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Thread: Homemade toe jack
07-06-2010, 04:33 PM #1
Homemade toe jack
I need to move a 2 ton mill at a location with no forklift. Having done the routine of prybar and shimming to get the machine high enough to get on the pallet jack one too many times so I decided too invest the effort into building myself this toe jack to lift 2000 or 3000lbs.
I did a google search of homemade toejacks before I started but I wasn't too keen on what I saw.
Here is what I came up with.
I'm not a great welder so I will still be stacking shims beside the jack as a safety precaution.
07-06-2010, 04:48 PM #2
Nice job, functional and will do what it says on the tin.
As for the welding;- It's only MHO, but if that won't take 3000lbs you're a real crap welder of the first order
Tip, plenty of grease on the slide, be surpised how they can jam up.
07-06-2010, 05:04 PM #3
How are you going to move it once it's jacked ? ...Thanx Trevor
07-06-2010, 05:19 PM #4
There was a link on here a week or 2 ago about moving a machine . They had some really nice homemade toejacks on there, too. ( I'm not knocking your toejacks. They look good and I will probably make some myself someday)
There are some other interesting points about moving machinery in that thread, also.
Here is the link:
How would you move this machine?
07-06-2010, 05:24 PM #5
VERY nice - nicest design I've seen.
(I'm gonna copy it...)
07-06-2010, 06:11 PM #6
Nice! How long did it take you to make it?
07-06-2010, 07:25 PM #7
I wanted one that didn't but any moment load on the crappy hydraulic jack ram. It took an hour and a half to design it and about 4 hours to build it (the milling machine was cutting the gibs while I did some of the fab work). I used material I had on hand.
07-06-2010, 07:35 PM #8
Sweet. I like the effort you put into the slide.
07-08-2010, 04:19 PM #9
What happened to the photos? I can only open 004 and 005 now. I wanted to save them on my shop computer.
07-08-2010, 05:22 PM #10
nstead of stacking shims, make a few hardwood wedges with low angles, just push them in as the machine is raised. a low angle of 15 degrees is ideal. When I did allot of rigging I had a whole bin of hardwood blocks and wedges of various sizes that I used constantly.
07-08-2010, 05:54 PM #11
Here is a very quick and dirty one for a 25 ton ram that had no trouble picking up side of barn while setting up to replace sills.
07-08-2010, 06:26 PM #12
I'll agree with the quick and dirty and suitable for what it does. But SBAER's jack really does prevent moment load from being placed on the ram of the jack while still keeping the jack stable. Quickest way to ruin a hydraulic jack of that type is place any kind of load which moves the ram any direction other than parallel to the cylinder. SBAER you have a dynamite hydraulic jack.
btw not trying to pick a fight, just saying the jack in above post really has some serious flaws.
07-11-2010, 07:26 AM #13
If the pics aren't back, I have them.
07-11-2010, 08:27 AM #14
Having said that, I suppose if Oder's creation dragged the back of the toe attachment body against jack body it would at least be better than using a toe attachment on a jack kit ram...where the toe is just "hanging out there" with all lateral support on the ram and seals, a recipe for leakage.
07-11-2010, 09:11 AM #15
(would like to see pics)
07-11-2010, 09:29 AM #16
I cannot open pictures....all I am seeing is odd looking characters on my screen.
How to fix?
07-11-2010, 10:48 AM #17
If you download the pictures they will open!
07-13-2010, 09:22 AM #18
Got them, Thanks!