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Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift Gets a Work Out.

Postby ricky racer » Sun Apr 29, 2012 5:35 pm

Today I gave my new boom lift a workout cleaning up a bunch of logs left from the 3 large pine trees that I took out awhile back. When I built it, it was just an exercise to see if an idea I had would work. I did a little experimenting with it in the shop which I documented in the first post. Today I actually put it to work.

I finally got all the pine trees limbed out and just had to get rid of the trunks. I cut them into lengths between 2 & 4 feet long and used the boom lift to pick them up and stack them out of the way. The thing worked pretty good. Sure saved a lot of backbreaking work. I am real pleased with the results, considering the limits of the Cub.

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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift Gets a Work Out.

Postby Winfield Dave » Sun Apr 29, 2012 5:40 pm

:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift Gets a Work Out.

Postby Greg Helmick (Stretch) » Sun Apr 29, 2012 5:46 pm

Lookin GOOD Rick, gonna have to build me one of those :D Got to get the motor back in first :roll: Waiting for it to warm up some so I can paint it. That boom is pretty slick, NICE JOB AGAIN :!:
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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift Gets a Work Out.

Postby Chris D » Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:37 pm

Good looking boom there! If you move the chain about 6 to 10 inches toward the end of the boom I believe it would lift a lil more weight too. It would give you just a bit more mechanical advantage. Good job on it!
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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift Gets a Work Out.

Postby regwal » Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:44 pm

Good job and good idea Ricky.
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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift Gets a Work Out.

Postby ricky racer » Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:52 pm

Chris D wrote:Good looking boom there! If you move the chain about 6 to 10 inches toward the end of the boom I believe it would lift a lil more weight too. It would give you just a bit more mechanical advantage. Good job on it!


I've got that covered Chris. Thanks.

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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift Gets a Work Out.

Postby bradm » Sun Apr 29, 2012 7:15 pm

As mentioned in previous comments - good idea and it seems to work well.

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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift Gets a Work Out.

Postby challenger » Sun Apr 29, 2012 7:53 pm

That's a terrifically well engineered lift. It has a lot of unique simplicity in design, quick installation, and leverage features that deserve a patent.
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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift Gets a Work Out.

Postby Rudi » Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:13 pm

Rick:

Yeah, that proves that I gotta do one of those :D Sure would save a lot of back breaking work up in the woodlot :-:-): Really good idea :idea: :!:
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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift Gets a Work Out.

Postby birddog » Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:00 pm

If you have a 12 volt system you could add a couple pulleys and a winch. Then you would have a nice little jammer. Then you could drag the logs from a ways away, and then lift them on a pile or trailer.

If you look at the back end of this homemade tractor you can see it"s jammer. It is made from a car or light truck rear end. Here of course, it is used to lift the manure loader, not a boom.

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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift Gets a Work Out.

Postby Goraidh (Jeff) » Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:13 pm

Ricky, I liked it when you first posted about it, and I like it even more now that i see it working. Great job. Jeff
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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift Gets a Work Out.

Postby ricky racer » Tue May 01, 2012 9:34 pm

Thanks for all the nice comments, guys. One other nice feature is, due to its light weight, when not it use it's easy to get it out of your way, hanging on the wall, not taking up any shop floor space ( same with the tree grubber).

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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift Gets a Work Out.

Postby 'Country' Elliott » Wed May 02, 2012 6:09 am

Hey Ricky...Really NICE set up you fabricated son :D It sure looks very practical...easy to make & put up too :wink: ...'Country'
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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift Gets a Work Out.

Postby k9sicem » Wed May 02, 2012 12:24 pm

Ricky...you got some mad skills. Thanks for the photo and your post.

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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift Gets a Work Out.

Postby JRICK » Thu May 03, 2012 6:14 pm

That is a goodlooking tractor you have the Boom on! The Boom is a great idea!
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