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Tractor Man-Lift
"Commercial lifts were priced out of my range so I built my own," says Robert Riederer, Holton, Kan., about the 12-volt powered "man-lift" he built to mount on the side of his 3600 Ford tractor.
"I preferred an electric lift to hydraulic so I could get on the tractor without starting it up. I came up with the basic design and took it to a local welding shop along with junk parts I gathered from salvage.
"It consists of a length of 3-in. sq. steel tubing that mounts on the side of the tractor. A 12-volt winch, which you can purchase from any supply store, mounts on the back side of the lift. A pulley is mounted at the top. A lift cable runs up to the pulley from the winch and down inside the lift to a hook at the top of a length of 2 1/2-in. sq. tubing that slides up into the lift frame. A 12 by 15-in. lift platform attaches to the bottom of the 2 1/2-in. sq. tubing. The platform is made out of 1 1/2-in. angle iron covered with expansion metal.
"Total cost of the lift, including the winch, labor, and miscellaneous parts, was about $300. I've used it for 3 years with no trouble at all. I'd be happy to help anyone else build their own because I know what it's like to want to get on a tractor and not be able to."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Robert Riederer, Rt. 1, Box 33, Holton, Kan. 66436 (ph 913 364-2488).

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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #6