Wheel lifter

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 04, 2006 at 21:58
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On ch. 7 tonight, Malcolm Douglas showed a wheel lifter for old guys (like me) with bad backs. It looked very small and easy to use. Where do you get it?

Has any one seen them, have an opinion and where can you purchase them?

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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Saturday, Feb 04, 2006 at 22:11

Saturday, Feb 04, 2006 at 22:11
Watched the same show ,yep looks and sounded like a good idea but then rational thought came into play ,fair enough to lift the wheel on and off the axle but what then ??? how the hell do you with such a bad back lift down or replace the wheel onto the spare wheel carrier alah patrol ect ect ,,methinks just another piece of excess weight to carry .
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Follow Up By: Rob from Cairns Offroad Training & Tours - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 22:07

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 22:07
You guys love your gimmicks and spending money. What about the age old mechanics trick where you ajust the jack for height roll the wheel onto your foot and push it straight onto the hub. I reckon I could have the wheel changed while you dills are still looking for all your fancy bits and pieces ;-) Cheers Rob
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Reply By: Member - Mike H (VIC) - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 06:47

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 06:47
Hi,
whats wrong with a shovel and a rock or stick? Easy as !!
We all carry one, don't we?
Cheers
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 11:28

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 11:28
I don't cary rocks with me when I go away.
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Follow Up By: Boc1971 - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 15:58

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 15:58
never needed rocks to fill in holes or for that little bit of extra weight ? there not always available by the track your on ???


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Reply By: Blackie - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 06:55

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 06:55
I reckon Malcolm was doing a bit of 'product placement" last night.
But I thought the wheel gizmo was ok particularly in lining up the the wheel with the studs. You could also use it as an occassional table arounfd the campfire.
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Reply By: Blackie - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 06:55

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 06:55
I reckon Malcolm was doing a bit of 'product placement" last night.
But I thought the wheel gizmo was ok particularly in lining up the the wheel with the studs. You could also use it as an occassional table around the campfire.
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Follow Up By: Blackie - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 06:58

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 06:58
A slight glich....I wasn't simply trying to get my point across.
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Reply By: roofscooter2 - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 07:41

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 07:41
i thought he tethering on the edge of the other show that has us all in stitches (litterally) on ch 10.
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Reply By: Bega Photographer - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 09:44

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 09:44
Truckies use their wheel brace.

The doover has the advantage of the rollers. You'd have to line it up dead centre under the axel.

I'll stick with my trusty dingo stick.

Regards,
Laurie.
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Reply By: Jimbo - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 09:48

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 09:48
I watched it as well. It was made a long time ago. I'll take a punt and suggest that gizmo is no longer in pdoduction.
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 15:02

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 15:02
Jimbo how long ago it was a repeat wasn't it I only caught the tail end of it.
Malcolm used his fancy little gizmo but when I do it I use this little thing I whipped up It takes up hardly any room.


All the best
Eric
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 15:13

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 15:13
Thats fantastic Eric, wonder if we could get a bracket made for the side of the fridge.



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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 15:17

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 15:17
I think I could a bit off 10g fence wire and some 100 mph tape we would fashion something.
And on the other side fit my new camp bed.



All the best
Eric
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 15:30

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 15:30
haha, I hope those lights are fluros.

and the fridge makes a good pad for my new emergency rescue device


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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 18:55

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 18:55
Don't need to worry about lighting or power I take one of these babies



I probably amazes you what ya can get in the back of a 60.

All the best
Eric
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 19:05

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 19:05
That is truly amazing Eric and it reminds me of when travelling in Dr Who's phonebox the tardus, another truly amazing vehicle.

