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Opinions... Jib Crane, Gantry, Or Just An Engine Hoist?

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by ITLKSEZ, Jul 28, 2016.

  1. Sep 15, 2016
    tarry99

    tarry99 Member

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    Two 1/2" circular plates rotating on a single centered large bolt with the outrigger wheeled fixture attached to the plates , the plates would also have a series of holes to rotate for use and storage using a couple of quick pins.....the two plates can be mated together via the large bolt in the center......put a couple of grease fittings in one half and it should be good to go!
     
  2. Sep 15, 2016
    PeteL

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    I've seen a setup like your sketch, but in place of the rolling vertical leg, the outer end of the jib hangs under a fixed horizontal I-beam, and slides back and forth with a swivelled double roller skate hanger.

    You'd need substantial support for the fixed horizantal, but it could keep the floor space free to use, unlike the leg.
     
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  3. Sep 15, 2016
    tarry99

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    Just a thought.......................Although fixed in the peak in the ceiling and supported by beams in the walls........this 1-ton hoist works for me.
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  4. Feb 26, 2017
    ITLKSEZ

    ITLKSEZ Hope for the best, prepare for the worst

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    Reviving an old thread...
    I ended up with a traditional engine hoist, and it is earning its keep. A jib crane would be ideal for the work I do, but I recently confirmed my fear that my shop's concrete pad is on the shy side of 4" thick. More like the heavy side of 3". So without completely cutting, digging... rebuilding a section of floor to mount it, I could never trust a jib.

    My current project is more single-use forms for this fiberglass company. These are massive units at 46" wide at the base, around 8' tall when assembled, and just over 10' long overall, 7 units total.

    If it comes down to choosing between a gantry and a hoist, I still think the hoist is more versatile - as long as you can get under your work. Setting these massive units on the trailer works beautifully; setting them down and picking them up on/off the floor is a challenge. But I'm not sure if I'd have the room to swing a gantry.

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    I made a lifting mount that I can remove and reuse in every piece.

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    Starting on the second layer....

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    Second layer ready to move.

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    The third layer will only be 16" tall, so hopefully I can lift that up with some help. My neighbors all stopped answering my calls for some reason. :p
     
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  5. Feb 26, 2017
    3b a runnin

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    I know this is an old thread, but thought I would post what mine looks like.
    Nearest post in photo starts as 4in. sch 80 steel in 6in concrete floor, with 24 in. hole bored 36 in. deep before entire slab was poured. Sorry the little shop stool is blocking the view.
    3 in. sch 80 steel pipe inside to act as a swivel. Far leg is 4 in. H beam with same H beam for the cross support with 3, 1500 lb swivel casters.
    Top beam is 10 in. I beam of I think 35lb per ft. rating. Found chart on net for reference. 12 ft. high x 12 wide. can be used in either bay. Total rating is 4000 lb. In fact it will swing all the way around until it hits the car lift post on the opposite side. I call it a radial hoist.
     
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  6. Feb 26, 2017
    tarry99

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    3ba , I like your shop...........and your hoist arrangement............although for a 2 ton rating I personally would have probably opted for a little larger diameter main upright.....vs the 3" at the jib post.
     
  7. Feb 26, 2017
    3b a runnin

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    Thanks Tarry99,
    being able to use it in either bay is very handy. Almost always auto type work, jeep engine, jeep body, etc. But I did use it to unload the 10k auto lift.
    I guess 3 in. could be a little lite, but it is sch 80, or commonly known as double strength pipe.
     
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  8. Feb 26, 2017
    tarry99

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    I think Sch 80 is .300 wall.............It's the OD of that pipe that seems on the small side............in either case nice layout......post some pictures of the rest of the shop....
     
  9. Feb 26, 2017
    3b a runnin

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    That pic is 3-4 yrs old, so there is a lot more clutter now.
    When I get the chance to get the 3 full size vehicles, 3 Jeeps, and my Baby Deere out of there, I can get a little better pic:shock:
     
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  10. Feb 26, 2017
    3b a runnin

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    1st pic gives overall of outside, 2nd pic gives glimpse of inside with hoist and car lift on right, workbench across most of rear wall, old kitchen cabinets,(from kit. remodel) for storage on left. At 10 ft high, 2 ft. wide storage shelf on Lt. wall, and all across rear wall for more storage. Pole style building, so there is a post every 10 ft with outlets on all of them. Hand washing sink, and fridge just out of sight on the Lt. The pipe bender is on loan, but the owner said, keep it. OK, forget the order. Just found these on my phone
     
  11. Feb 26, 2017
    wheelie

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    Thats a nice building. What are the overall dimensions of it?
     
  12. Feb 26, 2017
    3b a runnin

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    44 ft. wide (door wall) x50 deep front to backx14 ft ceiling, and the longer I use it, the more the walls seem to grow toward each other with junk, er parts:shock:
     
  13. Feb 26, 2017
    Focker

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    LOVE IT.
     
  14. Feb 26, 2017
    3b a runnin

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    Baby Deere helps out with the lifting and hoisting chores around here to. Will easily handle a jeep frame or tub. Usually use the bucket, but also have a set of forks.
     
  15. Feb 27, 2017
    wheelie

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    Very nice. It seems we never have enough room doesn't it?
     
  16. Mar 5, 2017
    sterlclan

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    termin8ed

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    Thats a nice setup in your building there. Im trying to figure out what i want to build. Planning for a hoist and possibility of working on my own out of it if i need/want to in the future
     
  18. Mar 6, 2017
    3b a runnin

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    I considered doing that myself, but then where would all my toys go?:D
     
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