A Gantry crane is a crane which has two or more legs standing vertically on each side, supporting a bridge going across the top horizontally. Some Gantry cranes are massive, spanning across docks and railways. Many Gantry cranes are much smaller and can be used in a private workroom. These smaller cranes can be homemade.
Benefits of Gantry Cranes
Gantry cranes can be used to lift, hoist and lower items that would be to heavy to lift by one person. A Gantry crane that is large and well-constructed can lift logs, trailers, --- even entire car engines. Gantry cranes also allow for better access to repair all sides of heavy equipment. Gantry cranes can be designed to be very mobile, and also easy to take apart and reassemble for storage.
Benefits of Homemade Gantry Cranes
Making your own Gantry crane can save you money, both on the crane itself and potentially on shipping. By building your own Gantry Crane, you can customise it to meet all of your individual needs and requirements. Also, there is the enjoyment and satisfaction that comes with doing anything yourself.
Cost and Difficulty of Homemade Gantry Cranes
The cost and difficulty of making a Gantry crane varies enormously depending upon the size and complexity of the crane, and also the types of materials used. Very simple cranes can cost well under £65 and take less than two hours to construct. Others can cost many thousands of dollars and take significantly longer to construct.
Homemade Gantry Cranes
Unlike a manufacturer's Gantry crane which has likely been tested to see its limits, it won't be clear what a homemade Gantry crane's limits are. It is thus advisable to be cautious when using one with extreme weights. Also, it is advisable to have others present when using a Gantry crane to prevent injury. If you have extremely limited or single use for a Gantry crane, it might be cheaper to rent one.
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