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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by kustombuilder, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. ekimneirbo
    Joined: Apr 29, 2017
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    ekimneirbo

    Now I'll show you the overhead cranes. They are the handiest things for a shop. Even one simple straight beam can do a lot for a shop. The first cranes are in my pole barn. Crane 1.JPG DSCN0817.JPG
     
  2. ekimneirbo
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    ekimneirbo

    To try to avoid confusion I'm keeping the pictures on different posts My other crane is smaller and made from 4" I beams. Its set up to work with the two post lift, but not attached to it. On this one, the supports are outside the lift so I needed 2 crossbeams. One is in front of the lift and the other is behind it. Because of the pallet racking and some other existing shop items I did it this way. When we build the one in my sons pole barn we will use his lift as the main support and mount the I beams inside the lift posts. Then only one cross trolley will be needed. Its hard to get a good picture of these lifts that shows them well. DSCN0815.JPG DSCN0815.JPG DSCN0814.JPG
     
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  3. ekimneirbo
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    ekimneirbo

    Matts Crane 1.JPG DSCN0912.JPG DSCN0913.JPG Matts Crane 4.JPG DSCN0914.JPG Here are the beams we are currently installing in my sons outer building. We are trying to get them installed so he can get the floor concreted. We built supports for rafters and then hoisted the beams up. Lotta work making the supports and only a few minutes to hoist them up. We felt it was too dangerous to try and lift them with the tractor. Last picture is some poles from industrial security fencing which the company I worked for cut down. Heavy duty and great for our crane.
     
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  4. ekimneirbo
    Joined: Apr 29, 2017
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    ekimneirbo

    This is the building where we are going to put up a smaller cranes with 4" I beams and use the lift as the center support for the crane. I have made some brackets which will bolt to the lift and support the center of the long beams. Either the pallet rack at the rear, or maybe a braced pallet rack will support one end. Where they protrude toward the front of the building we will make a traditional 2 post support with a cross beam and fasten it to the floor. DSCN0847.JPG
     
  5. ekimneirbo
    Joined: Apr 29, 2017
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    ekimneirbo

    DSCN0831.JPG DSCN0946.JPG Here is a small little crane I made when I had some heavy stuff on the workbench on the left. I made the wooden workbench on the right about 40 years ago. I placed a stainless top from a school auction on top of it for working on messy jobs. Later I modified it with an engine stand attachment. The support for the engine stand goes all the way to the back of the workbench to provide enough support. It can be removed and stored when not needed. The little crane beam lets me lift the engines in place or set heavy things on carts.
     
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  6. ekimneirbo
    Joined: Apr 29, 2017
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    ekimneirbo

    Tig Grinder 1.JPG Tig Grinder 2.JPG Now for some smaller home made tools I made this Tig cart from an old Oxy/Acy cart from a yard sale. A fuel cell off ebay serves as the coolant tank. A soft drink machine pump circulates the water thru a homemade manifold and it passes thru a transmission cooler. Some old fans from some test equipment at work serve to pass air over the trans cooler. Lot more water capacity than the HIGH $$ name brands. Tig Cart 2.JPG Tig Cart 3.JPG Tig Cart 1.JPG
     
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  7. ekimneirbo
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  8. ekimneirbo
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    ekimneirbo

    One last thing......Shop got robbed a few years ago and got me for some expensive stuff. I cobbled up a security system that provides light AND NOISE. Then put security cameras up. Lights don't scare thieves much...NOISE Does. Anyway, I used a motion sensor light from lowes along with an alarm siren (Ebay $10) one of those small transformer/chargers like your cell phone uses ($7) an off/on wall switch and some wire. For about $60 I have something that will get thieves attention. My camera system records everyone who shows up from Craigs list, and one camera even gets their license number as they enter the driveway. Don't be sorry, be prepared.

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  9. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
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    69849572-D294-4B21-A1A3-A6BF78FB38E4.jpeg Damn, and I thought I had a lot of hoist on my roll around hoist!
     
  10. Mart
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
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    Very impressed with your entire setup, ekimneirbo.
     
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  11. Thanks for sharing all of that @ekimneirbo! I know I’ll steal the wrench organization idea first!
     
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  12. ekimneirbo
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    ekimneirbo

    Glad you like it. I got tired of always needing a metric instead of a standard and having to grab several wrenches to get the right size. I took an old Craftsman workbench on wheels that I purchased off Craigslist for $75. I put the pegboard on the back using a couple metal cross braces where I wanted to mount the wrenches. Then I bought a couple pounds of 5/16 x 4" bolts. Cut the heads off and screwed them into tapped holes. That allows you to hold several wrenches. I don't care much for the pegboard hooks. Under the pegboard, the workbench has sockets organized....though its pretty messy in my picture. If I need a different size socket, I just look at the wrenches to see what the next bigger size is, and grab that socket. Then the drawers in the cabinet hold ratchets and extensions. Below that, the drawers can hold whatever you want. At the sides of the cabinet are small wings for screwdrivers. Then I welded some short pieces of round stock at the side of the pegboard to slip some "cheater bars" on. Then I don't have to hunt for a suitable piece of pipe when I need more leverage. I put the cart next to my lift where its handy, but the wheels let me roll it wherever I need it. You'll like it if you take the time to make one. Here are a few more pics to see it better. DSCN0696.JPG DSCN5687.JPG Pegboard Wing 1.JPG Phillips.JPG Flashlight 2.JPG DSCN5695.JPG
     
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  13. Mart
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
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    I had two offcuts (the bits knocked off with the sledgehammer) from the two little anvils I made, so I trimmed them down to leave just the base of the rail and skimmed them up with the flycutter to make a pair of plattens for the press.

    Mart. DSC07488.JPG DSC07490.JPG DSC07495.JPG DSC07496.JPG
     
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  14. Jethro
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
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    That's a great idea! thanks!
     
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  15. OLDTINPUSHER
    Joined: Apr 28, 2009
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    4 cylinder engine lifter.
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  16. Nicely done! I love using my lathe and my mill, and I'll remember your trick for when I have the time to make them for my press. I am so far behind because of my illnesses, that I can't get ahead on jobs.
    Today, I had to service my excavator because I am getting ready to dig out over 2,000 yards of material, and then do the prep work, the foundations and footings for my new 2,000 sq ft two story garage. I already have the building, so it is a matter of getting everything poured and then assembly. The garage is the priority, everything else has to wait in line.
    Bob
     
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  18. tb33anda3rd
    Joined: Oct 8, 2010
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    I found this tool in a pile of stuff at the recycle center. some one took some time making it. I hope I never need it. IMG_5580.JPG IMG_5581.JPG
     
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