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Paul Lousick03/02/2020 22:43:08
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Lots of talk about CE markings and not being covered by insurance which is true. BUT like many posts on this forum, we have wanderred away from the original purpose of this post.which was a way of lifting a chuck or rotary table onto the mill table.

These truck hoists are designed to lift in excess of 400kg. A rotary table or chuck (for home use) would be less than 40kg. The safety factor of it failing is very low. Is it any more dangerous than making your own hoist or using a block and tackle system in your workshop ?

Personaly, I would not use it, not because it would be unsafe but because it would take up valuable floor space and prefer a ceiling mounted rail or swing type hoist which has a moving trolley. The truck hoist can only lift and swing in an arc. There is no axial movement to position the load after lifting.


Paul Lousick29/03/2020 02:29:46
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Another idea for a compact hoist for lifting chucks or work onto a lathe or mill. Lifting capacity would be limited to the size, weight of the lathe or mill and how securely it was mounted.



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Hopper29/03/2020 02:44:19
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Not sure if I'd want that sort of stress on the topslide of my lathe or that T slot though?

Maybe a large base that clamps to the main bed ways like a fixed steady might spread the load to more solid parts of the machine?

Edited By Hopper on 29/03/2020 02:54:18

larry phelan 129/03/2020 12:06:06
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Take a look at my Elevating Barrow in my Album, works a treat ! Sad to say, it was not my idea, I just copied it.

colin hawes29/03/2020 14:22:32
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I store my heavy chucks on a shelf behind the lathe with a short ramp so that I can roll them into place at the right level to fit them . I have done the same with a heavy dividing head by the horizontal miill .I'm no' so young as I used to be! Colin

Clive Foster29/03/2020 14:57:57
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Been reflecting on my earlier suggestion of something mounted on a work cart.

Scaffold pole pivot at one back corner carrying a two section bent jib, wheelchair hoist style is current favourite. Short strap or chain between the jib and object to be lifted so no winch needed. Either use a ratchet strap so its adjustable or have a couple or three ones of different lengths.

Actual lift range is inherently limited but making the angle between the jib sections adjustable with a choice of two or three holes for a pin should give enough height flexibility to cope with from floor up to higher than the machine. Albeit in one or two bites with an intermediate table midway to set things on for re-adjustment.

Looks as if it can be made to fold neatly behind the cart. If working over the cart should be stable enough not to need axuillary support but a brace of fold out legs would be desirable so you can work out of the corner. Maybe screw a paving slab or two under the cart for extra stability. Probably not needful with mine as the drawers are full of spanners et al and the sheves always have heavy "crap" on them.


John Reese29/03/2020 15:44:51
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I have a hoist similar to David's. Mine was intended to attach to the hitch receiver on my pickup. I plan to make a short pipe pedestal that mounts to the floor and just drop the upper part of the hoist into the pedestal. It will be placed near the corner of my 16" lathe headstock and will be used primarily for handling chucks (8" dia).

Bazyle29/03/2020 20:40:14
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Posted by larry phelan 1 on 29/03/2020 12:06:06:

Take a look at my Elevating Barrow in my Album, works a treat ! Sad to say, it was not my idea, I just copied it.

Looks good Larry. More photos please, and some dimensions of material used for uprights.

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