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    I've been a miller welding fanatic for years, but just recently stumbled across this website forum. I'm a Goodyear mechanic by day & a custom car fabricator by night, and I've always trusted miller welders for all my projects.

    -Miller Syncrowave 250DX w/ torch cooler.


    -Millermatic 210 mig


    -Miller spectrum 375 X-treme





    I plan on putting my new Tig & plasma to use building a 3 ton gantry lift hoist.
    But starting from this...

    2.5"x2.5"x3/16" A500 Steel square tubing (4) 20' pieces
    3.0"x3.x0"1/4" 3 18' pieces
    2.5'x4.5' 3/8" Plate steel (2) sheets
    And an I beam I've ordered but has yet to show up yet...Luckily I live close to an industiral steel/aluminum supply company that has SUPER cheap round + square tubing in nearly any size you could imagine, if you live in kentucky check them out. Sandusky Steel in Columbia Kentucky. http://www.macraesbluebook.com/searc...ompany=1053401

    I'll be documenting my progress with pictures so stay tuned! Thanks for reading along,
    Steve
    Last edited by RollingLowInKy; 11-21-2009, 02:33 PM.
    -Old 1980's Miller Buzz Box stick
    -2007 Millermatic 210 AMP MIG "Big Blue"
    -2009 Millermatic 140 Autoset welder
    -2009 Syncrowave 250 DX with Cooler "The boss"
    -2009 Spectrum 375 X-treme
    -Ingersol-Rand 7.5 HP 80 Gallon Compressor
    -Ingersol-Rand Air tool fanatic.
    -Matco Toolboxes & Handtools

    Kentucky Wildcats...GO BIG BLUE!!

  • #2
    ps. If anyone know of any good caster company's online for reasonable prices? All ive been able to find are these so far, but they seem awfully expensive..

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    http://www.castercity.com/eshop/10Ex...asters-B20.htm

    Swivel Caster - Capacity to 2500 lbs.
    8" Diameter Flat Tread - 95A Durometer
    Most Popular - Fairly Hard
    180$ each + 32$ for locks for the swivels..


    This is simliar to what im building..
    Last edited by RollingLowInKy; 11-21-2009, 01:24 PM.
    -Old 1980's Miller Buzz Box stick
    -2007 Millermatic 210 AMP MIG "Big Blue"
    -2009 Millermatic 140 Autoset welder
    -2009 Syncrowave 250 DX with Cooler "The boss"
    -2009 Spectrum 375 X-treme
    -Ingersol-Rand 7.5 HP 80 Gallon Compressor
    -Ingersol-Rand Air tool fanatic.
    -Matco Toolboxes & Handtools

    Kentucky Wildcats...GO BIG BLUE!!

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    • #3
      Nice choice on the machines and nice work on the crane...Bob
      Bob Wright

      Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
      http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

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      • #4
        I haven't started this project yet, it's nothing more then an idea in my head and lots of square tubing, the photo I provided is just a visual blue-print so everyone know's what i'm talking about.

        By the way I heard great things about this 3-ton chain hoist and trolley from...*gasp* Harbor Freight. I know most of their stuff is junk...but I have a few friends who are very happy with their purchases, and for the price is hard not to try it, so I ordered these on wensday, I'll keep everyone informed on their durability/survivabilty.

        3 ton chain hoist 16' - 119$!
        http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=30326

        3ton Push Trolley 99$!
        http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=91492

        Sorry I can't resist posting another, best equipment purchase I've ever made!!
        Last edited by RollingLowInKy; 11-21-2009, 01:59 PM.
        -Old 1980's Miller Buzz Box stick
        -2007 Millermatic 210 AMP MIG "Big Blue"
        -2009 Millermatic 140 Autoset welder
        -2009 Syncrowave 250 DX with Cooler "The boss"
        -2009 Spectrum 375 X-treme
        -Ingersol-Rand 7.5 HP 80 Gallon Compressor
        -Ingersol-Rand Air tool fanatic.
        -Matco Toolboxes & Handtools

        Kentucky Wildcats...GO BIG BLUE!!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by RollingLowInKy View Post
          ps. If anyone know of any good caster company's online for reasonable prices? All ive been able to find are these so far, but they seem awfully expensive..

          [
          Thats why metal lathes are nice in the weld shop so you can make your own parts cheap. I make steel casters all the time for about 5 bucks each and some time and those are for swivel ones. I just use a wheel bearing and race off a trailer for the swivel part. I have some pics somplace of the last set...Bob
          Bob Wright

          Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
          http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

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          • #6
            Just my personal opinion here. If Harbor Freights rates something at 3 tons, I would down rate it to 1 1/2 tons, at a minimum! Now when it comes to Columbus McKinnon or Crosby Id stake my life on it, and have almost daily!
            Caution!
            These are "my" views based only on my experiences in my little bitty world.

