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Unread 01-30-2011, 06:50 PM   #1
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My Ghettolicious Forklift Crane

Finally got around to extending my plasma table from 4'x4' to 4'x8'. Now I can cut a full 8ft sheet without having to index (scoot it up the table) it.

Now, I can begin collecting the parts to make a 48" or 60" press brake. I wanted the ability to cut a full 8ft sheet of 1/2" plate on the plasma table.

I also took a cheap "pickup bed crane" and made a pallet base for it so I can use it with my forklift. I'll make a simple 4 legged chain sling setup so I can lift full sheets over the side of the plasma table to load/unload the table for cutting.

Sorry for the dark cellphone pics. Don't know where my digital camera is..





The base is made from two 2ft squares of 1/2" plate that I had laying around..



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Unread 01-30-2011, 06:55 PM   #2
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That is pretty ghetto....but does the deed. Nice work.
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Unread 01-30-2011, 08:09 PM   #3
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is that a yale or cat forklift.It looks just like my yale.that crane will get the job done!!!
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Unread 01-30-2011, 08:34 PM   #4
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nice Eddie!
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Unread 01-31-2011, 07:06 AM   #5
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is that a yale or cat forklift.It looks just like my yale.that crane will get the job done!!!
It's a TCM.... 3K. I got it for a good price a couple years ago when a local beer distributor closed down (he was bought out by a big brewery). Prior to the forklift, we were using an engine hoist to download the steel delivery truck and move stuff around. I think the little forklift is the single best "bang for the buck" investment I've made.
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I am surprised how many times mine gets used for jeep projects.I am going to build a welding table that clamps to the forks for mine.I don't have a dedicated work area for the jeep in the shop so I am constantly bringing out what I need when I need it.
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Unread 01-31-2011, 07:40 AM   #7
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I see more projects upcoming. A bigger press brake. I'll be watching for this. Hey Eddie do you have a magnet for picking up sheets with? One of those that has the eye bolt in the top.
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Finally got around to extending my plasma table from 4'x4' to 4'x8'. Now I can cut a full 8ft sheet without having to index (scoot it up the table) it.
Braggar! Looks good man...
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That is pretty ghetto dude, but awesome at the same time. nice work.

btw, did you weld it only on top or did you notch and weld through the whole base?
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Unread 02-01-2011, 07:52 PM   #10
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That is pretty ghetto dude, but awesome at the same time. nice work.

btw, did you weld it only on top or did you notch and weld through the whole base?

It's only welded on top The base of the little crane was a big square. I layed multi-passes. I'm gonna hook it to the front of my CJ and lift it up to load test it. Heaviest I'll pick up with sheet is in the 600lb range. Also, I think I'm going to do a gusset from "mid-mast" down to the rear of the plate. I'm probably also going to replace the little 2"x2"x1/8" square tube boom with something a little bigger.. like 2x3 or even 2x4.. and do an overhead gusset loaded in tension. Been operating cranes for the Army for the past 25yrs so that should somehow qualify me to build one shouldn't it?..

Tonight, I used the little crane to pick up a 1/2 sheet of 3/8. I was able to pull alongside the plasma table and swing the sheet 90degrees to the side to set it on the table.. worked perfectly. My son was really excited... he kept mumbling something like, "man, that's so cool.. my back feels better already!"

Jim, I was looking at magnets but was worried about it pulling up the slats when I tried to lift a sheet off the table. Also, not sure how well they work with full sheets of thinner material that tend to bow in the middle.. I've heard if the material doesn't stay flat, the magnet can break loose and drop the sheet. The little chain slings worked fine on the 1/2 sheet. With a simple spreader bar, they should work fine on a full sheet.
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Unread 02-01-2011, 07:56 PM   #11
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o0o 80/20...that stuff is pricey, but fun to play with
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Unread 02-01-2011, 09:45 PM   #12
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HA HA I was just wondering. Didn't know if it was going to hold up to what you do. Of course I didn't read all the way through either, my bad lol

looks good, and ya Me and Army 4yrs so far and I deal with commo **** so this is your area lol
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