I can see you are a very well equiped traveller but if you should need the services of my rescue service just call, I could be just over the next dune from you.
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 09:58

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 09:58
He called it "Rays wheel lifter" I've searched that string all over the web with no matches at all.
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Reply By: udm - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 10:12

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 10:12
What I really loved is how he changed a tyre without a jack, now... how deep would the hole have to be with 35s :-))))
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 10:49

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 10:49
Another two or three inches? And it gets harder the deeper you go. You would also need a heap more rocks/logs under the diff. Could get a bit precarious. Do the army use this technique on their UniMogs?.
Cheers
Greg
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 10:52

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 10:52
hehe, anyone who goes out with a rusty seized jack deserves to dig a big hole.
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 10:59

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 10:59
Yes but what would you do if your jack was taken by a dingo? You have to be prepered for the worst! Its a jungle (well a desert..and a bit of jungle) out there.
Cheers
Greg
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 11:06

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 11:06
Yes there are varied reasons why one may have to use this method and it's handy to know. I was really just having a laugh at Malcolms example of a rusted up jack.
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Follow Up By: Mr Fawlty - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 14:40

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 14:40
Laugh at Malcolm... really....I saw him feeding fruit salad to a skink on one show. Basically the wheel busness is like getting a replacement propellor onto your ship when the propeller falls off.... You need some sheer legs, block & tackle, indiginous "labour", cold beer, a camera crew, some scantily clad women never go astray, a dog...gotta have a dog.

Don't you guys carry this gear?
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 15:04

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 15:04
I use One of these works great takes up hardely any room bit tricky on sand.


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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 16:25

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 16:25
haha, love ya Eric.
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Follow Up By: Mr Fawlty - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 17:59

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 17:59
Eric I'm sure a man of your skill could fit out your tyrelifter with infatable caterpillar tracks that would work well on sand or even water.....
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 18:48

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 18:48
Basil Im not smart but I can lift heavy things.

All the best
Eric
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Follow Up By: Rob from Cairns Offroad Training & Tours - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 22:11

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 22:11
Hey Big Fella maybe you should have used tat tricky gadget to lift the fridge instead of bustin your pooper valve ;-) Cheers Rob
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 08:14

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 08:14
I thought I was safe just using my stomach muscles.




All the best
Eric
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Reply By: Boc1971 - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 16:30

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 16:30
Talking about strange things being made up to assist us out of trouble --- I remember back to my Tec days ( fitter machinst by trade )

Teacher told us he had an ouback adventure one month ... was out the back of no where and he blew a piston in his diesel motor ---- so he finds an old iron bark tree --- fashions himself up a new piston ( with a chainsaw ) -- and comences a motor rebuild out in the sticks.

Then told us the motor never blew smoke our used oil after he made this iron bark piston ........ he even sold it as is years later .....

Hows that for bush mechanics ????

Boc

P.s whole class thought he must be on some serious hydro ....

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Reply By: Blackie - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 18:38

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 18:38
Malcolm copped a fair bit for the little gizmo. But for what its worth it would probably be of benefit if you had a crook back whether you were out in the backblocks or on main road.
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 18:58

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 18:58
The bloody lifting unit can lift what ??? 6 to 8 inches ? 20 odd cm ? how the ---- does it help to get the spare off the carrier on a patrol /jackaroo / kaymar ect and more importantly lift your now dud wheel and tyre back onto the carrier ,, if "your" back is so bad maybe just maybe you should NOT be in a 4x4 in the middle of nowhere. !!!
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Follow Up By: Axle - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 20:41

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 20:41
When it reaches its maxium height you have to lift the whole bloody lot then!! HAHAHA

What about the leaky water container? sitting in angle frame no padding or protection at all.
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Follow Up By: Blackie - Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 22:39

Sunday, Feb 05, 2006 at 22:39
So you wouldn't take with you.
Neither would I at the moment.
But when I'm old and my back is stuffed and I need to lift a wheel with some accuracy back on to the studs that little gadget may come in handy.
I don't believe I said I would be using it strictly in the middle of nowhere or on a Cruiser or patrol and maybe I started the trip as fit as a fiddle.

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Reply By: musbry - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 12:55

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 12:55
Shagers back or not,,,the spare will be lighter when it is flat,,so a lot easier to put on the spare carrier.
Thanks
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 13:26

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 13:26
Air is pretty heavy these days.......

Leroy
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Reply By: musbry - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 09:21

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 09:21
Leroy
Its not the air that is the heavy bit,,,its the gravitational pull that they are worried about...but up in the high country the tyre and rim are a lot lighter
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