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    Finished building a hive lift for double hive pallets, so far it seems to work, have made a few design changes from original plans but it does work. I am using it on a trailer as you can see, the swivel is an axel from a 4by4 half ton the knuckle is made of two 1" bearings. And everything is manual leveling. Ian S i really like your machine but i have only 28 hives and only plan 100 or so , Thanks for all the help and emails Ian. Here it is
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    wow, nice job! Who needs to buy when you can build something like that! Do you know your max lift capacity?

    make up a video and post it on YouTube, Id like to see it in action. How do you level it?
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
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    Beautiful! That is EXACTLY what I need! What is your reach? What dimensions are the steel? Share please?

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    And do you know how much it will lift yet?

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    It reaches 14 feet, upright is 7" by1/4 round, boom is 2 by 4 by 1/4 square tubing and the outriggers are 4by4 square stock with 3by 3 inside. i havent really tested the lift yet did pick up 300 lb with it and it moved around very easily. I think the bearings are the key, main swivel is a rear axel from a 4by4 and the elbow is two one inch bearings moves very smooth but will drop 3" with that much weight on it. can't wait to really try it out.

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    Looks great mate! A video of it in action would be super!

    Ben

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    That looks nice. I had a small winch like that hooked to a boom I made for lifting 1/8" steel plate in the shop. I broke the cable. Have you thought about deadheading the terminal end of the cable back into the boom arm and putting a pulley at the top of your fork system? That would double the lifting capacity, reducing the load on the cable and winch, but it would cut the speed at which it lifts in half.

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    How does it fold when the trailer is loaded, I think I would build one from drawbar end to load pick/up as well

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    try this site http://beeman.se/index-f.html open the materials tab then then lifting equipment then my hivelifter, it worked well but he has now sold it

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    I hook it to the front of the trailer and leave it out , i did fold it and put a bungie cord around it to keep it closed it is slower than moving supers by hand but a lot easier

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    Marios did you ever video your loader in action, is it still working well?

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    hivelift3.jpg, hivelift4.jpg, hivelift2.jpg my video is limited but here are some pictures moving bees today

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    Thanks for the pics Marios, I can see the top pivot is a 4x4 stub axle and hub but what have you done to allow the stabiliser bracket to pivot, I cannot see any bearing there, is the winch a quad/ate 2,000 lb job and is it up to it, I am looking at a winter project
    Kev
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    i used a brass bushing and pin for the elbow the winch is a warn , i tried a cheaper one but it only lasted 2 months.
    34 hives, 5 years

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    Default Re: bee lift

    It's the pivot on the lower part of the main post below the 4x4 hub I am talking about, is there some sort of bearing there

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    the lower part is only attached with a 1 inch bolt and the adjustable bar ,letting it move at a 90 degree angle. it is rare that i adjust that angle, i use the outriggers all the time from side to side
    34 hives, 5 years

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    This is the area where I cannot see any bearing Marios, with the blue line round ithivelift4.jpg

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    Default Re: bee lift

    some days i'm slower than others, now i get your question. there is 1/2 inch teflon plastic between the two bottom plates and plastic pipe on the shaft
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    34 hives, 5 years

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    Default Re: bee lift

    In the original pics I see it was on a trailer, did it not work well or do you move all your bees with the pick up now

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    Default Re: bee lift

    i liked the trailer lower to the ground but my little truck could not move it well so when i got a bigger truck moved the loader to it. I still use the trailer when going to blueberries but thats about it. truck is a little more convienent
    34 hives, 5 years

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