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Old 05-22-2010, 10:53 PM
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I said when I have to use this crane again I would post some pics of it. Well today is it. This is a Reese hitch crane that my Dad Built a few years ago. Quite a few years ago too. I had to go pick up a log that a friend gave to me. It is too heavy to lift even with 4 men so I needed the hitch crane. Heres a Pic of the log that I had to go get.

Pic 1 & 2 the size of the log.
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Old 05-22-2010, 10:55 PM
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Heres some of the crane.
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Heres some more pics of how its assembled. And how it works. The green bar can also be replaced with a long jack to raise and lower the boom. Then the hook is used on the end of the boom.
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Old 05-22-2010, 11:04 PM
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Heres some more.
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Good idea there. Thanks for posting.

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I might borrow this idea, with a slight modification. Shorten the receiver bar to be closer to the bumper. But if I do that, I will have to make sure to leave the tailgate up.
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I think I might add an adjustable leg close to or under the lift, perhaps slipped over the outer end of the receiver tube. A trailer tongue jack?

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Thats an excellent idea Kevin.
How much will it lift?
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Old 05-23-2010, 08:20 AM
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Gadgeteer, There is another leg that slips over that 3rd leg. Its just like the 2 others. Yesterday Dad couldn't find it. Dad told me yesterday that when he gets rich hes going to buy some trailer jacks. LOL This was made entirely from steel from the scrap steel pile. The good part is if you keep loading and you get the suspension to go down then you can start up the truck and pull forward and the outriggers will flip out from under the crane. That has been done too. You all just have to know my Dad to understand how he loads trucks. LOL He says "Theres a difference between abuseing something and using something real good." I could tell some pretty good Erwin stories. LOL

Mark, Borrow away, this is why I wanted to post this. They make ones that are way lighter than this. Thats why that "T" bar is so long so you can load with the tailgate down.

AJ, I don't know what the actual lifting capacity is. But I do know that it will lift, with ease, a fully assembled V-8 engine with the transmission still on it. It also lifted that log easy too. The store bought ones come with a rating I don't know the real capacity.
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Would you please post some pictures of how you have the snatch block configuired on top of the boom?
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