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    Default Storage of Bluebird Engine Hoist

    I have used Bluebird engine hoists for years, and really like them other than the difficulty in storing them when disassembled. Bluebird makes a storage cart for them (2nd photo), but they can't be found used, and cost over $1,400 new.

    I would be interested in any comments you might have about an idea I came up with for storing them. This method requires only partial disassembly, and stores in a 24" x 41" footprint.

    In short, I fabricated rectangular tubing stubs with casters on one end that fit into the base of the hoist in place of the regular legs. They have rectangular tubing receptacles welded on top that hold the two long legs and boom vertically. The hoist already has swiveling casters on the base.

    I am waiting for another short piece of rectangular tubing for the boom to arrive to finish it.

    bluebird-hoist.jpg bluebird_factory_cart.jpg fabricated-legs.jpg improved-cart-drawing.jpg

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    Looks like a neat, practical solution and the ide should work for other brands as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrplasma View Post
    I have used Bluebird engine hoists for years, and really like them other than the difficulty in storing them when disassembled. Bluebird makes a storage cart for them (2nd photo), but they can't be found used, and cost over $1,400 new.

    I would be interested in any comments you might have about an idea I came up with for storing them. This method requires only partial disassembly, and stores in a 24" x 41" footprint.

    In short, I fabricated rectangular tubing stubs with casters on one end that fit into the base of the hoist in place of the regular legs. They have rectangular tubing receptacles welded on top that hold the two long legs and boom vertically. The hoist already has swiveling casters on the base.

    I am waiting for another short piece of rectangular tubing for the boom to arrive to finish it.

    bluebird-hoist.jpg bluebird_factory_cart.jpg fabricated-legs.jpg improved-cart-drawing.jpg
    Mine just leans in the corner by the air compressor, parts of it fall down once in a while, prolly from the air compressor vibrating! Thought about making a cart, but..... never do today what you can put off till tomorrow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonlight machine View Post
    Mine just leans in the corner by the air compressor, parts of it fall down once in a while, prolly from the air compressor vibrating! Thought about making a cart, but..... never do today what you can put off till tomorrow!
    Sound like you need one of those round things, aka A Round TUIT.

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    I remember the first day I owned a forklift and it hit me that a 3000 lb forklift has a smaller footprint than a cherrypicker while being 1000 % more useful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garwood View Post
    I remember the first day I owned a forklift and it hit me that a 3000 lb forklift has a smaller footprint than a cherrypicker while being 1000 % more useful.
    I starting reading the op and just thinking about how much engine hoists suck and that I am glad I haven't had to use one in a long time. I would be lost without a forklift. I guess I don't see the need for the cart to store it unless you need to move it folded up through doorways or long distances. If it were me it would just lean up against the wall like Moonlight. Your method looks like a good solution without buying the high priced cart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johfoster View Post
    If it were me it would just lean up against the wall like Moonlight.
    Uhh.. drill ISTR but TWO holes..? and HANG it on the wall. Or NO holes, just a footwell trap/cleat... and a chain?

    Then it dasn't fall over.

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    I like the way my OTC hoist folds for storage. Splay legs out to side beyound a catch plate then rotate vertical and
    clip to mast. It does already have four casters in the base.
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    OTC 4,400 lb. Capacity Heavy-Duty Floor Crane - 1820, Jacks & Stands: Auto Body Toolmart

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    Nice hoist!

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    I think the bend in the lift arm will allow me to hoist into the newer lifted pickups. Modern pickup beds are about 6" higher then 10 years ago. For no reason, just show. ground clearance improved by 1/2" for decreased stability excess weight etc. You think Ford would have thought twice about suspension changes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D View Post
    I think the bend in the lift arm will allow me to hoist into the newer lifted pickups. Modern pickup beds are about 6" higher then 10 years ago. For no reason, just show. ground clearance improved by 1/2" for decreased stability excess weight etc. You think Ford would have thought twice about suspension changes.
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    I think the new jacked up pickups suck. I lowered my 1 ton, not in the weeds but enough that it is easy to get in and out of and the bed is easier to load as well.

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    I am 6'2" and I can not reach the center of the bed, from the side on newer lifted trucks.
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    I finished the above project and thought I would post a couple of photos after completion. It rolls around easily, and avoids having to completely disassemble the thing or lug a bunch of heavy parts around to store it.

    bluebird-cart-1.jpg bluebird-cart-2.jpg

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