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  1. #11
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    Default overhead lift

    for what it's worth, i made a lift for my meager shop. it's held up well lifting buckets as large as the 48" for the 325 cat. i made it about a foot wider than my trailer but the height limitations in the shop i'm in now make it a tight lift for bigger stuff. when i build a bigger shop i'll have a higher cieling and i'll just cut the beam off and add a couple of feet to the posts.

    if i knew then what i know now i would have joined the beam pieces at a 45 deg angle or a step in either one, but like i said, it's held up fine. besides i NEVER get under anything lifted for any reason.

    if you're interested, i can get you some measurements and a beam size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grnxrymnky View Post
    if i knew then what i know now i would have joined the beam pieces at a 45 deg angle or a step in either one, but like i said, it's held up fine. besides i NEVER get under anything lifted for any reason.
    I beam is welded like that everyday in bridge crane manufacture.
    Splice plate like you added to the bottom is also used on top and the weld is only ground away on the flange. so a regular butt joint is fine.

    the only critique I have on your lift is the size of the gussets. A little small, but I also don't know the capacity of the hoist system.
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