View Full Version : What I should have done long ago! (pics)

11-04-2004, 08:57 PM
I have been meaning to build a hoist over the small lathe at work for three years,finally did it yesterday.-



Column is 2-1/2" sch 80 pipe,swing arm is 3" sch 80 pipe with a 4"standard I-beam 48" long and a 1" sch 80 pipe diagonal brace.

Its tied off to the wall with two lengths of 2 x 3/8" flat bar anchored in with four 5/8" expansion anchors.And has a 2-1/2" 150lb pipe flange base plate anchored with the same 5/8" anchors at two places.

Works slicker than snot,I can hang chucks at will and lift parts off the floor.Now I have to build one for the big lathe.

11-04-2004, 09:10 PM
looks well up to the job.
hope johns reading this.
all the best..mark

11-04-2004, 09:59 PM
If that overarm was a little longer, I could use that to get myself from the bed to the bathroom in the morning http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif
What I don't see in the pics is a stop to prevent the dolly from rolling off the arm. Maybe I just don't see it.
Nice work.

Michael Az
11-04-2004, 10:39 PM
Nice work!!

11-04-2004, 10:44 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by darryl:
a stop to prevent the dolly from rolling off the arm. Maybe I just don't see it.
Nice work. </font>

But what fun would that be? http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif
Put on your glasses,first picture,end of the beam has a (very neatly cut and welded I might add http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif)2-1/2" X 4" flat bar on the end.

Oh,and they say the first things to go are the eyes http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Al Messer
11-04-2004, 10:55 PM
Uh, Wierdscience, if this is for the "small lathe", 'zackly how big is the "big one"? BTW--you did a good job on it!!
Al Messer

11-04-2004, 11:10 PM
24 X 120",still a bit small,but what can ya do? http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

11-05-2004, 12:58 AM
nice job , after back surgery I am all for machines with cranes and hoist.

hauling steel in and out of the metal racks to the saw or iron worker is what kills me,rolling tables are a back saver.

11-05-2004, 01:27 AM
I could only dream of having one as small as that http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif Very tidy work there Weird. Now you can figure out a system to keep that chain clear of the lathe; maybe a timber apron?
cheers, Ken

11-05-2004, 01:31 AM
I'd like to see you Wierd machine something really small on your *big* lathe.
The hoist looks quite necessary for your small lathe, good job

11-05-2004, 02:29 AM
Very nice work on the hoist. If you come down and build me one I would provide lunch and the material. I need to do that also.


11-05-2004, 03:32 AM
'first thing to go are the eyes'- where do they go? You're right, mine are going, and now I do see the stop, all nicely welded in place. Ok, but where's the remote control? http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

11-05-2004, 08:54 AM
Remote control?Here they are called helper monkies http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Speedy,chain clears now,I shortened the handchain to about a 5'loop,lift chain isn't a problem,besides it swings 360*That way I can pick a cup of coffee off the shelf behind the lathe,swing it around and crank it ti a convienent drinking hieght http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Joe,last guy who made me an offer like that wanted me to change the gimbal bearings in his Mercruiser outdrive http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//eek.gif
Mike,damn right,back when I was stronger than smart I did many stupid things,now I'm paying for it,like flipping sheets of steel right next to a forklift,brilliant huh..

Bill,small things,I single-pointed a 3/8-24 for a pump shaft tach drive in the big lathe,does that count? http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

11-05-2004, 12:46 PM
My eyes must be going, I had to lighten the pics up to see any detail:



Nice Work!

[This message has been edited by Carl (edited 11-05-2004).]

11-05-2004, 07:33 PM
You didn't have to build it, you could have bought the one I have sitting out back instead...
OH WELL, nice jib cane.
David from jax

Have gun, will travel.

11-05-2004, 09:46 PM
Carl,it burns,it burns http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif I have to learn to use my photo software,coarse it can't possibly make up for my crappy picture taking http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

David,its not my fault you did tell me you had one for sale http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//rolleyes.gif

Steve Stube
11-07-2004, 12:57 AM
"besides it swings 360*" I guess my eyes are shot too cause I thought there were a couple of walls in the way of a full circle.

Your back will appreciate the effort.

I have a few hydraulic lifts on wheels (3 tables, 2 platform carts, 1 cherry picker, 1 cable spool lift, 2 pallet lifts and even a man lift that is handy for lifting smaller machines table saws etc. around) and a ratchet winch, coffin hoist, and chain fall for raising/lowering stuff on the second floor. All of which help me nurse a bum back.

Milacron of PM
11-07-2004, 02:07 AM
Swing it really hard if a wall is in the way.

11-07-2004, 11:00 AM
Dont let the chain tangle with the chuck or youll get a rude awakening, I saw a lad at a shop i worked in leave a nylon strap attached to the workpiece and the crane turn the lathe on. Interesting. He was probably hungover pretty bad but he sure jumped when the crane started to bounce around.