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3-Pt. Crane Helps With Tractor Tire Changes
Stanly Thomas of Ashville, Ohio struggled to change the large tires on his tractors without help, so he built a 3-point crane with a 12-volt winch to do it himself.
He made the crane from 2-in. square tubing and part of a rear hitch with a 2-in. insert. This was then mounted to an old drawbar and attached with a 12-volt winch. A small pulley was attached to the end of the crane, which he mounted on his Ford 8N 3-pt. The final product is perfect for lifting tractor tires and works completely without hydraulics. “This crane lifts with ease, but I had to add 200 lbs. to the front end to balance the load lift so the front end doesn’t come up,” says Thomas.
Thomas already had the material and winch available. “I fabricated an aluminum battery box since I’ve done industrial maintenance for 50 years and had material around from jobs I’ve done.”
Using this crane, Thomas has changed multiple heavy tires and even lifted large tree branches. It’s also proven critical for placing strut supports during fabrication.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Stanly Thomas, Ashville, Ohio (ph 614-361-8896).

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2023 - Volume #47, Issue #2