Wood Gantry Crane????
Just wondering what type of lumber (laminated beam, 4x, 6x, etc....if any?) can be built to create a 20' long(full width of shop) overhead support to attach a chain hoist to?
I need to be able to lift 2,000 lbs.(machinery, spreader, 55 gal. drums, spray tanks, etc.) out of or into vehicles at my shop and just trying to see if there is a way to do this with a material(wood) I am familair working with.
In case you havent figured it out, I am not a versed welder.
I realize steel will work fine. I also have researched steel mobil gantry cranes for the 2,000 lift capacity and they begin at roughly $1,000 to $3,000.
Any thoughts or real world experience would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance - Joe