at commercial shop cranes and the more I looked, the more I decided that I could build my own. It's 16 ft. wide and 14 ft. high but can be raised or lowered by jacking it up and changing the position of a pin in each leg. I've even used it to pull cabs off tractors."
The sides are made from 4 by 7-in. steel tubing salvaged from the frames of old row crop cultivators and the top is made from a 4 by 8-in. steel I-beam salvaged from an old bridge. He useed 2 1/2-in. sq. steel tubing to make corner braces and 4-in. dia. pipe to make the legs.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Daryl Scheer, 310 S. 8th St., Mapleton, Iowa 51034 (ph 712 882-1439).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #3