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“Made It Myself” Portable Crane
Kurt Carlson, Oak Hills, Calif., can easily load a trailer or pickup bed using his home-built portable crane. The 2-wheeled crane hooks up to a pickup or golf cart equipped with a ball hitch.
    He started with an old Venturo truck-mounted crane that he bought at an auction. “The crane was decommissioned from service because it had been welded on, and the insurance carrier wouldn’t certify it,” says Carlson. “The axle and hitch came from a trailer that had been destroyed, and all the gusset material I used came from scrap metal I already had. I welded a 42-in. long piece onto a 10-ft. length of 7-in. square tubing, and cut a mounting plate for the crane out of an old pickup bed-mounted, fifth wheel plate.  I also mounted a Group Size 4D battery on front of the crane’s tongue to offset the weight of the crane on back. I used 5,000-lb. bulldog trailer jacks to fabricate a couple of removable stabilizer legs.”
    Carlson says one limitation is the crane has only about a 120-degree swing, but that hasn’t been a problem.  “I plan to replace the 2-in. ball coupler with a pintle hitch, which I think will be much safer when lifting a heavy load.”
    His only expense was for the bulldog jacks, which cost $350.  “I could have bought less expensive jacks at Harbor Freight, but I figured it would be best to use good quality jacks for safety,” he notes.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kurt Carlson, Oak Hills, Calif. (ph 760 948-1126; kcfab1@aol.com).

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2019 - Volume #43, Issue #3