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“Lift Box” Helps Reach Shop’s Upper Level Storage
“Storing extra wheels and tires in upper level storage area in our shop was always a two person job with the skid steer fork lift. So I made a metal lift box with an electric winch that’s easy for one man to use,” says Al Hernke of Cannon Falls, Minn.
The 42-in. square floor of the lift box is made of welded steel bar grate supported by angle iron framing and four 6-in. square metal feet. The same material is used on three sides, with the fourth left open for loading and unloading. A safety chain across the opening keeps the items from falling out.
To lift the box, Hernke built a sturdy metal U-shaped frame out of 1 1/2-in. tube steel. It’s welded securely to the top of two side panels and extends 2 ft. above the top of the box. The box is raised and lowered by an electric winch that’s mounted on a metal beam between two rafters about 6 ft. in from the side wall of the shop. The lift cable attaches to an eye hook in the center of the box frame with a swivel that allows the box to rotate while it’s raised. The winch is raised, lowered and stopped by a hand-held control on the winch power cable.
“The setup isn’t anything fancy, but it sure works great to lift wheels, tires and anything else that’s heavy to our upper level storage,” Hernke says. “With the hand-held control I can lift and rotate the box when it’s just off the floor and do the same when it’s raised to the storage area.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Hernke’s Inc., 37020 County 1 Blvd., Cannon Falls, Minn. 55009.

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #6