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Old 04-27-2016, 08:55 AM   #1
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I made an Equalizer Hitch Lift and Dolly

I don't know if anyone is interested in this kind of thing but there was a recent thread on moving your Equalizer hitch around that I really related to. My back is not so great and I hate moving that thing from the garage to the truck and back. Even using a Hitch Grip, it's still heavy.

So, I put together a DIY hitch lift and dolly. It's a bit of a Frankenstein contraption but I like the way it works so I figured I'd post here. There are pictures attached plus a short video of it in action here:

Hitch Lift Video

If it's not obvious, the bars fit in those vertical boxes for storage and also serve as handles for the dolly.

The lever is just galvanized pipe. I thought about making a more precise lifting mechanism based on some sort of screw adjuster but I felt like I needed something with more "feel" so that I would wiggle it into and out of the receiver - and I think it was the right decision. As you can see in the video, it takes a bit of wagging to get things lined up just right. It's actually a bit easier to just bend down and use your hand on the pipe to both lift and waggle so that's what I'll probably end up doing instead of using my foot.

Anyway, I hope this is of interest.
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Old 04-27-2016, 09:19 AM   #2
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Very cool!

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Old 04-27-2016, 09:38 AM   #3
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Now THAT sir is pretty slick!!!

And for those not on ashphalt I'm sure that different wheels could be used!

You should Patent & Trademark that thing and make you some money!!

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Old 04-27-2016, 10:49 AM   #4
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Great idea, that thing is heavy!!
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Old 04-27-2016, 11:31 AM   #5
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That's some impressive woodworking there! Frankenstein not! Rube Goldberg would be proud of you. We sure are!
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Now that is one cool idea and engineering example. If possible would you be able to list the parts needed and brief directions on how to assemble?
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Damn, nice job.
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NICE work
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You should Patent & Trademark that thing and make you some money!!
x2, hope to see you on Shark Tank.

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