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  • #16
    Does anyone know the background on this guy. He has stated that he has a masters in mechanical engineering and I have no reason to question this. Based on his videos he has a smaller shop where he makes / machines parts for big pulling tractors.

    From watching his videos hes got a mint tied up into this barn / shop. Extra thick concrete slab / in floor heat / overhead bridge crane etc etc. Does he have a "day" job that funds this??? Just curious as he has a lot of BIG toys and now a pretty $$ upcoming shop that I just cant see building tractor parts funding.

    Just curious as i've been curious since I started making videos

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Axkiker View Post
      Does anyone know the background on this guy. He has stated that he has a masters in mechanical engineering and I have no reason to question this. Based on his videos he has a smaller shop where he makes / machines parts for big pulling tractors.

      From watching his videos hes got a mint tied up into this barn / shop. Extra thick concrete slab / in floor heat / overhead bridge crane etc etc. Does he have a "day" job that funds this??? Just curious as he has a lot of BIG toys and now a pretty $$ upcoming shop that I just cant see building tractor parts funding.

      Just curious as i've been curious since I started making videos
      You just never know. Was flying with one pilot who's married to a famous doctor on TV and who used to own 5 Kobe beef ranches. I asked him bluntly, "why the hell are you a pilot?"

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      • #18
        I believe he mentioned that bridge crane sitting outside in the weather for quite some time while he was working on building his shop. From the amount of rust showing on those cables, I would venture a guess that it was sitting outside uncovered and getting rained on. That was his theory for the cable failure. Water got into the core and rusted the cable from the inside out. (His words.)

        He showed where the casting that holds the motor had broken in half where it meets the main casting. That's going to be a lot of iron to have to weld up again. He's lucky the motor shaft and elevation shaft kept the motor casting from separating from the machine completely.

        I also thought about how lucky he was that the cable didn't snap when he had the machine HALF WAY off of the trailer and flipped it horizontal or pivoted it more towards the front wall of his shop and taking down part of the structure with it.
        Last edited by Highpower; 05-14-2017, 08:54 PM.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Highpower View Post
          I believe he mentioned that bridge crane sitting outside in the weather for quite some time while he was working on building his shop. From the amount of rust showing on those cables, I would venture a guess that it was sitting outside uncovered and getting rained on. That was his theory for the cable failure. Water got into the core and rusted the cable from the inside out. (His words.)

          He showed where the casting that holds the motor had broken in half where it meets the main casting. That's going to be a lot of iron to have to weld up again. He's lucky the motor shaft and elevation shaft kept the motor casting from separating from the machine completely.

          I also thought about how lucky he was that the cable didn't snap when he had the machine HALF WAY off of the trailer and flipped it horizontal or pivoted it more towards the front wall of his shop and taking down part of the structure with it.
          That would of made for a better video

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          • #20
            Originally posted by RB211 View Post
            You just never know. Was flying with one pilot who's married to a famous doctor on TV and who used to own 5 Kobe beef ranches. I asked him bluntly, "why the hell are you a pilot?"
            Yes you never can tell its just something I have been curious about.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Axkiker View Post
              Does anyone know the background on this guy. He has stated that he has a masters in mechanical engineering and I have no reason to question this. Based on his videos he has a smaller shop where he makes / machines parts for big pulling tractors.

              From watching his videos hes got a mint tied up into this barn / shop. Extra thick concrete slab / in floor heat / overhead bridge crane etc etc. Does he have a "day" job that funds this??? Just curious as he has a lot of BIG toys and now a pretty $$ upcoming shop that I just cant see building tractor parts funding.

              Just curious as i've been curious since I started making videos
              He works for a large John Deere dealer in Kentucky, does a little farming and also runs his shop. I've talked with him several times and what you see is what you get. He's not pissing away money on fancy trucks or cars or cloths. His money is in the farm and the shop.
              Mike
              Central Ohio, USA

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Dan_the_Chemist View Post
                About 40 years ago the RCA space wanted to rent our electric sign crane. They didn't want to tell me what was in the container, but they finally told me. It was a satellite worth about 30 million! I did a lift for them 3 times. The last one was worth over 60 million, and I picked it from a shipping container and set it on a test fixture, then returned it to the case about two weeks later. They had me lift a test weight first each time. I wonder why?

