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Ingenious Manual Lift Moves Sheds
Brothers Emery and Harvey Hostetler saw a need for a way to move small farm buildings.
    “We had some Amish farmers ask about hand-operated units that could be pulled by either horses or tractors,” Emery says. “With this in mind, we designed a building mover that you can operate with a small hydraulic jack.”
    After lifting one end of a shed and placing dollies underneath, the shed mover’s tines can be rolled under from the other end. Small metal plates attached to the tines catch under the shed’s 2 by 4-in. skids to secure the load.
    “It’s easy to lift a shed up to 24 in. using the hand-powered hydraulic jack,” Emery says. “Once it’s up off the ground, you can move it around the yard or take it down the road.”
    The shed mover has a 12,000-lb. lifting capacity and comes with either a tractor hitch or a tongue for horse towing. The 24-in. steel wheels come standard, although options include air-filled tires plus a motor-driven winch.
    Homestead Equipment builds the units from scratch in their shop and ships them across North America.
    The standard shed mover without options sells for $3,500 plus S&H.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Emery Hostetler, Homestead Equipment, 12139 Flemming Rd. West Salem, Ohio 44287 (ph 330-845-2664; homesteadeq@ibyfax.com).

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2023 - Volume #47, Issue #6