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Longer Cherry Picker?

Postby bgilbert » Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:17 pm

Anyone ever lengthen the reach on their engine hoist/cherry picker? I'm thinking about buying a length of square tubing to lengthen the reach on my HF 2 ton cherry picker. Not for heavy lifting, more so for moving axles and lightweight stuff up and into pickup beds or the like. I think the piece that accepts the slide in piece with the 'hook' has an ID of ~2.5". The slide in piece on my HF hoist is only 32" long and 3/16" thick walls. When it is stretched out to the furthest point (1/2ton position), there's not much tubing remaining in the 'receiver'. I was thinking of a piece that will be 60" long vs. the 32" at 1/2ton position. But have 1-2 feet still in the receiver instead of a few inches. Thoughts?
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Re: Longer Cherry Picker?

Postby Mark Nixon » Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:30 pm

I'm also not a fan of the idea that there is ~2"-3" left in the lift arm of the tube on most cheesy 'pickers.
If you want to lengthen it, do it, but limit yourself to the weight marked on the boom and try not to extend beyond the original boom length.

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