Northern Industrial Tools Pickup Truck Crane - 1000-Lb. Capacity
After mounting in a GMC 3500 we used a 12x12"x3/8" plate under the bed for support. This woked ok until I picked up a radial arm saw. The bed seperated from the side-wall and tore the bed at all four cornors at the base. I have fixed this by runing 2" sq 1/4" wall tubeing across both frame rails and bolted to same. I then used longer bolts to tie it together. I also added a swing a way jack for added support. Now this old man can lift his his weight ten times over.
August 6, 2014
This unit I found to be horrible and unuseable. I found thousands of tiny metal balls that I believe was metal shaving that melted into little balls. They were all contained in the metal base section where the bearing is housed. I pulled the bearing out and attempted to clean out all this trash metal and repacked the bearing with grease but don"t believe I was able get it all. When we tried to lift a 500 lb compressor it lifted fine but we were unable to get it to swing. We finally got it to swing by counting to 3 and pushing after several tries. Together we weigh around 430lbs so we were no weaklings. The one I got was junk.
August 3, 2014
Bought this crane to load and unload a utility trailer full of walnut logs which were roughly 12" around and 7' long. Worked perfect on each log, and if I never use it again it was worth the money. The price of this crane is nothing compared to having back problems.
June 26, 2014
Pickup Truck Crane
Great tool although we do not use it in a truck bed.
We have this crane mounted to a concrete pad and we use it to lift the front end of our lawn mowers when we service and clean them
April 21, 2014
I bought this truck crane several weeks ago and I finally got to install it. Be aware that if you are planning on mounting it to the bed of the truck you need to install either a plate or a supportting mechanism underneath the truck bed. It does not have an ideal pivoting mechanism, which is understood since it is detachable, and I personally much rather have that functionality. As a result, it may be a little hard to rotate under relatively heavy loads. Nevertheless, it does a good job, specially when considering the price.
June 12, 2012
Does the job with ease.
I bought this crane to help with moving some logs we had cut from a large tree that fell down in a storm. We wanted to move them from the front of our property to the rear.
The crane was very easy to assemble and all the parts needed where included.
Instead of bolting it to our truck bed, I built a platform out of two 3' x 4', 5/8" thick sheets of plywood bolted together. I then bolted the base of the crane to the plywood with the bolts that were included for this purpose. I put this platform in my truck bed and then put 4 fifty pound sand bags on the plywood to hold it in place.
The crane operated with ease, my wife and I loaded logs that were about 4-8 feet long and 1-2 feet in diameter into our truck. The job went quickly, and the crane operated flawlessly. We used the crane to load and unload the logs. I could not believe how easy this crane made the job. Neighbors were coming over to look at it. At least 2 of our neighbors said that they were going to get one.
This crane does not include any rope or straps so you will need to buy what ever is appropriated to use for the job.
August 30, 2010
The 1000 lb hydraulic truck hoist works well. But it does not pivot easy if you have a half way heavy load on it. The pivot lock handle is not bent for easy use. Had to re-bend mine. The pivot lock will not hold if you are working on any kind of angle. I am using mine in my 2" trailer receiver on an extended platform.
March 16, 2010
This crane is great I use them on a daily business with my business. It has saved our company time and money. Great product. Will be purchasing more in the future.
February 22, 2010
More than adequate for my need.
I found this device to be extremely useful to load a 114 lb 4 cycle outboard motor on and off of a sailboat. This requires lifting above shoulder height and is risky to both man and motor. The crane performed this task safely and easily. Installation to my F-150 pickup bed was not too difficult but cutting and drilling angle iron to beef up the underside of the bed is a requirement not listed in the instructions. I installed mine in the right rear corner near the tailgate. The actual capacity of the crane really depends upon the mounting and the bed itself.
November 4, 2009