Crane for the Chop Saw

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Project by SquintyPolock posted 03-19-2013 12:07 PM 2353 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In 2008, I built this crane to get the chop saw up and out of the way when I am not using it. I eventually built a flip up tray to secure the saw, so it’s not dangling in the air, over my head. This is a great space saver.

The sheeves are made of lawn mower wheels; the winch is from Grainger; and the ropes are from HD. The saw weighs about 50# and the crane is good for at least 200# – the ropes are the limiting factor.

Thanks for having a look. J-

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#1 posted 03-19-2013 12:28 PM

Thats pretty slick J. Making the most out of the space youve got.

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#2 posted 03-19-2013 12:39 PM

Thanks for the compliment. My shop is as cramped as you can get.

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#3 posted 03-19-2013 02:03 PM

That’s a pretty innovative idea, only trouble here would be wearing out the ropes, , When you make a lot of segmented projects the miter saw really gets a workout, and needs to be handy often. I think that I might have a wee bit more room than you though. Nice project, and I am sure a lot of people with small shops would find it useful. Is there someway to fasten it securely after you get it up and out of the way?

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#4 posted 03-19-2013 02:11 PM


I installed sheet metal wearing pads in the places where the rope rubs. I havn’t had any wear issues in 5 years. I do check the knots often.

Sometimes, it’s a pain if I have to clear off the bench and get the saw down for a single cut; the joy of a small shop.

I often dream of a bigger space and envy some of the amazing shops I see on LJ.

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#5 posted 03-19-2013 02:13 PM

Good idea to get a tool out of the way. You sure need a cover on that panel box.

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#6 posted 03-19-2013 02:31 PM

Thanks for the compliment. I eventually put a cover on that panel box.

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#7 posted 03-19-2013 02:46 PM

Optimizing the space you have. Which it certainly seems you have done. Good for you!
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#8 posted 03-20-2013 11:19 AM

The lengths we will go to in order to create space for woodworking. Cool idea!

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#9 posted 03-20-2013 12:36 PM

I like it. simple and efficient

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