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“Winch Lift” Hand Cart Moves Heavy Loads
Matt McNaughton likes to make wine in his home, but he needed an easier way to move 50-lb. glass jugs of wine between rooms and also lift them onto his wine siphoning table. So he bought a 1,000-lb. capacity, 2-wheeled hand cart and added a hand-cranked winch on top and a round loading platform at the bottom.

    “It’s designed to lift the 50-lb. jugs 3 ft. high, which is the height of the table. I came up with the idea because as I get older it’s getting harder to lift heavy loads,” says McNaughton. “I think my winch lift hand cart could have many other applications besides moving wine. As far as I know there’s nothing like it on the market.”

    A pair of cables do all the lifting. They’re wrapped around a horizontal shaft with handle that extends through a pair of angle irons bolted onto both sides of the cart. The cables are attached to a 1/4-in. thick, 1-ft. high metal “back plate” with a round metal platform welded onto it at the bottom. The back plate and platform ride up or down on aluminum tracks that McNaughton bolted to both sides of the cart.

    Strap irons welded onto both sides of the platform provide reinforcement.

    “I like how it turned out, and how easy it is to use,” says McNaughton. “I turn the handle one way to raise the platform and the other way to let it down. Another advantage is that I can move jugs across the carpet in our home without the risk of spilling wine on it.

    “I welded a pair of angle iron extensions onto the base of the cart to make sure it doesn’t tip forward while lifting the load.”

     Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Matt McNaughton, 16253 262 Ave. E., Foothills, Alberta, Canada T1S 4G7 (ph 403 938-0734; cell ph 403 816-0213; mgmcnau@gmail.com).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #3