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Shop Setup

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by NickyBombs, Sep 13, 2006.

  1. NickyBombs

    NickyBombs Member
    Messages: 44

    I was wondering what everyone else uses in their shops to remove their vbox spreaders from the back of the trucks. I was looking into getting a 2 ton chain hoist and hook it to an I beam from the ceiling. Anyone else use something similiar or have any better ideas. Pics would be great. Thanks All:dizzy:
  2. Sunrise154

    Sunrise154 Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Unless you are thinking about takeing your spread off full. I am pretty sure a 1 ton chain hoist will do. That is what I use and my spreader is old and heavy
  3. NickyBombs

    NickyBombs Member
    Messages: 44

    I wanted to go for the two ton for overkill. Just in Case !!! happens. But any one have any pics. I will have to beef up the wooden overhead beams and attach an I beam to the hoist so that I can move the hoist along the beam. Wanted some ideas from others. Thanks in advance. Can't wait for some snow.............
  4. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

  5. Edgewater

    Edgewater Member
    Messages: 70

    A nice set up is having four posts the are a good distance apart. Then you cross the top of two post on each side with an I beam. (down two walls) then you can put a beam on rollers that spans the area you want to work. Your hoist then hangs from that beam also on a roler.
    This lets you lift and lower anywhere inside the four posts.
  6. Flipper

    Flipper PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,180

    My shop is an old manufacturing plant so we have an overhead 10 ton gantry. Way overkill. I have also used our lift before.

    On a smaller scale, a loader or skid steer, A frame, tree limb, engine hoist, etc. An empty spreader is more cumbersome then heavy.

    I have also heard of guys payin a tow truck to load at the start of the year and remove at the end.
  7. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,134

    If the area above is unfinished, poke a small hole through the floor. Take a 4x6 or 6x6 about 6-8 ft. long and lay it out perpendicular to the floor joists to spread out the load. Either put and eye bolt or wrap a chain around it and dangle it down to the garage area. You can use a come-along to lift it the foot or two that is needed from that.