Shop Engine Hoist Mounts On Pickup
Michael Veatch, Republic, Mo., modified a jack-operated shop engine hoist so that it can be quickly attached to the receiver hitch on his pickup. “At farm auctions I often buy something that requires a couple of extra men to help me lift it into my pickup bed,” says Veatch. “I hate to impose on people to help me load, so I decided to build something that could take the place of 3 or 4 people. It works great and is safer to use than several people loading by hand. No part of the hoist support I made weighs more than 30 lbs., so the entire unit can be assembled in only about 5 min.” He bought the hoist for $15. The main alteration was to add a “pipe-in-pipe” rotating joint at the base, which allows the crane to rotate 360 degrees. “I used the hoist’s existing slip joints, along with adjustable stands that keep the hoist steady on uneven surfaces,” says Veatch.
He made a bracket and bolted a bumper jack to the hoist’s base to aid in setting the adjustable stands to the correct height. “The entire assembly can be left on the pickup by removing the adjustable stands and hooking the boom onto the pickup bed,” says Veatch. Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Michael Veatch, Republic, Mo. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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