How to Build a Homemade Crane out of an Engine Hoist
Work Smarter and Recycle
Idioms abound. They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and while that may be true, being a cheap bastard also sometimes helps you build stuff inexpensively that might just work(?) As a rule we don't like throwing things away unless they are really and truly used up. Take for example the old engine hoist we had sitting around the shop for years collecting dust because it was slightly broken. Specifically, one of the heavy-duty metal wheels was broken. While we'd tried to get a replacement, those attempts proved fruitless. The result was about 95 percent of a folding engine hoist—not enough to use as intended, but enough to cause much pause when it came to the thought of its disposal.
Then, as luck would have it, we needed an engine hoist on short notice, so we replaced said nearly perfect engine hoist with its boogered wheel with a nearly identical replica of itself. Still, we couldn't get rid of the first hoist, thinking that if nothing else, its parts may one day be useful. Psychologists, pay attention. This may be the way hoarding problems get started.
Hoarders, rejoice! With an idea, a welder, some scrap steel, and a saw, we have followed through on a dream of anyone who has ever stubbornly retained something in hopes that it may one day become useful again. Here's how we turned a broken 2-ton engine hoist into a 1 1/2-ton yard crane (we are derating it slightly for safety's sake) for moving heavy items (of our hoard) around the yard.