Just in case if this is not apparent, this crane is HUGE and weighs
about 1,300 lbs. I was photographing it from eye level. The little
Harbor Freight crane is just a skinny boy in comparison to this
crane. Its capacity is 4,000 to 6,000 lbs depending on the boom
Now tellus you paid $40 for it and the guy tossed in a couple tons of
misc. with the deal. Just to really piss us off.
Great buy. Wish I had one just like it. I've got a 4 ton lift A frame
hoist on rollers but it can be unweildy to get in position.
Plenty of success, I usually do not ship such things at all, the
customer comes with money and I load. I recently sold the huge 1 ton
jib crane that I mentioned, I delivered it for free 18 miles from my
home. Since I could not get the crane out of my trailer, anyway, "free
delivery" was not such a big deal to me. I just kept the jib crane in
my trailer until I sold it and "delivered".
For me, Craigslist is better locally, and a local AM radio program every day
except Sunday (It's Mormon country here) called Tradio. Call in and sell
darn near anything. No businesses or commercial calls. Or ask to buy darn
near anything. Was riding in the car with a visitor from southern Cal when
the program came on. Said what a hoot it was. A guy comes on who wants
apples, spoiled or not. He's fed all his apples to his pigs, and needs
more. Will clean up fallen apples. Will pick trees clean. My friend was
very amused. I have called things in, and had a return phone call within
My "A" frame has two huge A shaped pillars with a ten foot I beam
accross the top at a ten foot height. Stone bitch to move around, you
have to move it with a fork lift or pull with a tractor. The wheels do
swivel but not very well. its really too damn heavy for swivels.
Y'know, it's funny how badly those casters work, and yet "good" ones work
When I got my most recent lathe, I had a lot of fiddling around to do in
order to get it into the shop and positioned properly. I had some spotty
help, but was mostly working alone.
So I tracked down some really good quality 5" urethane-tired swivel
casters, and built some 24" square "movers' dolleys" with them. That
really turned the trick. One guy could easily move a full ton of iron
I've got a Northern Tools engine hoist that only weighs about 200lb, and
it's all I can do to move it around -- because of the Chinalloy casters!
On 2011-09-09, Lloyd E. Sponenburgh <lloydspinsidemindspring.com> wrote:
Yes. I would suggest, to Karl, to get high quality 8 inch iron wheel
casters. If they are mounted accurately, with the caster plates exactly
horizontal, you will see a lot of difference.
I moved a 5,500 lbs Bridgeport Interact on 5 inch urethane casters. It
was a pain, but it worked.
If you're not working on finished floors, the iron wheels are the way
to go. Welded up an engine dolly and was looking for casters, found
some USA-made ones at the local hardware store with full ball-bearing
swivels, zerks and iron wheels. Have never regretted the choice.
Still remember the guy I worked with that had a big loaded Craftsman
tool chest and he had to move it. The solid rubber wheels had gotten
pressed flat from the weight. He ended unloading the thing, used a
jack to get it lifted up and had to replace every one before he could
It takes that long to work great? :^)
I'd always taken advantage of the fact that Chinalloy wheels slid and
skidded so easily on concrete that they didn't really need to roll.
The problem with borrowing money from China is
that thirty minutes later, you feel broke again.
--Steve Bridges as Obama
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