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Jacking up a Forklift?


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Old 02-02-2013, 05:29:18 PM
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Would it be possiable to dig a trench and pull the machine over the trench?
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Would it be possiable to dig a trench and pull the machine over the trench?
Hey, yeah - then you are already in the ground when the trench collapses. The fork lift will even compact it, and you might never be found.
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Default Re: Jacking up a Forklift?

The counterweights are quite often hung from a set of hooks that stick out from the rear of the frame. Bolts are just there to keep them from falling off. Loader for lift is a good option, stay away from masonary blocks tho, they will explode in spectacular fashion, with no warning. Floor jack is useless and bottle jacks are too tall. If you cannot start it and use the tilt to raise the machine, you need a pancake cylinder and a porta-power, or overhead lift (like a loader).

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Hey, Girl!

I've got a suggestion of a way that might work. It all depends on if you've got a buddy, a long enough stiff pry bar and a lot of wood or steel blocks for cribbing as you raise the machine.

With the machine on a hard, level surface and well chocked, start off with one block located at the middle (side-to-side balance point) of the end you want to raise. Setting the block close to the raising point, use it as a fulcrum for the long bar. Pull down on the bar to raise the machine enough to get blocks under each side.

Now add a block to the fulcrum and add more blocks to the sides. Repeat the operation. After several lifts, you will have the required altitude.

Be VERY careful to not get any part of your valuable self between the machine and the floor in case something slips.

Before putting self under machine, double block at the holding points.

Reverse the operation to lower.

I've done this before on really heavy stuff and, if you have a solid floor and the bar is long and stiff enough, you can lift just about anything.

There's another method using two blocks each slightly on either side of the balance point. Starting with the machine lifted an inch or so at the balance point, if your helper pulls down on one side of the machine, tipping it, a thin block can be slipped on top of the one on the side that's higher. Tipping it to the other side will then give room to put a thin block under the other side. Etc, etc. In order to hot have the whole thing topple over if something gets askew, keep adding blocks to what will be the holding points. Add just enough to allow the machine to be tipped one way and the other just enough to add blocks close to the balance point. If the jacking blocks topple, the machine will only fall a short distance and will be held until the jack blocking can be re-done.

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Default Re: Jacking up a Forklift?

I was thinking about a trench but you would have to use cement and maybe rebar to make some thick sturdy walls that don't cave in, ( cement needs to cure for 30 days min). Suspected you didn't want to do all that work. I wouldn't make the trench too deep either, increases chance of cavein.

Jiffy lube does something similar , they have a trench inside garage that you can stand up in, but it must have thick rebared walls for safty.
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Default Re: Jacking up a Forklift?

Thanks for all the ideas, still have not figured out exactly how we will do this. Googled "forklift jack" last night, seems they do make such a thing, and forklift jack stands, just seems like a lot of money to spend for a job I hope to only do once, wonder if I can borrow or rent some. I'm thinking most likely we'll try lift with the loader first, if that does not work I've got the prybars to do it.

Thanks Otto, I'll get data plate info and post on that site, maybe there is an easier way, and hopefully someone can ID the engine too since I cannot find anything on it.
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Can you dig a little ditch just deep enough to crawl under? Bob
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Default Re: Jacking up a Forklift?

Another option would be to ask one of the local factories who does the service work on their fork lifts and then give that outfit a phone call and ask for ideas and/or a quote to have them do it.

I used to run in to the service guy that took care of ours at work years ago, and occasionally still see him at one of the spring consignment sales. Some of them are willing to talk and help you out, and others act like it's a 'trade secret' that they refuse to share. Same with any business. But you might get lucky and find out with a simple phone call that there's a quick and easy way to get at it.
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" Some of them are willing to talk and help you out, and others act like it's a 'trade secret' that they refuse to share. Same with any business."
With that in mind, over the years, I've found looking for the older guys that have been around a while, are some what more forgiving.
Their equipment is paid off/kids out of the house, ect.ect.
One time I went to a shop to rebuild the frond axels on a twin I beam Ford van. He replaced the shocks and got a good I beam W/ king pin bushings from the junk yard.
$600
A few years later came back with a simular van, young guys had bought him out, estimate $1900 to start.
Phooey!! on a $500 van????
drove it and sold it
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Any Luck Yet with it ????

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