Re: Pickup truck mounted crane and gear advice?
When I started out w/ bee's sat down and figured out the best hive stand for the buck. I came up w/ using treated 2x6's, w/ the width a approx 3" longer on ea side. To move them I use 4 3/8" eye bolts and 2 pcs of black pipe, strap 'em to the frame and away we go.
What I'm thinking, make a spreader bar and make the pick like that, you'll have 4 point contact and won't have to fuss w/ the forks etc.
Hint, suck up to some contractors that do decks etc. and get the cutoffs. Also if you leave the eye bolts in, make sure you use galvanized, zinc plated'll rot in no time flat w/ the new treatment formula they use.
Observe, adapt, overcome!