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  • Crane Idea???

    I have been busier than a 2 Peckered Possum. (Learned that saying in Georgia) Been building a New Shop. Its Sheathed now with the wooden sides on. NOW inside i wanted to put in a crane system on a steel beam of sorts, I just cant think of a nice way to set this up? Any help or ideas Guys would be appreciated. I have a cyclone Hoist Chain type id like to use. Thanx Mike

  • #2
    Randolph Bulgin is one of our posters here and has written a book about his shop. His web site shows a shot or two in which his overhead crane is depicted (see the engraver table photo). His is what a lot of guys would love to have and maybe he will comment on its implementation, here,...although he does have a book to sell too

    http://www.randolphsmachineshop.com/photos.htm

    Paul
    Paul Carpenter
    Mapleton, IL

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    • #3
      If what you want is something fairly light duty (~1,000 lbs or less) Harbor Freight has some trolleys that run on standard I-beam. I say light duty because I wouldn't want to trust a non-engineered crane system at anything close to the claimed ratings for the individual components. Also don't let the building inspector see your crane or he will make you take it down since it is not certified.

      That said, I built a jib crane in my shop and I don't know what I would do without it.

      Jim
      Under construction - MGB roadster widened 11.5" with Corvette C-4 suspension front and rear, 440 hp LT1 V8 with a T-56 6 speed.

      Lots of pictures here
      Part 1 http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,7581
      Part 2 http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?13,22422

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      • #4
        how about a mono rail system on each side of the ceiling that supports a crossbeam (from monorail to monorail) for your hoist. ive seen that done and its pretty simple and works quite well.

        its very tolerable to any mounting variables, just needs to be level. . . . but it takes a larger amount of headroom maybe. . . . .

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        • #5
          Just an idea.........
          http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=41188
          If this is a space problem or you don't want it to be portable, maybe use the basic design only built stationary.........

          or maybe I'm crazy
          "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not."~ Thomas Jefferson

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          • #6
            Swing crane with a stiff leg? do you have a real post there?

            Thou I have a Ibeam through the middle of the new shop. I still think about putting in a swing beam..

            THE lil bitty one tied to the press rocks.. can pick up a car engine thou I just engineered it for 300lbs..
            Excuse me, I farted.

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            • #7
              Madman, here's a sweet homemade bridge crane installed in the OldCarGuy's shop ... http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...?t=2122&page=6

              Here's another (smaller) idea ... build a portable shop gantry ... http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/sho...t=30862&page=3
              Last edited by Nightshift; 10-08-2008, 10:29 PM.

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              • #8
                Aluminumn Gantry beam?

                Has anyone used a aluminumn i beam for a gantry and also legs ect?? It would be a lot easier to store and also make assemble by yourself a lot easier. i plan on only lifting a 3ooo pound load occasionally.

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                • #9
                  Aluminumn Gantry beam?

                  Has anyone used a aluminumn i beam for a gantry and also legs ect?? It would be a lot easier to store and also make assemble by yourself a lot easier. i plan on only lifting a 3ooo pound load occasionally.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Nightshift
                    Madman, here's a sweet homemade bridge crane installed in the OldCarGuy's shop ... http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...?t=2122&page=6

                    Here's another (smaller) idea ... build a portable shop gantry ... http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/sho...t=30862&page=3
                    Holy Smoke! Nice shop that guy has. Ummm...don't click on that top link if you have dialup...
                    I have tools I don't even know I own...

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                    • #11
                      Re: Aluminum crane componenets

                      Originally posted by madman
                      Has anyone used a aluminumn i beam for a gantry and also legs ect?? It would be a lot easier to store and also make assemble by yourself a lot easier. i plan on only lifting a 3ooo pound load occasionally.
                      Yes! At the shop in the university, where I worked, my boss and I used some surplus aluminum I beam from an old surplus jet engine dolly to build the rails for our shop crane. We were in a basement with a concrete coffered ceiling so we made up steel U-brackets that we bolted through the coffers and hung the I-beams from. The I-beams were 3/8" thick 4"x4"x8" tall. We used a standard trolley and a Budget one ton electric hoist. It worked great! It was used mainly to move and set rotary tables like our 12" Troyke, milling vices, and an occasional machine. It had no trouble picking up one of our sheldon 10x48 lathes with the cabinet attached. That thing was a real "nad" saver.
                      Jim (KB4IVH)

                      Only fools abuse their tools.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by madman
                        Has anyone used a aluminumn i beam for a gantry and also legs ect?? It would be a lot easier to store and also make assemble by yourself a lot easier. i plan on only lifting a 3ooo pound load occasionally.

                        Unless you have it hanging around, aluminum would be way expensive. I'd think about wood for just occasional use. With steel on the top & bottom chord. Or a steel truss. How long? Portable, fixed? Enough headroom for a permanent gantry crane? Adjustable height? Offload a truck and lower it and roll into the shop? Lots of options. I don't there's a one-size-fits-all solution. If I had the space, I'd put in a permanent gantry plus a portable knock-down smaller one. Already have an engine hoist for small stuff.

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