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    The poor mans service / truck crane!

    A while back I found myself in a situation where I needed to pick up some heavier items to put into my pickup truck and ended up using an engine hoist. After packing the engine hoist into the truck one day I thought it would be a good idea to find a service crane for the truck. I ran into two issues...

    1) Service cranes were pricier than what I wanted to pay
    2) My service truck bed wasn't designed to carry a crane.

    My answer was to just build something myself that would solve these issues. We copied the basic design of an older cable crane and used cheap wenches to power it. Its not completely done, but very close, I will update this post as we progress.

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    Congratulations ibdilbert, your Truck Crane is our Best Documented Build winner for November 2016!

    Big month for well-documented builds. Some nice ones include a Table Saw Fence by Tuomas, a basic but well-documented Hot Forged Clamp by Vyacheslav.Nevolya, a Wood/Charcoal Barbecue by Tools & Stuff, a Prismatic Tool Height Setting Tool by Blogwitch, and Workpiece Clamps by Metaler.

    Please confirm your email address via PM to me, and I'll get your $35 award sent out, via your choice of PayPal, Amazon, or bitcoin.

    Congrats again!

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    Thanks ibdilbert! We've added your Truck Crane to our Cranes category, as well as to your builder page: ibdilbert's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:

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