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post #1 of 16 Old 03-25-2019, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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New to me material lift

Won this Genie GL-4 material lift in an ebay bid. Final cost was about $65. Rated at 500 lbs.

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It's missing the two front support legs that exist under the forks but I thought I could make some myself.


How'd I do ?
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Make fit the back of your tractor....


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How did you do?....Ya dun good
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I have one similar to that. I really like it.
I'm sure you'll like it also.

Good find!
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Make fit the back of your tractor....
Spot on! I am going to figure out a way to add this to my tractor. I think it may be fairly simple to do. If I proceed in that direction, I'll post some pics.

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thanks! I just about fell out of my chair when I found I had won considering how much these go for on Amazon.


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I have one similar to that. I really like it.
I'm sure you'll like it also.

Good find!
I'd been pondering getting a forklift of some kind for a long time. I even penciled out building one out of a hand truck. When I saw this one up for bid, I couldn't let it pass.
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After you mount it on your tractor ,put a 12 volt winch in the place of the hand crank,with winch control near steering wheel.
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After you mount it on your tractor ,put a 12 volt winch in the place of the hand crank,with winch control near steering wheel.
Good thought. Might be a bit more complicated because I will still want to be able to use it off the tractor.

I may be able to use a battery powered drill because the hand crank is already designed to be removable by simply pulling out a spring loaded retainer pin.
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Works great lifting window air conditioners up to set in windows, work benches, etc.

First thing you lift over 150 pounds, should pay for itself, IMO.

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I got legs!

I finished making some legs for the forklift. This is what the factory legs look like:

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The hard part was finding the caster mounting plates. They're not available separately from the factory.

Once those were found, it was just a matter of drilling all the holes; making some spacers to adjust the clearance of the casters; and welding the mounting plates to the square tubing.

I used 2x 2x 1/8 tubing and the caster mounting plates are also 1/8 thickness, so everything is very stout.

I haven't decided if I will paint the legs, but for now the unit is fully functional.

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I got legs!

I finished making some legs for the forklift. This is what the factory legs look like:

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This is what I was able to build:

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The hard part was finding the caster mounting plates. They're not available separately from the factory.

Once those were found, it was just a matter of drilling all the holes; making some spacers to adjust the clearance of the casters; and welding the mounting plates to the square tubing.

I used 2x 2x 1/8 tubing and the caster mounting plates are also 1/8 thickness, so everything is very stout.

I haven't decided if I will paint the legs, but for now the unit is fully functional.
Nice work. I use a couple of those at work for changing heavy motors. They make a plate to go across the forks and it is very handy. Very nice score on that!

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They make a plate to go across the forks and it is very handy.
I did see that plate... but it isn't cheap. I will need something like that. I'll have to get creative and see what I can come up with a an alternative.
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[QUOTE=Dee_Veloper;12231263]Good thought. Might be a bit more complicated because I will still want to be able to use it off the tractor.

If you do use it off the tractor can you lock the wheels?

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If you do use it off the tractor can you lock the wheels?
There are no wheel locks on the unit now. I would have to block the wheels if needed.

There is an optional wheel lock accessory that can be purchased, but...it's not cheap.

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I got brakes !

I couldn't afford the factory brake setup, so I had to find another solution. After many different ideas I settled on toggle clamps and after trying it, out I am very happy with the result.

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It's nice because I can set or release the clamps with my foot. They hold surprisingly well and the total cost for clamps and hardware was about $15.

Fortunately, the lift already had two holes on each side of the base next to the wheels for some other purpose but worked fine to mount brackets for the clamps.
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Good job!!

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