Stationary Gantry Crane (ie Beam with a chain hoist)

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Project by ozark_hillbilly posted 03-23-2017 01:04 PM 2836 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I recently purchased an older Tannewitz Model U table saw and needed to figure out a way of safely unloading it from the trailer. I found several examples of wooden gantry cranes and decided that the easiest and most reliable option for me would be to just add a beam over one bay of my shop. The door to the bay opens to just over 9’ so there was plenty of headroom to install the beam under the rolling door and still have room to pull the truck or a trailer in under it.

The posts that support the beam are 6×6s and the beam is constructed with 4 2×10s screwed and bolted together. The left post is one of the posts for the wall of the building. The right post I added, tying it to the floor with concrete screws at the bottom and into the rafters of the building at the top. I cut a 2” deep notch in it then built blocks out on each side so that at least 4.5” of the beam was supported on either side.

A 2 ton chain hoist with some lifting straps completes the setup. Very pleased with how it came out, I have already come up with a long list of things that this will help out with. It will be put to the test of its original purpose this weekend when I pickup the Tannewitz saw.

For those that are interested, I plan on doing a blog of the rebuild of the Tanny over at and will post a link when I get started.

-- Overkill is Underrated...

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#1 posted 04-20-2017 01:03 PM

Arr, arr, arr…..........I love it. Nice job on a very hand addition to your shop. I have a Harbor Freight electric hoist rolling on a timber and it sure save my back and makes impossible thing happen!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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