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                • #23
                  What did the Kobe pilot answer with ?

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Highpower View Post
                    I believe he mentioned that bridge crane sitting outside in the weather for quite some time while he was working on building his shop. From the amount of rust showing on those cables, I would venture a guess that it was sitting outside uncovered and getting rained on. That was his theory for the cable failure. Water got into the core and rusted the cable from the inside out. (His words.)
                    He made the decision to re-use the existing cable rather than replace it,a gamble really and one that didn't pay off.Like he says in the video-"$200 of new cable,maybe $1,000 at the most" no more cable than was one the hoist,I would say $300-400 tops.

                    There have lot's of things ruined due to rotten cables on hoists and cranes,some very expensive items even.For that reason "when in doubt,throw it out" has always been my motto on questionable cables.
                    I just need one more tool,just one!

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by wierdscience View Post
                      He made the decision to re-use the existing cable rather than replace it,a gamble really and one that didn't pay off.Like he says in the video-"$200 of new cable,maybe $1,000 at the most" no more cable than was one the hoist,I would say $300-400 tops.

                      There have lot's of things ruined due to rotten cables on hoists and cranes,some very expensive items even.For that reason "when in doubt,throw it out" has always been my motto on questionable cables.
                      "when in doubt,throw it out"

                      Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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                      • #26
                        The fiber core also allows the cable to stretch. It compresses and as the cable diameter shrinks it grows in length. I suppose one could unwind a section and inspect the core. The good wire rope is very expensive now. I have 400' of 1/2" sitting outside on a truck's deck winch. Been out there for years. I guess I had better take a look at it.

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                        • #27
                          Or maybe get stainless steel cable, if it will be kept outside in the elements. It seems to be about 80% of the strength of regular steel rope for the same size, and about 50% more expensive. About $7/ft for 1/2" rope.

                          https://www.mcmaster.com/#standard-wire-rope/=17mr7rf

                          All of that wire rope is lubricated. I had never heard of that, but it makes sense.

                          I wonder if there is a way to examine or test wire rope to see if it is safe to use? YES!

                          http://www.ndttech.com/docs/Specific...12-29-2012.pdf

                          http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/otopdf/2000/oto00064.pdf

                          http://www.offshore-mag.com/articles...-interior.html

                          http://wirecostructures.com/Resource...ire%20Rope.pdf
                          http://pauleschoen.com/pix/PM08_P76_P54.png
                          Paul , P S Technology, Inc. and MrTibbs
                          USA Maryland 21030

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                          • #28
                            What a great reminder! I've got two cable wenches on the little dozer that control a boom lift. It sits outside all the time. I don't know how old the cables are but it scares me every time I use the boom. But all cables scare me. Heard about a guy being cut in half by a broken cable on truck wench. I think I'll be buying new cables soon even though I don't lift many heavy objects any more. 3500# is about the limit of the hydraulic wenches. I know that from when I bought my old Toledo OBI punch press.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Dan_the_Chemist View Post
                              daym ---- looks like someone was testing that "tilt actuator" when they should not have been, or it went off accidentally?

                              I do wonder what the story is behind that one...

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                              • #30
                                That whole setup looks sketchy across the internet... so fwiw. I have a wider streak of self preservation that some. I try to visualize a worst case scenario and place my body well away from that zone if possible.

                                I recently took ownership of an electric overhead chain hoist. The catch was I had to remove it from the I beam alone and with no equipment so I looped the chain over the I beam, removed the guards on the end of the beam, pushed of the hoist which swung down and then caught on it's own chain... lowered it down into the truck. The pushing off the I beam was a bit dodgy though... I used a 10' pole and thought long and hard about how it would swing. Worked like a charm.. don't want to d it again type deal.

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