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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 01-24-2018, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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Don't want to reinvent the tire, so been googling truck cranes, for ideas I could use to make one. Found one that looked like great inspiration, but it was on pinterest, and, of course, the link to the article on it was nonexistent, so all I have is a photo. However, did find this article on making one. Not really what I am looking for, similar, but not quite. Reason I want a crane is free firewood is often available, simply for picking up. Don't want for firewood, but to start making a few Tikis again. Can't lift much anymore, so need a crane. I figure maybe some of you might be interested in making one too, so here is the link. https://suncatcherstudio.com/truck-crane/

Actually, I may make at least part of a crane with wood, but my ultimate goal would be one entirely out of wood, less a hydraulic lift or winch. But an all metal build wouldn't hurt my feelings.
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Although not a truck mounted style crane, take a look at Matt Cremona's trailer mounted hoist for loading and unloading logs.
He shows it at about 7:20 minutes. I have no idea what size wood that you are looking for, but something like this (in a smaller version) could be installed in a pickup truck much easier than a single post crane.

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[QUOTE=CharleyL;1792106]Although not a truck mounted style crane, take a look at Matt Cremona's trailer mounted hoist for loading and unloading logs.
He shows it at about 7:20 minutes. I have no idea what size wood that you are looking for, but something like this (in a smaller version) could be installed in a pickup truck much easier than a single post crane.

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I have no idea what size wood that you are looking for, but something like this (in a smaller version) could be installed in a pickup truck much easier than a single post crane.

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How would you propose mounting an arch in a pick up box?
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You can pick up used patient lifts for cheap, or a brand new HF portable engine crane for a reasonable price. Then all you have to do is weld a pipe to a plate and bolt that into the truck.

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I have no intention of putting any type of lift in my truck bed. I will likely go for something along the lines of the link I posted. Except simpler, and with a jack or something under the end to support it. The trailer arch wasn't a bad idea, but I think should have been wider at the base. If I were going to pick up large logs for sawing I would have a trailer, but would have a large hydraulic crane, of one sort or another - I don't have space for a bandsaw mill, or to store logs, so I am not even considering how I would do that.

I'm thinking a square tubing to go into the hitch. Then tubing going to the side of the truck, with the base of the crane itself. I think round tubing is the way to go, but not sure yet if I would want to use a hand winch, electric winch, or hydraulic lift, to raise logs - I think likely around 100 lbs would be the max I would be lifting, but will try to get something that will lift up to 4-500 lbs, just in case. I wouldn't be looking for anything longer than about 4 ft long likely, but never know. I am getting it all together in my mind, little by little. I don't really care much for the link I posted, or the arch on the trailer. But I keep searching for pictures, and eventually it will all come together. Oh yes, a chain fall would be very handy, but the one the guy was using was even more irritating noisewise then the turning of the crane.

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A come-a-long would be much better choice for the crane. A winch doubles the vertical load on the crane head. Anything mounted in the bed is a non starter for most people. I have been thinking of a front corner mount jib crane if I see a good way to transmit the weight load down to the frame. In my last Chevy I had a rope tied to the frame and up between the cab and the box because there was nothing substantial to tie down to. Newer trucks seem to have tie downs but they are pretty flimsy IMO.
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A decade ago, I went out gathering rocks for landscaping our back yard. Was limited to what I or my wife and I could lift. Thought about a truck bed lift, but couldn't quite work it out. His use of a trailer and a power winch is pretty creative. I compute we brought between 45 to 50 tons from the desert to our back yard. Most of the larger rocks are way too heavy for me to lift today. That trunk he move must weigh at least a ton.

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To put a crane in your pickup bed, you would need a lot of bracing. If I were going to put something like that in a truck bed, I would rather go with something like this. I think it would treat the truck bed better, and do the job well. I won't be making anything like this for what I want to do.
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