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Overhead Chain Hoist
I'm enclosing photos of an overhead chain hoist I built for my farm shop (I also built one for a neighbor). The hoist is supported by four 10-in. I-beam legs. A 12-in. I-beam runs across each pair of legs to form parallel rails for the hoist to run on. Two used wheel rims run on each rail as carriers. Each rim is just the right size to fit over the edge of the rails. To keep the rims from binding, I put two little idler wheels along the edge of the I-beams. Two cross beams attach to the rolling rims. I made a rolling carrier that rides on top of the cross beams to carry a 3-ton chain hoist. I also put a smaller 1/2-ton air-powered hoist on just one of the cross beams. (On my neighbor's hoist, we dropped the cross beams down below the level of the rails so we didn't lose any headroom.)
My hoist covers a floor space 28 by 24 ft. and gets used for all kinds of chores. The (-beams were salvaged from an old bridge for $450. (Wayne McCuen, Rt. 3, Box 95, Worthington, Minn. 56187 ph 507 376-5867)

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #3