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 Post subject: I call it "The Enabler"
PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:28 pm 
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Given my propensity for old, heavy machines, I thought it wise to come up with a way to load/unload these unwieldy monsters. And on top of that, my buddy put an addition on his house and had to pull an I-beam out in the process, so I couldn't let that go to waste, right?

So I whipped up this gantry/A-frame setup. One frame is fixed on the end of the I-beam and the other uses u-bolts to adjust to different widths. It all rolls on 6" 900lb casters. I designed it to barely clear the bottom of my garage door opener so that I could set it up inside the garage and load/unload machines by backing a trailer right underneath. But for use outside the garage, I still need to fabricate some risers to go between the casters and the caster pads on the bottom to give me some extra height. I'm thinking I'll just use full lengths of I-beam for that. Also, the A-frames are 4' wide at the bottom so that it can be disassembled and moved in a pickup bed. Of course, if anyone wants to borrow it, you're more than welcome. When broken down, it's manageable enough with one person, although two makes it much easier.

I've already used it quite a few times with machines up to 1800lbs and it lifts and rolls smoothly.

Apparently, it seems you can't find those plastic plugs for 3.5" square tubing, so I'll have to make some.

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And a little tip for folks: unless your design calls for specific sizes of stock, stepping up/down at joints makes for an easier weld, as it becomes a fillet weld (inside corner) and not an annoying flat weld. In this case, I had 1/4" difference on each side:

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 2:10 am 
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Good looking A-frame setup. It will save your back.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:39 am 
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Very sturdy...if you ever need to pull the tranny on your car you can just crib it from beneath and lift the car off!

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 Post subject: I call it "The Enabler"
PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:40 am 
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With some card there's more truth to that than you might think.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:53 pm 
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Looks great,
Do you have a local source for square tubing?

You might try here for the plugs.
http://stores.ebay.com/Metal-Works-Plus ... 7675.l2563


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:00 pm 
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Alro Metals Plus in Ann Arbor is a great source for drops -- shorter lengths that they sell by the pound. But, they may not have exactly what you are looking for so you have to be patient or flexible.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:03 pm 
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Jacob Nothstine wrote:
Do you have a local source for square tubing?


Wright Steel in Redford is very reasonable with their prices. Or as Matt mentioned, any local shop usually has drops that they'll unload per pound.

Thanks for the link -- no luck. I guess it's an oddball size.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:08 am 
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zayd wrote:
I whipped up this gantry/A-frame setup. One frame is fixed on the end of the I-beam and the other uses u-bolts to adjust to different widths.


I like your idea of having one end adjustable!
I'm new here, But I have moved several heavy machines for members over on OWWM.

A couple of years ago I picked up a bunch of 2-1/2" OD. X .343 extra heavy wall pipe from a shop going out of business. I still have about six 7' pieces left that I'm planning to make either a hydraulic lift or gantry style set-up with.

Doug


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:20 pm 
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Thanks, Doug. In a tight shop like mine, the adjustable width has been useful. And as I mentioned, it sits disassembled most of the time, so borrow it any time you need.

Always nice to have another old iron guy. Welcome.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:32 pm 
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zayd wrote:
And as I mentioned, it sits disassembled most of the time, so borrow it any time you need.

Thanks for the offer :) I'll keep that in mind, But I usually can get the majority of my equipment unloaded with a chain-fall inside the garage. Every now & then I have had to partially disassemble a machine to get the clearance needed to get my truck into the garage.

zayd wrote:
Always nice to have another old iron guy. Welcome.

Thanks for the welcome!
Yea I think I qualify as having that old iron disorder, :roll:
Getting close to the "Two Ton" mark, Not bad for a 2 car garage :shock:

Doug


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That is very well done!


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