|Start Date: 11/14/2018|
Solving a Problem
This project set out to solve a problem. How do you transport 'heavy' (500-1000 lbs) machinery across town or between cities? The machine(s) can be moved around on level concrete. You have a pick-up truck. You are working alone. How do you get the machine into the pick-up truck? A ramp up the tailgate might work, but that is rather difficult, dangerous, and hard to do by yourself.
The answer we came up with starts with building this simple A-Frame structure from stick wood. A come-along is rigged to the center of the top beam. The machine is rolled into place under the come-along and then hoisted straight up into the air. Once the machine is hanging at the proper height, the pick-up truck is then backed into the A-Frame underneath the machine and the machine is jacked straight down into the truck bed.
The A-Frame parts unbolt into two side frames and some stick wood to ride in the bed with the machine to the next site to repeat the process at unloading.
The Build Process
And it works!
And worked, and worked, and worked, ...