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Overhead Creeper Doubles As Ladder
Overhead "creepers" that let you lie down while working from the top side of a vehicle aren't new. But Dennis Fisher, Sisseton, S. Dak., has designed one that can be used to service almost any machine.
A hydraulic jack raises and lowers Fisher's "creeper" and it also can be set at an angle and used as a free-standing lad-der to work on big trucks, 4-WD tractors, and combines.
"It works great for working on combines and tractors because it doesn't have to lean against the vehicle so it can't scratch the paint," says Fisher. "The lad-der is 7 ft. long so when the hydraulic jack is fully extended you can work safely up to 12 ft. high. The frame's wide base makes it virtually impossible to tip over. As you raise the ladder up you can fold down an add-on step at the bottom of the ladder, making it easier to climb. The top of the ladder has a handhold and a steel bracket with a notch for a chain, allowing the unit to be used as a light duty cherry picker.
"You can lock it into the horizontal position at anywhere from 40 to 60 in. high. A foam chest pad can be placed on the plat-form. By removing the chest pad and placing a plywood cover on the platform you can convert it to a portable work bench."
Fisher is looking for a manufacturer.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dennis Fisher, RR 3, Box 115, Sisseton, S. Dak. 57262 (ph 605 698-7492).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #4