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#1 milkdud OFFLINE  

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Posted September 02, 2013 - 06:34 PM

I picked up a  truck box crane off craigslist.  Normally 139 at Harbor Freight and set it up on the Ford LGT 145.    I work on big outboards and this works amazing!  IF you ever need a simple tool to move things around this is it.

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Posted September 02, 2013 - 06:38 PM

Cool idea....might want to throw some weight on the front


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Posted September 02, 2013 - 06:40 PM

Great re-purpose of a CL find.

Looks like it would lift another tractor too.
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Posted September 02, 2013 - 07:22 PM

I was going to do that and folks said it wouldn't work! You proved them wrong!


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Posted September 02, 2013 - 07:31 PM

With a few hundred pounds on that crane you will be doing wheelies if your not careful. Looks like it would be a handy lift for all kinds of stuff and seems well suited to your needs. 


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Posted September 02, 2013 - 07:32 PM

That s a great idea


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Posted September 02, 2013 - 08:09 PM

Second best thing to a loader! 

 

I think that might be on my to-buy list.

 

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Posted September 02, 2013 - 09:40 PM

Great idea, perfect picker, just need Front weights, Front weights


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Posted September 02, 2013 - 09:48 PM

VERY nice installation on that :thumbs:

 

I'd 2nd adding weight to the front end, or possibly some 'wheelie bars'.

 

 

 


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Posted September 02, 2013 - 09:52 PM

Without any weight on the front I have been able to pick up 300 lbs without pulling the front end up in the short position.  That mid/lower unit in the pic probably weighs 200lbs and I can extend it all the way out without pulling the front end up.

 

My brother has a bunch of IH wheel weights from his 400.  I think they are 100lbs.   Thought about slinging one under the frame like a mower deck. 

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Posted September 02, 2013 - 09:56 PM

Also whatever your carrying is a wheelie bar.  If you get in trouble and lift the front end.  Your load just touches the ground and neutralizes the weight.  

 

When I had 200 lbs on the back it really loaded up the rear tires too.  It got great traction :)  I can tell when it gets really heavy back there my steering is like butter :)

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Posted September 02, 2013 - 10:01 PM

I've had a tractor turn over on me, people are suggesting weights for concern over your safety more than anything else


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Posted September 02, 2013 - 10:02 PM

This is around 200 lbs on the far out extension fully swung to the outside of the tractor.  Its holding but its maxing it out.  This test shows you how much movement it has.  You can park and move it around to where you need to set it down.

 

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Posted September 02, 2013 - 10:07 PM

That makes it really handy!!!! I think you'll be fairly stable out to the side, 90 degrees, but completly to the rear with a whole unit and you might be on the ground, nothing you dont know, you've been doing this awhile from the looks of things, just stay safe


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Posted September 02, 2013 - 10:07 PM


I've had a tractor turn over on me, people are suggesting weights for concern over your safety more than anything else

 

understood.  next time I see my brother Ill steal one of his IH400 weights.   More weight the better.   

 

On another note:  When I checked the front wheel bearings the spindles dont look overly heavy duty.  I may be wrong, but how are guys using loaders on the front ends?  Do they hold up to the abuse of a loader?
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