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#854634 - Mon May 28 2012 09:37 AM Built a Gantry crane
DavidF Offline
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Loc: Austin, TX
I am almost finished with my homemade Gantry crane that I will use to pull the engine, lift cab off frame, etc. I purchased a 1 ton chain host from HF that I will chain to cross beam. Braces on uprights not yet installed, but will be 3/4" EMT similiar to upper braces.
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#854665 - Mon May 28 2012 11:37 AM Re: Built a Gantry crane [Re: DavidF]
Achipmunk Offline
Registered: Tue Dec 11 2001 12:00 PM
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...with the added upright braces that is a pretty nice rig. Thanks for showing us.
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#854681 - Mon May 28 2012 01:19 PM Re: Built a Gantry crane [Re: Achipmunk]
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Looks good. For safety reasons, I would suggest you bring the work to the crane and not the other way around.
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#854725 - Mon May 28 2012 05:08 PM Re: Built a Gantry crane [Re: MNSmith]
DavidF Offline
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Loc: Austin, TX
Gantry Crane is finished. Very sturdy. The base is attached to the post with singel 7" lag bolts. I will probably add a plywood gusset to keep the base form being able to pivot around the uprights, not much of problem now, but with use may loosen up and become a problem. First order of business is to pull the engine.
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#854738 - Mon May 28 2012 05:57 PM Re: Built a Gantry crane [Re: DavidF]
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Looks familiar.
Heres mine, no motor pulling, just to get the cab off and back on.
http://rides.webshots.com/photo/2195119120083734483uHWizr

I have since updated the winch to something more appropriate.
Hope to get to use it soon as I really want to set the 860 cab back on.

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#855297 - Wed May 30 2012 04:09 PM Re: Built a Gantry crane [Re: Bill Marlow]
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I wouldn't be comfortable putting wood in shear loads like that, but if it works...I wouldn't put any body parts under anything you pick up. I wold be OK with using wood as uprights, but not the horizontals.
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#855301 - Wed May 30 2012 05:00 PM Re: Built a Gantry crane [Re: R-Bo]
Grigg Online
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Shear?
I see compression and bending.

With more bracing on the uprights it looks suitable to me. Obviously it still has it's limits before stuff breaks.

I agree as with any lifting device you ought to stay out from under the load...

Grigg
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#855309 - Wed May 30 2012 06:27 PM Re: Built a Gantry crane [Re: Grigg]
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Don't they have cherry pickers on craigslist where you guys live? You can probably pick one up for the price of the wood you used.
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#855409 - Thu May 31 2012 06:16 AM Re: Built a Gantry crane [Re: FriedGreenTmater]
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Originally Posted By FriedGreenTmater
Don't they have cherry pickers on craigslist where you guys live? You can probably pick one up for the price of the wood you used.


When you say cherry picker, I assume you mean an engine lift. At least in my case, an engine lift wouldn't have worked to lift the cab off of my 860, not even close. To clear the cab support in the rear, the very lowest part of the cab needed to be 55" off the ground. Also, I bartered for the 6x6s. Hauled some stuff on my gooseneck trailer for a guy and he filled my tank and gave me the lumber. I would never trust my crane to lift a lot of weight but my cab has an aluminum roof and rear panels. When I set it back on there won't be anything in it. No floor pans, no dash, wires etc so feel pretty confident that what I built is strong enough to lift my cab that couldn't weight more than 300 or 400 pounds tops.
Oh and when the cab is back on, those 6x6's have another job waiting for them.
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#855443 - Thu May 31 2012 10:00 AM Re: Built a Gantry crane [Re: Bill Marlow]
DavidF Offline
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Loc: Austin, TX
The wood/steel gantry that I built will easily handle the maximum load of 1500 lbs that I plan to never exceed. I lifted an engine off my engine stand yesterday and the gantry performed flawless with no unwanted flex or movement. Rolling the gantry with the engine load was a breeze and the crane remained very rigid.
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