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            • #7
              Just a suggestion, building a rolling overhead like that, size the main beam above a couple feet longer each side, you can then run a 45 degree brace on the outside, down to the uprights. Stiffens it up a great deal, makes it a lot easier to roll around with a load, makes it much less likely to fail, for not a whole lot more dollars. You can also run the braces on the inside, but this would tend to limit travel of the trolley/winch.
              Obviously, I'm just a hack-artist, you shouldn't be listening to anything I say .....

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Sonora Iron View Post
                Just my personal opinion here. If Harbor Freights rates something at 3 tons, I would down rate it to 1 1/2 tons, at a minimum! Now when it comes to Columbus McKinnon or Crosby Id stake my life on it, and have almost daily!
                99% of the time I would agree with you about the quality of Harbor Freight equipment, but another bussiness here in town swears by them, and he use's them for making enclosed horse trailers. If it'll pickup those heavy things up then i'm sure it'll pick a car body (minus the frame) no problem. Orginally I wanted to use a Jet or Milwaukee like this.
                http://www.cpomilwaukee.com/lifting_...=become9678-20

                But I wanted to keep the cost low...I have no intentions of having anyone working under any payload. If it doesn't work it will be replaced..
                -Old 1980's Miller Buzz Box stick
                -2007 Millermatic 210 AMP MIG "Big Blue"
                -2009 Millermatic 140 Autoset welder
                -2009 Syncrowave 250 DX with Cooler "The boss"
                -2009 Spectrum 375 X-treme
                -Ingersol-Rand 7.5 HP 80 Gallon Compressor
                -Ingersol-Rand Air tool fanatic.
                -Matco Toolboxes & Handtools

                Kentucky Wildcats...GO BIG BLUE!!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by RollingLowInKy View Post
                  But I wanted to keep the cost low...I have no intentions of having anyone working under any payload.
                  That is a good plan in theory!
                  There are more ways to get hurt with rigging than just standing / working under a load.
                  Caution!
                  These are "my" views based only on my experiences in my little bitty world.

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                  • #10
                    Fresh of the Fed-Ex truck and still on the pallet, one big reason I'm making this gantry hoist.



                    Ace soda blaster for taking vintage & newer car & truck bodies down to bare metal without worry of warping the thin sheetmetal like sand. The gantry will just be used to seperate the bodies from the frames, and then transport them to body dollies for blasting, welding etc.
                    -Old 1980's Miller Buzz Box stick
                    -2007 Millermatic 210 AMP MIG "Big Blue"
                    -2009 Millermatic 140 Autoset welder
                    -2009 Syncrowave 250 DX with Cooler "The boss"
                    -2009 Spectrum 375 X-treme
                    -Ingersol-Rand 7.5 HP 80 Gallon Compressor
                    -Ingersol-Rand Air tool fanatic.
                    -Matco Toolboxes & Handtools

                    Kentucky Wildcats...GO BIG BLUE!!

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                    • #11
                      I have a 1ton HF chain hoist.

                      With any more than a couple of hundred pounds on it will spin down -

                      it won't hold the load stable. Soon to be replaced !

                      You might want to check these suppliers -

                      Hoists Direct on Ebay,

                      Enco - http://www.use-enco.com/CGI/INSRHM?K...FQWcnAodNjUkSQ

                      Surplus center - https://www.surpluscenter.com/home.asp

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                      • #12
                        For what it's worth, I've had the one ton HF chain hoist for several years now and it has done all that's been asked of it including lifting a box body off an old trailer frame. Never had a problem with it. I say buy one, test it close to its load rating and if it doesn't hold, take it back. I'm sure you're old enough to know how to do it safely. If not, you probably wouldn't have lived this long.

                        I like the gantry idea. You should be happy when you build it. Good luck and have fun.

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                        • #13
                          New updates! Got some presents from fedex

                          Harbor Freight 3 ton Chain Hoist (10ft lift)


                          Evolution Rage 3 Miter Saw & KnKut Drill Bit set


                          1/2" Stainless Bolts , nuts and washers, Grade 8.
                          -Old 1980's Miller Buzz Box stick
                          -2007 Millermatic 210 AMP MIG "Big Blue"
                          -2009 Millermatic 140 Autoset welder
                          -2009 Syncrowave 250 DX with Cooler "The boss"
                          -2009 Spectrum 375 X-treme
                          -Ingersol-Rand 7.5 HP 80 Gallon Compressor
                          -Ingersol-Rand Air tool fanatic.
                          -Matco Toolboxes & Handtools

                          Kentucky Wildcats...GO BIG BLUE!!

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                          • #14
                            nice welder. I need to buy a tig welder for the shop. all I got for a tig welder now is on the portable.

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                            • #15
                              i need to know your FEDEX guy. as for wheels i found tractor supply had great prices.
                              http://www.tractorsupply.com/tools/m...swivel-3592014
                              TB 325
                              TB 302
                              dynasty 200sd
                              spoolmatic 30a/wc24
                              suitcase x-treme 12vs
                              miller 211
                              evolution rage 2

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