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I have a one-seater swing set in the back yard, 2.25" OD galvanized pipe, and a 1500 lb winch with a bolt pattern wider than the pipe diameter. Would, e.g., a cargo tray for a receiver hitch be a good lifting plate?

Would a come-along, chainfall, or block & tackle be worth considering instead?
 

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I have a one-seater swing set in the back yard, 2.25" OD galvanized pipe, and a 1500 lb winch with a bolt pattern wider than the pipe diameter. Would, e.g., a cargo tray for a receiver hitch be a good lifting plate?

Would a come-along, chainfall, or block & tackle be worth considering instead?
NO TO ALL! :tango_face_surprise:eek:mg:

Swing sets are not designed for lifting. Some of them swing set pipes are wimpy.

Some of them model tractor are 600-700 lbs.


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Depends upon the wall thickness of the 2.5 inch dia. pipe. I have seen a few home made sets that would lift a 1000 lbs. with the right equipment.
 

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Depends upon the wall thickness of the 2.5 inch dia. pipe. I have seen a few home made sets that would lift a 1000 lbs. with the right equipment.
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The kid's swing sets available at department stores have tubing less than 1/16" wall. A 6' span with a 400 lb load supported by a single strap, line, or chain will result in bending or buckling. I built a set using galvanized electrical tubing that was considerably thicker, but I wouldn't trust it to support a 600 lb tractor on a 6' span. I also have another homemade set that used 2" schedule 40 iron pipe. The top rail is about a 10" deep truss using 2" pipe for both top and bottom chords with a 9' span. That, I would trust lifting over 2000 lb.
 

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Not a swingset per se, looks to have been made by welding two school playground basketball goal poles together. The guy who build the house used I beams for clothesline poles and studded the house with 2x6 lumber.

Why? to allow removing the blades without dismounting the deck, so about 2 feet high.
 

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I think the consensus here would be to avoid crawling under your tractor while it's suspended from a device with unknown capacity. Just not worth the risk. Even if the swing holds, your strap/cable/chain could slip off or something. I'm with the others that don't condone what you're suggesting.

In the full raised position, I can reach under with a ratchet and get my blades off... Got tired of whacking my knuckles, though, so now I just remove the deck and remove them with an air impact wrench and reinstall new ones with the impact wrench turned way down to low torque.

I found that after removing & reinstalling the deck a few times, I got proficient enough at it that I don't really mind.

Maybe you could build some ramps with wood planks which is a lot safer than hoisting the front of your tractor..?

Be careful.
 

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Alternately, block the rear wheels and lift the front edge with your swingset, then put something under the front of the machine that holds it up on it's own, so you aren't relying on the swingset to hold it up while you are underneath the machine.
 
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