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Old 04-13-2014, 11:28 AM
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Crane questions

So, been thinking about a crane of some sort on the front corner of my F-600.

The design I have in my head is something like an engine hoist, collapsible so it's out of the way, and extendable to reach out over the the edge of the bed. Then something like an ATV winch for lifting duties.

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No idea, the only ones I have ever seen or used were prebuilt units.
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Old 04-13-2014, 11:42 AM
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Yep, those aren't cheap though...
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I would imagine not.
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I've seen a collapsible crane that folds down into a step bumper. I haven't seen it deployed, just the picture on the truck bumper at a supply house.
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I'm pretty sure I can fabricate one. I have access to heavy duty electrical rams that I'm thinking will be great for being able to push/pull the mast. Also the more I think on it I really don't need it to be collapsible as I can have it secure to my headache rack while in transit.

I was thinking about something like a truck hub/spindle for the base so I can have it on bearings to avoid any binding.
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I have one of the HF units on my 86that pivots out to lift and swing back in to load with. Works reasonably well.

This is the one in my bed, had to of course beef it up under the bed.
http://www.harborfreight.com/12-ton-...ane-60732.html

I modified it to be similar to this one.
http://www.harborfreight.com/12-ton-...nch-60731.html
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What about modifying this bumper crane to fit in your truck bed and extend the boom a little...... could be cheaper and take less time than scratch building one.

http://boise.craigslist.org/tls/4413781872.html






or this one which is a wee bit dearer but probably wouldn't need bugger all modification.

http://lewiston.craigslist.org/hvo/4422418917.html

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I have one like the first hydraulic one Roger posted. I have mine mounted on a Reese hitch so I can us it on all the trucks
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