2023 - Volume #47, Issue #1, Page #32[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Jib Crane Added To Walk-Behind Forklift
He left the Burro standard, with its 14-hp. Honda motor and 3-lever hydraulic system that controlled the boom, forks, 24-in. reach extension plus the electric winch.
To support his extended boom, Boyce welded a framework of 1/2-in. thick by 3-in. boiler pipe for upright legs and upper horizontal supports. He added metal pockets for the forklift tines to slide into to lift the unit.
The exterior boom is 8-in. square tubing with the interior telescoping beam slightly smaller. He welded a handle on the end for manual positioning, using a 1-in. pin to secure it every 2 ft. A large pivot pin supports the boom at the forklift mast with four U-bolts added for extra stability.
“When fully extended, I can lift the tail end of my van with it,” says Boyce. “The winch is also great for lifting. I just run the cable around the end through a pulley.”
With the forks lowered, the boom reaches out to an 8 ft. height. In the raised position, it extends up to 16 ft. when fully telescoped.
“If I were to build it again, I’d make the main pivot pin fit a bit better,” Boyce says. “It’s a little tight, so I need to use a hammer to slip it in and out.”
He built and welded the jib crane from scratch and estimates he put slightly less than $1,000 into the project.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Randall Boyce, Quality Auto Repair, 1755 Oaks Avenue, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158 (ph 641-753-9468; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.qualityauto56.com).
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