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Old 09-08-2020, 03:20 PM
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Well, I just got done building my lawn tractor crane. The actual crane part was about $129 at Harbor Fright. Photos with it holding-up the 200-pound valve were before I reinforced the front attachment to tractor frame. BTW - that is my mini-Kubota diesel lawn mower. I don't plan to lift anything too heavy, but it was awesome for picking those valves up and loading into truck bed. The crane part swivels, and lifts right off for storage.







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I love the ingenuity. Would have been something I would have done had I not bought a tractor with a loader.
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Nice.
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When a thread title has "Lawn Tractor Crane' in it, you have to click on it.

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200 # valve?
Better crunch some numbers on stability!
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Some duct tape and Red Green would be proud.
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Might need to put some weights on the rear end if you lift too heavy of items. Even full size tractors often use counter weights.
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Looks tippy.
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Originally Posted by Arboc View Post
Looks tippy.
I was waiting for that comment!
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When a thread title has "Lawn Tractor Crane' in it, you have to click on it.

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Wheel weights and suite case weights on the rear are a must. Looks like an awesome way to move stuff around.
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Definitely counter weight will help.

Add a winch at the steering wheel increase the travel of pick up and release!

Big Al nailed it too!
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I have one of those in my pick up bed, works like a charm
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someone sitting on the mower would help , but working by yourself it could be a problem without some weights
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Being in the crane business, I had to see this.
I love it, my guess it would be rated for about 150lbs...

Since I sell gantry cranes, my design would have been a towable two wheel gantry with telescoping columns, 12v winch and tow with a ATV... Not something I haven't mentally sketched up. Thankfully I have a retired neighbor that has a mini-excavator and a Bobcat, he is always looking for something to do with'em! Other peoples equipment, the best there is!
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The weak point in the hole thing is probably your front axle and wheels, wasn't designed to carry much weight and that is your fulcrum point that will bear all the weight, other than that you must have some Yankee in you! Improvise, Adapt, Overcome
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need a garbage can strapped to rear bumper for counter weight. just fill with water and drain when finished. had an old 45 ford gin pole truck we used water counter weight with. great job on the lawn tractor/crane!
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Originally Posted by PF-88 View Post
The weak point in the hole thing is probably your front axle and wheels, wasn't designed to carry much weight and that is your fulcrum point that will bear all the weight, other than that you must have some Yankee in you! Improvise, Adapt, Overcome
Yes, especially my dry-rotted tires. Not planning to lift much more than what I already showed (but I will likely try). At least not in extended position. Not planning to move stuff too far, or too fast, so no need for weights. Worked like a charm for what I did so far. Next, I will work on mount to slide into trailer hitch on truck. Not for loading the truck, but for moving heavier stuff around, and loading into my other truck and trailer. All you guys have more than one pick-up truck, right? Every REAL man has more than one.
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That is awesome! What year model is your double wide?
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This seems like a terrible idea... I love it

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