Tripod Hoist Lifts Loads, Pulls Brush

The Smartripod is a handy way to make a portable hoist. If you need a way to pick up heavy objects in out of the way places, it’s ideal. The Finnish-built steel hardware bolts to 4 by 4’s and then pins together. It gives you a 2,000-lb. lift capacity.
  The Smartripod is distributed in North America by Pierre Ménard. I bought one and put it together last fall using 8-ft. posts.
  It did everything promised. Essentially it stood up where needed and created a stable anchor point for lifting heavy objects. I used it to lift a 350-lb. chunk of granite onto a cart.
  I also used it with Ménard’s EZ-Gripper to pull saplings out of the ground, roots and all. Other devices for pulling saplings often strip the slick bark without grabbing the tree. That’s not a problem with the EZ-Gripper.
  The beauty of using it with the Smartripod is you can get in among other trees where you can’t go with a tractor. Using it on a slope isn’t a problem either as you can adjust the spread between the feet to create a stable lift point. I also tried it with a tractor loader, and it worked as promised.
  Ménard imports the hardware and resells it in Canada and the U.S. for $75 (Canadian). He has used his for a variety of purposes, including pulling an engine and loading a sawmill into a truck. He even lifted an entire car with his Smartripod.
  Other suggested uses include pulling a water pump from a deep well, pulling stumps, or resetting stones in a cemetery.
  The EZ-Gripper is priced at $30 (Canadian). Ménard offers a 5-year, money back guarantee on all of his tools if not satisfied or if a tool breaks.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Pierre Ménard, 4440 Chemin Robinson, Cookshire-Eaton, Que. Canada J0B 1M0 (ph 819 829-2501; vispieux@gmail.com; www.vispieux.com-tools).


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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #2