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Old 02-10-2011, 11:12 PM   #1
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Considering making my own lift.

Hey guys!

As a part of a workshop course I am attending, we are required to do three projects. Usually people make lathes for turning in wood or a firewood cleaver.

I thought I'd make my own lift. It would need to be a hydraulic lift with an motor on it. But I was thinking I might add some features that are not on the usual ones.

Do you have any thoughts?

How would it be operated? A button on the lift itself or maybe a control set attached to a wire of a meters length perhaps. I also thought of adding some small containers that can hang on the side. You know for nuts and bolts etc.

Other ideas are welcome!

Regards Lasse

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Old 02-11-2011, 08:35 AM   #2
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Interesting project. Consider having a section that can be removed to ease rear wheel removal. Beer holder is always an improvement.
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:44 AM   #3
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Hydraulics are nice but how about a simple electric motor with a gear worm drive from a scrap garage door opener?
Just a thought.
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:58 AM   #4
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Nice. I definitely want to see this build.

A few built-in compartments for commonly used tools, lubes, etc.

How about some sort of deadening surface treatment to keep dropped pieces from launching into the farthest corner of the shop?

And racing stripes, for sure.
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:12 AM   #5
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Electrical sockets built into the floor of the lift, maybe a bendable light pole for closer inspections?

Definitly tie down points.

Magnetic tray or strap for tools and bolts.
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:21 AM   #6
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maybe a bendable light pole for closer inspections.
Or a rigid pole that goes from floor to ceiling for the ladies?....but I digress.
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:38 AM   #7
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sweet project..

the 110 garage door opener is a great concept, specially for guys that dont have 220 or air access..
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:53 AM   #8
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I like screw drive, that would be simple, cheap, reliable, and run on 110v
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:58 AM   #9
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Those are some very good ideas.

The idea with hydraulics was to learn about hydraulic pressure, dimensioning the whole system. It is first and foremost a learning experience that I am to take with my on my engineering studies.
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:49 AM   #10
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Wooden Lift

I built this lift about 12 years ago;



It's not hydraulic, just tilts when the front wheel goes over center.

I've thought about modifying it to use a floor jack to tilt it.

Plans came from the Eurospares website

Drawings

Hopefully this will give you some ideas.
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:59 PM   #11
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Nice lift!

I got ya, Hydraulic it is then!
Ebay has some crazy cheap hydraulic rams, and pumps!
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Old 02-11-2011, 02:42 PM   #12
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Yeah....

An electric screw type lift would be just the ticket.

The chassis could be similar to the HF lift but with locking caster wheels large enough to make moving the loaded lift, easier to roll around the garage or out into the driveway.

My only real complaint about my cheap-o HF lift is the crappy wheel system.
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Yeah....

An electric screw type lift would be just the ticket.

The chassis could be similar to the HF lift but with locking caster wheels large enough to make moving the loaded lift, easier to roll around the garage or out into the driveway.

My only real complaint about my cheap-o HF lift is the crappy wheel system.
Proper casters seem to be crazy expensive. It seems to be the place where costs are cut on all sorts of things.
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