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Compact “Cobra” Crane Reaches Out 22 Ft.
When Dennis Gosch was working on his compact crane he dubbed it “Project Cobra.”
    “It reminded me of a snake standing on its tail,” says the Sac City, Iowa, fabricator. He was inspired by expensive “telehandlers”.
    He attached it to a Bobcat 1600 front-end loader, but it would also attach to a skidsteer.
    The crane’s most unique feature is how the 22-ft. boom folds up when not in use. “It takes up almost no space. It’s 2 ft. wide by 4 ft. long and stands just 6 ft. tall,” Gosch says. “It can be parked in a small space.”
    With a 2,000-lb. lift rating at maximum extension, he mounted a remote control 2,000-lb. electric winch on the top. Experienced with crane work, the 75-year-old says he tested it out.
    The project required a lot of trial and error and figuring out the right hydraulic cylinder sizes and leverage.
    Gosch considers the crane a concept device and is interested in talking to anyone who would like to develop it into a marketable product.
    He believes people such as contractors would be interested in a quick-tach, compact piece of equipment that could lift and set rafters on a pole barn, raise shingles, etc.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dennis Gosch, 1416 Duncombe St., Sac City, Iowa 50583 (ph 712 291-5785).

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2016 - Volume #40, Issue #1