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Since someone asked nicely in the big dumb loads thread, I thought I'd start a thread for cranes. I can see their utility on flat beds, and I like the one setup for a hitch.

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I'm interested in seeing the hitch mount type if anyone's got one. Have one laying around the shop that folds into a rear bumper that we removed from a cube van for a customer that I've thought about snagging but I'd really rather not have a big ugly cube van bumper on my daily driver all the time.
 

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Judging by the slope of the glacis plate, I would guess Panther.
 

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Here is a receiver hitch hoist I built that pivots and has enough beef to swing a 14bff with drums (550lb?) into the truck. Should it have a jackstand under the leg? Absolutely. The pivot is a piece of Toyota axle shaft and 1.5" HREW.



 

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I have an Autocrane 1k lb truck bed crane. I plan to mount it on my flatbed trailer and also have a mount on at least one of my trucks. My Dad had a Pacific crane in one of his trucks and it was super handy, can't wait to get this one set up. Try this link, it may work? https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&id=32DF12E1207E2D400AC6E2AAC508DF4B5D4B9917&thid=OIP.8jDl-bxryefMaLvfI4ZhWQAAAA&mediaurl=https://i.pinimg.com/236x/2f/3d/ba/2f3dbac3e0c413f8a99caf1aa7434a50--crane-lift.jpg&exph=146&expw=236&q=ramsey+1k+autocrane+hoist&selectedindex=4&ajaxhist=0&vt=0&eim=1,2,6
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Smallest first, otherwise the weight distribution of the load would change with each subsequent crane you lift and they wouldn't sit level and they'd look stupid.
I'm not really insterested in a big argument, so realize that this is a question:

Don't the counterweights on those types of cranes move as you pick up a load, keeping the COG directly over the pivot?

If this is the case, they could have picked up those cranes starting with the bigger one and working down. The counterweights would move and keep everything level.
 

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Might as well throw mine in this thread since we got thrown out of the big dumb loads thread... :laughing:

Receiver hitch "crane" Yes the swivel is just two pipes sleeved together and flanges for the thrust bearing and some grease between them. No I didn't do any load calculations on it, I just took an old cherry picker and used the upright and boom basically and attached it to a mount I made for my hitch. I did beef the hitch up on my pickup a lot as it was kinda flimsy...

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The crane on my service truck that I'm working on...

Right after I bought it.
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A couple days ago after getting started on paint. Already have 3 gallons (unreduced, probably more like 4 gallons when you factor in reducer and hardener) of paint on it when this picture was taken... Most of that was inside the service bed boxes and on the boom and in all the nooks and crannies everywhere on this damn truck! I sprayed another gallon today. Still have to get the box sides and cab. And then I still have to clean up and spray a bunch of shields for the sides of the boom... Probably have 6-7 gallons of paint on this bitch before its all done! :laughing:

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On the front of my toyota. Idea is to put receiver on each side of the trailer for lifting heavy loads on.





Back of the scrap tuck is on a metal sawhorse, lifted by the crossmember to load on to the trailer. Probably about the max I would put on this with boom all the way extended... was a little sketchy. But moves engines/transmissions/lawnmowers awesome.





The only down side, is it takes two people to lift up and put on the truck.

 

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I'd love to have a crane mounted on the front of my trailer. Would make picking up loads to put on the truck bed, or on the trailer, super easy.
 

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One of the more useful toys I have.....

Started off as a box truck I bought to move, then would up replacing it with a 3 axle tractor and a box van (too much junk for just a box truck) but had too much money in the box truck to be worth selling so I found the polecat rig a farmer was selling off an old SCE truck and put that on it. Very very useful.... crane, bucket truck, auger, all in one. Also works well with a safety harness and retracting lanyard for working on the roof.
 

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I wanted one that would store out-of-the-way in the bed; with or without the camper. And that would be strong enough to load the truck in a few cycles. So I concocted this from some 2" & 2.5" square tubing, a little 1/4" plate, some agricultural pins & bushings, a sheave, and a ram for an engine hoist. It worked better than I expected (until I sold the truck), including for removing & installing the camper.

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I only had to put ~6 unobtrusive holes in the bed, but only 1 in the bed floor. The rest were small, up high, & out-of-sight.
 
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