Awesome! That didn't take you long, either, from design to execution. Well done!
The laminated arm itself would fit tightly in a 20" x 7" x 4.5" box. The cross support bar is a 2x4 cut down to 2-1/2". This cross support is bolted to the arm with 8 or 9" 3/8" lag bolts. It has a 5/8" hole for the hitch pin, and a slight recess to slide over the hitch sleeve tube.sweet, I'm gonna make one myself. Got any measurements you care to share and/or how you bolted it together?
Garbage can gave it away.... I use those robbers tooThanks, and yes.
Or modify your garbage can into a grass catcher.You can use your trash for weight when you plow! We want pics of that!:fing32:
Somewhere I read that the average household waste is 75lbs per week. Seems high to me. Anyhow the can itself says it's max rated capacity is 385 lbs so my lift can handle effectively half that. There are weeks though where the can is pretty heavy and rolling it down the gravel drive is real exercise.Neat idea. Makes me want my township to use those garbage cans. I suggest trying a shorter laminated arm, so the garbage can raises 3-4 inches. Then the can won't lean so much at the beginning of the lift and maybe you won't need straps.
PS 180lbs of garbage! Is that one pick up a month?
You are not hallucinating. I made that observation too and tried. Problem is the can's handle has a support dead center so that prevents the handle from dropping in to the existing notch. However, modify the notch and you may be good to go....Unless I'm hallucinating, with the implement raised, the top of it appears to be at the same height that your hand would be if you were pulling it behind you.
So, if the weight is too much to lift the can, just turn the can around around, tilt it back, and hook the handle over the (raised) block, then use the tractor pull the can on its wheels. Sort of like the "yellow thing" in the other thread...
At present I am not worried at all. It seems rock solid in my tests so far. The static shear load on the bolts is less than 200 lbs presently. The pull out strength of the two 8" long bolts is collectively >3000 lbs. Static shear and pullout stresses are greatest during the lift and lower when the can is in the fully raised transport position. This is good because that is when the dynamic stresses kick in. And if you have a heavy load and use the straps even these stresses are minimized.One question about the design. The connection between the (ripped) 2x4 cross support and the vertical laminated arm looks like it would be subject to quite a bit of torque. Are you worried about that, or does it look pretty solid when you raise and lower the can?