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Tractor Pto Powers Home-Built Lift
At 82, Jim Schintler can still paint his 2-story barn thanks to a hi-lift he put together several years ago. With a sturdy 8 by 14-ft. bed that lifts a little over 14 ft., he has a secure platform to work from.
    He started with a damaged scissors-lift truck he purchased from a lumber yard going out of business.
    “I cut the frame off right behind the cab. The lift and hydraulic pump are from the truck, and I built a new box and then welded and painted the lift as needed,” Schintler says.
    He used two older combine steering axles and steers the rear axle with hydraulics from his tractor’s pto that makes it easier to guide when backing up.
    “I have a lever on the front of the lift to raise or lower the lift from the ground. I added a turnbuckle on the side in the rear so I can tilt and level out the box when it’s on an incline,” he says.
    Schintler spent less than $3,000 for the machine, I-beams, treated lumber and other parts to build the lift. He and his brother used it to remove and replace shingles on an apartment complex they owned and for other projects over the years.
    “It’s ideal for painting up high. It’s real handy,” Schintler says.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jim Schintler, 4677 Fox Lane N.E., Iowa City, Iowa 52240 (ph 319 351-5171; jrschintler@aol.com).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #5