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i know simple project for most, but anybody got pics handy? What did you use for the stand? Pipe, tubing or both. Used all thread for the screw? Seems that they can be built for alot cheaper than bought.
I just built 8 new jacks made from square tubing standing 3' tall. They are not adjustable. I only built these so when I build my trailers I dont have to use mik crates etc... anymore.
I have some adjustable ones I'm making cut up right now just needing to be welded. I'm using stainless tubing 1" diameter cut 20" in lenght. The legs are 36" in lenght and cut at a 45 degree angle on both sides so they fit flush on the floor. The top piece of the jack is welded to all thread and there is a nut that I have welded some handles on to either eleveate or depress the jacks.
I would plan on making at least six while you're at it. For certain projects, I use these instead of a welding table. Looking back, the time spent making them was time well spent as they have become an invaluable addition the chop.
I only made two because we had three or four other "factory" made pipe stands. We always reach for the ones we made because they are more stable, heavier and just plain easier to use.
I wish we had made more in the run.
I'd suggest you do a search on "boat stands" on the internet.
Think it will give you some good ideas about how different manufacturers approach the build.
Funny that this thread should appear. Just yesterday I started "rebuilding" about a dozen stands at our boatyard. Over the years the bases (bottom 2-3 inches) tend to rust out from sitting in the weather and often on wet ground. Have to cut the bottom 2-3" off and reweld the bottom braces.
There are different manufacturers out there building stands, but I've had the best luck with stands from Brownell or Hostar.
Just as a side comment, I've had better luck with three legged stands than I have with 4 sided stands. A three legged stand will sit firm on less than perfectly level ground/floor, whereas a 4 legged stand needs a level base.
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Seems that they can be built for alot cheaper than bought.
It all depends on what you time is worth.
If you have a solid workload and are billing out your time at a reasonable rate, say $80 - $100 per hour, you can't even begin to make pipe jacks, just buy them and get to work.
If you're sitting around the house with nothing to do, then maybe you can get off the couch and make them and come out ahead.
Time is money, unless your unemployed.
Some days you eat the bear. And some days the bear eats you.
I agree, depending on the type of stands you can buy good ratcheting automotive for 50 a set for 8 ton, less for 3 T. There are some slight differences between brands. When the question is can I make it cheaper usually without looking the answer can be no 90% of the time. I definitely figure the time and materials and price ready made first.