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How to move heavy air raid siren?
So I've got this old heavy air raid siren which weighs about 350-400 pounds and the whole thing is about 3 to 3 1/2 feet tall. The bulk of the weight is in the single phase motor which has lots of copper inside of it but the majority of the siren is made of cast iron and other various metals. I need help moving it but Im just not sure on how to go on about doing it. What would be a good method to load it into a pickup truck bed? Thanks.
- Anonymous1 month ago
You can use an engine hoist, known commonly as a cherry picker. You can rent it from a rental place.
You'll need to use some 3/4" plywood under the hoist wheels if you intend to move it around on that unpaved ground, otherwise put the picker on the far side of it and lift it high enough to back your pickup under it. Then set it on your pickup bed.
That's how I move heavy things like car engines.
Make sure you fasten the device securely with 4 ratchet straps so it can't move or tip over during your road trip.
It would be better if you layed it on its side than stood it up like it is in the photo.
- Anonymous1 month ago
So you stole it? And now you want to take it to the scraper for money?
- TomLv 71 month ago
Make a wood A-Frame about 5 feet tall. On the cross piece tie a rope. Tilt the A frame, a slight angle off vertical and tie the other end of the rope to the siren. Quickly push the A-frame to vertical and it will lift the siren slightly off the ground, and you can swing it, like a pendulum in your direction of travel as you continue to push the A frame Past the vertical. all in one motion. Reset the A frame on the ground a short distance away and repeat the process-----This will let you "Hop" or "Walk" the heavy machine, anywhere you want to go, with little effort.
I moved a solid concrete step in that manner. Had to have been over 500 lbs.---I think the Egyptians use a variant to build the pyramids.
- charlatanLv 71 month ago
take/need 3ft long 2inch dia pipe - 3 nos
tilt the unit upside down on 2 pipe third one for changing
roll the unit on the pipes.
couple of crow bars needed for/while negotiating.
100 meters in 1 hour
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- Adam DLv 71 month ago
See if anyone you know has a portable hydraulic engine hoist. You would probably need to lay down some boards to build up a place to set it and spread out the loads on the soil. The hoist it up, and back the truck bed underneath it. Some of the cheaper, lighter weight hoists can be bought for $200 or less, so if you have any friends who work on cars they may already have one.
- oeman50Lv 71 month ago
Since it looks like you intend to scrap it, take it apart. The individual pieces will be easier to hoist.
- Pearl LLv 71 month ago
i would pay someone to help you do it
- oil field trashLv 71 month ago
Get three or four lineman from the local high school football team and offer them a pizza each to help load it. You might want to use a couple of 2 x 6's under the rim to make it easier to lift.