unspooler project

"Pete C." wrote in message
"Pete C." wrote:


Or even big C clamps if the pipe length just spans the forks so you can stick the C in the end of the pipe and clamp it to the fork.
REPLY" 2500# is not a lot. Most car hauler trailers will haul 2-3x that. Just build a couple triangle supports for each side with a 1/2 hub to accept a large diameter pipe. Near the size of the hole in the spool. The height would only be about 5' for a 9' spool. Put the pipe through the hub, lay the pipe in the 1/2 hub. Like a pipe cut in 1/2 and bolt through the pipe and hub. That will hold the upper part of the triangle from spreading, and have a couple of angle pieces bolted across the bottom. Be similar to the commercial trucks/ trailers. Then tow the trailer with any capable vehicle. You could get an older boat trailer someone is scrapping even.
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Califbill wrote:

Except you need to forklift to load the reals on such a trailer, so you may as well just use the forklift to hold them if you have it anyway.
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"Pete C." wrote in message

Except you need to forklift to load the reals on such a trailer, so you may as well just use the forklift to hold them if you have it anyway.
But a Forklift may not be the best for straddling a trench. Most forks have a hole or two near the tips for hooking chains or installing hitch balls too. Just build a channel that will fit over the fork and weld a 1/2 hub to the channel. Clamp the channel to the fork or if a hole in the tip area of the fork, drop a pin in to it.
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