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Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift

Postby ricky racer » Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:36 pm

Once again, laziness seems to be the driving force to motivate me to get off the couch and into the shop, this time to build a boom pole for my Cub. As I get older I continue to try to find ways to mechanize as much as I can to minimize the amount of “work” this old body has to do. A boom pole seemed like a useful tool to save the old back from strain and would also give me another excuse to use my Cub. I wanted to make it quick and easy to attach and decided to use my 2" receiver for mounting.




The box tube for the arm itself is 8’ long, 2”x 2” x 11 gauge. That and the grab hook are the only thing I had to purchase. The piece that slips into the receiver is 24” long and I had that in my shop and the rest of the pieces and parts I found around the shop in the barn. After much consideration I came up with a design that I thought would be easy to fabricate and easy to attach and light in weight. I made it modular with 2 parts, one to slip into the 2" receiver, the anchor, and the other piece the actual arm itself.

To install, slip the anchor into the receiver a little ways.


Drop the arm over the the anchor and slip in the pull pin.


Then slide the anchor back until the vertical pin can be inserted. Hook up the lift chain and it's ready to go.


I found some "T" post in the barn, not a fence post but some T shaped steel. Hard telling where it ever came from but it worked well to attach the lift chain and I used the rest of it under the arm to attach my lift hook.


Once together it was time to test the unit. To pick up 2 Cub wheel weights I had to use the nearest hole which is what I figured knowing that the Cub hydraulic system is engineered to pick up that amount of weight, off the rock shaft, according to the manual with the relief set for 1500 psi.


I was able to pick up a single weight a little past half way out on the arm.


By moving the weight out to the end of the arm it would almost pick it up but not quite. I attached a scale to the weight to see how much lift was available at the very end of the arm. The scale read around 130/135 lbs.



I just got it finished tonight and haven't had much time to do any testing but from what I see, it looks like it will meet my expectations. Maybe this weekend I can get some paint on it.
Last edited by ricky racer on Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:10 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift

Postby kthomas » Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:46 pm

Very nice!
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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift

Postby Rudi » Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:50 pm


You never cease to amaze me with your creativity and out-of-the-box thinking :D 8) very 8) Beautiful job :!:
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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift

Postby Buzzard Wing » Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:58 pm

Very clever design, nice fabrication! It's pretty handy to be able to lift stuff.
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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift

Postby Farmall X » Thu Apr 05, 2012 6:31 am

All I got is WOW. I love your posts they make ya think and truly amaze. Verrry Nice

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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift

Postby Stanton » Thu Apr 05, 2012 6:47 am

Nice, usable way to save your back! Nice welds, too!! :)
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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift

Postby Anonymous_h » Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:18 am

Nice looking rig - great fabrication work :)

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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift

Postby Bill E Bob » Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:45 am

How about some private welding lessons :?: I can't seem to get my stick welder to lay down a bead that nice :roll:

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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift

Postby Winfield Dave » Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:03 am

Ricky...nice will enjoy having it.
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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift

Postby regwal » Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:16 am

Very, very nice and excellent workmanship to go along with creativity.

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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift

Postby dgrapes59 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:32 am

Nice Job!

Thanks for sharing,

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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift

Postby Greg Helmick (Stretch) » Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:47 am

VERY NICE JOB, You do great work :{_}: :{_}: I'm gonna have to build me one of those as soon as I get my cub back together.
Again Very Nice :applause: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift

Postby Goraidh (Jeff) » Thu Apr 05, 2012 6:27 pm

Ricky, You're awesome. I do enjoy seeing photos of the things you come up with. Keep up the crreativity. Jeff
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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift

Postby Arizona Mike » Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:02 am

I like it. Wish i could weld.

Nice job :D
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Re: Cheap and Dirty Boom Lift

Postby cub.bub » Mon Mar 23, 2015 2:16 pm

Great project Ricky, and as usual very well done! The T-bar looks like garage door opener track? I've got some in the barn, as a matter of fact I've probably have every thing I need to copy yours, except for one little detail...the rockshaft and rod.
I wasn't able to make the auction in New Paris, the doctor put me in the hospital Thursday afternoon for observation and I didn't get out until Friday afternoon missing that part of the auction! I was pretty bummed. :?
I guess it just wasn't meant to be.

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