Spare Wheel Lifter

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 at 11:09
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My spare wheels tip the scales at 43 kilograms each which is a two-man lift and beyond the safe lifting capability of many of us.

After seriously injuring my back a little over a year ago, I put my mind to coming up with some sort of wheel lifter that would allow me to change wheels un-aided and continue my 4WD activities.

The device I came up with is pictured below.


It plugs straight into a standard Kaymar wheel carrier, so no major surgery is required to use it.

As shown below it can be rotated through 180 degrees to lift other heavy items up to tailgate level if required.



If there is sufficient interest I will put the construction details in a blog.
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 at 11:26

Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 at 11:26
An excellent bit of kit Rob. I carry my spares (2) on the roof rack of my 75 series and for the same reason as you, using my back as a crane when a dopey young bloke, I wouldn't attempt to lift them up there by myself. I made up a similar thing as you have done but using the smallest boat winch I could get my hands on. Handy to lift anything onto the roof rack.
Mine doesn't look anywhere near as professional as yours but does the job.
May I ask what you used as the "winch"? Looks a bit less bulky than what I have.

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Follow Up By: Member - Rob D (NSW) - Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 at 11:33

Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 at 11:33
It is a very clever block and tackle using flat webbing straps. See the link below.
Jack Strap Website.
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Follow Up By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 at 15:51

Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 at 15:51
Good idea but if I don't have a Kmar slot I would need to locate the pole in something else.

I have a more basic lift on my roof rack that looks after my spares but needs a bit of guiding to get it to work.

Your idea has more merit for me too.

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Reply By: Daisy G - Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 at 11:57

Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 at 11:57
Very smart ideas, actually you are using the Pulley principle to move weight over a distance. The pulley and levers allow a single person to move weights that a human would be incapable of lifting without the interention of such tools.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 at 11:57

Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 at 11:57
Great idea Rob - did far too much stupid lifting when I was younger and now my lower back is useless - the only way I can get my spare up onto the Kaymar is via a number of staged step-ups at home (rolling it from one to the next step-up)..... not a practical solution when on a trip (if I had a flat while away, I'd take the spare off the Kaymar and put the flat underneath in the factory carrier... but no use if I carry two spares). I'm interested in your design..... if I could use my existing Hitchmaster kit as the winch, that would be neat. In fact, I said to that Hitchmaster bloke a few years ago that his device would be a whole lot more useful IF there was a moveable elevated lift point to sling it from - it could be placed in a number of spots on a travel rig, for practical purposes....the general idea of portable winching on light vehicles (for the disabled - heavy items in utes etc.) is established but simple, cheap and easily stowed hardware for bush travel has great merit.
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Follow Up By: Member - mick C (NSW) - Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 at 12:43

Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 at 12:43
Great Set up Rob , would be interested to see it in a blog
Thanks in anticipation
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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 at 14:08

Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 at 14:08
Great idea Rob, thanks for sharing. Would love to see you write a blog or even a share file on the construction and use.

Darian, I can easily see how the hitch master would work well with Rob's setup. Great thinking

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Reply By: Tim HJ61 (WA) - Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 at 23:35

Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 at 23:35
The website for the Jack Strap
http://jackstrap.net.au/index.php
doesn't have any purchase information. Where'd'ya get it?

Be a nice addition to the Exploroz shop maybe.....

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Follow Up By: Member - Rob D (NSW) - Sunday, Jul 14, 2013 at 09:49

Sunday, Jul 14, 2013 at 09:49
Hi Tim,

You have to email or phone Tom.

Contact information in the 'Contact Us' tab of their website.

I agree it would be a good product for the ExplorOz shop to carry.

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Reply By: newlywed1311 - Sunday, Jul 14, 2013 at 10:37

Sunday, Jul 14, 2013 at 10:37
The creativity and capacity of some people amaze me. Well done Rob.
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Reply By: Sandman - Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 11:42

Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 11:42
Appears Jackstrap is too popular....

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Reply By: Member - Rob D (NSW) - Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 18:14

Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 18:14
Fabrication details published as a blog today 15 July.

Happy fabricating.
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Reply By: Colcam42 - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 11:22

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 11:22
Hello Rob and others, re the wheel lift, I bought one of these this weekend to help lift spares onto the roof-rack, now all I need is a sky-hook,



Rope Hoist

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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 12:15

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 12:15
Got mine and it works a treat. John Rodgers and from memory he supplied the metal and welded it up for just $50. Not bad when you consider how it saves my back.

The bag that comes with the JackStrap also serves to carry a bit of chain etc.

I am going to make up some brackets to store it on the front face of the drawer system under the back of the second row of seats. Easy access.

Than Rob

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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 12:28

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 12:28
Lets try again and without stupid mistakes. I need an editor. I even read it before submitting.

Hi Rob

Got mine and it works a treat. John Rodgers supplied the metal and welded it up and from memory, for just charged $50. Not bad when you consider how it saves my back. He is the bloke who made the steel side steps.

The bag that comes with the JackStrap also serves to carry a bit of chain etc.

I am going to make up some brackets to store it on the front face of the drawer system under the back of the second row of seats. Easy access.

Thanks Rob

Phil
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