Considering making my own lift.

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by LasseNC, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. LasseNC

    LasseNC XSessive!

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    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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  2. RecycledRS

    RecycledRS Along for the ride

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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.:ear
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  3. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell

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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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  4. fishkens

    fishkens Long timer

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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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  5. GHO100

    GHO100 Crazy George

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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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  6. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell

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    Or a rigid pole that goes from floor to ceiling for the ladies?....but I digress.
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  7. edray

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    the 110 garage door opener is a great concept, specially for guys that dont have 220 or air access..:lurk
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  8. Houseoffubar

    Houseoffubar fine beer sampler

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    I like screw drive, that would be simple, cheap, reliable, and run on 110v :D
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  9. LasseNC

    LasseNC XSessive!

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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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  10. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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    I built this lift about 12 years ago;

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    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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  11. Houseoffubar

    Houseoffubar fine beer sampler

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    Nice lift!

    I got ya, Hydraulic it is then!:D
    Ebay has some crazy cheap hydraulic rams, and pumps!
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  12. Hawk Medicine

    Hawk Medicine Coyote's Brother

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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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  13. fishkens

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    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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