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  1. #1
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    Default A concession to being (older and) wiser

    Ever since getting my universal dividing head, I've been lifting it from the cupboard it lives in at knee height up to the mill table. It weighs 30+ kg...

    Shortly after lifting it the first time, I decided that I should really get something sorted to save my back. Nearly 20 years later and I think I may have arrived at a solution.
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    The little yellow thing on the pivoting boom is a small hoist, Gorilla brand; cheapest one I found was from the Green store ($114 at time of purchase). 50kg max with a single line, 100kg max with the line doubled up. Hoots along at 8m/ minute on a single line. Boom is on those ball bearing gate hinges; heavy duty enough to handle 30kg I think.
    I am yet to put fronts on the drawers (and a vice on top), but the DH and RT go in the drawers down the bottom, with other accessories in the other drawers. By having them slide out, I can lift with the hoist and then pivot over to the mill table. The drawer slides were from ebay, rated at 60Kg per pair. Strangely, they look just like the 40kg per pair ones I have bought in the past. The cupboard is modified from the one that used to be in that place, just higher, wider and taller. It now looks like something Frankenstein would have welded up.

    Thanks to Kryn for sourcing the sheet and some of the other material for me.

    It also makes this hoist obsolete, so if anyone is looking for one, PM me.
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    (Works, but I could never get it situated they way I liked it - I think my workshop needed to be mirror image as the crank is on the left rather than the right)

    Michael

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    What's the chain length of the old hoist?
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    Thanks for the post, I just sat down to research a similar idea as I purchased a heavy steel cabinet for my tool storage. It is 3mm plate.

    I will send you a message about the orange crane.

    Thanks Steve

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    Chain length is 1.3m
    As there seem to be a couple of people interested, let's stop doing things in this thread. I'll do some measurement and post something in the marketplace forum, probably tomorrow.

    Michael

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    Default With all the bling added

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    Drawer fronts have a sloped upper edge, to try and deflect swarf & chips from the mill onto the floor rather than into storage. Only time will tell how that one works...

    Michael

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael G View Post
    rated at 60Kg per pair. Strangely, they look just like the 40kg per pair ones
    60 Marketing (Chinese?) kg, vs 40 SI kg?
    Nigel, from a cave FULL of unfinished projects and lost tools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelpearson View Post
    60 Marketing (Chinese?) kg, vs 40 SI kg?
    It's like their electrical ratings - 10 amps (China) = 5 amps (rest of world!)

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