13. Next, we went ahead and tightened the nuts to the anchors at the base of our columns, so that each side of the structure was stiff and secure for the installation of the bridges. Remember to check and retighten the bolts a few weeks after installation. You might choose to cut the anchors after tightening so that they are flush with the bolts, to avoid the risk of tripping.
14. With the structure almost complete, we turned our attention to our hoists and bridges. To prepare the hoists to mount on the bridges, Kunda bolted a trolley onto the top of each hoist. The four-wheeled trolley allows the hoist to move side to side in the bridge.
15. With the bridges turned upside-down, each hoist was slid onto the track. (Note: We used a forklift to lift our bridges up to the top of the structure, since it is 12 feet in the air. Because each bridge weighs approximately 130 pounds and each hoist weighs an additional 40 pounds, you might choose to wait to install the hoist until the bridge is installed at the top of the structure.) Yellow clips were also slipped onto the track to hold the electrical wire up when we’re finished.
16. Stopper bolts were tightened onto the ends of each bridge to lock them into place atop the end trucks and ensure fit and stability once installed.
17. After turning the bridge right-side-up onto the forks of our forklift, we lifted the bridges lengthwise to place them onto the end trucks of either runway. We realize not every shop has a forklift and if yours doesn’t, go ahead and put the bridge up first (with the trolley in its track) and then follow up by attaching the hoist to the trolley once the bridge is in place.
18. Tapped and threaded plates were slipped into the ends of each bridge and bolted down to gap the track so that the ends can’t clamp. This is done just in case there is a slight misalignment in the runways, so that the end trucks will have the ability to float in and out just a little bit while the bridge runs up and down the runway.
19. With our Shop Crane installation almost completely finished we installed tagline clips to hold the hoists’ electrical wires out of the way, ensuring that they won’t get tangled during use. With the extension cord threaded through the clips, they will space out as the hoist is moved back and forth.
20. To hold up the extension cord, we removed two of the bolts on the inside of the columns on the electric side and installed a cable spanning the length of the runway before retightening the bolts.
21. S-hooks were hung on the cable and tightened around the extension cord so that they can move freely as the bridges are moved from front to back.
22. The old cherry picker now obsolete, we used our hoist to pick it up to load into the back of our pick-up and send to the scrap yard.
23. With our Shop Crane ready for use, we tested it out by pulling the engine and trans out of our Circle Track truck in mere minutes. The process was easy, quick, and safe and we couldn’t be more impressed with our new system. Want to see it in action? Head over to www.circletrack.com and check out the video.