Load Leveling Lifting Attachment

Custom Load Leveling Lifting Attachment

Custom Load Leveling Lifting Attachment

From time-to-time I will design something new using SolidWorks CAD software that I now feel would have been very helpful to assist with projects in my past.

Load Leveler with One Side Extended

Load Leveler with One Side Extended

Several years ago, prior to designing items with CAD Software, I use to fabricate & weld a lot of heavy metal items.  Some items weighed much more on one side than the other; thus, when lifting, they had a tendency to want to tip.

Adjustable Extensions on Load Leveling Design

Adjustable Extensions on Load Leveling Design

A ‘Load Leveler’ is connected with shackles to chains/cables between the lifting device (such as a crane) and the item one wishes to lift.  It allows the person lifting to adjust the pivot point; thus, leveling or angling the items being lifted.

Load Leveling Extensions Equally Spaced

Load Leveling Extensions Equally Spaced

There are a lot of Load Leveling Lifting Attachments one can purchase; however, I wanted to design one that was easy for others to fabricate in their own shop using common materials.  Also wanted it easy to move the extensions out on one side or the other by just the use of a few bolts.

Removable Bolts/Pins allow the Extension of One Side or the Other

Removable Bolts/Pins allow the Extension of One Side or the Other

At times it is helpful to lift an item and then be able to adjust that item in the air to tip it one way or the other to clear other parts.  In addition, many parts need to be mounted at an angle and the center threaded unit allows for fine leveling adjustments.

'Cut-Away' View Showing Inside of Load Leveler

‘Cut-Away’ View Showing Inside of Load Leveler

In addition, many parts need to be mounted at an angle. The Center Threaded Adjustment Unit can be turned with a wrench or socket, allowing for very accurate adjustments to hold heavy parts at a specific angle while you connect the parts together by using mounting bolts, or welding the items together.

Movable Center Lifting Unit with 'ACME Thread' Fine Adjustment

Movable Center Lifting Unit with ‘ACME Thread’ Fine Adjustment

This Load-Leveling design can be manufactured using common materials in many different sizes depending on the length & weight of the items you are lifting.

Design Allows for Different Sizes, Weights & Lengths

Design Allows for Different Sizes, Weights & Lengths

I posted the Mechanical Drawings & CAD Files for this Load-Leveler design on GrabCAD.com ( http://grabcad.com/library/load-leveler ).  As of the date of this blog post, the design files have been downloaded  605 times.

Load-Leveler Design Files can be found on GrabCAD.com

Load-Leveler Design Files can be found on GrabCAD.com

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