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  • pro70z28
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    Scaffold

    I've had the material to build scaffold for the track loader for a few years now. I finally had a sign that I had to build 1/2 way in the ditch and the thought of lugging that heavy scaffolding out to the job site 1 more time & shoring up the low side & on soft ground to boot, I decided now was the time.

    I had to get the sign up quick, so I got the scaffold done just far enough to use. I have a bunch of finish work to do, attachments to make & a rack to store it and the attachments on the trailer. but I am happy with it so far. It is so much more solid to work on than the scaffold I've been using for years.

    I can pick it from the side or the end depending on work area restrictions.


    A real time & back saver is being able to load everything on the deck before it goes up. Make shift 2''x4'' panel holders for now.


    The ladders lock onto the ends and become adjustable legs to help support the deck. I plan to change these a little. I'm going to put receivers under the deck & have adjustable ladder brackets side in the receivers. The ladder rungs are 12'' apart, so it would be nicer to have a 6'' adjustment on the bracket to give me more ladder settings to level the deck. Also, the side I pick I'll make a latch that slides in the receiver to lock the deck to the track loader forks.



    This set up gets me up 6' which covers a good share of what I do. (didn't cover this install though, so I had to use a step ladder still to reach the top). I plan to make a set of forks for the backhoe attachment that will get me up 11'. That will cover 99% of all the installations I do. Then I won't need that step ladder to reach the top of the sign anymore. Over reaching to put that last screw in rather than climb down to move the ladder over a foot should be a thing of the past now. Working off a sold deck rather than step ladders & extension ladders will be a welcome change, especially on windy days. I can't remember the times I've prayed a gust of wind wouldn't come along as I was teetering on a ladder with a 4'x8' panel or a 16' 2''x4''.



    Still a long way from done, but this takes so much of the back work out of a sign installation, I'm motivated to get it done soon.

  • pro70z28
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    There's a local tree trimming guy that gives me firewood from time to time for the hauling. Helps him get rid of hard to handle pieces since they do everything by hand.

    I made this attachment for the backhoe many years ago. I turned a couple pieces of round stock on the lathe & built this bolt on fork to grab logs.

    Sure beats manhandling them.



    Last edited by pro70z28; 06-04-2012, 10:13 PM.

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    I had a chance to use the 12' scaffold for the first time on a job, today. Jobs like this used to take longer to set up the scaffolding than to install the sign.

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    I've used the scaffold enough times now that set up & tear down are going much faster. It really has made a difference in the clock (& on my back). Should have built it years ago.

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  • pro70z28
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    I had to do some digging over the weekend to tap into a water line. Got a couple of pictures of the backhoe I built many years ago. It's not pretty, but it keeps on diggin'. I built it with what I had laying around the shop. The hyd. cylinder is off a little Briggs powered track loader I had before this one.




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  • bretsk2500
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    Originally posted by gtsuper View Post
    Well after riding around on pallets for 4 years I convinced the Boss to let me build a Basket to ride in when I'm fixing lights and cameras in our warehouse.
    I wear my harness and it attaches to the yellow safety rod under the top rail. Almost OSHA specs, I need to add the chains to secure the fork lift on the bottom left side. The left side is where the forks slide into the tubing under the basket.
    Kinda looked at lots of pics and designed to work for me. Ok you Osha guys comment Please!!!

    The basket looks good.... however, your lanyard anchors need work. They need to be able to take a 5000# impact, as does your method of positively attaching the basket to the fork truck.

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  • pro70z28
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    This is a post setting attachment I built several years ago. It pins to the bucket of the backhoe.


    Here it is moving a 4''x6''x24' post into position.

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  • gtsuper
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    Man Basket

    Well after riding around on pallets for 4 years I convinced the Boss to let me build a Basket to ride in when I'm fixing lights and cameras in our warehouse.
    I wear my harness and it attaches to the yellow safety rod under the top rail. Almost OSHA specs, I need to add the chains to secure the fork lift on the bottom left side. The left side is where the forks slide into the tubing under the basket.
    Kinda looked at lots of pics and designed to work for me. Ok you Osha guys comment Please!!!
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  • pro70z28
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    One project I failed to mention was the framing jig. This makes framing a billboard much faster & easier.

    The 2 orange square tubes with the brackets are the jigs.


    I line the jigs up on the "level line" using a laser level on a tripod & screw them to the 2 outside posts.


    I have brackets welded to the jigs at every sign combination up to 10' tall.




    I just stack the 2''x4''s on the appropriate slots, screw them to the sign posts & remove the jig. Saves a lot of measuring & the 2''x4''s are correctly spaced & level every time.

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  • pro70z28
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    Building forks for secondary scaffold.





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  • pro70z28
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    Thanks BD1.
    Once a year we haul my son's camaro to a drag race reunion out of state. It takes about 1 - 1/2 hours to strip the attachments & racks off and install the winch. They are built so the track loader can pick them off the trailer and stack them in the shop.

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  • BD1
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    AWESOME SET UP !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You must have been a a bagger at JEWEL when you were a kid .

    Talk about 1000 pounds of goodies in a 100 pound bag, neato!

    Can you get that loaded in a day ???

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  • pro70z28
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    Everything fits. Tight, but it fits.

    Last edited by pro70z28; 03-31-2012, 09:49 AM. Reason: sp.

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  • pro70z28
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    With the deck horizontal it can be picked from the side, or the ladder brackets can be removed from the end & picked from there if I need to get into a tight spot. Once loaded on the trailer it's flipped to the storage position.





    Last edited by pro70z28; 03-31-2012, 09:48 AM.

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