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Lifting eye or chain hook?

Discussion in 'Compact Excavators' started by John Canfield, Jan 28, 2019.

  1. John Canfield

    John Canfield Well-Known Member

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    Other than using a chain over bucket teeth for lifting, what other options are out there for a more dedicated solution? What about welding a chain hook either inside the bucket or the backside near the attachment point? I have a ripper ordered for my E42 (also on order) - would that work well with a chain looped over the tooth?
     
  2. lumberjack

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    I weld a swivel d ring on the back of the bucket for a lifting point... works great and stays out of the way.
     
  3. John Canfield

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    Ah, right - hadn’t thought of a D ring, I welded some on my trailer. Great idea, thanks!
     
  4. Canuck Digger

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    I like lifting eye with a removable shackle/lift hook that rotates. Allows you to swing loads around as you need them to. The nice thing about a lift hook is if you're using straps all 4 ends will fit. I like the removable shackle cause the constant banging of the lift hook against the back of the bucket drives me crazy, so I just remove it and only put it on when I need it.
     
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  5. John Canfield

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    I know about shackles banging, I had them on my rock crawler Jeep. Drove me nuts. Haven’t heard of a rotating lift eye, I’ll have to investigate.

    Apparently Bobcat has a bolt-on lift eye, found it in their online parts catalog. It looks like you would want to use it without a bucket. The parts diagram for that eye shows it mounted above the X-Change.
     
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    If I'm not mistaken, the new Hyundai series has the same system when I was looking at their 60. the only thing I didn't like about it was the eye stuck out quite a ways past the back side of the bucket. Could cause some damage on siding and such thinking you still got a few inches. On the flip side, if you're lifting things that you shouldn't be weight wise, would be nice to lose the bucket and gain a few hundred pounds in lift capacity...
     
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  7. John Canfield

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    I was thinking along the same lines - drop the bucket and gain more lift power.
     
  8. rondig

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    We made a short jib that we quick attach without bucket. It works great for building mega block retaining walls in tight areas. Also gives extra reach
     
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  9. Nige

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    What about something like this..?

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    I generally chain out what I am lifting, sewed on 1/2" weld on Chain hooks for myself.

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    This one would meet OSHA requirements as well providing you used a shackle to attach your rigging. D rings, open hooks without retainers, etc. are not OSHA approved. Plus its always nice when everyone goes home at night healthy and unhurt.
     
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    OSHA has a problem with D rings, but DOT likes D rings for load securement? Learn something new every day.
     
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  14. John Canfield

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    All of the D rings I've ever seen are Chinese made which I don't trust - I never place myself under a load using a D ring anyway.
     
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    I use one like this welded to my quick connection
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    Than I can remove the bucket for maximum lift and it is no problem to use with bucket on also.
     
  16. Jbullfrog

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    Lifting plate side - postable.jpg Lifting plate  back.jpg I have a Werk-Brau pin grabber, so I had a local shop plasma cut the side plates to make this. It is a section of 2" square tubing with a Warn recovery hitch insert. It will take any receiver hitch to move trailers around also. I use 1-3/4" cylinder rod for the pins.
     
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    Pardon me for asking but isn't the attachment kind of a "sloppy" fit on the pins or is it just an illusion of the photo..?
    Just thinking out loud that you might run into issues with a Safety germ unless the fabrication was "engineered" (in as much as stress calculations were done) and there is no SWL marked on it.
    Don't get me wrong, as a fabrication it's neat and it will do the job. But I have experience of how this sort of stuff can go South in a heartbeat.
     
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    1BE5A642-5203-4541-96AC-0F8EB4D4F2B9.jpeg I like these
     
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  19. Jbullfrog

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    The pins fit tight in the plate sides, the collars are just to hold the bolt retainer.
     
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  20. Nige

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    Thank you. An illusion of the photo in that case. I always think that if something looks right it most probably is right.
    A nice paint job and a neat plate with the SWL marked on it would be the perfect finishing touches.